'Walking Dead' finale: Jeffrey Dean Morgan promises 'pain is coming' for Negan

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'Walking Dead' finale: Jeffrey Dean Morgan promises 'pain is coming' for Negan

As he and Eugene headed off to whup Rick's ass, Negan "confessed" to his prisoner, Father Gabriel, that he had sacrificed some of his own people to set a trap for Rick.

Dwight isn't the first character to leave on a quest and return, and this is The Walking Dead. "And Jesus, he would not have killed the surrendering Saviors, but he's not Morgan". "They're coming for us, unless we stand together", he said. It pretty much like watching all the beats from the Season 7 finale.

Negan has show glimpses of a compassionate backstory. Granted, he told him that if he ever turned up there again he would kill them.

While waiting for Season 9 to get here, fans can keep the Walking Dead franchise love going on AMC with Fear the Walking Dead Season 4, which has brought Morgan into the mix.

Rick and Michonne go to see Negan, who is recovering.

The Big Bad thought he had Team Rick backed into a corner, after he "ambushed [Rick's] ambush with an even bigger ambush". Admittedly there is already trouble brewing, with Maggie recruiting Jesus and Daryl into her plan to kill Negan, but otherwise the survivors seem to have a clear roadmap back to civilization.

Rick tells the rest of the Saviors that they can put their hands down.

"This is a conclusion ... in some ways of issues and stories that have spanned eight seasons", showrunner Scott M. Gimple told USA TODAY, declining to even hint at who will die in the carnage that is sure to rain in the episode.

Morgan's still not right: Somehow the sight of former Savior prisoners coming back to the Hilltop from a zombie-killing run got Morgan so worked up that he almost put his bo staff through young Henry's neck.

Now, hold onto your horses - because Negan's not dead. Morgan wants to just finish this. Negan runs as Rick's group advances and attacks. She asks for his name and then introduces herself as Ann. A walker comes at him. Daryl just tosses vehicle keys at him. Rick slit Negan's throat in an MMA-style brawl but decided not to kill him. She was committed to bringing about peace for the time being, but she also wanted to build up the community's defenses.

On the flip side, Negan went into things with enough confidence to fuel a helicopter. Oh, Rick still managed to get his ass handed to him, because he's Rick, but this time there was no where for Negan to scamper off to.

While Rick may think everything will be just dandy with Jeffrey Dean Morgan's villain in jail, a few of his best friends have something else in mind. But only time will tell if Maggie will feel the same in the future.

That's a wrap on recapping Season 8. Do you think Rick made the right decision? Can Negan somehow stay alive? "It's going to be very satisfying for a lot of people, especially the people who don't like Negan, they might find some certain joy", says Morgan, who is also starring with Dwayne Johnson in Rampage, the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend. Everything fell a bit too nicely in place afterward - Rosita forgave Eugene (still punched him though!), Daryl chased off Dwight, Alden did very boring Alden things, Carol returned to the Kingdom, and Morgan went to live among trash - but the one moment in "Wrath" that tried to subvert our expectations, Maggie's desire to get revenge on Rick, felt unearned and out-of-nowhere. At least, this leg of it has, since The Walking Dead's struggles never really end. There was one brief shining second when we thought that perhaps he'd been put out of our misery, but the TV team chose to keep to the comic books and lock him away as a symbol of how not to build a new civilization.

Sooiler warning for anyone who hasn't yet watched The Walking Dead's big Season 8 finale.

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