The Season Finale opens with a quick flashback to Rick and Carl right before the apocalypse (more on that later). Back to reality – Rick and his crew prepare for war against Negan and The Saviors. Siddiq tells Rick that Carl’s bite was an accident while Daryl, Maggie, and the others draw up their attack plan. Alden returns from a mission and Morgan, confused, tries attacking him before getting hit from behind by Henry. Morgan strikes him down and then stops, as everyone looks at him like he’s crazy. Morgan brushes it off and tells them it’s time to finish it. The crew leaves the Hilltop to get in position.
In the woods, Rick and his crew ambush the Saviors who were setting a trap. Morgan kills one of them surrendering and then hallucinates an undead Jared mocking him. He snaps out of it while Ezekiel discovers a Saviors’ map. Rick surmises they were being led into a trap so he changes the plan. At the Sanctuary, Negan delivers an inspirational speech to The Saviors and afterwards taunts Dwight, (who’s wearing Daryl’s servant outfit). Eugene then hands Negan a new gun, which he uses to shoot a barrel of hay with Rick’s name on it.
Negan, Eugene, Gabriel, and Laura hit the road. Negan “confesses” to Gabe that he wishes to kill all of Rick’s people. The van almost hits a walker and Gabe uses the distraction to escape. Nearly blind, he doesn’t make it far before Eugene tracks him down and holds him at gunpoint. Negan catches up and hits Gabe in the stomach with Lucille. He considers bashing in his skull but then instructs his people to return him to the car.
Rick leads his people to the battlefield and talks to Maggie and Michonne about living for tomorrow. Michonne admits to Rick she read Carl’s letter to Negan but despite his plea to make things right, they both agree to end things today. The group stops to see a massive herd of walkers in the distance while Saviors arrive at The Hilltop.
Rick’s group hears the familiar Savior whistle and Negan announces on a megaphone that he’s ambushing their ambush. He brags about Eugene working for him, Dwight getting captured, and how he’s about to kill Father Gabriel. Negan commands the Saviors to fire but all of their guns backfire and maim or kill them. Rick and his allies storm the hill while Father Gabriel and Dwight attack Negan. Maggie, Michonne, and Rick go hand-to-hand while the people of The Hilltop discreetly evacuate as the Saviors move in.
The Saviors figure out Eugene rigged their weapons and try to kill him until Rosita of all people saves his life. Rick loses a fight with a Savior and almost gets shot but that guy’s taken out too. Morgan also has a close call before Jesus saves him. Meanwhile, Aaron and the warriors of Oceanside show up at the Hilltop to help Tara and Alden take out the Saviors with molotov cocktails.
Back on the battlefield, the remaining Saviors surrender while Rick corners Negan one on one. The two of them battle it out and Negan admits the eeny-meeny game was BS and that he knew who he wanted to kill the whole time. They continue to brawl until they collapse, exhausted. Rick says Carl didn’t want them to fight and that they should work together. Negan considers it, lowers Lucille, and Rick uses the moment to slit his throat with glass. Negan falls to his knees with blood pouring out of his neck and says Carl didn’t know a damn thing.
Rick thinks back to his best times with Carl and decides to take his advice of mercy. He instructs his people to save Negan while Maggie screams NO! and has to be held back by Michonne. “There’s gotta be something after,” Rick says. He then addresses the survivors and says Negan’s way of doing things is over. He tells them to all go home where “the new world begins.” Rosita asks Eugene about the Saviors’ guns, and he admits to rigging them. She accepts it but punches him in the jaw for vomiting on her. Morgan gives up his armor to Carol and tells her to give it to Henry. Rick then breaks down at the tree but tells himself, “Let my mercy prevail over my wrath.”
Back at The Hilltop, Alden asks Maggie if he can stay and help out while the other Saviors move back to The Sanctuary – she agrees. Daryl drives Dwight into the woods. Dwight accepts that he deserves to die but Daryl won’t instead decides to give him a second chance. He tosses him the keys to his truck and tells him to keep driving to find his wife – if he ever shows up again he’ll kill him.
Morgan arrives at the junkyard to meet Jadis, who tells him to call her “Anne.” Morgan tells her she’s welcome to join his people at Hilltop but he’s staying. Jadis allows it and leaves. Ezekiel, Jerry, Henry, and Carol return to The Kingdom while Maggie tells Jesus that Rick and Michonne were wrong to save Negan. “We’re going to wait for our moment and then we’re going to show him,” she says ominously. Daryl overhears it and agrees.
Rick, Michonne, and Judith visit Carl’s grave and then Negan’s hospital bed. Michonne tells him he’ll rot in a cell and be forced to witness them create a sustainable civilization. Father Gabriel watches people rebuild Alexandria and goes into the church, thanking God for saving him. Rick then reads his own letter to Carl, telling him how he discovered who he was being his father. The letter concludes as we get a flashback between Rick and Carl before the apocalypse.
What did you think of The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale? Did it wrap up the way you wanted? What are your predictions for Season 9? Tell us in the comments!
Did I hear Maggie use that retarded name splicing shit, “Richonne”? That just perfectly finished off this empty finale.
I don’t think that’s what she said but yeah, it did sound like it. Hope they don’t twist her into a villain and have her take Dwight or Sherry’s power-struggle storylines.
Her accent has hardened along with her character lately, so I could be mistaken. Either way, I still felt deprived of emotion with this finale, except for the brief moment when my heart went out to Dwight there at the end.
You guys are breaking my heart here. I’m an avid fan of the comics, and have been with the show since the beginning. I’ve always been able to love each separately. All Out War was my absolute favorite in the comics. And I realize the show can’t do what the comics do, with the content and what not. But, the decisions made for season 8, from who they killed off (I’m looking at my boy Carl), the lackluster of Negan’s AMAZING personality and odd likability have been completely changed, and now Maggie/Daryl/Jesus are gonna go against Rick and Michonne. Was someone drinking when they decided to throw that in there? Like “hey guys, this will REALLY hurt our ratings, let’s try it!” I am keeping my fingers, toes, elbows, and nose crossed that next season we get back to what made this show the masterpiece it was. Also, someone please keep Scott Gimple far away from it from here on out. Lastly, give Kirkman a hug for me, because it’s gotta hurt seeing all his hard work, his creative ideas, basically, his sweet little walker baby, destroyed in front of his very eyes, week after week. *Hugs* to you Mr. Kirkman, you deserve them.
Are they seriously going to go and make Maggie a villain? Not shocked that this is Daryl’s path, but for Maggie I am. Also surprised Jesus is just sitting there like they’re just hanging out. Overall not a horrible episode, but definitely a bad finale. This “war” has been truly underwhelming. God help us… Kang needs to fix this.
Jesus definitely does NOT belong there!
To add to my previous comment. I’m really have been disappointed with this season and story arc in general. This isn’t even close to what All Out War was suppose to be. And honestly, with each episode that came out since the season seven premiere, the show has ran further and further from its roots. At this point, it feels like they are just stomping on what the show once was, stomping on what meaning it had. Glenn’s death has just been forgotten. The only person who cares is Maggie, and now they are twisting her into a villain. Rick and the family have forgotten everyone from their past, and completely blocked out the memories. At this point it feels like the show, writers, and characters have shrugged off the deceased and said, “eh, it was only Dale.” “eh, it was only Beth.” “eh, it was only Hershel.” “eh, it was only Sasha.” “eh, it was only Abraham.” “eh, it was only Glenn.” Team Family is all-about family until they’re gone, because why even remember them if they’re dead.
I’ve always known that it could not follow the comics exactly, artistic liberty and all, but…..yeah, I agree with all of you about the way certain characters were discarded when they were clearly near and dear to all of the fans hearts, especially Carl. We watched him grow up in this zombie apocalypse, and some of us do feel cheated that we couldn’t watch him grow into the man he was intended to be in the comics. I appreciate the fact that they marked time with Carl’s vision into the evolving of the show going into season 9, and Rick choosing mercy over his wrath to end the time with the Saviors. It was time to move to our future endeavors. As far as Maggie, Jesus and Darryl, I believe that more than a few of us would feel the same as Maggie in that situation. I was expecting it to be a little more brutal, but seeing #TWDxFTWD at the movie theater was a great idea, wish we would’ve received the “swag” that was promised, but NBD, we were happy to be part of it. I am clearly hopeful and looking forward to the adventure we are going to in season 9. As far as my family and myself, Sundays will continue to be all for #TWD and our “Spaghetti Sundays”, which are the very best and I appreciate that we all share in this ride. Carl envisioned peace, but we all know that “peace” will never last that long and will always comes at a high price.
Muy aburrido el capítulo final y en general toda la temporada 8, Matar a Carl para éste final tan malo? ¿ Es en serio ?.
I have to agree with most of the above comments. It would seem that Maggie is being flipped into some kind of villain, which would kill a lot of the story line for me. I sincerely hope that next season can get back to the basics of what made this show great but it will be hard to do and I have a hard time seeing them do that. Maggie.. Really? come on. Jesus too, that is something that I cant see this all forgiving character being a part of.
Some parts of this recap seem to be from an extended version… No Jesus, Rick or Morgan losing their fights, etc.
I have expected something like this, that Eugene would backstab Negan, killing some of his soldiers and wounding the rest. But the end? Come on, Maggie will turn against Rick because of Negan? With Daryl, it was obvious, but I don’t think that Jesus will join their rebellion – the very guy who stopped the outpost massacre and killed only in inevitable situations? Nah. I hope this crap will fizzle out (in a similar manner like Dwight vs Rick in the comics), otherwise the following season will go straight to hell.
Average season in total.
Btw, were they foreshadowing The Whisperers with that big herd?
I’m intrigued by Maggie becoming a villain. I dont see Daryl or Jesus joining her though. Daryl, because Carol would be pissed and Jesus, because hes a level headed, chill guy.
I thought maybe they were going to kill her off last night. Lauren Cohen is in a new ABC series also, this would be a good way to NOT have another baby join the group. FFS theyre gonna need a damn daycare and soundproof cones for all of them.
I hafta give it up for my boy Eugene. Ricks group needs to throw him a parade. If not for him, they’d all be dead.
I wont lie I was really hoping for a big casualty list last night. The series needs to shaken up and retooled. Its gotten so stale lately.
I wanted Rick and Maggie to die. I miss the old Michonne. Surly and badass, independant. Now shes pretty tame. I liked her better when she was feral
Glad some of the saviors will be part of the group, Laura, Alden are pretty interesting. Im so pissed Jared was killed. That guy was hilarious and fun to root against.
Anyway, I’ll continue to watch, but Im not a rabid fan any longer.
Everybody’s making Maggie out to be a potential villain but I don’t see that. She may be out to prove a point, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s gonna go rogue & hurt someone. It doesn’t mean she’s gonna turn against Rick.
We can disagree with each others’ decisions and still maintain connection while possibly attempting to dissuade or just prove a point
… we’ve seen this throughout the show already. I think you guys are feeding into what little bit of hype they felt they could generate on the heels of Rick not killing Negan.
Negan gets to live, be safe and fed, albeit from a cell, and Dwight gets exiled?!?!?!? I really liked D’s character and was hoping he would be allowed to join Rick’s group. With Carl gone, I wonder if Judith will take his place in the Negan storyline. OOOO, and did you see the wheels turning in Negan’s head when he was told he would live and be a prisoner? He isn’t done yet, at least not in his mind. I personally loved Lauren Cohen’s performance at the end of the show, from her grief-stricken reaction to Negan being allowed to live, to her backroom planning. Rick told her he would follow her and yet he is still making the decisions for everyone. A confrontation of some type is inevitable. I would have liked more action in the battle, but get that the show was trying to appease everybody by ending the war/tying up all the loose ends in one episode and moving the show forward. For me the episode was both satisfying and disappointing. I am, however, really looking forward to S9.
All we are saying is give peace a chance…..Jeez!!! That seemed to the message last night. I wanted the bad guys to die. Good people can kill and still be good. So now the good folks get to feed and water Negan,so they can feel good about themselves,cause they are better! Makes my day!!! He needs to be dead!! Maggie made a mistake sharing her ultimate intentions about Negan with Jesus in the room….he will foil her plans,after all he is deep thinking,kind, and thoughtful!!!
A dud of a finale to match this dud of a season….That had to be the lamest war ever…
After the disaster that was Season 7, I told myself that if they couldn’t give a good adaptations of All Out War, that this show was likely done for me. And you know what? I’m ready to be done with the TV adaption. I’ve found myself enjoying The Most Ridiculous Things About Last Night’s Episode of The Walking Dead more than the actual show itself. I think burnout is part of it, but it is mostly because the writers have just lost it and haven’t been delivering the goods. I could write an essay on everything that I think is wrong with the show, but it doesn’t matter at this rate. This show peaked in Seasons 4-5 and it’s clear that it’s likely never going back to that quality again. If you still enjoy the show then that is great. But I’m done with it because the bad things about the show far outweigh the good at this rate.
4 and 5 were awesome….6 had some good moments….its gone way downhill after the season 7 opener…
Made an account for my first and last comment on your site. I have been a stubborn Walking Dead fan through the entire ride. Season 7 and 8 were written by hacks for the most part (especially 8 good lord what a shit show) but I persevered hoping zombies might eat the writers and necessitate replacements. Alas, no. I’m done with this program however, and going to make an active effort to avoid anything with this show’s writers or producers associated with it. You should’ve killed Negan. I realize you went too far with the really poorly written version of what the hack writers think “war” looks like (and got completely wrong), and then tried to dramatize and moralize this atrocious grand saga you seem to think you’ve produced, but you could’ve just ended it. Just kill Negan, don’t ruin every remaining interesting character you’ve got by insisting that a villain with about as much depth as a toilet bowl sticks around just to create some angst for your characters to be racked with and split apart by next season. You lost a chunk of your fans with season seven premiere, fine, they loved Glen. I stuck around to see where it was going. You lost many of the rest with the slow motion, hamfisted war you played out over far too many episodes. But you lost me finally, when you decided that your anti-heroes in a world gone totally to hell were going to go soft to make a really limp, flaccid, rope pushing point about forgiveness. All the shit that the survivors have been through, and you really expect the idea will fly with fans that these characters are gonna just suck up ricks decision to let this hack villain live because he read a note his dead son wrote him and is now what, magically capable of surgical precision with broken glass in a fight to the death with the man who killed a bunch of his best friends?
So Maggie is the ONLY character who is really ready to kill the guy? Seriously? What happened to your writers? Did you make a better offer to the people who did the dialogue for the teletubbies and steal them away from what they were on before?
They’ve gone deeper than just the shallowness of Good Guy Kills Bad Guy.