The Walking Dead season 8 finale airs tonight with Wrath and it’s all-out war!
The Walking Dead is finally completing another emotional and over the top season. Season 8 ends tonight in what is sure to be an epic battle that is part comicbook canon as well as throwing us a few surprises. No one has been safe this season and so there are sure to be some big exits this episode.
Episode 16 doesn’t just bring with it the ending of this season though. Change – as is always the case with finales – is inevitable and this particular season brings a whole new brand of change. Season 8 is an ending for showrunner Scott Gimple as he assumes his new role in The Walking Dead franchise, which also makes it a new beginning for the series and its first female showrunner Angela Kang.
This season’s theme has been all about war and its cost. This isn’t a new concept for The Walking Dead but in this particular case it wasn’t the war of humans versus walkers anymore or humans versus humanity, though both of those things still play an incredibly important and centric role to the series. Season 8 opened with Mercy and the idea that the future could be good and bright (even if the one person Rick (Andrew Lincoln) believed he was creating a future for was no longer around to see it). The idea behind “Mercy” (and of the concept of mercy too) was that there is a point where Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Rick could come to terms and live in peace. Of course this was all some kind of fantasy from Judith but the fact is that it can be reality.
However, after everything Team Family has been through – all the lives this war has already cost, it doesn’t seem like that future is truly possible and with it comes the wrath of a whole army of angry and hurting people. But what are they truly fighting for? And if they keep fighting, what does the future look like? Will there ever be a baby Rhee? Or will Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leave the show in a shocking and heartbreaking twist (though there is solace in the idea that Glenn (Steven Yeun) promised to find her) given that the actress has signed on for another TV series?
And how about Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus)? The series opened with the marketing team teasing all sorts of Caryl potential only to bait the fans into something that will probably never be at this point but definitely should be. Or perhaps all of season will have turned out to be some kind of fever dream from Rick and Carl (Chandler Riggs) never died (because he stayed in the house!). Perhaps, we’ll finally get some answers about that helicopter and how Morgan (Lennie James) transitions to the FTWD.
All of this is just wishful thinking and pre-finale anxiety of course. There’s no telling what will become of our favorite characters and who will truly come out of this war. More importantly. Those who do, who will they be? We’re eager to see what happens!
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Check out the official synopsis from AMC below:
The communities join forces in the last stand against the Saviors as all-out war unfolds.
Grab your arrows, a piece of casserole, and prepare the garbage trucks because this is sure to be a really interesting episode! For more stuff n’ thangs from the latest episode of The Walking Dead, you’ll need to tune in! Here’s how: