Last time we saw our favorite group of zombie survivors, Rick and part of the gang had been captured by the super sketch people of Terminus and locked up. The finale ended with a pissed off but determined Rick threateningly stating “They’re going to feel pretty stupid when they find out that they’re screwing with the wrong people.”
Now, I’m as big of a [The Walking Dead](series:201193) as the next guys, but I can’t be the only one who thought that line was somewhat anticlimactic. Turns out, Andrew Lincoln filmed and rooted for a more apropos ending than the one that made it to the final cut of the episode. Check out the alternate ending below!
Seems somewhat more appropriate, am I right? Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a proponent of constant cursing, but it seemed to me that their unfortunate situation merited a bit of a stronger word than simply “screw.” Here are my thoughts on why they should have used this ending instead:
1. Rick has officially gone badass
• We no longer have a docile perfect sheriff on our hands (I think we realized that after he ripped a dude’s throat out with his own teeth/walker style). I believe that if Rick would have dropped on F-bomb, it would have shown his official conversion from law abiding sheriff to the ultimate zombie apocalypse survivor.
2. It would have perfectly summed up the intensity of the season
• After the governor being shot, Beth being kidnapped, the prison being infiltrated, and our dear Herschel getting his head CHOPPED OFF, I would once again like to reiterate that I think the situation called for a much stronger word than “screw.”
3. It was one of the most iconic panels in the comics
• Enough said. Here it is, and Rick looks about ready to explode
Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes in the award-winning AMC show Walking Dead, apparently agrees with me. He strongly believed that it would have been “an incredible moment to see the moral cop lay that that one down” and told show runner Scott M. Gimple, “It’s amazing, we have to leave this in!”
Despite this somewhat weak ending to last season, the new season is going to hit the ground running with Rick Grimes ready to “open up a can of whoop ass in the first few episodes!”
Season 5 of Walking Dead launches on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm.