Spoilers ahead from "The Walking Dead" Season 8 finale, and also TWD comic book. The final lines to Negan as he recuperates are virtually the same, with Rick telling him that they're going to keep him alive and let him rot away in a jail cell while he watches their society thrive without him.
The Walking Dead's eighth season finale brought the all out war between Rick and Negan to a bloody climax, but one that - surprisingly for this show - didn't end with a major death. As it turns out, the bullets Eugene made for The Saviors were booby-trapped, and when The Saviors surrounded Rick's group and fired their weapons, every gun backfired, injuring and in some cases killing the ones pulling the trigger.
Mentioning his son in an attempt to win Negan's sympathy, Rick said: "Give me 10 seconds for Carl". It looked as if Rick was going to lose, but he caught Negan off-guard by saying that neither of them had to die, just like Carl wanted, but then he slashed Negan's throat. Except when Rick et al got to that spot expecting to ambush Negan they heard his familiar whistle seemingly coming from all sides. "He wants to show people that things can change", he explained, "Everything is about people, everything in this life that's worth a damn".More news: NBA Playoffs Preview: Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves, SWOT Analysis & Prediction
Eugene is one of the most hated characters on The Walking Dead, serving at the mercy of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. Over at the Sanctuary, it was very much clear that Negan was ready for war and, to go along with that, was more than happy to abuse Dwight once more. "I hope that they are intrigued with these new characters, that they want to know more about them and they really like the way that they see the OGs interact with Morgan, who is an OG himself, and the new characters".
Instead, the show plays out in similar fashion to the comics, with Rick instructing Siddiq to save Negan's life, which he does despite the improbability of survival after losing so much blood.
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He's last seen talking to Jadis - or should we call her Anne now? - at the junkyard, convincing her to go to Hilltop and work with Rick. But by the end of the season 4 premiere, we see that all but Daniel are together again, and we're spared the trudging story of when and how they'll find each other. But Rick takes advantage of that and slits Negan's throat. 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.
"Rick was wrong to do what he did".
That's a wrap on recapping Season 8. Maggie is understandably upset that Negan isn't killed; while Maggie and Rick argue about this in the comics, the show ups this conflict. Negan eventually found him and what we had in the end here was the foundation for a battle of the ages ... and one that ended very differently than anyone probably expected. 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.More news: Pregnant woman kicked in abdomen by looters
Rick now seems committed to this new world and new vision.