This article contains spoilers from the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead has never been afraid to kill off our favorite characters — who could forget the jaw-dropping Season 7 premiere that saw the brutal deaths of Glenn and Abraham? It's hard to believe that in what has been regarded as a relatively slow season, the show would return to its deadly nature, but that's exactly what it did for tonight's mid-season finale.
This season of the hit post-apocalyptic drama has seen all of the key characters spread out over multiple locations, from the Hilltop colony and new location the Kingdom, to the Savior's camp and back home to Alexandria. Tonight's big episode focused on multiple locations and — finally — before those credit rolled, the series connected several storylines together, reuniting some of our heroes once more.
However, it was not all good news as viewers saw the gruesome death of a pretty big character and were devastated by the unexpected death of another. Remember, only look if you want to know who died.
Spencer Is The Unfortunate Victim
As it was the mid-season finale I think we were all expecting some sort of death, and unfortunately the first unlucky recipient of that honor was none other than Spencer Monroe. Spencer has been struggling for a long time — and ever since his mother Deanna died last season, he hasn't really recovered. If we're being honest, Spencer hasn't had much to do other than the brief fling he had with Rosita, and he's never really had much interaction with the main group members. Having said that, he allowed Rick to get on his nerves, and in tonight's episode, Spencer decided to make a stand.
In a bold move, Spencer confronted Negan and asked if he could replace Rick as the leader of the Alexandrian community because Rick will never conform to Negan's way of life. Spencer promised the tyrant that, unlike Rick, he would abide by the rules. In a bizarre turn of events, Negan didn't like the idea of Spencer going behind Rick's back — and instead of agreeing with Spencer, Negan accused Spencer of having no guts and stabbed him in the chest. Spencer fell to the floor and his guts spilled out onto the pavement.
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How Will The Show Cope Without Spencer?
Spencer was one of the last remaining members of the original Alexandria family, and his death marks the end of an era. Unfortunately, he never fulfilled Deanna's vision of the Alexandria settlement and it was definitely the animosity between him and Rick that led to his downfall. It's unfortunate because Spencer was likely trying to get on Negan's good side so that he could take him out later. I guess what we can take away from this episode is that at least Spencer's death was not in vain.
Spencer blamed Rick for what happened to Glenn and Abraham, and although the two never got along with each other, Spencer's death was the ammunition needed to make Rick realize that this arrangement between the Saviors and the Alexandrians just isn't going to work.
Spencer didn't die for nothing; if they manage to take out Negan, then Spencer's death will have played a huge part in the team accomplishing that mission. I also believe that his death will affect Rosita, as she has now lost another person that she was close to — we've seen in the past that Rosita doesn't deal too well with death. With an "All Out War" coming in the future, perhaps Negan will realize that killing Spencer — and everyone else he's killed for that matter — probably wasn't a good decision.
Olivia Didn't Make It Either
Unforunately Spencer wasn't the only character to meet his maker in this explosive winter finale, as former weapons protector Olivia didn't make it out alive either. Angered by Spencer's death, Rosita retaliated by attempting to shoot Negan, which led to the nasty tyrant becoming infuriated. The thing that annoyed Negan was the question of how Rosita came into possession of such a bullet — and because Rosita refused to answer him, he decided to make her talk.
As we know, Negan likes to play games, so instead of killing Rosita, he asked one of his minions to kill a random Alexandrian — and unfortunately, it was Olivia. The henchwoman shot Olivia right in the face, from quite far away too. Of course, Negan took the opportunity to make another despicable joke about Olivia's weight.
Olivia may not have been a major character in terms of storyline, but she was an important part of Alexandria, and we're definitely going to miss her. I guess when Negan took away all of the weapons, she kind of outlived her usefulness. She showed great bravery in this episode and refused to back down from Negan, and for that we will remember Olivia as a hero.
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After such an intense season with Negan taking control, things went from bad to worse for Rick in this jaw-dropping winter finale, but at least the gang are back together. Now we are left with the image of Spencer's death — and of course we can't wait to see if Rick and the group are going to wage an all out war on Negan and the Saviors. It's going to be intense.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC in February.