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« on: April 16, 2018, 07:49:05 am »

'The Walking Dead' finale mercifully brings Negan war to an end


Brian Lowry

By Brian Lowry, CNN


Updated 10:52 PM ET, Sun April 15, 2018









https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/15/entertainment/the-walking-dead-season-8-finale-review/index.html

 
 

 
 
 






 
 

 
 
 






 
 

 
 
 









Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln in 'The Walking Dead' (Gene Page/AMC)


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 (CNN) — The following contains spoilers about "The Walking Dead's" Season 8 finale.

For "The Walking Dead," the Negan war gaveth, and the Negan war tooketh away. But in the final analysis, the two full seasons that the AMC series devoted to its prosecution became a drawn-out slog, one which finally came to an emotional, somewhat predictable, literally merciful end with Sunday's eighth-season finale.

On the plus side, Jeffrey Dean Morgan's portrayal of Negan brought a major infusion of energy and genuine menace to the show -- a welcome jolt for any series this late in its run. But waging the war -- with all the tactical machinations of what was billed as "All Out War," strewn across the 16 episodes of Season 8 -- at times felt as if the plot was ambling along like a zombie, or more accurately, running in place.

This season was punctuated by some key deaths and arresting moments. Unexpectedly, there were no major casualties in the finale, which pivoted in somewhat telegraphed fashion on the unlikely character of Eugene (Josh McDermitt), whose bullet-making efforts turned out to be a clever double-cross, leaving Negan's forces decimated.








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Answering the pleas of his late son, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) spared Negan's life, saying -- in words teased earlier in the season -- that "My mercy prevails over my wrath."







Earlier in the season, the show included a gauzy flash-forward sequence that depicted a bearded Rick and pointed toward a more harmonious future -- one in which Negan, jarringly, still had a place. After all that transpired, and Negan's defiant words in the penultimate episode, it was hard to envision how that could be anything but fantasy.

Related: 'Fear the Walking Dead' gets major makeover with Morgan's arrival

Viewers now know that scenario is a possibility, although the finale shrewdly planted the seeds for future discord (this is a drama, after all), emanating from those who had been Rick's closing allies. Letting Negan live caused Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to break down -- craving vengeance for her husband -- and her decision to plot against Rick was joined by, among others, Daryl (Norman Reedus), potentially placing the show's most significant players in conflict.

Whether that prospect is enough to jump-start interest in the series remains to be seen. Viewing of "The Walking Dead" has already fallen off pretty dramatically, a byproduct of age, the overall gravity of a saturated TV marketplace and yes, missteps that the program has made along the way.

"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.

Despite the departure of Morgan to join "Fear the Walking Dead," the show must do relatively little reloading, a challenge it has regularly faced (and one of the things that has kept the narrative fresh), sometimes with uneven results.

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 crazy to start contemplating an end game, one that would allow viewers to follow Rick's story, at least, toward some sort of natural conclusion.

In his dying appeal to his dad, Carl asked Rick to do some soul-searching, and find his way back to a more hopeful place. Rick took the advice to heart, in a finale that exhibited flashes of the show's underlying strengths. But nothing on TV lives forever, and for the character, as well as the series, that plea might have come a bit too late.

























   

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The Walking Dead 816: Who died in the season 8 finale Wrath



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All Out War is finally over on The Walking Dead. Which characters didn’t survive the action packed season finale? Check out the casualties from All Out War.

It seems like the end of All Out War on The Walking Dead  has been a long time coming. There have been a lot of losses on both sides. Some favorites fell in battle early on, like Shiva who died protecting King Ezekiel. And Eric and Francine, who died in an attack on one of The Saviors’ outposts. Others made it almost to the end like Tobin, Jared and Simon.

But it wasn’t the last battle that had the heaviest death toll for both sides. In the highly anticipated season 8 finale of The Walking Dead there were no major character deaths. Two Saviors died early on because Negan sacrificed them in order to fool Rick. Goodbye Lance and Duke.





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Scott Gimple said recently that The Walking Dead season 8 finale would wrap up the first 8 seasons of the show and bring an end to some characters storylines. He wasn’t kidding. This episode, and the tense final battle, felt like the end of an era for the show as well.


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Rick and Negan finally had their one on one showdown. Rick slit Negan’s throat, but as Negan was bleeding out Rick told Siddiq to save him in honor of Carl because it was Carl’s wish for everyone to work together to find a new way forward. So Rick spared Negan, and will keep Negan in the cell in the house in Alexandria as an example to anyone else who tries to challenge what the communities are building.

Savior Losses

Even though there were no major character deaths a lot of Saviors lost their lives when they tried to fire on Rick, Maggie, Jesus, Carol and the rest of the alliance force. For a minute it looked like Team Family was totally outnumbered and about to lose the way. But when The Saviors fired Eugene’s bullets misfired and killed a huge number of Saviors and injured the rest. Eugene came through in the end and helped bring All Out War to a close.

In the end The Saviors that remained, along with the workers at The Sanctuary, turned to focusing on rebuilding The Sanctuary and preparing to start a new way of life. A massive herd was seen heading towards the communities but is it really a herd? Or is it The Whisperers? We won’t find out until The Walking Dead season 9.
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