The Walking Dead Finally Ended Rick's War With Negan–Not With a Bang, but a Whimper – eonline
They promised everyone-out war and they weren’t lying.
In the season eight finale of The Walking Dead, the seemingly never-ending battle between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan)—and their respective armies, of course—finally did reach its climax. And it everyone ended up pretty much precisely as you thought it would, particularly whether you’ve ever checked out how this specific arc wrapped up in the expose’s source fabric.
Negan thought he had Rick’s forces dead to rights, but he didn’t consider that Eugene (Josh McDermitt) might not be a total weasel and actually had a way up his sleeve. That way? When everyone the Saviors opened fire at once, everyone their guns backfired on them thanks to some sneaky bullet tampering. Well done, Eugene. It’s approximately time you proved you’re not totally worthless.
As Rick closed in on Negan for their huge showdown, he tried to appeal to Negan’s affection for Carl (Chandler Riggs) with talk approximately a possible future for everyone. And as Negan finally showed some humanity, Rick slit his throat. But his mercy did, in fact, prevail over his wrath. “Save him,” he told his troops as Maggie (Lauren Cohan) flipped out.
“It’s not over until he’s dead,” she screamed as Michonne (Danai Gurira) explained to her this was the only way.
“We can’t perform it right, but this makes it over,” she told the still grieving widow. “It’s over.”
From there, Rick sent everyone to rebuild. “So depart domestic. Then the work begins. The recent world begins,” he told everyone on that hill. “everyone this—everyone this is just what was. There’s gotta be something after.”
And while it seems like the expose’s instant future might be one of peace, it looks like Rick and Michonne occupy already earned themselves a recent enemy out of Maggie, who expressed in the final moments to Jesus (Tom Payne) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) that they need to bide their time and build up their strength before proving to the power couple how wrong they were to let Negan live out the rest of his days from a cell. Oh brother.
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The Walking Dead returns for season nine later this year on AMC.