Season 7 of The Walking Dead ended with a bang, with betrayal, surprises, and a box full of dead Sasha. After a few days being patronized by Negan, jumping into a wooden box with an iPod and a suicide pill would probably seem quite reasonable to a lot of us...
In one final attempt to frustrate Negan's plans, Sasha intentionally zombiefied herself. The most striking thing about this move is symbolic rather than practical: it's a big gesture to Negan that there are some things he cannot control.
Sasha Williams, we salute you.
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If it makes Sasha's loss any easier to bear, actress Sonequa Martin-Green was delighted with how it went down, telling EW:
It just felt so right. It felt so complete. It was quite poetic when I found out how it was going to happen. Because I felt like it was the perfect end to my story, the perfect culmination of my life. I felt like all of my roads had led to that moment of getting to that place of complete selflessness. It felt perfect.
Let's be real, locking yourself in a box and turning Walker is not a very good assassination attempt: the brainless zombie could just as easily have attacked Rick's gang as Negan's. Or she could have been easily put down with a swift knife to the skull — one lone Walker doesn't usually cause a seasoned fighter much trouble. The real point in Sasha's death was asserting her right to end her own life on her own terms, coming to terms with her and Abraham's fates, and expressing her unending loyalty to her friends. And that's kind of beautiful.
Martin-Green points out another cool element of Sasha's sacrifice: #TheWalkingDead fans were suddenly on the Walker's side!
In this beautiful way, it was the first time we had ever rooted for a walker. Also, it was beautiful because the way I saw it, that warrior spirit lives on. That even in death, I was still going to fight, because I had realized my purpose. It had been revealed to me. Everything before that had been self-preservation, self-defense mechanisms, basically self-obsession. And over the course of my life as Sasha, it was progressing beyond that to the point that I said, ‘Okay, I now have a greater purpose that is much bigger than me, that’s for the future, and I’m going to do it even in death.
RIP, Sasha. Thanks for being a kickass character!
How do you feel about Sasha's death?