If you haven’t seen it or heard what happened yet, I will assume you are a time traveler who just arrived from the past. Clearly, a time traveler from the future would have already watched the episode at some point.
Consider yourself warned of spoilers. If you keep reading, you will find out plot points of the Season Six Season Finale of AMC’s excellent documentary about life after the Zombie Apocalypse.
We all knew Negan was coming, and I think the show did an amazing job of building up the anticipation of his arrival. If you’re a true fan of The Walking Dead, you already knew what Negan did, who he did it to, and maybe you were like me and rooting for the writers to change a little of that in the Season Finale.
Bottom line, though, when we sat down to watch the show, we were prepared to see the death of one of the main characters.
Never an easy thing to do when you really are invested in a show and its cast.
I didn’t want someone to have his or her head bashed in with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, but I don’t have the power to change certain things in the universe, Modern Philosophers. And it was Opening Day, so the choice of weapon was rather appropriate.
After 89 incredible minutes, the episode ended with one final disappointing minute.
The only problem was, they didn’t show us who faced the wrath of Lucille!
After all that perfect buildup, and a wonderfully executed episode, our last chance to spend time with Rick and the gang until October ended in a cliffhanger!
We now have to wait six months to find out who Negan drove deep into the left center field gap. How ridiculous!
Am I the only one disappointed in this ending? Does anyone else feel cheated? Who thinks that the cliffhanger was the best way to go?
Most importantly, who do you think Negan killed?
I’m not done sharing my Deep Thoughts about The Walking Dead Season Finale. I also wrote an article for The Good Men Project about how the classic theme of the Hero’s Journey is explored in this episode.
It offers some philosophical insights about what happened to our heroes over the course of this season, and why they were so non-heroic at a time when I expected them to step up to vanquish a horrible enemy.
If you’d like to check it out, you can find it here (trust me, that is NOT the title I submitted for the article!):