How awesome was it seeing Gabriel "Lady Bird" himself out of Negan's vehicle? I guess this was supposed to convince us what a badass Savior Eugene now was since he pointed a gun in Gabriel's face and threatened to "crack your cranium".
The Walking Dead ended its eighth season with a final showdown between Negan and Rick, wrapping up a storyline first introduced in late 2015. Maggie said they need to build up the Hilltop better than it was before. "I ambushed your ambush with an even bigger ambush", crowed Negan. So it was time for hand-to-hand combat and Negan gained the upper hand. Unexpectedly, there were no major casualties in the finale, which pivoted in somewhat telegraphed fashion on the unlikely character of Eugene (Josh McDermitt), whose bullet-making efforts turned out to be a clever double-cross, leaving Negan's forces decimated.
Outside, everyone is preparing for the battle on the Saviors and Negan, based on Dwight's intel.
Alden and the captured Saviors head outside the Hilltop walls to clear the walkers for when the group will roll out to battle.
Meanwhile, back at the Hilltop, the Saviors approach. More fire balls come, and Tara sees that it's Aaron with the women of Oceanside.
So how does the finale stack up to the comics, and what can we expect for season nine?
Rick finally deigned to talk to Siddiq about how Carl got bitten but, honestly, the stuff about Carl honouring Siddiq's dead mother by killing zombies to release their souls sounded just as stupid as it did the first time around. When asked if Strand is a good person, Domingo responded that he's not sure on that front, but doesn't want the character to die because he's awesome and very good at producing soundbites. Negan tries to make a run for it and hides behind the tree, but Rick sees him. Rick goes after Negan, and they fight once again.
"He was wrong", said Negan.
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"Look what you did". "It's not over until he's dead". After only one episode, John seems like he'll easily become a new fan favorite. "All this is just what was".
We also got to hear Rick's posthumous letter to Carl, in which he thanked him for "bringing all of us to the new world" - which Carl could have done if he stayed alive. To many viewers, it looked like Negan was going to die.
Rick and Michonne go to see Negan, who is recovering. 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 the Saviors lined up to attack Team Rick, they fired and instantly fell to the ground.
Having Jesus in on it makes things even more interesting. Meanwhile, Daryl pledges to show Rick that he was wrong to do what he did. She's full Maggie Corleone.
Except when it's not, since Morgan himself doesn't want to be around people anymore. Daryl has been vowing to kill Dwight for a while, right?
Daryl had an opportunity of his own to kill Dwight after everything that happened; yet, instead he gave him an opportunity to move forward. So I guess Dwight will be just fine.
Obviously, "The Walking Dead" is too much of a cash cow for AMC to part with the show blithely, but at this point, it wouldn't be insane to start contemplating an end game, one that would allow viewers to follow Rick's story, at least, toward some sort of natural conclusion. But Rick may have more pressing problems closer to home. Daryl overheard the conversation and agreed. We finally got some closure: the Rick/Negan war is over; Eugene finally showed his true colours, and, yep, I think everyone is sorta done with the show now.