The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note

The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note

This is the moment — after a 12-year-run, The Walking Dead has come to an end! Along with the characters, we’ve too have journeyed through the highs and lows of some truly incredible stories and now, the series finale takes us to the last chapter.

The Alexandrians are facing the double-threat of the evolved zombies and the Pamela-led Commonwealth. So how does the series finale wrap up the show?

In The Walking Dead series finale, Pamela Milton is arrested which allows the Alexandrians to use the Commonwealth’s resources to defeat the evolved zombies. The main casualties in the episode are Jules, Luke and Rosita.

As one might expect, the series finale is a rollercoaster of emotions that touches base with all its different, interesting characters — some of whom we shall be seeing for the last time. So let’s look into the finale in more detail:

1. Does Judith die?

The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note
Judith Grimes | Source: IMDb

Good news, Judith does not die in The Walking Dead’s season finale! She along with Daryl and the group encounter a few problems on the way (both the undead and Commonwealth kind) but they finally make it to the hospital.

There, they find Yumiko’s brother Tomi, who’s also a doctor. He treats Judith and assures everyone she’s not in grave danger. The beacon of hope will live another day and that’s enough to make us optimistic about the rest of the episode.

2. Does Rosita reunite with Coco?

The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note
Rosita | Source: IMDb

We have another group, that is Rosita, Eugene, and Gabriel, who are on the lookout for Coco. They know he was last seen in the Commonwealth’s children’s ward, so that’s where they head.

As expected, the route is filled with hungry zombies and it is excruciating to see if the group will make it out safely or not. There’s even a point where Rosita falls towards a swarm, teasing that this moment could be her last.

This is an apt foreshadowing, for although the trio find Coco, Rosita realizes she’s been bitten. More on that later…

3. Pamela Milton Gets Arrested

The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note
Pamela Milton | Source: IMDb

Once everyone tackles their respective hurdles, they end up having a face-off with Pamela. Pamela tries to rile the Commonwealth soldiers into fighting the Alexandrians, but with the threat of the zombies looming, they defy their leader.

As expected, Pamela gets arrested and she even tries to die by suicide by walking into a swarm of zombies, in particular, the undead body of Lance Hornsby. But Maggie rescues her before anything can happen, believing that Pamela must answer for her crimes in the right way.

Thankfully Pamela’s arrest means that the remaining Commonwealth citizens can be let into the safer sectors. Then, to ward off the zombies, the Alexandrians set fire to elite’s households — which has a great anti-classist symbology to it.

The fire may not be a permanent solution to the zombies, but it does enough to drive them away and keep them at bay for the time-being.

  1. Negan and Maggie Make Up
The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note
Negan | Source: IMDb

Maggie and Negan’s uneasy alliance has kept us on edge since quite a few seasons, so it would be unfair if the show ended without addressing it.

With a sincere heart, Negan apologizes to Maggie for killing Glenn. While Maggie cannot still find the grace to forgive him, she expresses her gratitude for saving Hersheel and even acknowledges that Negan’s been changing for the better.

Maggie’s speech is indeed cathartic because she’s trying to let go of the hatred she’s harbored for Negan. As the two characters will once again partner-up in their Dead City spin-off, this new side to their alliance is refreshing to see. 

5. Who dies in The Walking Dead’s series finale?

From the main/recurring characters this season, we bid farewell to Jules, Luke, and Rosita.

The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note
Luke | Source: IMDb

Jules and Luke are the first ones to go right at the beginning of the episode when the group is fighting off zombies. Jules gets taken down by a whole swarm, while Luke gets bitten. The latter leaves behind his harmonica to the group as a memento.

As mentioned above, Rosita too gets bitten when she tries to rescue Coco. Unlike Luke who was quite injured, a relatively unscathed Rosita could fight off the conversion for some time.

After all the action goes down, the Alexandrians share one of their first peaceful meals. While different characters reunite, Rosita spends her last moments with Maggie, Carol, Daryl, Gabriel and others. Finally, it is insinuated that it’s Eugene who will pull the trigger when the time comes, and Rosita accepts it as a privilege.

6. What happens after the one-year time jump?

As a few fans predicted, the finale did indeed have a time jump. There isn’t much known about everything that happenes during this one-year, especially with regards to the evolved zombies or the state of Commonwealth. But it did cover a few of bases:

The Walking Dead Series Finale Ends the Show on a Hopeful Note
Rick Grimes | Source: IMDb
  • Eugene and Max have a baby together named Rosie. We also see them visiting Rosita’s grave, which is right next to all the other characters who died earlier in the episode.
  • Ezekiel and Mercer have been elected as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth!
  • Daryl says an emotional good bye to Carol, as he prepares to go off on a new mission. No details about what it entails were revealed, but it’s safe to assume we shall know all about it in his 2023 spin-off series, Daryl Dixon.
  • Rick and Michonne make an appearance! It starts with a voiceover that teases their romance, but also sets up the stage for their own yet-unnamed spin-off series. We also see shots of Michonne and Rick, the latter who is in a CRM jacket and looks to be surrendering to some authorities.
  • The very last shot is of Judith and RJ. When Judith says, “We get to start over. We’re the ones who live,” I have a feeling we might see her again soon.
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7. About The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is a neo-western horror drama that is based on the comic book series of the same name written by Robert Kirkman. It currently stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and others.

Rick Grimes, a sheriff’s deputy, wakes up from a coma to find that the world has just gone through a zombie apocalypse. He soon realizes that the world is divided into the zombies- the ‘walkers’- and a group of survivors who will do anything to survive.

The recent season, that is season 11, will adapt material from issues #175–193 of the comic book series and focuses on the group’s encounter with the Commonwealth, a large network of communities that has advanced equipment and almost fifty thousand survivors living in their different settlements.