The Walking Dead Finale sets up the Maggie and Negan spin-off

Warning: This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead series finale. Si vis pacem, para bellum: “If you want peace, you must prepare for war.” The final of the Sunday evening series of The living Dead, titled “Rest in Peace,” saw enemies turned allies Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) do just that. As the survivors fought to take back the Commonwealth from Governor Pamela Milton’s (Laila Robins) army and an invading walker horde, and with General Mercer (Michael James Shaw) leading the rebellion, Maggie and Negan split from the group to kill the shooting of children. politician. Using an army rifle, Maggie planned to pull the trigger on Governor Milton and avenge the shot – but still alive – Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming).

Maggie rejects Negan’s offer to team up and “take out the bitch” together, so he tries to sneak off and go after Governor Milton alone.

“Why can’t you just leave me alone?” Maggie asks Negan. “What’s your angle?”
“There’s no corner,” Negan barks back, calming himself. “I’m doing this in front of you. If you take Pammy out with this thing, hell will rain down on you. And you’re not coming back. And you to have coming back. So I’m going to do it.”

When an iron fist guard forced Negan to his knees to execute him along with his pregnant wife Annie (Medina Senghore) at Outpost 22, Negan explains, “I was about to lose everything. And I finally understood what you must have felt. to have.” Through tears, he says what Maggie thought she would never hear Negan say: an apology.

“I know I probably owe you more,” says Negan, “but I’m so sorry for what I took from you.” What I took from your son.’ Maggie grabs her gun and walks away, finally turning to ask, “Coming?”

Later, when she targets Governor Milton, Maggie and Negan watch General Mercer have Milton arrested for high crimes against the Commonwealth. “It’s worse than death for a person like that,” Negan says of Pamela, doomed to a life behind bars. Once the survivors destroy the horde of zombies, a lone Negan throws away his Whisperer’s mask.

In the end, “Rest in Peace” puts an end to a vendetta that has weighed on Maggie since Negan brained Glenn with his barbed wire-covered baseball bat.

“I want to thank you,” Maggie says to Negan. “I can no longer wonder if you will ever say those words, and if I can ever forgive you. Because now I know… I can’t.’

Maggie and Negan are no longer enemies. But they’re not friends, and they never will be. Maggie sits face to face with Negan and gives the following speech:

“Glenn was beautiful. I’ll never love anyone like that again. I remember his smile. His goodness. The way he made me feel. But when I look at you… all I see is that bat landing on his head Blood running down his face I hear him I hear him calling for me And I hear you mocking him as he dies So I can’t forgive you Even though I’m so thankful you saved my son know for you to try I’m trying too Because I don’t want to hate you anymore I don’t want to hurt you like that And I don’t want my son to see someone have that sort of hold on me If you and Annie will stay, you’ve earned your place. If I can’t see you for a few days, if I can’t work with you, and if I can’t move on – that’s why. Because I only have my memories. And I don’t want Glenn like that to remind.’

Negan walks away from the Commonwealth alone, his fate open. He presumably returns to Alexandria to fetch his wife Annie, but the pair have moved to parts unknown after a one-year time jump. Meanwhile, after building up the Hilltop Colony where she lives with son Hershel Rhee (Kien Michael Spiller), Maggie is optimistic about the future.

Maggie and Negan will return – and somehow reunite – in The Walking Dead: Dead City. Originally titled Island of the Dead, the Maggie and Negan spin-off follows the two characters “who long ago traveled to a post-apocalyptic Manhattan cut off from the mainland,” according to the official synopsis. “The crumbling city is filled with the dead and residents who have made New York City their own world full of anarchy, danger, beauty and terror.”

TWD: Dead City premieres April 2023 on AMC and AMC+.

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