The Walking Dead Finale Wasn’t Just About Rick Grimes

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The online consensus was that The Walking Dead couldn’t end without Rick Grimes. After all, the series began as one man’s journey in search of his family. How could the story end with him lost in the void? Yes, in the very last moments of the show, we got a look at Rick and Michonne.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who left the show in season 9, was seen trying “everything” (sic) in his power to escape the community that captured him (The CRM ) and return to his family. Michonne (Danai Gurira), armored like the warrior queen that she is, was doing everything she could to find her man. The show’s final moments reminded viewers that while the parent series was over, the universe was only expanding.

Unfortunately, The Walking Dead may be remembered for its descent, rather than its triumphs, to a certain section of its fan base. Once the biggest show in the world, many stopped watching it in droves after questionable script decisions were made. The Walking Dead lost more fans than the total number of viewers watching most TV shows. Yet the franchise continued, and devotees remained loyal to their favorite franchise.

The return of Rick Grimes and Michonne may have overshadowed what was a spectacular finale

The Walking Dead the finale was near perfect for those who had stuck with the show. Gabriel’s (Seth Gilliam) story came full circle when he opened the doors of Pamela Milton’s (Laila Robins) mansion to citizens of the Commonwealth.

Do you remember when we first met him? He had not allowed those in need into the church, leaving them devoured by walkers galore. He finally had his redemption. Rosita (Christian Serratos), often relegated to the sidelines, died a warrior. Eugene (Josh McDermitt), who had entered the series with her, stayed with Rosita at the end.

In addition, important conversations took place between the actors! Maggie (Lauren Cohan) told Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) how he could never be forgiven despite all his actions to become a better person. Carol (Melissa McBride) asked Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) to leave after the two characters declared themselves in love. Yet another spin-off!

More importantly, there was justice in the end. Ezekiel (Khary Payton), once monarch of the Kingdom, has become governor of the Commonwealth, this time with Michael Mercer at his side. Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) and Magna (Nadia Hilker) got back together, and Eugene and Maxxine (Margot Bingham) even had a baby. All’s well that ends well indeed.

In a show that’s usually without its fair share of happy endings, maybe The Walking DeadThe greatest triumph of is that the peace the actors fought for actually manifested: that they fought the dead and lived together as family. The Walking Dead was never a show about zombies, it was always about hope.

what will be The Walking Dead to be called back for?

Many cast members have said how much the show has helped them through a tough time in their own lives. Michael James Shaw admitted as much during our exclusive interview. Ross Marquand (Aaron) cried on the latest episode of Talking Dead for the parent show, admitting how the show helped him when he was in a tough spot. Many fans echo those sentiments.

While the simplest title for this article might have been “Rick Grimes has returned to The Walking Dead‘, that would be against the spirit of the show. The cast fought and won against all odds despite Rick and Michonne’s absence. The Walking Dead reminded all fans that standing up for what you believe in is never a bad thing.

Were there any hiccups on the way to the finish line? Absolutely. That being said, let history remember the show as a flawed story that reached unfathomable heights rather than a fall from those heights.

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