The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale Recap

Calvin Saunders
April 17, 2018

At least Carl didn't die in vain.

On Sunday night, Rick Grimes's war with the Saviors finally came to an end.

Maggie is holding onto too much anger and hate toward Negan, as is Daryl.

The eighth season of The Walking Dead has been a long, slow build toward a final confrontation between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), but their relationship is rather complicated. The characters' immediate pasts mix with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes, and threats.

But could Maggie's anger cause her to take Rick on next season?

Rick and Co., believing they have successfully taken out a group of Saviors (unaware Negan purposefully sacrificed his own people in order to trap Rick and the others), ultimately find themselves surrounded by Saviors on a hillside. Even Negan ended up being injured. Rick even made note of the walkers. Some things we know about John: he has a romantic streak since he was reading a romance novel by his fire and is searching for a lost love named Laura; he's a source of handy supplies like clean socks and sweets; he's a postapocalyptic gunslinger although he prefers not to kill people, a stance that Morgan has also readopted.

The battle turned immediately, but the disarmed enemies quickly surrendered and slaughter was avoided. Later, back at the Hilltop, she had a meeting with Jesus and Daryl, where they essentially formed an anti-Rick alliance.

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Back at the Hilltop Colony, Tara fended off a second group of Saviors with the better-late-than-never help of the women from Oceanside. Negan taunts Rick and his group, then counts down to killing them. But, a swift kick, a tearful invocation of Carl's philosophy of peace and a precision dagger swipe to the throat felled Negan. It sure looked like that was going to be the end of the leather-wearing baddie, but at the last second Rick called for Siddiq and told him to "save him".

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But before we can learn more about John, we are taken back to the immediate aftermath of Walking Dead's all-out war with the Saviors. How many different players had an embarrassingly clunky monologue? And Jesus' presence aside, the idea of Maggie slowly evolving into Rick's foil is a promising alternative to rolling out another mustache-twirling big bad for another 40 goddamn episodes.

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In a makeshift hospital room, Rick told a recovering Negan he would "rot in a cell", echoing the comic books. She knows exactly where all the keys are. He was always about keeping himself alive. Meanwhile, Daryl pledges to show Rick that he was wrong to do what he did.

In a twist that seemed out of character, she promised what sounded like revenge. This is nothing new for a show that still had Andrea f**cking up constantly in its stronger seasons. "Michonne, too", Maggie said. The Grove's pair of sisters were a high point, but then we had that Alexandria child who did his level best to get half the town (and his family) killed with incessant wailing, and now we have the wannabe-killer kid who is carrying around the same old baggage we've already seen a thousand times on this show. With a new showrunner and new characters stepping into the limelight, The Walking Dead is poised to be a show more focused on creating life than destroying it. "Yeah, we will", he said.

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