The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale Recap: Who Survived the War’s End?

Carl’s earnest entreaty be damned, The Walking Dead’s Negan went into the Season 8 finale more determined than ever to fill a mass grave with members of the AHK alliance. So, even if Rick decided to heed his son’s advice, would he get the opportunity to give peace a chance? And which, if any, other characters would draw their last breath as the war at long, long last reached the conclusion that showrunner Scott Gimple was so anxious about? Would we finally learn the significance of that semi-suicidal shot of Rick back in “Honor”? Read on and find out.

‘THANK YOU’ | As “Wrath” opened, Rick flashed momentarily back to his walks with little Carl. In present-day, Rick and Siddiq both just happened to be checking on Grace at the same time. The former, having so recently read his son’s dying missive, bit the bullet and asked how he’d gotten bitten. Siddiq explained that he’d told Carl his mother believed souls were trapped inside walkers, and to earn his trust, the boy had disregarded the danger to help him free some of those souls.

In other words, Carl “died paying respects to a woman he never knew.” But then, Siddiq added, once they’re gone, “all that’s left of the people we lose… are their ideas.” (Cue Rick thinking, “A truce with Negan? Hmm.”) In the courtyard, Henry promised Carol that he wouldn’t run away again if she came back to the Kingdom after beating the Saviors that day.

Nearby, Morgan lost it worse than we’d ever seen, flipping over Alden and some other Savior captives’ return from clearing walkers by accidentally knocking Henry on his ass. While Maggie made it clear to Alden that he and his pals weren’t part of their group, and would be staying behind when the AHK alliance marched into battle, Rick gently suggested to Morgan that he, um, not come with them, either.

In response, Morgan said that he had to go, too, adding, “We are worse than we are, me and you.” He understood that Rick had had to give his word that he wouldn’t slaughter all those Savors that they’d slaughtered back at the bar. It had been necessary but wrong. They’d both crossed into that, Morgan suggested, because they’d lost everything — everything good, anyway. “What does it matter if we spend whatever’s left keeping people alive?” Rick countered that they hadn’t lost everything, but Morgan wasn’t hearing it. “We can’t go back,” he insisted, “so let’s just finish it.”