This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 7.
The seventh season of #TheWalkingDead may have divided audiences, but there's no denying the intense struggle that our survivors' faced over the course of the past 16 episodes of the AMC series added up to an incredible episode.
Negan may have brutally murdered Glenn and Abraham in the chilling season premiere, but since then the group scattered across The Kingdom, The Hilltop, Oceanside and back to Alexandria — and now Rick and the gang are ready for the fight of their lives.
After last week's intense episode, we expteced the season finale to be explosive, but nothing could have prepared us for what we have just witnessed. We may have to wait several months to see the next chapter in this post-apocalyptic drama, but before we worry about that, let's take a look back at the moments from tonight's episode that changed the Walking Dead landscape forever.
1. Carol, Ezekiel And Shiva Head Into Battle
While Carol has been pretty inactive during Season 7, the two episodes that focused heavily on her were some of the show's best-ever outings. As she came to her senses two weeks ago and realized that she has to fight, the season finale found the former Alexandrian getting ready for war at the Hilltop.
Just when you thought Carol couldn't get any cooler she heads into battle, fully suited and armed, with a giant Tiger by her side — how badass is that? In this moment, we really wanted Carol to be the one to take out Negan and force him to look straight at the flowers.
2. Jadis Turns On Rick As Negan Arrives At The Gates
The entire seventh season was full of thrilling moments, but none was more thrilling than when Negan first arrived at Alexandria back in the fourth episode and intimidated everyone — including the internet. However, this time around it was a completely different story, as the tyrant showed up only to be met with an army of warriors who refused to back down. Among then was Rick Grimes, who has returned to the brave leader that we all know and love.
However, as Eugene barked at Rick to surrender, the Alexandrians came to a unanimous decision: Eugene was expendable. Rosita attempted to initiate the explosives she'd planted earlier but something went wrong. In that moment, Jadis and her team of Heapsters turned their guns on the Rick and the Alexandrians, revealing that she was the mole all along. At this horrifying moment, Negan emerged from the truck and watched with a huge unsettling grin on his face. All hope was lost...or was it?
3. Sasha Is A Walker And She Almost Takes Out Negan
After seven years on the air, I think we've come to expect a death in the season finales of The Walking Dead, and our expectations became a reality during this episode. Unlike in the sixth season's controversial cliffhanger finale, however, we actually found out who died this time.
After an entire season of rebellion to get justice for Abraham, Sasha found herself falling victim to the usual season finale death — however, it was by her own accord. Negan may have bludgeoned, disembowelled and knifed his way through several characters this season, but Sasha refused to be next.
As the Saviors departed for Alexandria, Sasha played along with Negan's plan and got inside the coffin they had onboard the truck. However, it was revealed through flashbacks that, during the ride to Alexandria, Sasha had taken the drug that Eugene concocted for her in the previous episode.
When Negan opened the casket to prove to Rick that Sasha was still alive, it was revealed that Sasha had died and she had become a walker. She launched at Negan and tried to eat him as some of the Alexandrians took the distraction to fight back.
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4. A Confident Rick Threatens Negan
Duruing the all-out war, Rick pleaded with his captor Jadis to let him go, but she refused to lower her weapon. He looked around and saw all of his teammates fighting back, infuriated that he was unable to help.
He pleaded with her one final time, telling her that he could arrange a new deal with her. Jadis asked Rick to stay down and when he refused, she shot him in the leg and then kicked him from the scaffold.
Jadis dragged Rick over to Negan and Carl (whom Negan threatened to kill). Rick was forced to his knees, and suddenly it's like we've been transported back in time to the season premiere. The main difference, however, is that Rick exuded confidence this time around. While his face was inches away from Negan's, Rick told the tyrant that he will be the one to kill him someday. Unlike before, Negan looks a little perturbed.
5. The Kingdom And The Hilltop Arrive Just In Time
Negan decided that Carl was to fall victim to Lucille, and moments before his baseball bat collided with Carl's skull, Shiva the tiger jumped onto the scene, taking out one of the Saviors.
Negan was too close for comfort and hightailed it out of there, fully aware that he could have been next. Just then, Carol and Ezekiel led the warriors from the Kingdom into battle and the Saviors were outnumbered.
As the Saviors struggled to take out the competition, Maggie and Jesus appeared out of nowhere, leading the people of the Hilltop onto the scene. For the first time since we met him, Negan looked scared.
He recognized Maggie and was shocked to see that she was still alive. Reluctantly accepting defeat, Negan and his people retreated. The war isn't over, but Rick and the gang won the epic battle.
And this marks the end of yet another season of AMC's The Walking Dead. While it may not have been the most action packed season (until now), #TheWalkingDeadSeason7 was most certainly intense — and Negan's presence has left a lasting impression on each and every character on the show.
It's been fun delving into each episode week on week and it looks like we're just going to have to look elsewhere for Sunday night entertainment until the series returns in October. With Fear The Walking Dead returning in June, I think we'll be just fine until then.
The Walking Dead will return in the fall on AMC. Was the finale everything you hoped it would be? Tell us in the comment section below!