We made it! After two devastating season premiere deaths, the painful torture of Daryl, and the psychological torture of viewers with all those repeat plays of “Easy Street,” we’ve arrived at The Walking Dead Season 7 finale, and Rick Grimes and his group appear to be on the brink of war against Negan and the Saviors.
As for what remains up in the air, here’s our list of eight questions we hope will be answered by the time the end credits roll — and we officially bid another favorite apocalyptic survivor adieu? — on the last episode of the season.
1. How committed is Eugene to his new alliance with Negan?
Rosita immediately assumed Eugene was playing some angle when she found out he appeared to be working with the Saviors. And though Eugene’s explanation to Sasha about why his “correct select” was pledging his loyalty to Negan — it’s the only thing that’s made him feel safe since Negan murdered Glenn and Abraham in front of him — made sense, we’re not totally convinced. Yes, Grimblygunk’s owner has a well-documented history of cowardice and of putting his own safety above all else. And while he is quite skilled at thinking several moves ahead of everyone else, we’re wondering if he has really thought about what’s going to happen when his loyalties inevitably clash. He is Negan now, but will he still be Negan when — again, it’s inevitable that it’s going to come down to “when,” not “if” — he’s put in the position of proving, in front of Negan and his own friends in Alexandria — that his loyalty is to Negan? Is Eugene willing to hurt or kill his friends, or aid in the assistance of the Saviors doing so, to keep his safe, cushy gig as the “chief engineer” of the Sanctuary?
2. How sincere is Dwight’s new alliance to Rick’s group?
He certainly has no lack of reason to want to see Negan dead, beginning with Negan adding Dwight’s wife Sherry to his haram of wives and including Dwight’s giant facial scar that came courtesy of Negan’s hot iron. And, as Sherry’s letter to him in “Hostiles and Calamities” suggested, Dwight was more Daryl-like than Negan-like, pre-apocalypse. So his defection to #TeamRick makes sense (and, spoiler, would mirror the path the character takes in the comics). But, Negan is a tricky one, and given that he revealed to Sasha that a “little birdie” warned him about Rick’s plans, it’s not at all far-fetched to believe he might be trying to set the Alexandrians up with Dwight as some sort of Trojan horse. We’re leaning towards believing Dwight really wants to work with Rick, and Daryl, but you also can’t discount just how ingrained Dwight’s fear of Negan is. Here’s hoping the loss of Sherry after she fled the Sanctuary and that walk down happier memory lane her letter sparked was enough to make Dwight decide the potential of getting out from under Negan’s thumb is worth the risk of, well, what happened to Dr. Emmett Carson and his trip to the furnace.
3. Who is the “little birdie” who warned Negan about Rick’s plans?
He mentioned to Sasha in “Something They Need” that someone had squealed on Rick… who is that “little birdie”? Eugene? Gregory? Dr. Harlan Carson? Those are the only people we know for certain 1) have knowledge of the plan to overthrow the Saviors and 2) have had interactions with the Saviors and 3) might be willing to spill their guts. We find it tough to be believe either Eugene or Harlan Carson would sell out Rick, and we didn’t see Gregory narc on Rick the last time Simon visited the Sanctuary… could there be another little birdie we’re not even thinking of as the blabber?
Various online theorists suggest Jadis and the Heapsters might be the culprits. Seems as likely as that theory fans had earlier this season about Rick and Daryl secretly communicating via Morse code they blinked to each other, but stranger things — like Jadis’s pet spiked walker, Winslow, for instance — have happened, this season.
4. Is there any way Sasha makes it out of the season alive?
It’s not looking so good. Not only is Sasha portrayer Sonequa Martin-Green already filming her starring role in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series for CBS All Access, but storyline-wise, Sasha’s suicide mission to kill Negan may be a bust; she’s got Eugene’s suicide pill to carry out that part of her plot, but she’s not in possession of anything to use to kill Negan. And though she was manipulating Eugene to get a suicide weapon — she was really hoping to get her hands on anything that could serve as a murder weapon — we do believe she will do anything to avoid being used by the Saviors to hurt Rick and the rest of her loved ones, including possibly swallowing that little pill.
5. Speaking of, Eugene still has one suicide pill left …
Will it be used? If so, by who? And if so, will it be used as a suicide pill… or a stealth murder weapon?
6. Where’s Heath?
Yeah, we know, thwarting baddies on 24: Legacy and mixing it up with the titular star of Kong: Skull Island. At least, that’s what Heath portrayer Corey Hawkins has been up to. The last we saw Heath was in “Swear,” when he went MIA after dealing with some walkers on that bridge Tara fell off of before she washed up on the beach near the Oceansiders’ camp. Tara later found Heath’s broken glasses, a security pass with “PPP” written on it, and some tire marks on the road, near the walker attack bridge. He obviously made it off that bridge, but was he bitten? If he’s still alive, did someone in a vehicle help him? Or kidnap him? Will we get a definitive answer on Heath’s status in the season finale?
7. Is Enid hiding something?
Sure, she’s part of Maggie’s squad at the Hilltop now, but remember when we were all pretty sure Enid was hiding something, some past allegiance — possibly with the Wolves — from the Alexandrians? Remember when she used to sneak out of Alexandria all the time, and we never knew where she was going? We still don’t, and that’s a big storyline to set up and never pay off. Perhaps pay day is coming soon?
8. Will we find out more of Negan’s backstory?
“Something They Need” confirmed what TWD comics readers already knew: Negan is quite serious about his rule against the Saviors sexually assaulting women. While the series has yet to do a deep dive on Negan’s backstory, a special “Here’s Negan” storyline — presented in four-page, monthly installments in Image+ magazine — has, including details on Negan’s wife, the inspiration for Lucille’s name, who was the first future Savior Negan met, his personal philosophies on romantic relationships, and his core reason for starting the Saviors community. It’s an interesting take, one that adds layers to the character and the Saviors’ story, and one that’s too good to spoil here. While the TV series often takes detours from the comics, the fact that Negan’s backstory is getting its own venue suggests it could become canon for the character, which means we would probably see it as part of the show at some point. Might that point be now, as the ultimate showdown — a storyline called “All Out War” in the comics — is imminent on The Walking Dead series, and fleshing out the bat-toting villain’s motivations makes the drama even more compelling?
The Walking Dead Season 7 finale airs April 2 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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