Things are not looking good for ANY of the survivors on ‘The Walking Dead,’ and in the season six finale we finally meet Negan… who takes one of their lives in a horrific way.
On the April 3 season six finale of The Walking Dead, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) finally made his highly anticipated entrance onto the series. Unfortunately, as the loyal comic readers know, that means we lost one of our beloved survivors — but WHO?
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All roads have led us here, walkers stalkers. As the season six finale begins, we find Morgan strolling through an open space alone, passing a sign that says, “you are alive,” and then finding a horse who he immediately refers to as his friend. Okay, typical Morgan. Shortly after we find the Savior that followed Morgan and Rick into the field following horse tracks and playing with Carol’s rosary. Not good.
We then return to Alexandria, where Carl is in panic mode. He’s freaking out over the threat of the Saviors and even his girlfriend, Enid, can’t calm him down. He even tells her he’s not going to let what happened to everyone else happen to her, staking his official claim as her boyfriend. Nice, Coral. Nice. It seems that Rick’s plan is to pack up the crew and get Maggie to a doctor, and I safely assume they mean the ob/gyn at The Hilltop. He’s leaving Father Gabriel behind, with a few others including Spencer, and I don’t know how he thinks the walls will stand with just those two guarding it.
More importantly, Morgan finally finds Carol resting in a doorway in a neighborhood he rode his horse into. It’s unclear how far they are from Alexandria, or where they are at all, but Carol is in bad shape. Very bad shape. She’s covered in dirt and her own blood, and she can barely speak when Morgan finds her.
While this is happening we’re watching an unfamiliar man covered in blood running from a group of people as the same whistle that got Daryl shot in the penultimate episode repeats over and over again. Once they catch him they tell him his people didn’t listen, and that he has to suffer for that. Then we see him getting dragged into the middle of the road, where The Saviors have ultimately put up a block for Rick and his group. Uh oh. Rewatch Negan’s Epic Scene Here.
The RV is packed with Rick, Maggie, Eugene, everyone… including Carl, who locked Enid in a closet before leaving Alexandria. Maggie is totally freaking out and rightfully so, as something is terribly wrong with either her or the baby. Rick tries to calm her nerves by reminding her that they all have each other and they always have. He tells her, “We got here together, and we’re still here.” But for how long, Rick?
Then, of course, they come across the road block. Abraham pulls the RV to a stop, and then Rick, Carl, and Eugene get out armed and ready to fight. The group demands that they hand over their stuff and that they’ll only kill one of them, but Rick says he was just about to demand that they do the same — and he wasn’t going to kill any of them. Eventually absolutely nothing happens, and the RV backs up to go it’s own way. But, not before the guy in charge of the group tells Rick that he should be nice to the people he has packed in the RV — because any one of them could be gone at any moment. Wow, foreshadowing much?
Morgan Is Desperate To Bring Carol Home
When we get back to Carol and Morgan, he used a first aid kit to treat her and she’s doing much, much better. Now Morgan is trying to convince her to return with him, but she refuses over and over again. “If you care about people there are people to protect, there are people that you will kill for. If you don’t wanna kill, or if you can’t, then you have to get away from them,” she tells him, and of course Morgan doesn’t necessarily agree because he follows his own anti-killing rule. She begs Morgan to leave before walking away from him, but he doesn’t go just yet. Instead he goes outside to kill a walker that is making a lot of noise, and when he returns inside the building he and Carol were holed up in for a few hours, she’s gone.
It seems that Rick and the group found another route, courtesy of Eugene’s smarts, and Abraham is back in the driver’s seat with Sasha by his side. He asks her if she would have a baby with him, and she seems shocked… but also totally into it. Once they agree that maybe, one day, they could make pancakes — I mean babies — together, they run into another road block. This one seems bigger, and even worse? They seem as if they were specifically waiting, like they knew Rick was coming. They decide they are going to have to fight, but not without a plan, so they back up. Unfortunately as they back up one of the guys waiting for them is firing his gun into the air. Warning shots, or letting someone else know they are there? Hmm.
The next road block that they come across is built of walkers and chains. Oh, and worse? Each walker seems to have something that belongs to the missing survivors… like one walker has Michonne’s dreads attached to it’s head, and another is wearing Daryl’s vest. When a stunned Rick finally goes to take the walkers out, they are ambushed with gunfire. Of course, at the very same time, the group of walkers break free… which makes getting back into the RV difficult for everyone, especially Rick. But, thankfully, it happens, and they drive away shaken up but unscathed.
It doesn’t take long for them to hit a fourth road block, and this time it’s huge. There are layers of Saviors, much more than anyone would have known, and even Abraham knows there’s nowhere for them to go.
Because letting things happen back-to-back would be too easy, we return to Carol, who is on the run all alone. While trying to stop a walker she’s attacked by another walker, and just as she clears it she’s attacked by the savior that’s been following her. They throw down before he pulls a gun on her, and then he stands over her and tells her he’s going to watch her die slowly like he did his friends that she killed. Without warning, he shoots Carol in the arm, and blood sputters out of her sleeve. When she laughs about it, he shoots her in the thigh. She tells him she hasn’t suffered enough, and he walks away somewhat baffled. She begs him to come back and he does, ready to shoot and kill, but then Morgan stops him. Not only that, but Morgan breaks his own code and fires two shots at the man, killing him.
Out of nowhere two men in makeshift armor walk up, and it’s the man who was looking for his horse in the previous episode. Also, for those of you who have read the comics, you know they are from Kingdom, which is another community that the people of Alexandria did not know about until know. When Morgan tells them that they need help for Carol, they agree to get her help and take both of them in. Are we about to see Kingdom? Already? Wow!
The Saviors Manage To Trap Rick & The Group
Back to the RV, it’s now nighttime, and they are more or less out of gas. It seems they’ve made a plan to go by foot, but they need a distraction… and that distraction is Eugene. Both Rick and Abraham say very sad, foreshadow-y goodbyes to Eugene, and then they carry Maggie out of the RV to go on without him. Even Maggie on a stretcher stops to thank Eugene, and once they are gone he gets back behind the wheels and takes a breath before going on with the plan. I would be lying to you if I didn’t admit that I am crying while writing this.
As the group treks through the woods, Maggie is not looking good. She has a fever, she’s struggling to talk, and even though we can’t see it there is a chance that she’s bleeding. But, they aren’t going far… because soon the whistling starts. When Rick says to run, they run right into a massive circle of Saviors that have been waiting for them — and they have Eugene hogtied on his knees in front of the RV. They are forced to set Maggie down, stripped of their weapons, and then asked to get on their knees — yes, even Maggie, who looks like she’s about to pass out. Rick is one of the last to go down, and as the camera zooms in on his face he’s covered in sweat and shaking. He knows that this is not going to end well.
The lead guy calls for Dwight, who walks into the circle and pulls a bloody Daryl, Michonne, Glenn, and Rosita out from a van. When Glenn sees Maggie he says her name, and she starts crying immediately. They are all lined up, on their knees, and facing the SUV as Negan walks out.
He’s incredible. He’s flawless, dressed well, hair slicked back like he just took a hot shower to meet Rick and the group. And Lucille? Lucille is hoisted over his shoulder just as clean as Negan.
Negan tells Rick that he’s going to regret killing so many people, and then demands that Rick give him his s–t. “You have s–t, you give it to me, that’s your job.” It’s worth noting that Negan only speaks to Rick, despite the fact that their entire group is lined up around them. Rick doesn’t respond, he just continues to shake and look terrified. Honestly, at this point, everyone in the group knows that someone is going to die — if not all of them.
“This? This is Lucille, and she is awesome.” Negan tells Rick, introducing him to the barb wired bat in his hand. Then he goes through and eyes every one in the group, stopping to inspect Abraham, and then walking down to Carl and telling him to “lighten up.” No such luck, Negan.
Then he stops in front of Maggie, who of course looks terrible, and he says he is going to put her out of her misery right then and there. But before he can swing the bat Glenn screams and lunges for Negan’s back, only to be stopped by Dwight. Once he’s back in his place Negan tells the group that no one should try that again, but that the first one is free because it’s an “emotional moment.” For some reason he returns to Carl, pointing out that he is definitely Rick’s kid. The scene is so intense it’s unbearable, Negan just strolling back and forth deciding who he’s going to kill like it’s a game.
And then he turns it into a game. Negan sings eenie-meanie-minie-mo. As he goes through the group we see each of their faces look up at him one-by-one. However, when he finally picks someone we are seeing from their POV. Negan whacks the person once, and we can still see him as he laughs about how the person is “taking it like a champ,” and then continues to hit the person again. And again. And again. And no, your eyes were not deceiving you… we do not find out who the person is that dies at the hands of Negan.
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