Negan! Negan is here! And he’s really scary!
After what has been one of the most exciting seasons in The Walking Dead’s history, we finally reached the much-anticipated 90-minute finale fans have been waiting for – complete with the baddy to end all baddies, Negan.
And sweet Lucille, was it worth the wait. Suffice to say, this episode recap contains HUGE SPOILERS.
The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 16 ‘Last Day On Earth’
The show opens with an eerie whistling echoing through the woods. The Savior that Carol left for dead last week is seen twiddling her crucifix while another gang of Savior bad guys are chasing a bloodied man through the forest.
Picking up where the previous episode left off, pregnant Maggie is sick and needs a doctor.
Rick, Sacha, Abraham, Carl, Aaron and Eugene (that’ll be every character that anybody cares about then) pack up the RV to take her to Hilltop where she can get medical help. But Negan’s crew The Saviors are out there and they’re pretty pissed off, so everybody knows this isn’t going to be an easy run.
That vicar bloke whose name isn’t worth remembering stays behind to safeguard Alexandria and Judith – the baby nobody ever sees.
Elsewhere, Morgan has found a horse, like you do, and is on the hunt for runaway Carol. He finds her sheltering in a doorway. She’s been shot. She mutters something about telling him not to come.
To remind us of exactly what a bunch of sick fucks The Saviors are, we see them drag unnamed-bloody dude out onto the road and begin to torture him.
Back in the van, Maggie is a crying mess – she looks really ill. She’s gone grey and is really sweaty like people get when they’re, y’know, really ill. And so begins the Savior roadblocking fiasco that lasts for the rest of the episode.
Rick tries a road. Savior baddies block the road. They turn around and try another road. This ensues for 90 minutes.
Back to Carol – Morgan and his new horse pal are trying to persuade her back to Alexandria.
“If you care about people, there are people to protect, there are people you will kill for. If you don’t want to kill or you can’t, you have to get away from them,” explains Carol, when talking about her reasons for leaving. Get over it Carol, you’re just creating an annoying subplot that nobody cares about. We want NEGAN. Where is he? Negan? Are you there?
Carol somehow gives Morgan and Mr Ed the slip and runs off. Sigh. Morgan trots off to find her.
Rick and the gang meet a Walker chain gang on the road – another blockade by the Saviors. They spot some of Daryl and Michonne’s stuff (locks of her hair) amongst the undead but before they have time to dwell, the Saviors open fire. They manage to drive off but Rick is losing focus, wondering what’s become of his new love.
Back to the subplot… Morgan’s busily riding around in search of Carol. She gets cornered by the Savior she left for dead last week who’s been hot on her heels since the car shoot-out. He steals her gun and while delivering some long-winded speech about how “long and slow she’s gonna die”, takes aim. It’s at this point you expect her Prince Charming to arrive on his steed, but instead the bloke just shoots her in the shoulder because, well, this is The Walking Dead.
Meanwhile, Maggie still looks like grey and half dead. She tells Rick she believes in him, even though they’re basically completely fucked.
Back to Carol – that bloke shoots her again. It looks like he’s about to finish her off but Morgan finally turns up and shoots him in the head. Some other dudes wearing shoulder pads all over their bodies arrive on horses. Maybe we’re meant to know who these are but I don’t. We’re too busy looking for Negan. Maybe he’s under the sofa?
After a couple more roadblocks and a waning Maggie, Eugene formulates a plan – he’ll stay with the truck as a decoy and the rest head out on foot. Abraham tells Eugene: ‘You’re a survivor, you always were, we just didn’t know it. You and me both’. Then they have a big hug and a bit of a cry. It’s totes emosh.
Rick and the gang set off into the night on foot, Fellowship of the Ring style, and within about five minutes they’ve stumbled into a big circle of Saviors. Eugene’s there, he’s been captured already. Fucking Eugene. He always was a liability.
Then the whistling is back.
A mean moustachioed Savior is all up in Carl’s grill. He makes everyone get down on their knees (including sickly Maggie).
Then a nearby van opens and Glenn, Daryl and Rosita get hauled out. It’s at this point I remember that we were supposed to think Daryl was dead. Yay to Daryl not being dead! Now they’re all there. Every one of our protagonists lined up like sitting ducks.
And then he arrives. Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s badass baddy and his opening monologue is pure gold. Here it is in all its glory:
“Pissing our pants yet? Boy, do I have a feeling we’re getting close. It’s gonna be pee pee pant city here real soon.
Which one of you pricks is the leader?
The new world order is this and it’s really very simple so even if you’re stupid, which you may well be, you can understand it:
Give me your shit or I will kill you.
Today was career day. We invested a lot so you know who I am and what I can do. You work for me now. You have shit, you give it to me. That’s your job. Now I know that is a mighty big nasty pill to swallow, but swallow it you most certainly will. You ruled the roost, you built something where you thought you were safe, I get it, but the word is out. You are not safe. Not even close. In fact you are pegged, more pegged if you don’t do what I want and if that’s too much, you can beg, buy or steal more shit.
If someone knocks on your door, you let us in. We own that door. You try and stop us and we’ll knock it down. You understand? What… no answer? You don’t really think you were gonna get through this without getting punished did you? I don’t want to kill you people, I just wanna make that clear from the get go. I want you to work for me. You can’t do that if you’re dead.
But you killed my people, a whole damn lot of them, and for that you’re gonna pay.
And for that, I’m gonna beat the holy hell out of one of you. This is Lucille and she is awesome. All this is just so we can pick out which one of you gets the honour.
You got one of our guns (to Carl). Lighten up – at least cry a little.
Jesus, you look shitty (to Maggie – I said she looked shitty, didn’t I). I should just put you out of your misery right now.”
[Glenn leans forward] “No no no.”
“Sucks don’t it, the moment you realise you don’t know shit. (To Rick about Carl) This is your kid isn’t it? Don’t make me kill the little future serial killer.
I gotta pick somebody – everybody’s at the table waiting for me to order. (Whistles.) I simply can’t decide.
I got an idea.
[He starts to point his barbed-wire baseball bat, Lucille, at each one of our heroes]. Eeny. Meeny. Miney. Moe. Catch. A. Tiger By His Toe. If. He. Hollers. Let him go. My mother told me to pick the very best one. And. You Are It.
[The camera flips to be the viewpoint of the chosen victim].
Anybody moves, anybody says anything, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father. You can breathe, you can blink, you can cry. Hell you’re all gonna be doing that.
Woh, look at that. Taking it like a champ.”
Blood trickles down the camera. We are none the wiser about who has met their fate, but for one of our beloved characters, the end is very definitely nigh.
Read our predictions for who got a bat to the face here.