The Walking Dead season 8 finale review: Rick's decision; surprise consequences

Negan in The Walking Dead season 8 finale

Read on only if you have already watched the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead.

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. We see Maggie, Jesus, and Daryl meeting about how they disagree with Rick's decision, and plan on building up Hilltop's strength so they can, it sounds like, take Negan from Rick by force.

And after a climactic battle in which many of Negan's followers, the Saviours, were wiped out by their own defective bullets, Rick seemed willing to do just that.

Yep. In the end, Rick refused to kill Negan, fulfilling his son's dying wish. As Negan was starting to listen, Rick reached out and slashed his throat with a piece of broken glass, wounding, but not killing him. Was Negan really the only reason why all of these people were on the war path, including Laura, who until now has been as hungry for Alexandrian blood as the Walkers? Here's what you need to know. How is it that Morgan will next appear on The Walking Dead's spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead?

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When it comes to Negan, I'm with Maggie: he should have died. This, along with a talk with Morgan-who laments that "we are worse than we were, me and you"-finally causes Rick to come back to himself". In the comic, Rick does jail Negan as a sign of doing things differently, and Hilltop leader Maggie does feel betrayed by that decision, since she wants revenge for Negan Lucille-ing Glenn.

He then told the surviving Saviors, "We're all gonna go home now". 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. When discussing which characters he would like to come back, McDermitt said he'd like to star alongside John Bernthal (Shane Walsh) because they never worked together on the show. As such, the fact that both him and Lincoln have played coy on the topic leads us to believe that perhaps there's something in the works.

It was hard to blame anyone who asked, back in 2015 when Fear the Walking Dead first began, why AMC needed two zombie shows. On Sunday night, however, Fear the Walking Dead proved the naysayers wrong-again. Here are a few things we learned from four of the actors. But Rick and Michonne, Rick was wrong to do what he did.

That's a wrap on recapping Season 8. Considering the death count this season (we're looking at you Carl), fans were really anxious about whether any of their favorites would die. Maggie is understandably upset that Negan isn't killed; while Maggie and Rick argue about this in the comics, the show ups this conflict. AMC does offer free online streaming versions of each The Walking Dead episode shortly after premiere on TV at the official AMC website for a limited time, no cable required. Until then, check out what we learned about Fear the Walking Dead's new character Althea from star Maggie Grace, and then head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer premiere schedule to see what other shows are on the way. Rick repeated Carl's vision for the future as he and Negan stared deep into each other's eyes and stood uncomfortably close.