'The Walking Dead' finale mercifully brings Negan war to an end

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Before Rick heads out to go over the battle plans, he asks Siddiq how Carl died. Siddiq tells Rick that Carl died paying respects to a women he never knew. So as they were walking back to Alexandria, they ran into a group of walkers, and Carl wanted to honor Siddiq's mother by killing them. The show finally caught up to the flash-forwards teased throughout the season, where a gut-shot, red-eyed Rick leans against a tree, seemingly having just finished something exhausting.

In "Wrath", Negan's plan to ambush Rick's ambush seemed to be working perfectly as Rick's team was surrounded by gun-toting Saviors. Maggie desperately protested, surely echoing some audience sentiment from those still ticked about Glenn and Abraham, but in the end, Negan is spared. However, the guns backfire on them, giving Rick and his friends a huge opportunity to attack.

After cruelly slashing the throat of a Savior who was trying to surrender, Morgan took some advice from Jesus and started merely knocking out his foes instead of killing them. Negan's hand gets injured, and he immediately knows that Eugene messed with the bullets. At this point, Gabriel throws himself out of the vehicle, but Eugene and Negan find him in the woods and load him back up.

Carl was also name-checked during Rick's hand-to-hand combat with Negan.

Rick holds a young Carl's hand as they walk down a sunny road. "We have to make it right", Maggie says with tears in her eyes. She and Morgan shared one of the finale's more touching scenes when the latter visits her in the heaps and tells her she's welcome to join Rick and the other communities. There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; and the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together toward a new reality for "Fear the Walking Dead". Negan's reign is over. She did slug him in the face for the puke, though. Rick says they won't kill or hurt Negan, but rather he's going to rot in a cell for the rest of his life. The jam-packed episode finally saw the cessation of hostilities between the Saviors and the other united communities, bringing to a close one of its more controversial seasons.

At the Hilltop, Alden tells Maggie that most of the prisoners are heading back to the Sanctuary to make something out of it.

By episode's end, Morgan had left Hilltop for the Scavengers' dump, where he convinced Jadis, a.k.a. Ann, to join Rick's group, telling her, "Everything is about people, everything in this life that's worth a damn". "You alive is gonna help show people that things have changed", Rick says. Unexpectedly, there were no major casualties in the finale, which pivoted in somewhat telegraphed fashion on the unlikely character of Eugene (Josh McDermitt), whose bullet-making efforts turned out to be a clever double-cross, leaving Negan's forces decimated.

Another option to legally online stream AMC's The Walking Dead without cable is to purchase standard or high definition versions of each newly aired episode very early the following morning after they first air from here at online retailer Amazon.com. I still don't see any real reason why Carl had to die to justify the ending of the season. Since the show has so far roughly followed the same arc as the comics, however, it's a pretty safe bet that the massive herd spotted in the finale heralds the arrival of the Whisperers.

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