Fear's season premiere aired directly after The Walking Dead's Season 8 finale-in which Morgan made a decision to leave the group after (spoiler alert) winning the war against the Saviors. But Rick called for Siddiq to save Negan, much to Maggie Greene Rhee's anguish and fury.
In the end, Rick doesn't kill Negan, confirming that previous flash-forwards to a bleary-eyed Rick weren't him truly lost, but rather when his mercy does indeed prevail over his wrath. For those few seconds, he described an optimistic future in which he and Negan could work side-by-side - and appeared to win over his enemy, as Negan's eyes began to well up with tears. Negan had seemingly won, but Rick made a plea regarding Carl's vision for the future - and the role Negan could play - that gave him pause, allowing Rick to cut his throat. (Expert aim there.) I'm still not sure how I feel about Eugene, especially after the vomit incident and, you know, the whole near two seasons of betrayal thing, but I am glad Rosita socked him one for it all.
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When it comes to Negan, I'm with Maggie: he should have died. "So I think it is ultimately a story about restraint rather than revenge and love rather than hate, which has always been integral to our show".
Back at the Hilltop, Maggie made it clear that she was still very upset about the decision to not kill Negan. Morgan went and visited Jadis as well, offering her an opportunity to return to the community if she so chose.
There's a scene in the comics where Maggie, after a failed assassination attempt, publicly executes Gregory; between that and this TV setup, are we about to see Maggie as an antagonist? He wants everyone to go home but tells them that Negan's way of doing things is over. So when I slit his throat, kind of thought... oh, it's going to have to be me. On Sunday night, however, Fear the Walking Dead proved the naysayers wrong-again. Going by the name Al for short, this new survivor has a SWAT truck rigged with guns and plenty of supplies to survive the apocalypse. Meanwhile, Daryl pledges to show Rick that he was wrong to do what he did. "It shows that from this point on the stories are going to be very different". But what happens in the season 8 finale was much more anticlimactic. Comics Negan does indeed rot in jail for about two years, but when the new villains are introduced-the Whisperers, a ruthless gang who wear zombie skin and wander among the walkers-Negan ends up actually working alongside Rick to defeat them. The Walking Dead season 8 finale might have wrapped up all the storylines it had with a tidy, twee little bow, but that doesn't stop it from feeling disappointing anticlimactic. Instead Rick and Michonne concocted a plan to let Negan rot in a cell as "evidence that we're making a civilization". Until then, check out what we learned about Fear the Walking Dead's new character Althea from star Maggie Grace, and then head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer premiere schedule to see what other shows are on the way.