The Walking Dead Season 7 finale gave us fans some closure; in particular, Sasha's flashback and Maggie's speech proved to a grand goodbye to Glenn and Abraham, after we lost them all the way back in the season premiere. However, for all the moments of closure, the Season 7 finale also left us with some loose ends — most notably, we'll now have to wait until Fall to see the impending All Out War.
In the Robert Kirkman's comic books, All Out War pits Negan and his Saviors against all of the other communities. While The Walking Dead Season 7 may have stretched the preparation for war a bit thin, Rick and his gang still have a lot if fighting to do before the Negan threat is neutralized for good.
Alexandria, the Kingdom, the Hilltop, the Scavengers, Saviors and Oceanside will all have a part to play in All Out War. So, before we accept the season is over — and that we'll face a long wait for Season 8 — let's take a look at each community, their key players and their loyalties.
Alexandria Safe Zone
With Rick in charge, Alexandria is by far the community with the most military clout. Rick and his gang of Survivors are seasoned fighters, who are familiar with guerrilla tactics and with taking down the bad guys. It's true that they went in after the Saviors completely unprepared and outnumbered, but they're better prepared for the second round, and the Safe Zone will be the headquarters of the war against Negan.
Sasha's death in the finale leaves Alexandria a bit short on the sharp shooters side — although Carl piled some Scavengers up pretty good! Rick and Michonne will definitely be the key players for the Safe Zone, and with Eric and Father Gabriel stepping up, the Alexandrians are all in for All Out War.
With Hilltop leader Gregory currently MIA, Maggie has taken up the reigns. She made the decision to join up with Rick in the finale, and Jesus (along with pretty much everyone at the Hilltop) seems quite alright with Maggie running the show. The Hilltop has got a good support system (with food and stock), and its soldiers have started readying themselves for battle.
Maggie as the leader and Jesus as her second-in-command is a win-win combination. They lost their only doctor, but the Hilltop provides some safe haven for those unfit to fight — like little Judith in the finale.
It took Ezekiel some time to realize that his deal with the Saviors wasn't as good as he thought, but he eventually came to his senses and delivered all the help Rick could need and more (Go, Shiva!). The Kingdom is a strong, albeit naive community, which could provide necessary support in times of war — there will be no supply runs once All Out War is in motion.
Although originally an Alexandrian, Carol is the Kingdom's greatest weapon (as long as she's in Terminus Carol mode), and Morgan seems to have made his peace with the fact that killing is sometimes necessary. Ezekiel and his soldiers complete the Kingdom's key players list — and Shiva is just the icing on the cake!
Many people saw Jadis's betrayal from a mile away but, truth be told, we were all kind of hoping things would go well for Rick this time. The fact that Jadis and her crew betrayed Rick so easily may come in handy next season; since her loyalty is so cheaply bought, Rick could choose the more constructive path of re-buying it — instead of spending resources and people trying to annihilate another group.
Jadis and Tamiel are the Scavengers' key players, but the one thing this community has over all the others (apart from maybe the Saviors) is its numbers. As the Scavengers were left chasing their tails in the Season 7 finale, it became clear that they have more than enough people to actually cause a riot.
In the penultimate episode of the season, Rick took all of Oceanside's guns, but none of its people joined the fight. Natania, the Oceanside leader, was pretty adamant about not getting involved in a war against Negan — but now that Rick and co. have gained the upper hand, maybe there's room for Oceanside to reconsider.
Natania might be the leader, but Cindy is one of the strongest voices — plus, she knows how to knock people unconscious with a gun butt. Also, Beatrice is a key Oceanside soldier, and she has made it quite clear she's ready to take a stand and help defeat Negan.
Clearly, the biggest threat in All Out War comes from Negan's group in the Sanctuary. They have workers, traders, crofters, and a whole well-oiled system that keeps the Sanctuary up and running. Plus, without a doubt, Negan's men are the most battle-ready of all the communities — and better supplied as well.
Dwight may be defecting, but just like he said, ending the war isn't as easy as chopping Negan's head off. After all, the Saviors are all Negan — now, Eugene is undoubtedly Negan as well — and killing the leader won't neutralize the threat of the Saviors. Dwight and Rick might convince the workers to join with them, but they'll still have a lot of killing to do before the Saviors decide to play nice.
What Do the Comics Say?
All Out War plays out in the course of eleven issues in The Walking Dead comics. In the books, Oceanside doesn't take part in the war, and the Scavengers don't even exist; that leaves the Hilltop and the Kingdom as Alexandria's allies in the war against Negan.
Bad news is, the fight gets dirty and some people are lost along the way, but eventually Rick and co. manage to not only win the war, but also to bring Negan — and his Saviors — to their knees.
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Season 7 was big on setting the stage for the huge war to come. Every community was explored and introduced, all the key players have met and interacted to an extent. The finale featured the first of many battles to come, with alliances being fortified and loyalties broken. Season 7 also saw the last of Glenn, Abraham, Sasha, Spencer and Olivia, but the All Out War in Season 8 will see yet more Survivors perish before the communities can have a new beginning.
Do you think the combined might of the communities will be enough to bring Negan to his knees? Let us know in the comments below!