The series finale of The living Dead aired Sunday night on AMC and AMC+, bringing the popular series to an end after 11 seasons. The finale had many key moments passed as it resolved the stories of several main characters and set the stage for the various spin-offs set within. The living Dead universe to come. However, there is a moment where fans are very excited, something that gives the series a very round moment.
Warning: spoilers for the series finale of The living Dead“Rest in Peace,” below.
During the series finale, Daryl (Norman Reedus) finally brings Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming), who had suffered a gunshot wound, to Governor Pamela Milton’s (Laila Robins) gated community after the hospital is overrun with walkers. It’s safe(ish) behind the gates, but only because Milton refuses to let people in, complete with troopers shooting anyone who tries to climb the gates and enter, even as a walker horde approaches. However, Mercer (Michael James Shaw) and his army oppose Milton’s and when things start to get tense Daryl starts talking and declares that all people deserve better than this and that the problem is that she built the Commonwealth to to be like the old world. When Milton protests, opening the gates will let in not only the living but also the dead, and Daryl points out that she’s going to lose everything anyway and she only has one enemy.
“We are not the walking dead,” he says.
The line is iconic, calling back to Rick Grimes earlier in the series who in Season 5 told a story about his grandfather in World War II saying, “Because this is how we survive. We tell ourselves we’re the walking dead. ” And fans of The Walking Dead were thrilled to hear that Daryl came full circle with his statement that they’re not. You can check out some of the fan reactions below and don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comments.