In the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, a lot went down. One surprise to the entire Rick Grimes attack was that Negan just opened the door. At this moment, he truly showed just how much he’s not afraid of Rick Grimes.
When Negan opened the door to the Sanctuary, it was clear that all of his lookouts had been killed. Based on Season 7, we know that all of Negan’s men have walkie-talkies and they communicate constantly.
Most of the other communities would not have opened the door to Rick.
Negan Thinks Rick Grimes Will Back Down
The Saviors’ leader came outside and apologized for being “in a meeting” with Simon, Dwight, Gavin, and Eugene. “I see you got your little mud flaps with ya,” joked Negan, about the metal barricades on Rick’s attack vehicles.
At this point, Rick looks over at King Ezekiel, who is also surprised by how calm their enemy is in front of them. “I’m not really feeling a reason for us to try throwing lead at each other,” continued Negan.
“I care about my people,” said Negan, trying to take the high road.
Rick Grimes Fights For Freedom
Negan’s next comments are also quite interesting. At this point, he’s trying to defend his lack of preparedness as a method to save his people. He’s talking a big talk but doing so by deciding not to fight.
If this were any other situation, Negan would be in the right. However, he’s proven himself to be a liar and a dictator. If he and Rick were fighting over land, for example, Rick could simply turn and leave.
But, that’s not the case.
Instead, Rick Grimes is there to fight for freedom—Freedom for the people of Alexandria, Hilltop, the Kingdom and beyond. Because Negan has killed Rick’s men and taken away his freedom, he can’t continue to exist.
“So Rick, what the hell can I do for you?” asked Negan. At that point, Rick Grimes called out each Lieutenant. Then, he started to count down, but he didn’t make it all the way before he started firing.
At this point, we know Rick Grimes means business.
Can you believe Negan is so arrogant to think Rick Grimes will ever back down?