So it's finally here after 177 episodes, including this one. Some might have wondered how it will end. I don't know. I always knew it was going to be bad. This story has been for a long time a survival one, with the Dead always winning... meaning that to me this is a story of how we died.
Although, it might as well be of how the Alexandrians survived after their autocratic leader was kidnapped by the helicopter people. After all we know that at least a couple of them make it out live, who besides Daryl make it?
This is so untypical, resting in the middle of the zombie invasion. What is wrong with you people? Jokes besides, Judith did amazing job on getting up and barricading the hospital lobby while Daryl was out counting zetas. All while bleeding from the bullet wound.
In the meantime, Jules were lost to Dead, Luke almost went after her as the horde took her down. Having lost a leg afterwards, not a great prospect. Especially as he'd lost the will to live in the aftermath. There was nothing that could have been done to save him. Not even though he was in the hospital.
For saving Judith, the writers made a deus ex device by Daryl's universal blood type. Why wasn't it known before?
When Judith came back, she had no idea that she's saved both of them and Daryl didn't have the heart to tell her that they were effed. He's best idea was to barricade the corridors and block the access, just like it'd been done to her dad.
Inmate general, saved by Princess and Max. It didn't take them long to process Mercer, put him in a cell, and then abandon the facility. What's the point of using it, when everyone can just walk in and do things, rescue people or use them?
Maybe the bigger surprise afterwards was an armory access and nicking of a truck, with all of their stolen supplies, just as Rosita stormed the nursery and saved babies. Then she got stuck with one-eyed priest and Dr Evil in an ambulance outside the hospital.
What I don't get is why they decided to fight their way into the hospital, just at the same time as the rest of the group were trying to find a away out from it? Why they couldn't camp in the van, block the windows and then wait in the silence as the masses of dead have gone from the outside?
The boys saved themselves by climbing the world's strongest drainpipe, leaving Rosita behind to show her amazing fighting skills. The ferocity of a corned tiger mum, until she got rescued by the pipe as well.
Later in the evening, Eugene showed his heart, confessed to his old sins and asked forgiveness, but there was nothing to forgive, when Rosita knew she was on her way out, due to zombie bite. On her back.
Lydia and Aaron at the doctor's office. It bothered me in the last episode when I noticed the fake blood stuck on their clothes, but in this shot it's so obvious. Lydia looks fine, she even shampooed her hair before trying her luck at the outside. But at least they made it back to the main group.
"You okay?" Aaron asked.
"Yeah," Lydia nodded, even though there was something obviously messed with her mind. "Just... Luke and Jules..."
Aaron nodded. "I know."
"It's the same with Elijah. I know it. That's just what happens. People die, cities fall, and things just don't work out." Staring in the emptiness, Lydia continued. "People tell me they do, but they don't. Jerry's not coming back either, is he?"
Whispering, but still maintaining confidence, Aaron replied, "I haven't give up hope."
That's right. We never can give up hope. Not until there is knowledge.
I don't know what happened to the zombie groan, but thousands of them in the city, it should have been audible when Maggie caught Negan slinking away with a rifle and army bag.
"What is your angle?" Maggie asked.
"Angle?" There is no godd*amn angle, Maggie," Negan answered. "There is no angle. I am doing this for you. You take Pammy out with this thing, hell is going to rain down on you. And you ain't gonna come back and you have to come back. So, I'm gonna do it. Last night when I was on my knees, about to lose my wife... I was about to loose everything. And I finally understood what you must have felt. Look, I...."
That's redemption coming full circle, Mr Saviour. He asked forgiveness for all the pain he'd done over the years, and all Maggie could do was to take the rifle away from him and then ask, "Are you coming?"
That was so dark and beautiful. Bless them.
I could get why Maggie didn't pull the trigger when she had the governor on her sights, until I saw Mercer walking to Pamela by the estate gate and declared it's over. At there it felt so righteous when the general delivered the news and proceeded to stand strong in a Mexican stand-off, with everyone pointing loaded guns at each other.
That didn't stop until Daryl arrived to tell them all how effed they were in believing in the old world ideals. So the governor is getting arrested, and about a hundred brave souls saved in Commonwealth's last stronghold.
"There's only one enemy. And we ain't the Walking Dead."
Then it was time to play heavy metal... Man, I loved watching them preparing to set governor's mansion ablaze. What could possibly go wrong?
Why could they not let Pamela perish?
In the aftermath, Maggie came back to tell Negan, "I want to thank you. Couldn't stop wondering if you'll ever say those words. And if I can ever forgive you. Because I know now... I can't. Glenn was beautiful. I will never love someone like that ever again. I remember his smile. His goodness, the way he made me feel. But when I look at you, all I see is that bat coming down on his head. Blood running down his face. I hear him... I hear him calling me. And I hear you mocking him while he's dying! So... I can't forgive you..."
Finally she's healing, confessing to her pain, to her loss. She turned a new chapter in the same way Negan had redeemed his sin, after a long, hard road. There is a place for the bad boys in this world. You might not want to forgive them, but we cannot live in all goodness, no matter how much we want it. There is always going to be a dark and light side in the play. And a helluva lot of shades of grey.
One year later Ezekiel had made to Commonwealth governor and Mercer his right-hand man. Everyone was happier. They even had restored Alexandria to its former glory. Even Hilltop looked good. And all they wanted to talk about was the future.
I felt some much peace for seeing them in peace. And then Daryl went to look for Rick and Michonne. Bike, poncho, his stuff and a confession of his love to Carol. He had no extra fuel, but I guess we don't care about it at this point...
...because we are the ones who live. Loved seeing Rick and Michonne at the end.