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Walking Dead's [SPOILER] Actually Survived the Season 8 Finale

Walking Dead's [SPOILER] Actually Survived the Season 8 Finale

Here's everything we need to talk about from "Wrath". "I ambushed your ambush with an even bigger ambush", crowed Negan. With fully loaded guns thanks to Eugene and the element of surprise, Negan thought they were done for. Negan even lost a chunk of his hand by pulling the trigger on his gun. That escalated pretty quickly, huh?

Pamela Milton first appears in Issue 176 of The Walking Dead, and she's the Governor of a group called The Commonwealth. This is actually a brand new storyline just started by the comics. Pamela seems stern, but she's also compassionate. Without any other option, Rick charges towards Negan and the two leaders get into a wild physical fight. When that didn't work, Rick straight up slashed Negan's throat with a piece of glass. Like, he could kill Negan. And then he survived. Can Negan somehow stay alive? He adds that anyone who can't live with that will pay the price. This is the one thing we didn't see coming. Welcome back to society, criminal justice system! In the show Rick banks on Negan grieving over Carl's death for this, but in the comics the scene is dialogue-heavy, with Rick giving a speech about the limitless possibilities if their communities worked together. At the end of the day, Rick just isn't good for Morgan, and maybe with this change he'll be able to find some sort of healing.

After he spared Negan, Maggie had a breakdown. "No, no, he killed Glenn!" she screamed, as Michonne held her back. We have to end it.

However, with an evil look in her eye, she mentioned that when the time was right and everything was at peace, they will take care of presumably Negan and those that get in their way. It was a solid plan but it failed because they didn't anticipate just how committed Eugene was to his work. Make it thrive for the people who live here. They need to build up their strength so the Hilltop can defend itself.

"Rick was wrong to do what he did". The villain is then sentenced to spending the rest of his time in the cell at Alexandria, to serve as a symbol for the life they're leaving behind, and that - except for a potential conflict with Maggie and Daryl - is that. And compared to Carl's untimely death midway through what's been a problematic season, the idea that the show would kill off a character many viewers are growing exhausted of, Negan's death made some attractive sense - but not for long. But if you, like Maggie, wanted him dead, you're not going to be happy.

Outside, everyone is preparing for the battle on the Saviors and Negan, based on Dwight's intel. Daryl didn't want him hanging around Hilltop, driving him out to the middle of the woods for a heart to heart.

So long Dwight: While the Hilltoppers were practically singing "Kumbaya" with their former enemies the Saviors, Daryl couldn't let his beef with Dwight go. Daryl instead showed some mercy, throwing keys at him and telling him to get the hell out of town. He tells Rick that maybe if he had killed him, Carl would still be alive. Do you think Rick made the right decision?

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"Her", of course, was Dwight's wife Sherry. But Carl's letter has been weighing heavily on his old man. Considering he nearly certainly knows what and where that is referring to, what will he do once they find each other? Well, Dwight's journey didn't end there.

In the comics, Dwight was on much friendlier terms with the good guys.

Read on only if you have already watched the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead.

After almost killing Henry with his bo staff and seeing visions of Jared, it was clear he was a danger to those around him, those he truly cared about. But this is him finally realizing that he has to choose a different way. He then told Carol it was time for him to go.

At the Hilltop, Alden tells Maggie that most of the prisoners are heading back to the Sanctuary to make something out of it. He chose to stick around to help her bring some of Georgie's plans to reality, something she looked genuinely pleased to hear. Maggie even noted this before laying out her eventual plan to him. After all she's been through, she deserves it. Finally, Negan asks that Gabriel ride along so he can confess his sins. While early fan theories had her pegged as Alpha of the Whisperers, her people are now gone, and she's heading to Rick to join his community.

What did you think of The Walking Dead season 8 finale, and the season as a whole? But waging the war - with all the tactical machinations of what was billed as "All Out War", strewn across the 16 episodes of Season 8 - at times felt as if the plot was ambling along like a zombie, or more accurately, running in place.