“Last Day on Earth,” season 6 ending of AMC Walking Dead, seems to fit the title. Granted, there’s a glimmer of hope here and there, like when Morgan found Carol. However, the moment was less than ideal. Carol is injured, there are passersby nearby, and Morgan is forced to break his promise not to kill when he shoots Roman, the Savior driven for revenge. It seems Morgan was never able to safely mount his horse to escape to glory.
The story also reveals the folly of those who divide communities (like Alexandria or the Saviors). As in the real world, so many of these people’s problems were practically just discovered. But Negan (brilliantly played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) comes to flex his powers as strikingly as a white limousine. Predictably, he introduces himself to Rick’s group in a rather brutal way, saying he’s in charge now. Obviously, one of Rick’s crew had to pay the ultimate price.
The Walking Dead and Rick’s helplessness
This episode reminds us that, even though Rick is one tough pie, he can still break. Remember that, in the first episode Walking Dead, Rick is in a coma, waking up to a scene of absolute hell in the hospital. In fact, he had reason to fear he would remain alone, aside from all the passersby trying to make him lunch. There are also times in Walking Dead where Rick is hallucinating about his late wife, and there’s a feeling that he’s still somewhat traumatized by some of the things he’s done (like killing Shane, who had become one of his best friends).
At this point in the series, Rick no doubt feels he has earned respect, even if only because he endured so much. Who could blame him, really? However, this is truly the first episode of a series where it seems that no one will come to the rescue. There will be no Glenn to help him (as he helped Rick out of that army tank in season 1). Obviously, Glenn is with him (and, of course, this will be one of Steven Yeun’s last appearances in the series). And Daril? Just forget it!
Meanwhile, we know Carol is overzealous and that Morgan will have to treat her injuries, assuming she wants him to survive at all (and of course she does). The only hope is that Negan somehow might have his heart to see beyond the atrocities Rick’s group had committed (and, let’s say, it was atrocities, even if The Saviors themselves were immoral). Interestingly, while Norman Reedus does appear as Daryl and does a great job, this is another season 6 episode that doesn’t center around Daryl, as he is even less capable of acting than Rick.
Just for fun (sort of): Alternative scenario
Obviously, if you are Walking Dead fans who followed from the start, you already know how Negan’s action plays out. Rick’s group is at a disadvantage with Negan, all but begging him to shoot them in the head so they won’t suffer. It’s easy enough to imagine how that scene might play out. Let’s say Negan ends up sending most of them off, and Rick realizes that Negan will do the same to him. Let’s imagine Negan killing Maggie, and Rick absolutely refusing to give up again, soon finding the knife hidden in Negan’s belt, which was used to stab Negan in the leg badly.
Well, what will happen then? The other saviors weren’t going to run away to hide while Negan writhed in pain. Besides, Negan probably wouldn’t faint right away, and Rick doubted he’d get the extra stab. But maybe Negan, who is now in great pain and screaming, grabs Rick, only to be cut in half by someone’s machete, suddenly and quickly grabbed by one of Rick’s group during the confusion. And maybe things go haywire, and during the next explosive battle, Negan’s bat becomes Rick’s bat, and so on.
Look? There are many different scenarios to play with this walking dead episode. While it might not be for the best, it would be hard to get Negan to show up only to see him bleed out (or beheaded, or whatever). However, it shows you how things can be different, for better or for worse. Maybe the episode could end with Maggie holding Glenn in her arms, then thanking Rick for saving her life, just as he would save Judith’s baby.
On that note, feel free to tell us what you think of this episode and come up with your own alternative scenario. Don’t feel too bad if they aren’t mapped out expertly. In fact, almost every action-adventure TV drama has plot holes. That you might have a few wouldn’t be entirely unique, would it?
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