At the end of the war, it looked like Rick Grimes decided not to listen to his son’s dying wish. But when Negan and Rick faced off under the shade tree, our hero pleaded for ten more seconds to explain himself. When Negan lowered his bat, Rick said, “Carl said it doesn’t have to be a fight anymore.” Then, he slit his throat.
It looked like Negan’s last words were going to be, “Carl didn’t know a damn thing.” But Rick soon made it clear that he had no intention of killing Negan. Behind Rick, a group of survivors and Savior prisoners stood and watched. Maggie stopped walking when she realized Negan wasn’t dead yet.
“Save him,” said Rick to Siddiq. Later in the episode, it was clear that not everyone agreed with this decision. In fact, there may even be a civil war amongst our heroes.
Maggie Wanted Negan Gone On The Walking Dead
“No, he can’t,” said Maggie about Siddiq saving Negan. “No, he killed Glenn,” she said again as Michonne held her from charging the dying man. “We have to end it. Rick. We have to make it right,” she screamed again. During the scene, it was actually the beginning of a potential civil war on the series.
Michonne held back Maggie. Rick told Siddiq to save Negan. Daryl Dixon hung his head. “It’s not over until he’s dead,” she screamed again. Morgan also hung his head, but he was making the decision to leave the group. Rick shook his head and thought his dead son and their walks when his son was a boy.
“What we did, what we lost, there’s got to be something after,” said Rick Grimes. Our hero then told the prisoners to put their hands down. Like Jesus and Carl, Rick then decided that they needed to think of a more peaceful future. “We’re all going to go home now. Negan is alive, but his way of doing things is over.”
“Anyone who can’t live with that will pay the price. I promise you that. But any person here who can live in peace and fairness, who would find common ground, this world is yours by right. We are life. That’s death and it’s coming for us,” said Rick Grimes as he pointed towards a horde of thousands of walkers.
“That’s death and it’s coming for us unless we stand together,” said Rick to his new tribe. “So go home. Then, the work begins. The new world begins. All this. All is just what was. There’s gotta be something after,” he said. Rick walked over to the tree to mourn the loss of his son and the loss of himself.