Why ‘The Walking Dead’ season finale is making everybody angry

Dallas Head

Spoilers ahead. 

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” tried to pull a “Who shot JR?” moment and failed horribly. 

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Let’s talk about last night’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” and why it’s making every fan angry.

If you missed any of it, here’s a quick recap: Morgan tries to find Carol and bring her back to Alexandria. One of the men Carol decimated with a machine kills Morgan. The two also meet up with survivors from Negan’s group and end up leaving to get Carol medical help. They most likely will end up in Hilltop with the rest of the gang.

It also shows Rick getting a team together to go to the Hilltop community to get Maggie help for her baby. Maggie began having complications in the episode the week before. Almost the entire group of main characters goes with Rick and Maggie in the RV including Carl, Eugene, Abraham, Aaron and Sasha. This leaves only a select few to guard Alexandria with a plan to defend it in the case that Negan’s people decide to show up.

Daryl, Michonne, Glenn and Rosita were captured on their way to go after the men who killed Denise in the episode before the finale. Since Dary had a run-in with this group a couple of times already, Daryl had revenge on his mind. We don’t really find out what the fate of this small group is until the very end of the season finale.

The season finale was one of the best and worst episodes of the series thus far. 

Let me explain. “The Walking Dead” has had finales that included a place of sanctuary, main characters dying and Rick going crazy. But none of that was used in this current season’s finale. 

Rick and his group are ultimately cornered by Negan’s people on their way to Hilltop and are reunited with Daryl and his group again. 

The final scenes, in which all the main characters are kneeling before the newly-introduced Negan, are terrifying and exciting all at once. The fate of one of the characters hangs in the balance, but knowing which one was up in the air. Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) gave a riveting monologue to finish off the season that ended in him “Eenie, Meanie, Minie”-ing his way to the final death scene of a character. 

But which one? 

Though I loved the portrayal of Negan as someone that nobody should mess with and the build-up and suspense throughout the episode was wonderful, the ending left much to be desired. We never actually find out who Negan beat to death with his barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat named “Lucielle.” The fact that we see him beat someone and that there are reasons why he could kill any of the characters is going to make this summer a very long wait for next season.

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The writers may have just left it up to chance to keep viewers or to boost their ratings, but this idea backfired in a big way. Many fans were disappointed in the huge lead-up to end with nothing left to show for it. 

Though Glenn may be the top choice to have been the one to die because of the fact that Negan kills Glenn in the comics, this doesn’t give the writers a reason to leave the show with a huge cliff-hanger. 

I love the show and will continue to watch it, but I wish the writers would’ve given the fans some kind of an ending that was satisfying. 

Collegian Reporter Dallas Head can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @water4rams.