How The Walking Dead's Finale Changed Maggie's Story From The Comics

Joann Johnston
April 16, 2018

"When it comes to Fear the Walking Dead, our core group never developed endearing qualities like Rick Grimes" group used to have, nor did they reach the full badass charm that's made Negan so popular.

After Rick slit Negan's throat echoing their confrontation in the comics, it seemed the Savior despot was doomed for sure.

The Walking Dead's eighth season finale brought the all out war between Rick and Negan to a bloody climax, but one that - surprisingly for this show - didn't end with a major death.

And after a climactic battle in which many of Negan's followers, the Saviours, were wiped out by their own defective bullets, Rick seemed willing to do just that. Is Maggie seriously going to become the villain in all this? As Negan was starting to listen, Rick reached out and slashed his throat with a piece of broken glass, wounding, but not killing him. "He wants to show people that things can change", he explained, "Everything is about people, everything in this life that's worth a damn".

Despite the departure of Morgan to join "Fear the Walking Dead", the show must do relatively little reloading, a challenge it has regularly faced (and one of the things that has kept the narrative fresh), sometimes with uneven results. Over at the Sanctuary, it was very much clear that Negan was ready for war and, to go along with that, was more than happy to abuse Dwight once more. "So I think it is ultimately a story about restraint rather than revenge and love rather than hate, which has always been integral to our show". After the mishap with the guns, The Saviors no longer hold an advantage over Rick's group; some try to keep fighting, but most throw up their hands in surrender.

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While Eugene and Rick fall back in line with their comic selves, others spin off. Maggie is the most interesting example of this, as her characterization feels pretty similar before it takes a surprise turn. When are we going to get answers about that helicopter, or the ultra mod living space she was in? This is the kind of emotional intra-community conflict that we haven't really seen since Shane, and which the show has been sorely lacking.

Could that horde be hiding the next group Rick's people go up against in the comics, The Whispers? Rick, however, has other plans: Negan will spend the rest of his life in a cell, a living symbol of the savage life they're leaving behind for good. However, Rick was wrong in his decision not to kill Negan. We were treated to not one but three montages of Rick and a young Carl walking hand in hand, hearkening back to Carl's farewell letter to his dad.

That's a wrap on recapping Season 8. Not right away, of course, but in the near future things are going to get awkward between Rick and Maggie. AMC does offer free online streaming versions of each The Walking Dead episode shortly after premiere on TV at the official AMC website for a limited time, no cable required.

It was hard to blame anyone who asked, back in 2015 when Fear the Walking Dead first began, why AMC needed two zombie shows.

While we still don't know which character will be crossing over along with Morgan, several media outlets are speculating the involvement of characters like Norman Reedus' Daryl, Corey Hawkins' Heath and Lauran Cohan's Maggie.

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