Unresolved Questions From "The Walking Dead" Season 7 Finaleby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 9 months ago
"The Walking Dead" has declared "All Out War" -- just in time for the AMC show to go on break again. Season 7 ended Sunday, April 2, 2017, leaving us with hope and excitement, but also several questions. Here's what we'd like to see addressed in Season 8, when it premieres this October. Be warned: Spoilers ahead!— Gina Carbone
Warning: Spoilers ahead from "The Walking Dead" Season 7 finale.
1. What's the war plan?
We're goin' to war! But when? And how? This war between Team Negan and Team Rick isn't going to be as simple as Prison vs. Woodbury — not that that turned out terribly well for our unprepared group. This time, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) will need a plan, and a better plan than attacking that Saviors outpost without really knowing what Alexandria was up against.
Dwight (Austin Amelio) offered some suggestions — winning over workers, going outpost to outpost. Will Rick follow that plan? Will there be further strategy sessions in Season 8? Will there be more mini skirmishes (featuring more mic drop moments from Shiva) leading up to a giant battle? Will our group attack the Sanctuary, or will Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) attack first? If Negan attacks first, will the Saviors go for Alexandria or try for a more vulnerable spot?
This could go any number of ways, and there's no saying the AMC show will follow Robert Kirkman's comic book to the letter on how "All Out War" plays out. Whatever way they choose, we hope it includes lots of action and a fast pace. Viewers will be expecting that, and won't put up with more delays.
2. Will the Scavengers stick with Team Saviors?
Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) is a trashy two-timing traitor who turned on Rick and company. She's savvy, though, and she took the guns Rick gave her and used them against our group. We've seen how many people the Scavengers have in that junkyard, so they could definitely be formidable enemies.
However, Jadis probably just wants to keep her people on the right side of the numbers, like anyone else. If they can get a better deal, would they switch sides? If the Scavengers stick with Team Saviors, it's going to be a seriously close match between them and Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom. We could really use some backup (hint, hint)...
3. Will Oceanside join the fight?
If you lived at Oceanside, and a group of strangers showed up and scared you and your children with explosions, then tied you up and stole your guns, then asked you to join them to fight the people who killed all the male friends and family members you had, would you want to join them?
There are some fighters at Oceanside who do want to join the cause to take down the Saviors, but it's understandable that all may not feel that way. So how many might join the effort? Surely not all of them would join, since Oceanside has a lot of kids and someone has to watch them (same with the Kingdom, which seems to have a large population of kids, and eventually someone might remember Judith is still alive).
4. Is Eugene really a lost cause?
Eugene (Josh McDermitt) picked Team Negan because he was terrified of being stuck in another Lucille lineup. Yeah, he also feels wanted and powerful with the Saviors, but he basically just wants to stay safe, like a lot of survivors in this world. If the power shifts in Team Rick's favor, would he switch back or stay "Negan"?
Eugene is a self-described coward, but he did speak up when both Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) tried to take credit for making bullets. He didn't have to say anything, but he put his neck on the line for his friends, despite his fear. He also tried to help Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), in his own way, by having her come to Team Negan so she would stay safe.
Eugene also gave Sasha those pills she took, which suggests he might be willing to play both sides. But Negan suspects him for it, so he may have lost the big guy's trust. That said, would Negan ever kill Eugene? Mullet Man is now of even more value, since he knows how to produce bullets during wartime. Right now, Team Negan has that technology, but Eugene's heart is still with his friends.
Will Eugene stick with Negan through Season 8, change sides to Team Rick, or find enough bravery to play double-agent through All Out War? He could be a very valuable spy.
5. How much can we trust Dwight?
They say the enemy of your enemy is your friend, but it's hard to see Dwight as a friend. He does seem to be with "us" for now, but is it only for now? He and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) certainly have major trust issues, and Tara is not a fan, now that she knows Dwight is the one who killed Denise (in his attempt to kill Daryl).
Dwight is a complicated guy, and it's unlikely that anyone — including viewers — will give him a pass for his past behavior, even if you could argue his actions were understandable in context. He did have his face ironed by Negan, who stole his wife Sherry (Christine Evangelista) and made her his "wife." So when Dwight says he wants Negan dead, we believe it. And he left that little toy soldier note to make sure Daryl knew that Dwight "didn't know" what was going to happen with the Scavengers.
But does that mean he's really part of our team, long-term, or just a temporary ally with a common enemy? What happens if/when Negan is out of the picture as an enemy? Will Daryl really kill him, as promised? We've seen enemies become friends before (Tara was initially Team Governor, Michonne and Rick fought at the start, etc.) so will Dwight be next, or try to ditch Team Rick the second he gets his revenge?
6. When will Maggie give birth?
Baby Gleggie is still cooking in Maggie Rhee's (Lauren Cohan) belly, but at some point he or she is going to want to pull a Judith and show up, probably at exactly the wrong time.
We certainly hope Maggie has a better zombie apocalypse delivery than Lori — if you recall, Maggie was the one who had to play terrified midwife in the prison — but she could really use her doctor back. Will Dr. Carson (R. Keith Harris) return to Hilltop from the Sanctuary in time to help deliver the baby? Will any of that play out in Season 8, or is the timeline going to go slowly enough that Maggie won't be ready to pop until Season 9?
7. Will Maggie officially take over Hilltop from Gregory?
This clown. Just look at him. Seriously. Gregory (Xander Berkeley) keeps proving he's a sneaky coward who can't be trusted to even kill a walker without screaming for help. And yet, he is still technically in charge of Hilltop, and there still seem to be residents who see him as the leader and will do as he says. Will that stay the case into Season 8?
Gregory wasn't even shown in the Season 7 finale — you'll never see him jump in to help save the day — and it's not clear exactly where he went. But if Maggie officially takes over, that would push Gregory over to Team Negan, unless Negan recognizes that he has no use for Gregory either. But if Gregory sticks around, can he be trusted with any information or will he just wait for the slightest reason to share that intel with Negan, to try and get a better deal?
8. Will Carol and Morgan stay at the Kingdom?
Where is "home" now for Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James)?
Carol fled Alexandria when she went through her whole existential crisis over killing for people she loved, but now that she's back in the game, will she return to Alexandria or stay in (and yet not in) the Kingdom?
Same with Morgan — he came all this way from Atlanta to find his buddy Rick, but they haven't even spent much time together, and now Morgan seems pretty settled at the Kingdom. Will he stay there with King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) or go back to Alexandria and re-kindle his first apocalypse bromance?
9. Will the characters spend more time as a group?
One consistent complaint "The Walking Dead" fans tend to have is that the original characters don't spend enough time as a group anymore. There are so many new people and splintered stories that we can go weeks without seeing someone like Carol, and she only has a couple of scenes with her old friend Daryl.
We'll still have separate communities into Season 8, but now that they are aware of each other and working together, maybe we'll see more cross-pollination, with our favorite characters actually spending time together again. Please?
10. Will anymore couples get together?
War tends to bring out strong passions in people — you could die at any moment, after all — so is it possible we'll see some new connections in Season 8?
Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira), Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson), and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) found love in the hopeless place of the zombie apocalypse, but we've seen a lot more love lost in the past year. Jesus (Tom Payne) recently talked about past boyfriends, so he might be in the market for a new love. And Carol is like the end-of-the-world Bachelorette, having chemistry with Daryl, Ezekiel, and Morgan. She could probably take her pick of any guy there. (Hint: Pick Jerry!)
11. Will Negan ever die?
Also, will he ever take off that heavy leather jacket and scarf in the Southern heat? But really, what is it going to take to kill this guy?
Our group has already had several chances, and either couldn't or just didn't take him out. Plenty of other people have died, but it's hard to get to Negan without risking many other lives. For whatever reason, he has an extremely loyal cult of followers invested in the future of the Sanctuary. Like Eugene, they probably feel safest there, and he does have a set of rules that may help them rationalize what they do.
Negan doesn't want to kill, and he has actually killed fewer of Rick's group than vice versa. He wants more employees, and he's the kind of successful boss that knows how to compliment people and draw them in, making them feel so much a part of the team that they really seem to believe they are Negan too. It's weird. But it seems unlikely that anyone other than Dwight will turn on him, and even if Team Rick kills Negan, that doesn't seem like it would end the war. Negan's group is as loyal to him as ours is to Rick.
So will he ever die? If so, will it be this season?
Comic book readers may feel like they have a head start on the answer, but you never know how the show will adapt the story. There are usually more than a few twists in showrunner Scott M. Gimple's "remix."