Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

'The Walking Dead' Stars Break Down Season Finale Shocker

'The Walking Dead' Stars Break Down Season Finale Shocker

For "The Walking Dead", the Negan war gaveth, and the Negan war tooketh away. But "Wrath" brings both groups out into an open field for the battle between the Saviors and Rick's group - or, rather, the battle between Rick and Negan.

Judging by the preview image above, we could be looking at the end of Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) tenure on The Walking Dead. When Negan gave the order to fire, all the guns backfired, either killing or injuring most of the Saviors. Through his escape, it appeared as if Eugene had thrown in with Negan once and for all, but what seemed to be confirmation of Eugene's turn to the dark side was, in fact, just a ruse.

But then his rage got the better of him, as Rick slashed open Negan's throat with a shard of broken glass.

The all-out war with Negan is finally over. "Carl didn't know a damn thing".

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Despite the departure of Morgan to join "Fear the Walking Dead", the show must do relatively little reloading, a challenge it has regularly faced (and one of the things that has kept the narrative fresh), sometimes with uneven results. Since then, many of her waking thoughts have been fully devoted to Negan's death, however it needed to happen. "As Andy says, I don't think the story between, about the relationship between Rick and Morgan, is over yet". "I hope that they are intrigued with these new characters, that they want to know more about them and they really like the way that they see the OGs interact with Morgan, who is an OG himself, and the new characters".

Back at the Hilltop, Maggie made it clear that she was still very upset about the decision to not kill Negan. He tells her to tell Henry that he's going to be okay. She's full Maggie Corleone. When discussing which characters he would like to come back, McDermitt said he'd like to star alongside John Bernthal (Shane Walsh) because they never worked together on the show.

Later, Rick and Michonne make it clear to Negan that he'll spend the rest of his life rotting in jail for what he's done.

Could that horde be hiding the next group Rick's people go up against in the comics, The Whispers? Will we see The Walking Dead: Civil War?

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Carl was also name-checked during Rick's hand-to-hand combat with Negan.

"Rick was wrong to do what he did".

The actor admitted that the historic crossover can be traced back to a conversation he had with Scott Gimple, executive producer and former showrunner of The Walking Dead who has since been tasked with overseeing the entire AMC franchise. Rick repeated Carl's vision for the future as he and Negan stared deep into each other's eyes and stood uncomfortably close. Considering the death count this season (we're looking at you Carl), fans were really anxious about whether any of their favorites would die. The Walking Dead season 8 finale might have wrapped up all the storylines it had with a tidy, twee little bow, but that doesn't stop it from feeling disappointing anticlimactic. While the episode nailed the crucial plot points of the source material, we also saw several divergences that set up intriguing future storylines.

Maggie's anger about Rick letting Negan live will most likely play out in Season 9. It's unlikely we'll see that in the show; Daryl threatens Dwight that he'll kill him if he ever returns, and this Dwight's only interest seems to be to find Sherry.

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