Walking Dead Finale: Ready, Set, React!

The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale

For crying out loud, they had wine, Rick! And beer! Yet, in last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Jessie’s protector nonetheless made himself a prime candidate for banishment from Alexandria by waving a gun at his new friends and neighbors in a failed attempt to stage a coup. So did Deanna cast out her volatile constable in this week’s finale? Did Glenn, as rumor had it he would, meet his maker? And did Judas stand-in Gabriel get what he so richly deserved? Read on, and I’ll tell you!

WE MEET AGAIN | As “Conquer” opened, Morgan encountered a guy with a “W” scrawled on his forehead who explained that the letter stood for “wolf” and that, eons ago, the first settlers in the region had put bounties on the animals’ heads. He wasn’t all about the chitchat and historical trivia, though. He and a fellow wolf aimed to rob and kill Morgan but instead got their asses handed to them.

TOWN SQUALL | Back in Alexandria, Rick awoke after last week’s brawl torn between his desire to take over the place and his desire to stop lying. Carol’s priceless response? “Oh, sunshine, you don’t get both.” Nearby, Maggie – bewilderingly still telling no one about Gabriel’s betrayal – warned Deanna that there was no way she could kick Rick out after inviting in his whole group. Reg – a kindly voice of reason – pointed out that a member of Rick’s own group, Michonne, had stopped him. But Deanna still maintained that she was going to do what she had to do. Talking to Carl later, Rick promised to do whatever he had to do, too – even if that meant killing an Alexandrian.

Nearby, Carol paid Pete a visit and used a knife to suggest that, since he treated Tara, it would be in his best interest to check on his patient. Speaking of Tara, when Abraham visited her, he wound up not only accepting Eugene’s apology for his big D.C. lie but also apologizing himself for almost killing the smarty pants. (By the way, eventually, Tara woke up.) Before the town meeting on Rick’s fate, he confessed to Michonne that he, Daryl and Carol had stolen guns and kept it from her. She assured him that, no matter what, she was with him. As if to prove it, she refused to take the new gun that Carol had slipped him. “Something’s gonna happen” at the town meeting, she concluded. “Just don’t make something happen.”

OH, SHOT! | After a sweet scene with Maggie, Glenn tailed Nicholas as he snuck into the woods with his secret gun. Natch, the first chance the villain got, he shot Glenn. (C’mon, you knew he was in trouble the minute he told Maggie “I love you,” right?) During the foes’ ensuing fistfight – you didn’t think one stinkin’ bullet would take out Glenn, did you? – a walker approached, and rather than get bitten, Nicholas released Glenn… only to have the zombie and its friends descend on him! Miraculously, Glenn once again cheated death (whew!) and got the drop on Nicholas. But when push came to shove, our hero couldn’t pull the trigger and kill his attacker. Instead, he helped Nicholas up. (Please don’t let this come back and, er, bite Glenn.)

Also in the woods, Gabriel – unarmed, because “the word of God is the only protection I need” – interrupted a walker’s lunch to offer himself up as dessert. Sadly, he didn’t get devoured, he pulled off the walker’s head with a noose, bashed its skull in and curled up in a ball to weep. Upon returning to the safe zone, he was tasked by Spencer with closing the gate behind him… and left it wide open, the bastard! Returning to his chapel and finding poor, depressed Sasha there seeking counsel, he blamed Bob’s death on her sins. From there, things escalated to the point where Sasha’s gun was pointed at him. “Do it,” he said (right after I did). But, before she could, Maggie came in and defused the situation, kinda hearing Gabriel’s confession (to his culpability in the deaths of his congregation) and joining him and Sasha in a prayer circle.

GOING OUR WAY? | On the road tracking a poncho-clad stranger, Daryl asked Aaron about the people that had been sent away from Alexandria early on – two men and a woman. Aaron had been sure that they were going to work out. “I can’t make that kinda mistake again,” he said, clueless about the goings-on back in Alexandria. The duo lost the man they were following but consoled themselves with the discovery of a food processing plant. (Spaghetti doesn’t grow on trees, after all.) Unfortunately, the joint’s 18-wheelers had been booby-trapped, so when Daryl opened the back of one, they all opened – and they were full of walkers (at least one with a telltale “W” on her forehead)!

While trapped in a car by what looked like a zillion walkers, Daryl marveled that “even now, it still feels more like me” than Alexandria did. That being the case, Daryl decided to get out of the vehicle so that Aaron could make a break for it. Good guy that he is, Aaron wouldn’t let him. “Whether we make it or not,” he insisted, “we do it together.” Luckily, Morgan happened along at just that moment and saved them. As Aaron is wont to do, he invited Morgan to consider joining their community. But Morgan passed, saying that he was on his way somewhere – and showed the guys the map to D.C. that Abraham had given Rick back at Gabriel’s church.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS… OH DEAR | Though Rick was a no-show at the town meeting – having spotted the gate that Gabriel left open, he was too busy dispatching the walkers that had stumbled in – Deanna started it, anyway. After Michonne, Carol, Abraham and Maggie all spoke up on Rick’s behalf, Deanna revealed Gabriel’s warning. “Hearsay,” cried Jessie (not literally). Before any decision could be made, Rick arrived with a felled walker over his shoulder. (Helluva an entrance, dude.) The walkers and the people on the outside, he said, “they’ll hunt us, they’ll find us, they’ll try to use us, they’ll try to kill us, but we’ll survive. I’ll show you how.” Just as things were looking up, in came Pete with Michonne’s sword in his hand and murder on his mind. Reg tried to intervene but only wound up getting his throat slit. And with that, Rick’s place in Alexandria was secured. “Rick,” said Deanna, “do it.” So, without hesitation, he shot Pete… just as Morgan showed up at the gate with Daryl and Aaron! After the closing credits, Michonne hung her sword back up, then thought better of it and decided to begin wearing it again. Oh, and as for Daryl and Aaron’s poncho guy? Having been killed by Morgan’s attackers (who also set the booby trap at the food processing plant), he wandered past a vehicle with “wolves not far” spray-painted on it.

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  1. Evan says:

    Don’t promise big deaths and not deliver on that.

    • Bluto says:

      Stop for a second and think about the fact that you’re pissed that people didn’t die.

      • Evan says:

        It’s not being mad about people not dying…it’s being mad that the people behind the show use lies to draw viewers in.

        • Gern Blanston says:

          That’s on you then. Everybody has seen enough TV that they should know to never listen to what the writers and producers say in the build-up to a new season or season finale. They say whatever they can to get viewers and if you listened that makes you gullible,

          • Scout says:

            Seriously, why is everybody talking about like Deanna’s husband and Jessie’s husband weren’t brutally executed in front of our very eyes?!

          • Dee says:

            Absolutely right! If one is commenting on any of these boards, they have watched enough TV to know about the promotional propaganda that is used to sell the product (in this case, a television show). If you don’t know, that’s fine, but know now. TV is a business. Yes, it is entertainment, but first & foremost, TV is a business. If you understand that, you’ll be less likely to be annoyed by the propaganda and enjoy the TV show (if the show is good, of course).

        • Molly says:

          That’s not true! Stop being lame!

    • Reslin says:

      Right? I was thinking the same thing.

    • Dead Head7 says:

      They didn’t promise major deaths! Lol

    • jerry says:

      There was big deaths!! Tyrese and that one blonde girl,beth in the first half of the season!! Dont forget that!! And also noah died

    • Whatevah says:

      Nobody promised “a big death”. Norman R. said you’ll need a box of tissues and he was obviously teasing fans. The writer on Talkind Dead last week said there will be blood and not all of it Walker blood, well that was true. So obviously some people read more into these statements. I am thrilled that none of the “group” died.

      • wrstlgirl says:

        100% agree. The thing about Norman is he says that about every single finale’, even mid-season so take anything he says with a grain of salt. He’s a huge tease. Personally I think it’s hilarious that all these people were so adamant that Glenn was toast and they were wrong, thank goodness.

        • Errol says:

          ITA. People need to fangurl all they want over stringy-haired Norman, but every interview he sounds exactly the same, teases same things.

        • Whatevah says:

          I love Glenn so I agree 100% and it wasn’t looking too good there. They still haven’t made it back to Alexandria sooooo.. :) Now I can watch the finale again without worrying. YAY for me

        • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

          This is the BEST season finale in the series thus far!!! I loved the episode and NOT one major character got the axe, thank the TV GODS for once. I was so freakin happy to see Morgan and now he’s in Alexandrea reunited w/Rick. But I think Morgan is going to try to
          clam Rick down after all that craziness. Overall give this ep. an A+++++ bring on S6!

        • The Carpooler says:

          Glad to see I’m not the only one who finds humor when the certainties people just know are going to happen don’t.

    • A fan of TV says:

      When did they promise big deaths? I heard them promise sad deaths and we got those. Don’t hate on a show for misinterpreting the teases they’re not even obligated to give out.

    • VoicesInMyHead says:

      Better yet, don’t imagine someone promised you something and then be pissed off because the imaginary promise didn’t come true…..

  2. Amber says:

    BORING. And I’m right ticked about how they were all saying how we would all need a box of tissues, unless they meant cry from boredom and anger at how they overhyped

    • Tracey says:

      I have to agree. I struggled to stay awake. After previous finales I’ve been irritated with how long we have to wait for the new season, don’t really care right now.

      • Vi says:

        See ya! I thought it was great and I was glad we didn’t lose any regulars. Happy to have Morgan!

        • KevyB says:

          Yes, the surest way to make sure your show goes on is to be delighted when it loses viewers! That logic probably explains why you’d find this idiocy “great”.

    • Keith says:

      So you wanted a regular to die?

    • Casey says:

      I loved the finale but I agree with you… Why the heck did we need tissues?

    • Alyssa says:

      lol maybe they were expecting us to cry tears of joy since Morgan pretty much appeared a lot more in this episode instead of teasing us with 1 minute scenes after the credits. but yeah ahahaha really misleading :L

    • Zayne says:

      When asked about the finale, what do you expect them to say? “Um, it’s a slow burn with a pretty intense last few minutes” No, they’re going to be cryptic and try to get people excited. If you haven’t figured that out by now about this show, you really haven’t been paying attention.

      Personally, I was more tense than usual given how they’ve killed off 3 major characters already this season that I figured the finale would be a blood bath of main characters. I was very pleased to be wrong and I look forward to seeing how Morgan changes Rick’s dynamic with Alexandria.

    • Jack says:

      “they were all saying”…And by “they”, you mean Norman Reedus? Cuz I cannot see anyone else from the show saying this…

    • RUCookie says:

      there was absolutely NOTHING boring about that episode. I was on the edge of my seat… and the forgiveness/humanity arcs were beautiful.

  3. shaw says:

    I’m just HAPPY no one died… YIPPEE!!!

  4. What a waste of a season and the incredible talents of the cast.

    • SoWrong says:

      Nah, this was the best season by far, a great blend of stories, and the cast was given great moments to shine throughout all the way from Carol saving the folks at terminus to Glenn watching Noah die. The season rocked.

  5. Todd says:

    This was hyped up to be great with game changing twists and instead it was a boring set up for a sixth season that does not have me anxiously waiting for October. Some of the stories felt very half-done, and the end of the episode was rushed (even in a 90-minute episode). I’m disappointed and if I’m in the minority, I would be shocked.

    • relaxxx says:

      Agreed! They had some good moments but a lot of things fell flat. It doesn’t make you bite off at the bits for season 6. The Morgan Rick reunion should of had more to it. We’ve waited for 3 seasons. Nichlous was responsible for Noah’s death and shot Glenn and now they are besties? There was no pay off with Gabrielle. They could of done better. The writing always the writing.

      • Jack says:

        There is zero indication that Glenn and Nicholas are besties. Only that Glenn decided to spare him. That does not make them “besties”.

        • wrstlgirl says:

          LOL, right. They are far from besties but Glenn’s not going to leave someone to die. That’s not who he is.

      • RUCookie says:

        Glenn has been the moral center of the show for a while. What would make you think that he would kill NIcholas? Glenn keeps saying they need to hold on to their humanity. If you took that to mean that he would kill Nicholas, then you need to rewatch the episode where Noah was eaten, because if misunderstood his motivation now, that makes it crystal clear!

        • roguejets says:

          Great point, for those of you who expected (like me) for one of the major characters to die only to see none of them die. Yes Glen is not back to safety yet, still we do know he will be alive till next October at least.
          As for boring, definately not, for those of you locked into always wanting the scenes of dying and betrayal of characters being at each others throats OH Well get over it. Unfortunately this is how stories go sometimes. Take the time to delve into the many underplayed moments and continue to flesh out the characters. Stop vying for the story to play out as you would write it, obviously if you could write that well you would be working as a script writer and not complaining that things didn’t meet your expectations.

        • relaxxx says:

          It was just a couple of episodes in “The Distance” that Glenn instructed Abe, Rosita, Michonne n Maggie on the road to find Aarons camper to have their weapons out n shout at anything coming. Michonne called him on it . Season 4 he punched Abe in the face for saying Maggie was dead n put Tara’s life at risk where Rosita called him an asse for it. Season 3 he wanted to go back to Woodbury with Michonne to kill everyone so please. Moral compasses die on this show. I don’t need Glenn becoming the next Tyreese. Nickolas shot Glenn and left him in a ditch to die. Mind u Glenn did nothing to Nickolas. Glenn should of killed him. It would of been justified.

  6. Kristine says:

    It just wasn’t very exciting. The whole thing was anticlimactic.

  7. JP says:

    I disagree with most comments. I loved the episode. 1. MORGAN, 2. Morgan’s reaction to Rick just straight executing someone… And it leads up to season 6 immensly. Rick has got them understanding that you have to worry about the people on the outside, not inside and the foreshadowing of the Wolves… I for one cannot wait until October

    • Gern Blanston says:

      I’m with you. It set up next season nicely which is what I want in a season finale. It seems like a lot of the people making comments were looking for more resolution to this season instead of just a build-up for next season. But, I was on the edge of my seat all episode and can’t wait to see what they are going to do with Morgan and Rick.

    • Scout says:

      To be fair, Morgan never saw Rick kill this brutally. The first time they were together, he mercy shot a fellow officer that turned outside his precint. And the last time, Rick only k shot walkers in front of him. Pete is the very first person Morgan has seen Rick kill in cold blood.

      • allan says:

        That is not cold blood… cold blood would be if I walked up to you and shot you. Pete’s death was sanctioned, and it was ordered because he murdered someone.

        • Veronica says:

          Sure, but Morgan doesn’t know that. I mean, I think he’ll come to understand, especially considering he was very unhinged himself the last time Rick saw him, but it would understandably be shocking to have a headshot be the first thing Morgan sees when he’s reunited with Rick.

    • Rain says:

      Right there with you JP! I actually haven’t liked this season and really wasn’t looking forward to last night (since I thought someone I loved would die) but then BAM starts with Morgan and I was all in! I thought the ending was great and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I’m pretty sure this is the most I’ve been looking forward to a new season of the show ever!

    • RUCookie says:

      Completely agree JP – I loved this episode. The tension was intense the whole 90 minutes. The wolves are brutal and just as sick (if not more so) than the cannibals. Morgan coming into the fold will a new moral complexity. Glen showed himself to be uncompromising in his belief of “we need to hold onto our humanity.” And the Alexandrians got a lesson.

  8. azu says:

    Nicotero should not have directed such a big episode;!

  9. Kaylee says:

    I loved it. My heart stopped several times and I think it opens up a wide array of story lines for October.

  10. JK says:

    I suppose it left us with hope for the future of their budding community. Very overhyped and anticlimactic though.

  11. Elka says:

    Very disappointing. Expected something. An attack by bad humans. Major zombie invasion…..something.

    • Jimmy says:

      All of that is coming, you’ll see. If you haven’t read the comics then you don’t know that before all of that happens, Rick takes over as leader of Alexandria, which is what happened at the end of this episode. As a finale, that set up the next season and what’s going to happen in it (Morgan, Rick as the leader, the Wolves, etc.) it MORE than served its purpose. I think the season premier will be great.

  12. azu says:

    1. The statements Reedus makes in interviews shouldn’t be taken as canon. I learned to take his statements with a grain of salt. Hurd is also guilty of same 2. Gimple has his Ups and downs. His seasons have been inconsistent. Some episodes will be great while others won’t be. I haven’t watched it yet but I wanted to see the general reactions: I was afraid of being disappointed . From all of your statements it appears that my fears were not unfounded

  13. Karyn Mucklow says:

    TWD PTB, you don’t fool me for a second.

    You are trying to make me think our heroes are okay now, but I know you are going to kill off no less than two heroes in next season’s opener.

    Ha! I laugh at your naivety about the level of our naivety. ;-)

  14. RedSnapper24 says:

    I thought it was one of the best episodes. I was surprised by the negative comments. I wasn’t aware that there was hype about people dying and what not so I didn’t have any of those expectations going in. I never think that anyone is safe though and there were a few moments tonight where I was very concerned about my favorite characters. It was a suspenseful, stressful and I think very well crafted episode. It had me on the edge of my seat. It wrapped up the whether they will stay, takeover or what not of their new found community as well as setting up the next season. We found out what the Ws were and they will be the main antagonist for at least the first half of the season. The group and the community still have some ways to go but at least they are beginning to understand what Rick and Co have been saying.

    Morgan was a nice surprise. I have always hoped that he would find his way to Rick again. I think he is a little shocked by the state Rick is in and how he’s obviously changed but once he hears the whole story he may understand but may not agree. How long has it been since Rick and Morgan last saw each other? I am very eager for the next season. Also, super happy that no one died especially after the recent string of deaths.

    • Gern Blanston says:

      I agree. The only hype that I saw speculation in internet message boards. I didn’t hear much coming from the cast, crew, or commercials.

  15. Bobby Beck says:

    reg died that’s huge

    • Scout says:

      And the wolves got the pictures, so they know exactly how to recognize the place. Although no one seems to talk about that either. Makes me wonder if I’m reading comments from people who haven’t even seen the episode.

      • Laura says:

        Since the pics were of Rick and Carl and had the same look as Aaron’s, I took it to mean that the wolves have the exiled members and they are tracking these new members.

  16. Lisha says:

    I didn’t expect much to happen and it didn’t glad nothing too shocking happened couldn’t take losing a regular

  17. Jamie says:

    Very disappointing.. It seemed like the only reason it lasted 90 mins was because they managed to pack EVEN MORE commercials in then usual. I’m glad none of the regulars died, but feel this finale was hyped big time & did not deliver as it has in previous seasons. I’m not at all left with that “Omg I can’t wait until next season!!!” feeling I’ve always had after past season finales.. Seriously peeved over all these dang commercials.. I wonder how many minutes the show actually was.. 60 mins is being generous I think.

    • Gern Blanston says:

      Well, a 60 minute show only has 40-42 minutes of actual show so, a 90 minute episode should only have roughly 60 minutes.

    • Carina says:

      I downloaded it without commercials and it lasted 1 hour and 3 minutes

      • Jamie says:

        Thanks Carina! So almost 1/3 of the show then.. I dunno 1/3 of the show SHOULD NOT be commercials in my opinion.. Lol but maybe that’s just me.. Just saying :)

        • Frankie707 says:

          That’s the normal ratio for all commercial TV. As Gern said 40 – 42 mintues for an hour show, and ususally about 20 minutes for a 30 minute show. So put the two together and an hour and 3 minutes is right on the money for a 90 minute timeslot.

        • Jack says:

          1/3 of a show. And a normal episode is 60 minutes, with about 20 minutes of commericals. Which is 1/3. So, in other words, they did NOT pack more commercials than usual. It was running at its usual 2/3.

          I, also, hate commercials. Which is why if you start it at around 20 or 25 minutes into it, you can just fast forward through the commercials. Its that easy.

    • Finlay McEwan says:

      64 minutes

  18. sully says:

    I hate that it’s become “disappointing” when a main character doesn’t die.

    • Jamie says:

      That’s not the disappointment I think most people are referring to. I dont think the show could handle the loss of another “regular” at this point.. They killed off too many great characters already this season. The finale lacked the “Wow” factor for me… Yah it was cool Morgan came back.. Yes he looked very disappointed in Rick.. But I personally expected much more then was delivered.. Still happy no regulars were lost! Wheeww! Lol

      • sully says:

        I didn’t mind this episode because it gives you the opportunity to imagine what’s going on for the next 7 months. I’m not one of those people that needs to keep up on twd at all times via comics, spoiler sites etc. But every once in a while during the 7 month break I might think about what’s going on there, what’s gonna happen. I think this episode gives you that. Build the community and relationships in your mind. Unlike being locked in the A train. I’d rather have big moments occur in episode 3 or 9 or 11 when there’s only a week’s wait. From that standpoint I like this episode. But I understand people wanting big moments in their finales

    • Jimmy says:

      AMEN! You said it. We already lost Bob, Beth, Tyreese and Noah this season, I think another main cast member dying would make this the most depressing season of the show yet. I’m glad no one important died, only minor characters that were going to die anyway. And while some people say the finale lacked suspense and was boring, I think it was a whole lot better than the season 4 finale where nothing really happened until halfway through, and the ending wasn’t particularly great either. This episode, though, was very good. I think they did well.

  19. Tj says:

    Did Aaron have a map to the community in his backpack? I’m guessing that is how the Wolves are going to find the community. As a reader of the comic books, do you think Nagen is going to come into play?

    • Jimmy says:

      I think the wolves are going to be the main villain for at least a little bit, and then by mid-season, Negan and the Saviors will come into play. That’s my guess.

      • Jack says:

        Kirkman has said that he does not see Negan coming in to play until around season 9. Maybe he will change his mind…

  20. Alrisha says:

    Daryl open it the door without checking, not very smart. Glenn helping that guy, not smart. That kid asking Gabriel to closed the door without need, not smart. Try to stop a drunk guy with a sword in his hand, not smart. Resume: people in TWD is not that smart. Carol is creepy but smart. Michonne needs to ask why they didn’t tell her about the gun? really girl?. At least she choses loyalty over confort. I was expecting the episode ended with the wolfs at portas of Alexandria, but is that happen people of Alexandria wouldn’t last 5 minute.

    • Scout says:

      Actually, Carol was almost sweet in all her scenes with Rick. It’s amazing how balanced she and Morgan have grown to be after all they have bee through. And I really liked the way she stood up to Pete because it was the closest she got to tell Ed what was on her mind.

      • Alrisha says:

        I love her creepiness. If the only way to survive. She at least got it. Glen needs to learn it.

        • canadian ninja says:

          It’s not the only way. Carol’s almost chilling pragmatism is useful and sometimes necessary. But Glenn’s respect for life can help reign in blind survivalism and even give others the necessary hope to keep living.
          And Rick’s real quick on the draw so that’s useful too.

          They’re not all one thing and that is what makes them stronger as a group.

  21. I personally loved the episode. Setting the group up for a nasty encounter with the wolves. Looking back at the season as a whole, a lot happened. We lost some along the way, glad there were no more casualties tonight. Hate that we have to wait til fall for more!

  22. Reslin says:

    I still don’t get it. The episode doesn’t air for a while

  23. Reslin says:

    I don’t get it. The season finale isn’t for like 10 more minutes. How do u people know this is really what happens?

  24. Jimmy says:

    Now THAT’S how you do a finale. From the very start with Morgan, I knew the episode was going to be good, and I wasn’t disappointed. I think they did a lot with the 90 minutes and the set up for next season has me itching for October to hurry up and get here. The end was very surprising with Reg’s death and then Pete’s (though I can’t say it was totally unexpected, especially Pete) and Morgan’s arrival was great. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s in store for season 6.

    What it seems like, though, is that people are upset that a major character didn’t die in the episode. Having already lost Bob, Beth, Tyreese and Noah in the season, I’m VERY relieved that we didn’t have to have our hearts torn out again. I get that people don’t like it when cast members say things like “bring your tissues” or “you’ll be pissed” but I’m happy with the way things turned out.

    And for those who say it was boring, I found it very suspenseful. When Daryl lifted the door and all the walkers poured out, I was screaming out of fear. And then Morgan showed up and I screamed with joy. I also thought for a while there that Glenn was a goner, but I was very happy that he pulled through. I just wish walkers had gotten Nicholas, I can’t stand him. I knew Glenn wouldn’t shoot him dead, but he needs to die ASAP.

    Also, even though Father Gabriel seems to be admitting his sins and knows he’s a bad guy too, I still have zero sympathy for him. Especially after he left the gate open, that really got me mad. I wish he had died this episode, but instead he cried in a little ball on the side of a road, and then again on the floor. Hate the character.

    Overall, I think it was a great ending to a great season. I can’t remember a season finale I liked as much as this one aside from the season 2 finale when the farm was overrun. The past couple seasons have had lackluster finales, but not this one. They did a very good job of setting up season 6, which I’m already anxiously awaiting. I loved it!

    • Vi says:

      Totally agree. Seems people are upset when we don’t lose a regular cast member. We lost too many this season already. So no major cast deaths = a boring episode? I thought it was a good episode. I was on the edge of my seat the whole show. And to KevyB .. I don’t think we need to worry about the show being cancelled if a few people stop watching. There are millions watching.

  25. Dead Head7 says:

    Wow people expect way too much from this show. It’s just a tv show for crying out loud. It was actually a good finale. Getting over hyped is your fault for listening to the Internet instead of enjoying the story and content delivered.

  26. Dead Head7 says:

    Morgan is pimp. And to all those crying and complaining? See you next year because you’ll be back I guarantee it!

  27. James D says:

    meh. this season was pretty boring IMO and unfortunately except for a few scenes so was the finale. But I’m glad Lennie James is back he’s awesome in everything he does. their seems to be some interesting things coming so thats cool, but wasn’t the biggest fan of this season.

  28. 10189 says:

    Anyone else think the two Wolves and the girl tied up to the tree were the 2 guys and girl that Aaron banished?

    • Yanez says:

      They also found body parts near the girl so if they are the three that Aaron was talking about, I guess we know their fate.

    • jehdog1 says:

      No, I think if that girl on the tree had been one of the three that were banished, Aaron would have said so or had a greater reaction.

    • Sparta says:

      You’d think Aaron would’ve recognized the girl then and said something. Her face was still intact when he saw her.

  29. Milo says:

    A season finale is supposed to be better than other episodes. It’s supposed to be exciting the whole way through. The only exciting part of this episode were the last 10 minutes. The rest of the time I was fighting to keep my eyes open. It was sooo slow moving. I don’t understand all the love for it. I understand being excited about what’s to come but that doesn’t make it a good episode. This was a very weak way to end a season.

    • canadian ninja says:

      Tv shows have zero narcoleptic effect. If you were fighting to keep your eyes open it’s because you were tired. Tired is a poor state to be in if you want to watch a tv show and “be excited” by it.

  30. Pantsman says:

    I smell like seat juice tonight. Can anyone point me to Sing Sing? They’ve got an applicator that gets rid of this stink. You’re all stooges for this.

  31. SteveO says:

    Are we sure it was Pete who was shot? Wouldn’t he have to shoot Reg to prevent him from turning? Just wondering if anyone else was thinking maybe he didn’t shoot Pete.

    • corfer6 says:

      Thought the same thing. They didn’t show who Rick shot.

    • David says:

      I thought about that too… They didn’t show him shoot Pete and Abraham seemed kind of close holding him down… Although Reg was in Deanna’s arms still… So I thought it was entirely possible that Rick shoots Reg and then explains to the town, we’re all infected bit…

    • AnnieM says:

      It was probably Pete. Rick was farther away from Deanna & Reg, and didn’t move closer. Besides, I think part of the point of the timing of the scene was for Morgan to see Rick shoot Pete, nearly just after we’d heard his ‘all life is precious’ line.

  32. Paul Wallace says:

    lol that was hilarious when deanna turned bloodthirsty for fast – LIKE A WALKER

  33. Paul Wallace says:

    and glenn needed to die for leaving that loser alive – GROW A PAIR DUDE AND KILL THAT MOFO

  34. Caitlin says:

    Blah blah blah… #MORGAN !!!!!!

  35. Leslie says:

    I don’t usually read recaps, nor take a finale poll. After I saw many comments of how “Awesome” the finally was, I was left confused asking myself, “Did we all watch the same episode?” It was obvious Deanna was going to have to accept killing (or else it would have turned to another Governor Woodbury story where this time, instead of killing she would deem herself a ruler “do as I say” Like the Governor). It was anticlimatic. Next season, if Morgan stays will just be Morgan and Rick’s gang training the Alexandrians just in time for the fight with the wolves. Very predictable. I have this a C grade.

  36. Tristan says:

    i’m dissappointed they announce big major character death in the season finale . but there’s not but all in all it was good season finale

  37. Spence says:

    I mean people can keep complaining all they like, but really, this was prime television. People complaining about no deaths, do you have bad memory? Because in this season alone, 4 major and/or recurring characters died, so I’m happy to have a relatively calm finale. Also, people complain about a lack of action in this episode… If you take 2 seconds to think ahead (which is kinda the point of finales, to wrap up storylines so it can lead to new ones) you will see that this episode leads to so many beautiful possibilities. We’ve eliminated the awful Jessie/Pete storyline, cleared up the bad blood between Nick and Glenn, and had a moment of resolution for Gabriel. This means season 6 can be purely about Rick taking over and the Wolves making their attack on Alexandria. Overall, a great finale and I can’t wait for season 6!

  38. Liz984 says:

    Great finale. No “shocking” deaths for titillation. Just great, suspenseful writing. One of the best episodes of the series.

  39. Stacy Howard says:

    What ever happend to Glenn?Is he still left out in words? I kniw he didn’t shoot the guy but after that it doesn’t show Glenn again after he helps guy up.

    • Judy Lupa says:

      I agree JP. One thing confused me though. When Rick saw that the gate was open and rushed out, it was daylight. The next scene it is pitch black. We see Rick running full stream ahead following the zombie goo trail, and then the next scene it is full on dark out.

      • AnnieM says:

        YES!!! I said that to my husband! “Waitaminnit – wasn’t it just daylight a second ago, and now it’s full dark?” lol.

  40. Alyssa says:

    There wasn’t much ‘action’ as I thought there would be on this season’s finale, but it was an overall good episode. Although I wish it was longer than 63 minutes (without any advertisements and whatnot) because I was really enjoying the last few minutes of this week’s episode. Had a couple of nervous moments here and there since I thought Glenn and Daryl were gonna die but phew! Now I have to wait for October :( So pumped though! Can’t wait for the spin-off series too.

  41. KevyB says:

    So, SO much dumb! How many HOURS did that fight between Glenn and the Dumbest Man on Earth last? How do you NOT notice booby-trapped doors? How do you not hear shuffling and groaning inside the trucks? Why did Morgan, who’s killed many (as indicated by his dried-blood-soaked ceiling ax), not kill two men who were trying to kill him FIRST? Why did it take Rick HOURS to find a handful of grunting, stumbling zombies, and how did nobody else run into a single one of them as they were all walking the streets to get to the world’s dumbest meeting location? Did they stop off somewhere to draw up the plan of a group attack on the town constable? If so, that makes them the smartest creatures on this show! AND WHY IS FATHER GABRIEL STILL TORTURING US WITH HIS CONTINUED EXISTENCE??!?!?!!

    The scariest thing about this entire episode is that this half-baked, underwritten claptrap is rocking over 50% in the “A” category.

    • saynay says:

      These were my observations as well. So much of the writing in this episode was out of character. Darryl is the best tracker on the show and I’m supposed to believe he didn’t see any of those strung up cans or find it suspect.

  42. Rob says:

    I want to still look forward to this show. However, I just feel like they are making up everything as they go along this season. I don’t feel like there is a clear story arc. It feels like they are meandering aimlessly. The Governor episodes in previous seasons really pulled me in. The prison episodes. They were nail-biters. The fifth season started off with a bang and then rolled swiftly downhill.

  43. relaxxx says:

    They had good moments and bad. Morgan, Sasha, Michonne, Abe, Rosita, Eugene, Gabrielle, Rick, Carl, Aaron, Glenn and Daryl were very well acted. Certain things were dragged out all season long with no satisfying payoff. I just hope there is no time jumps. There just needs to be a continuation of this last episode. It shouldn’t take months for the Wolves to get there.

  44. Alia says:

    I didn’t like this season, very very boring.

  45. Bark Star says:

    The show is back to being “The Walking Dumb” again with characters acting stupid. Rick was sorry he didnt say something sooner ? Yeah, so was I. About six episodes ago he should have said: “You gotta strenghten up and learn to fight.” It would have been the obvious, right and logical thing to do. Stupid show.

    • Jack says:

      They were not in that town six episodes ago.

    • Kutaba says:

      And why is it that all the crazy hostile people they run into seem way more organized then the group is. Terminus had a whole compound well defended and a complex trap set. Woodbury had electricl and hot water. The wolves had a trap set an used loud music to lure the walkers into the trailers. Somebody has been thinking ahead.

    • Kevbo says:

      I think he shoulda said it 3 or 4 seasons ago, or from season one episode one, just to be sure. That would’ve been even more rightest, obviouser, and even more logicaller :p

  46. Mike says:

    I thought it was great. I think we lost enough characters this season. Didn’t need anymore to go yet.

    I cannot wait to see the impact the now zenlike Morgan has on Rick and co. With what little we know about next season I have an idea what’s coming. Yall death Mongers will be sad you opened your mouths lol

  47. Lisa says:

    I almost had a heart attack the whole episode. Glen, Daryl I was so freaked out. I was hoping someone would finally kill Father Gabriel. Glad all my favorites will be back to fight another day. Seeing Michonne put her sword back where it belongs was a great ending.

  48. wrstlgirl says:

    That was an excellent finale’. One of the best and the set up for next season is exciting. So happy that Morgan has joined the group. But the thing about the wolves, is there really only two of them? Surely there has to be more. Loved the correlation of the wolves and the guy in the red poncho. Hilarious.

  49. Dave says:

    My *only* issue with this phenomenal episode … was God somehow protecting Gabriel’s white shirt from blood spatter? How do you kill a walker and a half-eaten human with a rock and not get one speck of blood on you? I’m a grown man who can’t wear white while eating pasta and Father Dumb*ss can kill the undead in a gleaming white long-sleeved tee???