One of the more surprising moments of The Walking Dead's season 8 finale came when Maggie, Daryl, and Jesus schemed behind closed doors, forming a covenant they'll take with them as the survivors wade into a new world: Rick Grimes is wrong.
In a shadowy room, straight out of the opening of The Godfather, de facto Hilltop leader Maggie firmly address right hand man Jesus.
She tells him Rick was right to save the Saviors, but wrong about Negan.
"Rick was wrong to do what he did. Michonne too," Maggie says. "So we're gonna bide our time, wait for our moment, and then we're gonna show him."
The dimly lit scene, with its deep, ominous music, has fans worried Widow Rhee is acting like a villain, and even more worried what this secret clique means for the future of The Walking Dead.
"It looks like that to me," executive producer Scott Gimple told Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick when asked if Team Family is headed for a civil war plot come season 9.
"I mean, Lauren is so amazing in that scene, she's full Maggie Corleone," Gimple said. "And Jesus, he would not have killed the surrendering Saviors, but he's not Morgan. He could kill Negan. That certainly isn't off the menu for Jesus."
AND HOW Y’ALL GONNA TURN MAGGIE INTO A VILLAIN NOW?! RICK CARRIED HER LIFELESS BODY THROUGH THE WOODS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO GET HER TO A DOCTOR. I AM LIVID RN. #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/gUgfU5TQZG— Kayla Vezina (@kaylamarieeeexo) April 16, 2018
They’re forcing the "villain" role onto Daryl, Jesus, and Maggie.......JUST WHY!?!?!
IT ISN'T WHAT GLENN WOULD'VE WANTED.
IT ISN'T WHAT ABRAHAM WOULD'VE WANTED.
THEY'RE THE REASON WHY THE WAR STARTED AND ALSO......
JESUS WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE!?!?!#TheWalkingDead— xmckennax? (@poeticxperrie) April 16, 2018
Maggie looking at Rick and Michonne like pic.twitter.com/8NEeglpWLE— Ryan (@Seeing___Sounds) April 16, 2018
So just because people go against the almighty Rick, that makes them a villain? Uh, no. Maggie, you go girl! You wear that hilltop Crown with pride! #byerick #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/zmmyEZUE8g— The Whit Topping! (@TheWhitneyQ) April 16, 2018
Are they really filming Maggie as if she’s a villain for wanting the man who murdered her husband and the father of her unborn child dead? #thewalkingdead— Ricky Dicky Do Grime (@AnnFangirl000) April 16, 2018