Warning: Don’t read this story until you’ve seen The Walking Dead series ‘Rest in Peace’ finale. on sunday night, The living Dead ended as it began: with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) searching for his family in the zombie apocalypse. Before an epilogue revealed what came after Rick’s fateful helicopter ride in Lincoln’s final episode of the show, Sunday’s series ender spent most of its final 64 minutes wrapping up eleven seasons of the AMC zombie drama. Titled “Rest in Peace”, the last episode of The living Dead focused on the last stand of the remaining survivors against the Commonwealth, pitting them against the living and the dead. In the end, almost everyone survived The living Deadthe last episode is alive.
The survivors were trapped between the army of white armored Commonwealth troopers and an invading zombie herd, who, on the orders of Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins), poured into the lower borough of the city and away from the fenced estates. A horde of anomalous walkers broke through and poured into the hospital where Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) performed an emergency blood transfusion and saved the life of Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) after she was caught in the crossfire with the soldiers of Governor Milton.
Luke (Dan Fogler) and his girlfriend Jules (Alex Sgambati) fell victim to the walkers swarming the streets of the Commonwealth. Rosita (Christian Serratos), Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) splintered from the group, the trio fighting their way through the crowd of walkers to reach Rosita’s kidnapped infant daughter at the children’s home. Meanwhile, Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) helped jailbreak General Mercer (Michael James Shaw), who had arrested Governor Milton on treason charges over his attempted coup.
Once all the groups converged on a safe house in the Estates, Mercer refused to stand by as Governor Milton’s army began shooting civilians caught climbing the gates. “This isn’t your fight. These are not your people,” Mercer told the survivors. “Yes, they are. And so are you,” Ezekiel told Mercer, gathering their people, “You may not think this place is worth saving. I understand that, given how they treated us. But it’s worth it to me. The people are worth it. And I won’t let them fall without a fight. Not today. I’m with you. Who else?”
Everyone risked their lives to open the gates and banded together to save the living left to die outside the Estates by Governor Milton. “When I open the gate, the dead come in,” she reasoned. “Not just the living.” Daryl told her that the living have only one enemy: “We are not the walking dead.”
Trying to persuade Maggie not to kill Governor Milton, Negan offered to deliver the fatal blow if it meant saving Maggie from the consequences. But before Maggie pulled the trigger, Mercer arrested Governor Milton for high crimes against the people of the Commonwealth – a fate the once-imprisoned Negan called “worse than death.”
As the walkers made their way down to the Estates, the Commonwealth citizens joined the survivors in luring the horde into the gated community rigged to blow. After the Estates were evacuated and their private sewers overflowed with the army’s fuel, a timed detonation set off a series of explosions, destroying the Estates and the walkers with it.
In the aftermath, Pamela ended up where she belonged: behind bars. Maggie confessed to Negan that she didn’t want to hate him anymore, but told Negan she could never forgive him for killing Glenn. Rosita revealed that she suffered a walker bite to which she eventually succumbed, dying peacefully after one last family dinner and offering a toast to the lost lives.
After a one-year time jump, the Commonwealth found a new beginning. Under Governor Ezekiel Sutton, Lieutenant Governor Michael Mercer and Deputy Governor Carol Peletier, the survivors will work to make the Commonwealth a better place for everyone to live. Eugene and Max (Margot Bingham) welcomed a baby girl named Rosie. The tight-knit group of Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), Magna (Nadia Hilker) and sisters Kelly (Angel Theory) and Connie (Lauren Ridloff) have settled in the Commonwealth. Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) are messengers for the connected communities of Commonwealth, Hilltop and Alexandria.
The Alexandria Safe-Zone has been rebuilt, with Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Gabriel among the leaders. Negan has moved elsewhere. Maggie and her son, Hershel Rhee (Kien Michael Spiller), returned to Hilltop. “I want to talk about the future,” she told Daryl and Carol. “There’s a lot to explore, and I think it’s about time we did.”
Daryl has spent time outside the Commonwealth exploring “the frontier.” After Judith revealed the truth about Michonne’s mission to find Rick, Daryl vowed to keep an eye on her parents and bring them home. Daryl said goodbye to Carol and Ezekiel and left the Grimes children in their care and rode off into the unknown.
In the end, The living Dead was not a story about death, but about life. The last line of the series went to Judith, who ended up saying aloud the secret saying she shared with her parents, Rick and Michonne: “We are the ones who live.”