Warning: This article contains spoilers from the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
There is no doubt that Season 7 of #TheWalkingDead has been traumatizing for fans of the show. The jaw-dropping season premiere left us all devastated following Glenn and Abraham's extremely violent deaths at the hands of the villainous Negan.
After the premiere, the series followed different characters on their solo journey and we saw Carol find The Kingdom, where we met Ezekiel and Shiva. Elsewhere, Tara found a new settlement while the Hilltop colony is struggling under the control of Gregory. In this post-apocalyptic world, it's safe to say that all of the settlements are struggling.
The rest of the group at Alexandria are finding it hard to adapt under Negan's new law and Carl —who has been on a bit of a journey this season — refused to accept this new world order. Last week's episode saw Carl and Jesus intercept the Savior's hideout and Carl and Negan formed a strange relationship that ended up with Negan holding Judith. Yikes.
For those of you who perhaps thought that The Walking Dead was dragging this season, well then you'll be pleased to hear that the mid-season finale was more jaw-dropping than ever. Let's take a look at the most horrifying, terrifying, and all-around awesome moments from #TheWalkingDeadSeason7, Episode 8.
1. Aaron Almost Dies
Rick and Aaron's attempt to find supplies took them to a nearby boat that was floating in a sea full of walkers. Rick saw this as too good an opportunity to miss out on so, in an attempt to reach the supplies, Aaron and Rick decided to get into a small canoe that was filled with bullet holes.
As the pair sailed into the river, the boat filled with water and walkers began trying to get onto the small boat. When Rick was busy trying to reach the second boat, Aaron was taken into the water by a walker. Aaron tired to swim away from the zombies but he was pulled under. Rick yelled for his friend but there was no reply. Thankfully Aaron emerged unharmed. It was an incredibly tense moment. Later, Rick and Aaron bonded over their agreement on their situation — they must comply with Negan's new rules.
2. Daryl Escapes With Jesus' Help
After being given instructions to escape in last week's episode, Daryl followed through and found himself running throughout the Saviors' compound. Daryl managed to escape the prison territory and found himself out in the same courtyard where Negan had intimidated him before. However, one of Negan's innocent henchmen spotted him.
The henchman pleaded with Daryl to leave him be, but Daryl couldn't take the risk so he bashed the mans's skull in — just like Negan. At the same time, Jesus arrived on the scene and guided Daryl to the exit.
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3. Negan Kills Spencer
Spencer decided he'd had enough of Rick's failing leadership so while Rick was out scavenging, Spencer took advantage of the opportunity. Spencer met with Negan and the pair got on like a house on fire, playing pool and drinking alcohol together.
Spencer then got down to business and asked Negan to put him in charge instead of Rick. However, Negan didn't take too kindly to Spencer going behind Rick's back and accused him of having no guts. In a horrifying moment straight from the comics, he lifted his knife and stabbed Spencer in the stomach, spilling Spencer's guts onto the floor.
4. Negan's Intimidates Alexandria Again
After Spencer's untimely death, Rosita took it upon herself to shoot Negan with the only bullet she had — the one that Eugene made for her. Unfortunately it hit Lucille instead and Negan was not happy. One of his minions pinned Rosita to the floor but she refused to tell the tyrant who made her the bullet and Olivia got killed in the process.
When Rick arrived Negan refused to leave until he found out who was responsible for the bullet. Tara attempted to take the blame but eventually Eugene confessed. Negan clearly saw potential in Eugene and kidnapped him — taking the lovable tech guy back to the Saviors' compound with him. An angered Rick was then tasked with taking out Spencer, who had turned into a walker:
5. The Team Reunites
I'm all for happy endings and for such a tense season this episode had a great ending. As Rick came to realization that they could no longer sit by and watch Negan take every last bit of their humanity, the Alexandrians joined forces with the Hilltop colony and reunited with Maggie in the process.
Maggie and Rick embraced and Rick was overcome with joy to see Daryl — safe. Rick and Daryl also embraced each other. In this moment, the team had re-assembled and a plan is forming — together, they will take down Negan. This also means that the split narrative is finally over and that the show will focus on one primary storyline now.
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The Walking Dead really traumatized us all tonight and now we're left hanging for a couple of months, desperately wanting to know what in the world will happen next. With so much to look forward to when the series returns for the second half of its seventh season — specifically an epic battle between Rick's gang and #Negan's saviors — I think its say that fans are chomping at the bit to find out what happens next for the characters of The Walking Dead.
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