As Negan had planned, Rick's group massacred the decoy Saviors at a road block that had been on Dwight's fake map, but Negan had planted another map on one of the doomed Saviors.
Judging by the preview image above, we could be looking at the end of Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) tenure on The Walking Dead. As it turns out, the bullets Eugene made for The Saviors were booby-trapped, and when The Saviors surrounded Rick's group and fired their weapons, every gun backfired, injuring and in some cases killing the ones pulling the trigger.
Yep. In the end, Rick refused to kill Negan, fulfilling his son's dying wish.
Maggie and Alden are totally going to hook up, right?
But then his rage got the better of him, as Rick slashed open Negan's throat with a shard of broken glass.
So what now does Negan offer? Here's what you need to know.
Eugene is one of the most hated characters on The Walking Dead, serving at the mercy of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. Negan has been the villain for two full seasons now, which have also been two of the most tiresome the show has ever delivered.
Everything came down to the final battle between Rick and Negan, with Rick making one last plea for his adversary to find a way to move forward without fighting. When are we going to get answers about that helicopter, or the ultra mod living space she was in?
There's a scene in the comics where Maggie, after a failed assassination attempt, publicly executes Gregory; between that and this TV setup, are we about to see Maggie as an antagonist? This is the one thing we didn't see coming. The show removed the moment where Negan admits he never even considered cooperation, but it does keep the result of Negan's distraction: Rick suddenly slashes his throat, wounding him enough to declare victory.
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.
Could that horde be hiding the next group Rick's people go up against in the comics, The Whispers? On Sunday night, however, Fear the Walking Dead proved the naysayers wrong-again. She asks for his name and then introduces herself as Ann. However, Rick was wrong in his decision not to kill Negan.
That's a wrap on recapping Season 8.
Some fans even interpreted that as a threat on Rick and Michonne's lives, which doesn't seem to be what Maggie is saying.
"We are worse than we were", Morgan (Lennie James) told Rick near the finale's outset, a reference to their lost humanity, but also a fair description of where the show stands - commercially as well as creatively - compared to its dizzying apex. Is Maggie right to bide her time and then show Rick why she thinks he is wrong?
The actor admitted that the historic crossover can be traced back to a conversation he had with Scott Gimple, executive producer and former showrunner of The Walking Dead who has since been tasked with overseeing the entire AMC franchise.