Since last spring, television fans have been expressing their outrage and intrigue over the Season 6 finale of AMC's The Walking Dead. We knew someone in the core group died ... but we didn't know whom.
Many were, well, pissed and called it an unnecessary ratings ploy for a show that is never wanting for viewers. I disagreed. I thought it was brilliant.
Well, we finally found out who suffered Lucille's wrath, but, be warned, this episode was repulsively grotesque and may induce projectile vomiting.
Kirkman and Gimple don't tell us who bit it (no pun intended) at first. Instead, we see Rick threaten Negan's life, which causes Negan to drag Rick into the RV and drive off.
They talk about Rick's hatchet, and Negan shoves Rick outside into a horde of hungry walkers. Rick is able to climb atop the RV and escape the hands and mouths of the damned. When he sees a dangling walker hanging from the overpass, he loses it, and we begin to see flashbacks...
We flashback to the last scene of Season 6, and we find that Negan's macabre game of "eeny meeny miny moe" ended with him landing on Abraham (which I totally predicted, but it's fine). Abraham is the one that took it like a champ, as we all knew he would.
Rick's flashback continues, but, first, we get some shots of him looking tortured on top of the RV and Negan still talking at him from inside of the cabin.
We get a better look at Abraham's remains, and it's literally just a puddle of pulp, completely unrecognizable as a human. This episode is grotesque beyond measure.
Daryl decides to open his big mouth, and Negan reminds him that he has no problem shutting that shit down. He talks a little bit more about how life is going to go now, and, instead of going after Daryl, gives Glenn a couple of skull-crushing and disgusting blows, causing his eyeball to literally pop out of his head. He tries to speak to Maggie, but his brain is in shambles now, and he's no longer a functioning human. Negan finishes the job, and Glenn's body lay twitching on the ground attached to the bloody puddle that used to be his head.
I think one of the most beautiful things about this show is the extraordinary character development that has happened over the course of the series. Carol, Daryl, Rick, Maggie, Glenn ... all of them are unrecognizable compared to how they started out. Glenn turned from a nerdy delivery boy to one of the most badass members of the group. His loss will be felt for a long time.
Oh, we're not done yet, though! We're back in present day, and Rick is still grieving atop the RV, and Negan is still talking at him but, then, decides to start shooting through the roof, forcing Rick to jump onto the dangling walker to escape the mob on the ground. It's a walker, though, and therefore falls apart under Rick's weight.
Before the walkers can devour Rick, though, Negan starts shooting the walkers closing in on him, clearing a path that allows Rick to get back into the RV.
Why? Why is Negan saving him? Because then he can control him, that's why.
Negan drives Rick back to the fire where some of his friends still live next to the puddles of the ones who have been slaughtered.
Negan tells the group that he took Rick away because of the way he was looking at him -- like he was evil and couldn't be trusted. To show Rick that he needs to work on controlling his eyes, Negan has a gun pointed at each survivor's head (Aaron, Rosita, Eugene, Sasha, Maggie, Daryl and Michonne) except for Carl, who he brings over to him and closer to his dad.
Negan tells Rick to cut off Carl's arm, and, if he doesn't, he'll kill each one of his friends at the same time. Rick begs him not to make him do it, but Negan tells him that he still has the same look in his eye.
He has his cronies cock their guns, and Carl looks at Rick and tells him to just do it. Rick grabs the hatchet and is for real about to chop off his kid's arm, but Negan stops him just before he does it and tells him that now he's looking at him how he's supposed to.
This show will kill me.
Negan has everyone lower their weapons, throws Carl at Rick and tells Rick that they all belong to him now. Then, he tells his peeps to grab Daryl and put him in truck. He likes Daryl. Daryl's got balls, unlike Rick, who Negan thinks is a pussy. Okay, so Negan owns all of them, and, if Rick pisses him off or doesn't deliver what Negan demands of them, he will start pulling Daryl apart piece by piece. Actually, better yet, he'll bring Daryl to Rick and make Rick pull apart instead! Sounds fun.
They drive off, leaving the group broken and in despair on the ground.
Maggie wants them to leave her, so she can go after Negan and break shit, but the group will hear none of it. They'll not lose another member tonight. They plan on getting her to the Hilltop so that she may heal -- and, then, maybe they'll be ready to kick some ass.
Until then, they better have Negan's offering prepared for him by the time he comes calling in a week.
WOW. Just, wow. What an episode. This show has never really made me squeamish before, but there were several moments tonight when I was feeling queasy. Just thinking about Glenn being killed nauseates me anew.
What is the lesson of the night? Be careful what you wish for.
Stick with me, Deadheads. I'll be recapping The Walking Dead for the whole seventh season.