The Walking Dead Recap: S616 ‘Last Day on Earth’

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The following contains major spoilers for the season six finale of The Walking Dead.

Everything in the past few season has been heading towards this epic, heartbreaking and insane season finale for our favorite Walking Dead characters.

“Last Day on Earth” opens with Morgan (Lennie James) still on the search for Carol (Melissa McBride) after she left Alexandria suddenly, he comes upon a horse and a sign that reads “you are still alive.” Riding on horseback, Morgan comes across Carol who is scared and hiding from the environment around her.The two are in the town were all of the citizens were murdered by The Saviors, one was strung up and hung as an example to anyone who dare go against the orders of Negan and his crew.

Morgan tells Carol that in the morning they will clear the road and head back to camp. He explains that everyone wanted to come looking for Carol but that Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) had already left. They have all been captured by The Saviors.

Carol wonders why Morgan can’t understand her decision to leave, in an emotional, heart-breaking moment, she begs him to leave with a gun pointed at him. “If you care about anyone, there is a price you will pay,” says Carol.  As Carol goes on her way she is attacked by a zombie and accomplishes one of the best walker kills in recent memory, pulling the skin off the zombie and stabbing it directly in the brain. The one individual from her run in with The Saviors comes across her. He promises to kill her slowly and painfully. He shots her once in the arm and in the leg.

Morgan finds the two and asks him to simply put the gun down. When he refuses Morgan puts many rounds into him, breaking his rule of not killing. After this deadly confrontation, two men on horses arrive and offer to help Morgan and Carol. It’s indicated that these men are the same people who posted the sign “you are still alive.”

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) was experiencing intense labor pains and needs to reach Hilltop in order to be seen by the doctor that lives within the community.  The group; Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Aaron (Ross Marquand), Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) head out to Hilltop and Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) is left in charge of Alexandria defenses. With his first priority being to take care of Judith. 

The Saviors have captured someone who stumbled upon their location, they explain that they are going to make an example out of this individual. While on the road to Hilltop, the group comes across The Saviors and their captor. The Saviors ask for all of their stuff and acknowledge that they will have to kill someone with their group. Rick makes the same offer back, but adds that he wouldn’t have to kill anymore of The Saviors. “You want to make today your last day on earth?” Rick asks The Saviors.

Despite taking an alternative route, the group once again runs into The Saviors, blocking the road to Hilltop.

The next obstacle is a group of walkers handcuffed together blocking yet another path. The group quickly realizes that these walkers have objects from Daryl, Michonne, Glenn, Sasha and Rosita. They are swarmed by gunfire and attacked. It’s quickly realized that The Saviors are not a small group, they are blocking and surrounding any and all possible routes to Hilltop.

Eugene offers to drive the RV and distract the groups. The rest of the group heads out on foot toward help for Maggie. Abraham and Eugene have a moment of reconciliation, finally seeing and accepting how strong each other can be. While heading towards Hilltop, Carl echoes the sentiments of his father. “We will do anything we need to do. We have. We will.”

The group walks into a trap, realizing that they are surrounded by Saviors. Eugene has been captured. The Saviors explain that they are done talking, no more room for negotiation. Rick looks emotionally distraught and for the first time in a long time scared, realizing that this might be the way his group finally comes to an end.

Daryl, Michonne, Glenn, Sasha and Rosita are also captured and the group is full reunited on their knees. Finally fans get what they have been waiting for, the arrival of one of the most infamous villains in Walking Dead history, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). He tells Rick that he doesn’t appreciate his group for killing more and more of his people. “You are so going to regret crossing me in a few minutes…You are not safe, not even close,” says Negan to Rick. As a result of killing so many members, Negan says that he is going to be the “holy hell” out of one of the group.

When Negan gets close to Maggie, Glenn steps up to defend her. He goes on and on trying to make his decision about who will go. Which turns into the most deadly game of “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” in history. One member of the group is selected and murdered but we are unsure about who lives or who dies.

With that this concludes season six of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Sound off in the comments below. Let’s talk about all of those shocking moments and that infamous ending.




Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

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  • Joseph

    It’s extremely disappointing that they did not show who got killed. This is an event they’ve been teasing all season. All of the cast members said they cried when they read the script for the final episode, and said it was one of the most heart wrenching episodes to film. Now they’re all saying they have no idea who dies? So why did this episode supposedly make everyone cry? I’m always down for a good cliffhanger, but this Negan scene started SO perfect, the tension kept rising I could feel my heart beating. I braced myself ready to scream and cry. I prepared myself for this moment. And then it just ends with a big boring thud. All of that tension buildup for nothing. The death would have solidified our fear for Negan. We would have spent all summer thinking about that scene and fearing this new villain. This was still one of my favorite episodes ever. Negan’s entire cat and mouse game throughout the episode was truly terrifying.

  • Jax Maxton

    There were a lot of very negative reviews posted this morning, but I didn’t find the episode to be as bad as many others. While it wasn’t a highlight of the series, it did a good job at (finally) building the Saviors up a bit and making them a little frightening. Many reviews point out that the Saviors have been relatively incompetent up until this point, but I think the purposed of that is so that the group underestimates them and their threat. If the Saviors were already awful, then would Rick and the others even try to go to the Hilltop community?

    One thing everybody is right about, though, is the non-reveal. The character who was killed will leak before next season and it will be anti-climactic come the next episode.

  • w0undedmagic

    WE didn’t see who Negan killed because the writers DON’T KNOW who it was either. They’re waiting for #WhoIsIt? to tell them, so they can “shock” us with another bait-and-switch. THAT is why I hated this episode. A shame too, because the entire season had been really solid.