THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 8 FINALE
with a throwback scene of Rick and a tiny Karl walking along a road, the same one referred to in ‘the letter’ to his Dad. Immediately you feel
from the off as though you are going have to have your wits about you for this finale episode!
Rick aka piss holes in the sand eyes asks Siddiq to tell him
how his son died. The explanation forthcoming was that he had been paying his respects to a woman he never knew (comforting!).
Cut to the King and Jerry. The King as always continues to talk in riddles, whilst Jerry concentrated settling on using the brown word as many times as possible during their exchange whilst setting the scene of things to come.
From the look on Maggie’s face it appeared she maybe suffering from a bad case of indigestion, with a severe shortage of Rennies she continues to looked pained during a discussion about the
map brought to them via dodgy Dwight speculating its worth.
Morgan has another of his funny five mins resulting in him nearly putting his bō (pronounced like “boat,” without the T) in Henrys head. On the back of this Rick suggests that maybe Morgan should stay home, but Morgan insists he must do what needs to be done. He shares with Rick they are worse than they have ever been by giving their word and then killing and states ‘let’s just finish this’.
The main characters from Ricks Gang stride meaningfully armed whilst Rick and Michonne are hand in hand joined by a gun.
The build up to the anticlimatic battle has begun.
Back at the Sanctuary Negan’s Saviors seem to have multiplied in numbers as they all
mill about seemingly in a synchronized ‘heigh ho heigh ho, it’s off to war we go’ manner whilst getting ready to leave all gunned up. Eugene
the master bullet maker invites Negan to try out the quality of his work on a stuffed torso of hay clad in a white t-shirt with the name ‘Rick’ splashed across its chest
Eugene’s character apart from the off-putting mullet is another that talks in tongues and constantly mutters, which makes it very difficult at times to make out what he is saying and then you have to decipher what he was saying,
by which time the new world has begun and you’re none the wiser!
Back to the plot; Gabriel the priest is being put to good use and brought along with
the purpose to listen to Negan’s confessions along the way (good job as if he had written them down it would have taken longer than a car ride!) Its
not long before Negan spills about having to sacrifice some of his people to trap Rick and his pricks (his words not mine).
Negan tells Gabriel that they
will find a map which is part of his plan when they kill his men and that he is going to kill Rick and everyone connected; this information is far too much for the ex-priest who decides to take advantage of the car swerving to miss a zombie and dives out of
the moving vehicle.
However in a blind panic with blind
faith his blindness causes him to not be in a great situation trying to amble his way through woods full of walkers!
It doesn’t take long for Eugene and co to catch him up and Eugene points a gun at Gabriel’s head warning him to shut his damn mouth (rude!) and something about look where his big god
is when he truly needs him. Negan calls dibbs on ‘Gabby boy’ whacking him in the stomach with his dearly departed wife Lucille.
Meanwhile, Morgan has another moment, his imagination running wild sees the long haired dead savior (the annoying one who everyone was pleased to see eaten) that him and Rick
left to be eaten alive (hooray!), who looks like a bottle of ketchup has exploded in his mouth and comically warns him it’s not going to happen.(His sense of humour has certainly picked up since he was ripped limb by limb!)
As Negan predicted the King finds the map and Rick does as Rick always does falls for it hook line and sinker! (Come on!)
Whilst on route to ambush the Saviors, Jesus takes the opportunity to have a
pep talk with Morgan telling him he can stop people without killing them (mindblowing information that only took 8 series to share!). His proposal is simple; use the pointy end of his bō for the dead and the not so pointy end for the living and guess what things will get better (lets hope Morgan can remember which end
is for what!).
They then all are out in open countryside, which immediately screams danger and makes me dunk my hobknob a tad too viciously! - Damn you Rick Grimes!
Back at Hilltop Glenns half-brother
sees The Saviors on route and the community all go into evacuation mode.
Flick to Rick who is now being whistled at in that really annoying Savior sort of
calling card whistle that puts your teeth on edge and makes you want to kill instantly. Negan’s dulcet tones can then be heard from a loud hailer (handy!)
but where is he and the whistling coming from?
As always unprepared Negan’s speech is always worth listening to as he starts by saying that he ambushed
his ambush with an even bigger ambush! (Already smiling....) He tells everyone aiming it at Rick that some of old friends are with him and introduces
Eugene who all made today possible and Dwight who in his opinion was gutless and nothing that sucks at life who now could watch them all die and have to live with it adding that Gabriel has to go too.
Swapping his hoover for Lucille, Negan states he is cleaning house! (Can’t say I can visualise him in a pinny
and feather duster! - or can I?)
Negan wraps up by telling Rick it never had to be a fight and he should have just accepted things as they were!
Eugene’s mullet moves in a nodding action and we the viewers wait in anticipation before we see them coming over the hill a line of Saviors all armed like a scene
out of Braveheart minus the kilts.
Initially you’re not sure who is shooting who and then the penny drops as you realise when Negan’s hand has
a bullet backfired into it that all the guns used by The Saviors have backfired injuring or killing them all - naughty mullethead Eugene!
Hilltop peeps with
one noisy baby are escaping into the woods and just as The Saviors look like they are approaching they are enflamed in fire being bombed by the ocean people who have turned up prepared.
One of 'Negan' starts the surrender by getting on her knees expressing its over. Meanwhile Rick red eyes sees Negan run to the tree with the pretty stained glass hanging on either side and takes a shot, but as always, he proves
to be a shit shot and then runs straight at the tree ,as if he hasn’t considered that Negan would be hiding behind it successfully winding him with Lucille.
Rick tells Negan he’s beat and that his
people are down. But once a maniac always a maniac and cocksure Negan reckons he will get out of it as he always does; he is bigger and badder than Rick and
with a bat (you just cannot help but love that dirty rotten scoundrel!)
Rick asks for 10 secs for Karl which prompts Negan to start to count only briefly
as he gets to 9 when Rick rudely interrupts saying Karl said doesn’t have to be fighting. Negan gets to 8 before he throws his two-penny worth in to
express he feels Rick was wrong. Momentarily distracted from his counting down probably distracted by Ricks eyes and wondering if conjunctivitis is contagious,
Rick lunges forward and slits Negan’s throat with a piece of broken glass from the pretty stained-glass tree décor.
Negan ever the showman attempts
to have the last word and then falls to the ground dramatically holding onto this throat and considering all the blood on him and Ricks hands it’s a miracle when sweaty head Rick declares ‘Save Him’ and he is saved. This decision was not before another shot of him and Karl on that road again!
sucking woman Maggie goes crazy refusing to listen and accept that after watching her beloved Glenn have his head literally bashed in by this leather jacket clad man, Rick is prepared to make such a decision. In her ranting she states ‘it’s not over until he is dead’ (referring to Negan not Rick, although will this change?)as Michonne holds her back.
Rick chooses to ignore her and tells everyone to go home but warns that Negan is alive but his way of doing things is over and anyone who cannot live that way will pay the price. Then in his preachy banded legged
way (boy does he needs some vitamin d and calcium in his diet!) he tells everyone that work begins and the new world begins! (yippee!)
Rosita asks Eugene
what happened to the guns and in true Eugene styles he replies with some incoherent southern explanation which she ponders on and then punches him (something I have been longing to do for a very long time).
However, she doesn’t punch him for his inarticulation but for his projectile garlic puke from a previous
series. Gone is the pussy Eugene who would have cried at such a response and he seems to take it in his stride confirming her actions were fair play!
Morgan disrobes all his protective bits of padding and gives them to Carol to
pass onto Henry (I doubt the boy will appreciate these sweaty bloodstained what look like skating boarding safeguards all leading up to his exit from The Walking Dead into Fear the Walking Dead and hopefully to some better storylines).
Rick is sitting under the tree, but not K I S S I N G, no he is crying probably got a random piece of glass up his bum! Too many close ups of his inflammed eyes
almost giving him a piggy eyed and very unattractive look.
is catching as he is now mumbling about have mercy prevailed over my wrath before sobbing, wheres the medic where you need them?
The Savior that has always tried really hard to be nice with everyone especially Maggie and yet everyone has been so mean to him decides to share with Maggie that the other prisoners are returning
to The Sanctuary (it always sounds like a spa resort) and that he has decided to stay as he has been reading the book left by Georgie of the commonwealth (remember the woman who arrived out of nowhere with very clean and ironed clothes looking like she had
just come straight out of a shopping channel rather than a soul who had suffered the fall outs of a zombie apocalypse).
He tells Maggie he can make stuff (lets hope its more than a peg doll or a wooden spoon bug!).
Maggie agrees with a simple OK without even questioning how and when had he had the time to read what looked like a handwritten copy of War & Peace.
Daryl who hasn’t had much to say so far in this finale gets to take Dwight
into the woods (but not for a teddy bears picnic!). Dwight says he knows why he is there and gets all emotional, but as he got to see Negan down that was enough for him! Getting to his knees he says he is sorry and pleads with Daryl.
Daryl, not one to mess with his words, tells him to shut up throwing him the keys to the van saying he should go and keep going and never show his face again otherwise he will kill him (I think he really means it this time)
It ends with Daryl advising him to find her (Denise his wife
– not Daryl’s wife; Dwight’s wife who ran off many episodes ago). Dwight takes his advice and goes back to the house where he left a note for her many walkers ago.
It is still there but a weird sign has been added which indicates its either her or a bored walker with a biro.
Morgan, unrecognisable without
his padding goes around to see the trashy queen who has stop wearing crazy outfits and instead looks pretty normal (whatever that looks like!) dressed in a decent pair of jeans and checked shirt (wonder if she has built a utility room off her studio flat?).
Morgan invites her round to Ricks place which she seems quite keen on and says she will get her things. ‘Call me Anne’ (now that’s probably been the biggest surprise of this episode – who would have thought she would have been called Anne?).
Morgan says he will stay and she must go, as he needs alone time. So this is when he discovers the Tardis located underneath all the scrap metal that allows him to enter Fear the Walking Dead (Anne is going to be really pissed when she finds out!).
Back in Maggie’s den she is on the warpath and having a moan to Jesus indicating that Rick
and Michonne have made the wrong decision about Negan. It appears that Jesus is on her side and Daryl who arrives out of the shadows feels the same way (he
has never forgiven for Negan overdosing him on that catchy little number ‘Easy Street’).
Move over to Negan with nice little neck scarf pretending
to be asleep handcuffed to the bed who when it is felt he is not playing ball, Michonne tries to strangle much to the shock of the doctor. The message is loud
and clear Negan is going to rot in a cell for the rest of his life and day by day he gets to watch them build a new world and see how wrong he was.
Wonder if he will be in a cell with or without Lucille?
manages to stumble upon the burnt-out church and thanks the lord given so much has happened and tells him he can see – see what? See the light? See how things spiraled out of control? See the state of the church?
started with a flashback, so lets end this finale with a flashback and bring on little Karl once more with a Rick voiceover;
‘Dear Karl, l I forgot
who I was you may be remember walking that day, walking side by side but bringing me somewhere Karl, showing me the new world you made it real, I see it I
remember – Dad' xx (I am assuming he would pop a couple of kisses at the end).
And so, until some time in Autumn we are left wondering about each of
the characters and where Season 9 is going to take us; hopefully a few twists and turns and Rick will return to having gorgeous sparkling eyes without the redness – will Naughty Negan dig a tunnel with a teaspoon and escape? Will Maggie hook up with
Lucille and give Negan a bashing in memory of Glenn?
So many questions and only another six months to figure it all out!