“Rick was right about not killing all the Saviors,” said Maggie Greene in the finale of The Walking Dead. “But not about Negan. We have a lot to do. We have to build this place up—make it work better than before,” she told Jesus. As the camera moved in, it certainly sounded like Maggie was talking about a Civil War with Rick Grimes.
“Make it thrive for the people who live here. We need our strength—the ability to defend ourselves better,” she went on. “We have to have that. But Rick and Michonne. Rick was wrong to do what he did. Michonne, too. We’re going to bide our time, wait for our moment, and then we’re going to show him.”
If that’s not bad enough, the scene then cut over to the third person in the room. Daryl Dixon stepped out of the shadows to confirm he agreed with Maggie. “We will,” said Daryl to Maggie and Jesus. This scene makes us wonder what’s next for the show and how the other characters may choose sides.
Picking Sides On The Walking Dead
There are several things that are concerning about Maggie’s little speech in the finale. Clearly, she’s thinking about her deceased husband, but her mourning has moved on to vengeance. Plus, it’s not like she’s talking about a secret mission to slip in to kill Negan. It sounds like she’s talking about vengeance on Rick and Michonne.
Earlier in the episode, Rick Grimes told the new prisoners to put their hands down. Somewhere between his son’s death and slitting Negan throat, Rick decided to follow Carl’s letter and stop killing people. However, he may have stopped one person too early if it means an uprising amongst the troops.
Maggie is justified in thinking Negan should have been killed. It’s a bit like going to war against the Nazis and then decided to spare Hitler. From her perspective, he’s done terrible things and needs to die. But, Rick Grimes is also right that the only way to create a future is to live with everyone in peace.
If there is a dividing line between Rick and Maggie, everyone else will need to fall into place based on the decision to spare Negan.
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