Warning: Contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season eight. The Walking Dead’s latest episode may have offered the biggest clues yet to the origins of Red Eye Rick, stemming from Negan’s plan to attack Hilltop. While we were recently given an answer to the Old Man Rick scenes scattered throughout season eight, there’s one last mystery which sees presumed flash-forward shots of Rick Grimes perched against a tree wounded with a distinct red tinge around his eyes. The latest episode titled Dead Or Alive Or saw Negan concoct a plan to coat all the Savior weapons and ammo with walker guts, following the show’s revelation the touch of infected blood could prove harmful as shown by Father Gabriel’s dwindling eyesight.
Gabriel’s eyesight was permanently damaged after being infected by touch If we’re to believe this vision of Rick under the tree is the not-so-distant future, fans on Reddit believe this could take place directly after the battle – seeing even the potential demise of his character after being infected by a wound to his side. There is however an answer to how Rick could survive which is laid out in Robert Kirkman’s original comics, so if you want to avoid potential plot twists, avert your fragile eyes now.