Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead Episode 16 "The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life"
It was a long haul, but as promised by The Walking Dead cast and crew, it all came to a head in the Season 7 finale with the Rick versus Negan showdown we've all been dreaming of.
After last week's mystery of the identity of Negan's informant, it was revealed to be Jadis in the finale, but in a twist of events, Negan didn't count on the beachball sized lady nuts of Sasha, who killed herself and almost took the Big Bad when she reanimated. Things didn't look great for Rick and Co. for awhile, but luckily he has some pretty awesome allies, and the Kingdom and Hilltop came literally roaring in at the perfect moment. The fight was all on but then with the poof of a homemade smoke bomb and the flip of the bird, the Saviors and the Heapsters scarpered. The battle might be over for now, but as Negan declared, the war has just begun.
Unfortunately we've got a good six months to wait until we see the war get under way in Season 8, so before then why not take another closer look at the Season 7 finale. Here are the five things you might have missed in The Walking Dead Episode 16 "The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life."
1. The official name of the Saviors's base was finally mentioned
It seems like half the battle of making a good post-apocalyptic community is having a good name. So far we've heard of Alexandria, the Kingdom, Hilltop and Oceanside, and in the finale we learned the name of Negan's base: The Sanctuary.
Dwight mentioned the name while he was explaining how Rick's group could take out Negan and the Saviors at Alexandria and then drive the trucks back to get inside the base and take down the rest of the Saviors.
Dwight: "You kill them, I'll radio back to the Sanctuary."
Rick: "The Sanctuary?"
Dwight: "Where Negan lives."
The name will have been no surprise to readers of the comics, but it was still something which wasn't guaranteed to make it into the TV series. This was because of the fact that Terminus had used the word "sanctuary" in describing their community when they called it a "sanctuary to all," way back at the very end of Season 4. But years later it seems extremely apt that the Saviors should share this one small thing with a previous group that Rick and Co. took out. Here's hoping Rick took it as a good sign that the Saviors will perish as the Termites did.
2. Those trash people speak weird but the still have enough brains to ride bikes
While they seem to have lost the ability to speak properly, it looks like Jadis and the Heapsters still have enough brains to use a sensible form of transport. Now that we're over two years into the post-apocalypse, it makes sense that we should see the rise of alternative transportation, and the Heapsters and the Kingdom are leading the way with their use of bikes and horses.
While we might not think about it in our day to day life, gas and diesel can actually expire and become useless. With the use of a gasoline stabilizer, petrol has a lifespan of up to a year or two, while diesel could possibly be stretched to five years. So basically what this means is that most of the vehicles in the series have another three years tops (provided of course that they can actually find enough diesel) before we should see the group solely using bikes or horses to get around. As comic readers will know, this has already slowly become the case in the series, and now it looks like the show are starting to follow suit.
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3. Sasha's music was on point
In the last moment Eugene would see Sasha alive, we also witnessed a quick flash of the old Eugene when gave her an iPod "chock full" of music for the ride to Alexandria. Sasha choice of music on the iPod provided the music for the episode, with Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free," playing through out. And as it turns out it was a pretty perfect song for Sasha's last journey, take a peek at the lyrics:
Hang on to the world as it spins around/Just don't let the spin get you down/Things are moving fast/Hold on tight and you will last/Keep your self respect, your manly pride/Get yourself in gear/Keep your stride/Never mind your fears/Brighter days will soon be here/Take it from me, someday we'll all be free, yeah
Keep on walking tall/Hold your head up high/Lay your dreams right up to the sky/Sing your greatest song/And you'll keep going, going on/Take it from me, someday we'll all be free/Hey, just wait and see, some day we'll all be free, yeah/Take it from me, someday we'll all be free/It won't be long, take it from me, someday we'll all be free/Take it from me, take it from me, take it from me...
With talk of self respect and manly pride, never minding fear, walking tall and holding heads high, as well as singing your greatest song, the lyrics perfectly spell out what Abraham taught Sasha in their brief relationship. Much like Abraham, Sasha went out with her head held high and with a purpose. While Abraham made himself the obvious choice in Negan's line up to avoid anyone else being killed, Sasha stepped up in an attempt to bring down Negan. I guess Negan was right all along when he said Sasha had beachball sized lady nuts, it's just a shame that she didn't have a chance to tell him to suck those nuts in the style of Abraham.
4. Dwight didn't know Jadis was on Negan's side
It was a pretty huge shock to see Dwight decide to team up with Rick's team at the end of Episode 15, and although many were skeptical and even outraged at the idea (and to be honest, who the hell can blame Daryl and Tara), it seemed that he was actually being genuine with his offer.
After helping Rick's crew by telling them of Negan's plan to come to Alexandria and then helping to delay the Saviors by cutting down trees that blocked their path, when the Savior's eventually did get to Alexandria, he kept his word by either not shooting, or shooting well above anyone's head, ensuring no casualties on his part.
But despite Dwight having some good intel, it appears that he had absolutely no idea that Jadis had teamed up with Negan and that things would get so extreme at Alexandria. This only became clear at the very end of the finale, when tucked in by the gate Daryl found one of Dwight's carvings with "didn't know" written on the back. A nice gesture from Dwight, and hopefully Daryl, Rick and Co. believe him.
5. The whole season came full circle
After all the excitement of the gun fight, it was a total surprise to end the episode on such an emotional note. And not only that, it was also a moment which tied both the Season 7 finale to the Season 7 premiere, and also tied the Season 7 finale to the Season 1 premiere all those years ago.
After Rick asks Maggie if she believes Sasha killed herself, Maggie says that she thinks she did, and Rick replies that not only did Sasha give the Alexandrians a chance by doing so, but so did Maggie by making the decision to bring a group to help fight. Then Maggie gave what was probably the most beautiful speech of the entire series:
"The decision was made a long time ago, before any of us knew each other, when we were all strangers who would have just passed each other on the street before the world ended. And now we mean everything to each other. You were in trouble. You were trapped. Glenn didn't know you, but he helped you. He put himself in danger for you. And that started it all — From Atlanta, to my daddy's farm, to the prison, to here to this moment now not as strangers — as family because Glenn chose to be there for you that day a long time ago. That was the decision that changed everything. It started with both of you, and it just grew to all of us to sacrifice for each other to suffer and stand, to grieve, to give, to love, to live, to fight for each other. Glenn made the decision, Rick. I was just following his lead."
As the episode ended we saw the three leaders of the allied communities making a speech to their army, and, almost as though she was holding hands with Glenn, Maggie clutched his pocket watch. A small symbol of the fact that she'll always try to act as Glenn did way back in Season 1 Episode 1, with the intentions of keeping this unlikely family together.
The Walking Dead will return to AMC with Season 8 in October.