With the finale of The Walking Dead right around the corner, I'm betting that many of you are basically crawling out of your skins with excitement and anticipation. Episode 15 has set up what is guaranteed to be a heart stopping finale with Rick and Negan poised to battle each other and an uncertain future for some of our favorite characters.
So, with expectations for the Season 7 finale high, how will it fit in with the rest of The Walking Dead finales? Take a trip down memory lane and remind yourself of the previous six season-enders in preparation for Sunday night's episode, "The First Day Of the Rest Of Your Life," and let me know what your expectations are for it in the comments.
After reaching the CDC in Atlanta, the survivors enjoyed the luxuries of a powered facility while learning more about the walkers from Dr. Jenner. Eventually Jenner reveals to the group that the building will self-detonate when the back-up power runs out. After begging Jenner to let the group leave, they flee (minus Jacqui), making it out moments before the massive explosion.
Just before the group leaves, Dr. Jenner tells Rick something that shocks him, and as the episode ends we see the survivors driving away, presumably out of the city.
After Carl uses his gun to shoot a zombified Shane in the head in the penultimate episode, the gunfire draws a horde of walkers to the Greene farm. The farm is overwhelmed and the gang, along with Hershel, Maggie and Beth are force to abandon it.
The group, minus Andrea, manages to regroup after fleeing in various vehicles and Rick tells them all what Dr. Jenner told him in the Season 1 finale; everyone is infected and will become a walker when they die. In the forest, Andrea is saved by a cloaked person with a sword (revealed in Season 3 to be Michonne), and in the final moments of the episode the camera pans out and we see the prison that will soon become their new home.
The Governor fatally wounds Milton after he betrays him, and leaves him in a room with Andrea to die, reanimate and then kill Andrea. Meanwhile, Rick and the gang gear up to protect the prison against an incoming attack from the Governor and Woodbury. The Governor and his men attack, but Rick and his group soon ambush them, and the Governor's people panic and flee, much to his anger. After shooting many of his retreating troops (which Karen cleverly avoids by hiding under dead bodies) the Governor leaves with Shumpert and Martinez.
Rick, Michonne and Daryl then head to Woodbury to take out their defenses, collecting Karen along the way. After Karen manages to convince Tyreese and Sasha (who were then living at Woodbury) that Rick, Michonne and Daryl are not the enemy, the group goes inside Woodbury to search for Andrea. Sadly, Andrea was bitten by a reanimated Milton and after a conversation, Rick gives her his own gun so she can shoot herself in the head, and prevent herself reanimating. As the episode ends, the innocent Woodbury citizens (including Karen, Tyreese and Sasha) are transferred to the prison to join the group.
While camping, Rick, Carl and Michonne are ambushed by the Claimers, a group they had an altercation with five episodes prior. The Claimers threaten to rape Michonne and Carl, however Rick rips out their leader's jugular with his teeth, and along with Daryl, takes down the rest of the group.
The four then continue toward Terminus, hoping it's a safe place, though they bury their weapons as a back-up before entering. After spotting gear that belonged to the other members of their group, the four realize the inhabitants of Terminus are not good people. Then they're forced into a boxcar where they're reunited with Glenn, Maggie, Sasha and Bob, and meet Tara, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita. As the episode ends, Rick tells the group that Gareth and the Termites are "screwing with the wrong people."
Morgan is properly reintroduced, and as he prepares his breakfast he encounters two of the Wolves. After disarming them both, he leaves them both inside a car and leaves.
Rick wakes up after his fight with Pete, and he talks with Michonne, Glenn, Carol and Abraham about the upcoming town meeting where the Alexandrians will decide what to do with Rick. The group formulate a plan to take Reg, Deanna and Spencer hostage if the meeting turns sour.
Outside Alexandria, Aaron and Daryl are tracking a man in a red poncho but soon stumble upon a facility with trucks that Daryl believes might be full of supplies. Unfortunately, after he opens the trailers it's soon revealed to be an elaborate trick and the pair only just manage to get inside a car. Eventually they are saved by a mystery person revealed to be Morgan, after Morgan shows Daryl the map of his intended path, Daryl smiles as he realizes who Morgan is.
As the Alexandria town meeting to decide Rick's fate gets underway, Rick finds several walkers that got into the town because the gate was left wide open. In a dramatic entrance, Rick drags a walker corpse to the meeting and dumps it on the ground pointing out that someone left the gate open. As he gives a speech to the town, a drunken Pete appears with Michonne's katana, intent on killing Rick. As Pete makes a move to harm Rick, Reg steps between the two and his throat is slit by the katana in the struggle. Deanna then gives Rick the order to shoot Pete then and there, and he executes the man without hesitation. As the episode ends, someone calls out "Rick?" and as he looks up he sees his old friend Morgan standing before him, shocked at what he just witnessed.
After Carol's disappearance, Morgan's search for her continues, while back at Alexandria a group prepare to bring a sick Maggie to the Hilltop for medical attention.
Morgan manages to find both a horse and Carol, though after tending to Carol's wounds she runs off once again, and encounters an injured Savior who is preparing to kill her until Morgan shoots him first — his first human victim since his time with Eastman. Luckily shortly afterwards two men wearing armor approach them on horseback (including one previously spotted by Rick and Morgan) and agree to lend the pair help.
Meanwhile the group on the road encounter multiple road blocks, and eventually Eugene agrees to drive the RV as a decoy while the others carry Maggie to Hilltop through the woods. Unfortunately, the plan fails and altogether eleven of our favorite characters find themselves brought before Negan. The new Big Bad introduces himself and explains that Rick's group will now work for them before selecting a victim to be bludgeoned to death by his weapon of choice, Lucille. As Negan counts down and picks his victim the episode ends on the biggest cliffhanger of the entire series with the audience having to wait until Season 7 to find out who he murdered.
The Walking Dead returns with Episode 16, on Sunday, April 2 on AMC
What was your favorite mid-season or season finale?
Source: Walking Dead Wikia