The Walking Dead stars and showrunner address season finale fate

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The Walking Dead stars and showrunner address season finale fate

The season finale for AMC's hit horror drama The Walking Dead aired in the USA last night, with an unexpected last-minute twist.

At least Carl didn't die in vain. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the members of Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom realized that Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) plan was a fake and ambushed him.

Rick has finally put an end to Negan's reign of terror, but rather than giving Negan a taste of his own medicine, Officer Friendly chose to throw the villain in jail as an example of a more civilized future.

It's easy to see why The Walking Dead chose to do this: it follows the comic books, it means they can keep Negan (a character the writers are now in the thrall of) around, and means they can still have Rick as their noble leader.

In the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead, Rick decides not to kill Negan. Rick believes there has to be something after - be it after the war or after the virus took over and created the walkers. It's still unclear whether the shows new changes will benefit or if it will grow to feel too similar to "The Walking Dead".

We meet Althea: Maggie Grace of Lost fame plays Althea, or Al, who happens upon John and Morgan in her armoured SWAT truck as they're being held captive by a group of thugs. Yup, good old Eugene gave everyone dummy bullets, revealing himself to be an inside man after all - even after puking on Rosita. All their guns exploded in their hands, courtesy of defective ammunition designed by Eugene (Josh McDermitt), who had secretly switched allegiances again. She just sees justice in a more "eye for an eye" sort of way than Rick does.

The battle turned immediately, but the disarmed enemies quickly surrendered and slaughter was avoided. Maggie, meanwhile, meets with Jesus and Daryl and tells them how wrong their leaders were.

Learning about Negan's fate, she screamed at him: "He can't live!" The moment Rick orders Siddiq to "save him (Negan)" Maggie erupts into a heart wrenching frenzy.

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

In the season finale of The Walking Dead, the Saviors' storyline was finally wrapped up as the characters went head to head one final time.

Rick, who had a sweet vision of walking with a young Carl during more innocent times, told the Savior prisoners to go home and offered terms of survival: "Any person here who would live in peace and fairness, who would find the common ground, this world is yours by right".

We all knew this one was coming, as Lennie James has jumped over to "Fear the Walking Dead", but now we know why he left. They visited Morgan at the Heaps, trying to get him back with them. But she doesn't kill the fallen Savior, nor does she take her vengeance out on Rick personally. The final showdown between The Survivors and The Saviors. Makes no sense. But the idea of sweet farmgirl Maggie Rhee turning into a vengeful, ruthless mini-dictator is attractive, and when you add the prospect of civil war with Rick, it's irresistible.

Maggie, Jesus, and Daryl seem to be beginning to formulate a coup against Rick.

Gimple also promises that the character won't be an enigma for long: "We take a deep dive into Mr. Dorie".

Much to the inconsolable disappointment of Maggie, who has to be controlled by Michonne, Rick explains that it has to be this way.

"The other exciting thing for us in having those moments with Rick, Jesus, and Carol is that these are three people who Morgan has spent a long, long time being close to", Ian added.

Peace-keeping Jesus gave a hint of a smile as an even more surprising potential conspirator, Daryl, emerged from the shadows. "It all sussed together and as soon as the video came back, it was a very good feeling, because he's a great character".

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