RICK AND NEGAN SQUARE OFF IN ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ SEASON 8 FINALE “WRATH”!

The Walking Dead Season 8 finale, “Wrath,” brought with it the showdown we have all been waiting for, between arch enemies Rick and Negan.

Sunday’s episode saw Rick and his troops gearing up for battle at Hilltop with Rick and Michonne leading the way, while Negan and his Saviors prepare for war at the Sanctuary.

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At a clearing, the battle begins, with Negan’s forces opening fire on Rick’s group. But an explosion of bullets wipes out most of the Saviors…thanks to Eugene’s rigged ammunition. A moving target, Eugene is bailed out by Rosita who protects him from certain death. The Saviors that remain surrender.

Negan flees, but Rick corners him at a tree, pleading that Carl wanted peace, not a war. But vengeance prevails as Rick slices Negan’s throat with broken glass, although sparing his life. Negan is brought as a prisoner to Alexandria. Carl proves to have a lasting legacy beyond the grave, informing Rick and leading his father to choose a new path – one of law and justice.

While sparing Negan’s life felt anticlimactic – a vicious figure for whom final justice could not be more applicable – it appears to be a vehicle to advance Rick’s personal development. The perpetual bloodshed cannot go on forever. The time for change has come, setting up new avenues for Season 9.

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