The War is over!
But can The Walking Dead survive another season now that Negan has been defeated?
The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale review
Season 8, Ep. 16 – ‘Wrath’ | Aired April 15, 2018
by TS Alan
I’m not going to do a critical analysis of The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale as I have often done when reviewing the television series. What I have to offer in this “review” is my opinion on the ending of the All Out War story arch, and why killing off Carl Grimes made no impact on its outcome.
Fans are still left bewildered and puzzled to why AMC allowed The Walking Dead show runners and creators to kill off one of series’ most beloved characters. Was it simply for shock value or are they thinking ahead to Negan’s story in season nine?
As for the final episode of the season, it ended identically to the comic. Through the combined efforts of the communities, the conflict with Negan and his Saviors was ended. Rick chose an alternate ending to Negan, slashing him and then imprisoning him. And like the comic, Maggie makes a vow to one day kill Negan for murdering Glenn, whether Rick likes it or not.
The story arch of the television show paralleled the comic. So why did AMC kill off Carl? Is there an ulterior motive that won’t play out until season nine? This would mean a drastic departure from the comic, which has been done many times before.
As the comic goes Negan’s story is not over, and Carl is a big part of Negan coming to understand the depths of his crimes and Negan’s eventual decision of being a better human being. So is it AMC’s end game to drastically go in a different direction with the Negan story line? This would then justify killing off Carl. However with low ratings of late and with Negan’s defeat, how many viewers will be returning for next season? AMC will need to ramp up the action and get back to zombie basics, which was hinted at with the massive zombie herd moving toward the communities.
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If the television series follows the comic, viewers can expect a jump in time in season nine to where the communities have been rebuilt, and once gain must band together not only to do battle against a massive zombie herd but also a zombie flesh wearing group called the Whispers. The Whisperers will be a greater threat than Rick and company has ever faced, and one that will bring great loss to all the communities.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC October 2018.