Things got real ugly on ‘The Walking Dead’s season seven finale, when Rick and Negan’s groups finally started the all-out war we’ve been waiting for. But sadly, we lost yet another one of our beloved survivors. Spoilers ahead!
The season seven finale of The Walking Dead began with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) listening to music in the dark. She’s covered in sweat and seems nervous, but after a moment she stops moving and breathing and looks as if she’s falling asleep — or dead. Does this mean she took the poison pill that Eugene (Josh McDermitt) gave her? After the credits roll we return to Sasha listening to music in the dark, but this time she’s awake — and talking to herself. Then, suddenly, she’s waking up on the couch in her home in Alexandria. It’s Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) voice that wakes her up, and after a moment we see that he is alive and well sitting next to her. He’s talking to her casually about her late guard shift and Maggie’s (Lauren Cohan) baby, but then Sasha tells him not to go. He seems confused, and suddenly she wakes up on the floor of her prison cell. Reality check.
It’s Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who comes knocking at Sasha’s door, telling her it’s a “big day” as he presents her with a freshly made pancake breakfast. He tells her that it’s the first day of the rest of her life and seems pretty excited about it as he takes a seat next to her on the floor, but he still hasn’t revealed what it is exactly he wants her to do for him.
Then we return to Alexandria, the current Alexandria, and Dwight (Austin Amelio) is being interrogated by everyone. Literally everyone. It’s Rick (Andrew Lincoln) hovering over him, Daryl (Norman Reedus) desperately resisting the urge to kill him, and Tara (Alanna Masterson) telling him about the woman he killed, Denise. Dwight tells Tara he wasn’t aiming for Denise and that’s when Daryl snaps, grabbing Dwight by the throat and throwing him against the wall with a knife to his forehead. Tara is telling him to do it over and over again with zero interference from Rick, but Dwight tells them that he really is there to help them kill Negan. That he no longer owns him and he wants nothing more than to see the man dead. No on trusts him and rightfully so, but then he tells Rick Negan’s plans to show up tomorrow without notice. Then he comes up with a (pretty brilliant) plan to kill Negan, promising to slow the Saviors down on their way there which will give them the chance to carefully take them out. He even has a plan on how to take out the Sanctuary and the out posts, all of which he shares with Rick and the group. Could he really, sincerely be there to help?
When we return to Sasha she’s back in the dark listening to music. It sounds like she might be in a truck, but it’s still not entirely clear. She returns to her Abraham dream to tell him she had a dream about him dying, but then she quickly goes back to Negan. He’s finally revealed his plan to her, and it involves her going into Alexandria to get Rick and the group to stand down. The catch? Lucille gets to swing again, again and again. He wants to kill three people this time. Sasha promises that she can do what he needs without anyone dying, but Negan disagrees. He believes Rick and the group need punishment — again. She continues to try and bargain with him, but Negan only backs down to killing one person. Sasha agrees.
We check in on The Hilltop and Maggie is discussing the plans with Jesus and Enid. She’s considering joining the fight at Alexandria but she knows she has a lot at stake with her pregnancy, which she is immediately reminded of just by looking at Judith.
Alexandria Gets A Little Help From Their Friends
Speaking of joining the fight, King Ezekiel, Carol and the Kingdom’s group are on the move when they run into Morgan. He’s wearing Benjamin’s armor, and Ezekiel doesn’t fail to notice. He asks Morgan to join them in killing the Saviors, but he puts up a bit of a fight. Ezekiel pushes him to fight with them, to defeat the Saviors with them, and finally he agrees. Ezekiel his men, Shiva, Carol and Morgan all march on and it looks like we are headed for a fight.
It’s not just the Hilltop and the Kingdom who are fighting, either. The next thing we see are multiple garbage trucks filled with people arriving at Alexandria which means the landfill survivors are also in place. Jadis seems impressed with Alexandria upon seeing it for the first time, and then suggests that she could want something like this. Jadis then asks Michonne if Rick is hers and when she says yes, they are together, Jadis asks if she can “lay with” him “after”. Both Rick and Michonne are thrown off by this and instead of answering they just suggest everyone get back to work. Um, good idea.
In between shots of Alexandria setting up their defense, we see Negan hitting the bumps in the road set up by Dwight. Negan and Simon discuss whether or not they think Alexandria did this on purpose, which of course they do, and that’s when Eugene interjects. He wants the chance to “slow their roll” and “cool their jets” before things get crazy, which means he obviously doesn’t know anything about Negan’s plan to use Sasha for just that.
We go back to Sasha yet again, and it seems like she’s definitely in a moving truck now. She’s having trouble talking, and when we flash to her daydream with Abraham. It’s starting to feel more like a flashback than a dream, and their conversation confirms that. If that’s true, then we are learning that Sasha practically begged Abraham not to go with Rick and the group that day. She kept saying that they were needed at home in Alexandria, but Abraham wasn’t having it. It was his decision that they go and help Maggie.
Back to present day, Negan and his trucks finally arrive in Alexandria. Eugene is riding out the top of a truck telling them to stand down and that it’s not worth it, but Rick doesn’t listen. Instead he asks for Negan, to which Eugene replies: “I’m Negan.” It takes Rick a moment, but he finally gives Rosita the okay to push the button for the explosives which would kill him instantly. She doesn’t hesitate but something goes terribly wrong — the button doesn’t set off the dynamite. After a moment of silent, Jadis and the landfill people turn their guns on Rick and the rest of the Alexandrians. The whole thing was a trap, and now Rick and his people are at the mercy of Negan… again.
Jadis reveals that Negan came and made them a better deal, which is how this happened. Negan then calls out Rick for trying to blow up Eugene, and then he tells Simon and Dwight to unveil their surprise. It’s a coffin, and when they move it into place we find out Sasha is inside. Negan tells them that she’s still alive inside, but they can’t see her to know if that’s true or not. Negan then demands that he wants all of the guns they found, every drop of lemonade and he wants Rick to pick someone to die by Lucille. Then he sees Daryl and he demands him back, as well as the pool table where he killed Spencer so many episodes ago. Rick demands to see Sasha, so Negan pops open the coffin… but we return to her flashback with Abraham before anything. She tells him her dream about him dying and them losing Alexandria felt real, but instead of responding he just kisses her. He then calls her out for wanting to go with Maggie in his place, but he refuses to let that happen. Then they pack up and head out together, without knowing they are heading to Abraham’s death.
Sasha Sacrifices Herself In Hopes Of Saving Everyone
The next thing we see is Eugene leading Sasha out to the truck and them discussing how long it will take to get there. He hands her an iPod so she can listen to music on the ride over, and then we learn that it’s Sasha who volunteered to travel in the coffin. Before she gets in she asks for a bottle of water, and Negan thanks her for doing this by telling her he appreciates her doing something so hard. Once Sasha is inside she turns on the music and stares at the poison pill Eugene gave her while she was still in the cell. Then she takes it, chugs the water and smiles as the music goes on. So when we saw Sasha die at the beginning of the episode it wasn’t a fake out, it really was her dying thanks to Eugene’s poison pill. RIP.
When Negan finally opens the casket, Sasha is a walker and she immediately attacks him. Walker Sasha takes him to the ground, and Carl takes that as a cue to start shooting out the landfill people. The rest of Alexandria follows, and we even see Rosita get shot in the shoulder before Tara grabs her and pulls her to safety. Rick is the only one still trapped by Jadis, and when he tries to escape her she shoots him in the leg and pushes him off the guard tower. Negan is eventually saved by one of the Saviors, who Sasha pulls apart with ease, and then Simon grabs him and pulls him behind a truck so he’s not in the line of fire.
Inside Alexandria the fight is NOT going well. Michonne is having her head slammed into the concrete over and over again while Jadis leads a limping Rick to a different area. When they get there we see the Saviors have Carl on his knees in the grass, and that’s when Negan emerges with Lucille. Rick is ordered to his knees beside his son, and Negan berates him for starting this fight. Carl then interjects and tells Negan he’s not going to win, but when Negan instructs him to take a look at Alexandria we see people being hog tied. That’s when someone falls off of the roof where Michonne was fighting one of the landfill walkers, and all we hear is a woman’s scream. Negan sees Rick’s reaction to the death and harps on it, then reveals he’s going to kill Carl right then and there. But, that’s not all — Negan is also going to take Rick’s hands. None of this scares Rick and he shows it by reminding him that he promised to kill him a long time ago, and that he means that and he absolutely still will. Negan turns bright red listening to this and even begins to shake, but after a moment he finally bursts into laughter. Then, he stands up and prepares to swing at Carl… only for Shiva to come out of nowhere and lunge at a Savior behind him. This makes Negan drop to his knees before making a run for it, and then the rest of the Kingdom comes in firing. This gives Rick and Alexandria the upper hand once again, and suddenly they get a chance to take it all back.
Jadis and the landfill walkers decide to peace out when things get too heavy, and multiple smoke bombs are thrown as a distraction. Rick finds out that Maggie and the Hilltop are also there fighting alongside them, but some of the Saviors manage to get away — including Negan. Once Negan gets out of Alexandria we see that the landfill people are still there to strike, and they shoot at everyone trying to leave the gate as one of their own shuts it and locks it. Daryl somehow manages to get to the other side, but when he climbs up on top of a garbage truck he finds that everyone is gone. Things get quiet, and that’s when Rick finally gets a chance to find out who fell off the roof. When he finds the body it’s the landfill blonde, so he and Carl immediately run upstairs to find Michonne who has been beaten to a bloody pulp. She can barely speak or open her eyes when they find her, but they are just glad she is alive and everyone is back together.
When Negan returns to the Sanctuary he immediately questions Eugene on how Sasha could have died in that box. He has an answer for the leader though: the box was sealed, and therefore she ran out of air. Negan doesn’t seem to believe him, but he doesn’t punish him in return, either. Instead, Negan walks outside and tells a large group of Saviors that they are going to war, to which they all cheer.
Back at Alexandria, everyone has separated into different groups to find walker Sasha. It’s Maggie and Jesus who find her in the woods, which immediately brings Maggie to tears. After Jesus tackles Sasha to the ground, Maggie approaches with her knife and puts her out of her misery. They bury her with the rest of their dead, and we hear Maggie talking to Rick overhead. She tells him that Glenn didn’t know him, but he helped him. That it started with both of you and grew, and that they are not strangers they are family. That it was Glenn’s decision to fight for each other from the very start and she was just following his lead.
Before the episode ends, Daryl discovers a little wooden soldier with the words “didn’t know” written on it — likely from Dwight regarding both Sasha and the landfill people set up. But the last thing we see as the season comes to an end is Rick and Maggie talking to the people of Alexandria, likely preparing them to go to fight once again. The war has only just begun.
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