Aftering Negan went into Alexandria in last night's midseason finale and gutted the treacherous Spencer and had one his female enforcers put a bullet in the head of the kind-hearted Olivia as punishment for Rosita trying to kill him, the bear inside of Rick Grimes has finally awoken again. It's time to go to war!
"There’s no question that I think with Michonne’s pep talk and with Daryl back, Rick is finding his mojo again," Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd told Deadline. "I don’t think they’re going to be willing servants of Negan’s anymore."
The most important aspect of those two kills is that the people of Alexandria that weren't there to witness Negan horrifically bash the heads of Glenn and Abraham got to see just how truly evil Negan and his Saviors are. While no one will shed a tear for Spencer (Well, maybe Rosita will), Olivia's death should be the wake up call Alexandria so desperately needed.
"It really is more about how it affects the remaining group," Hurd explained. "With Spencer that’s a horrific death but everyone knew that he was pretty untrustworthy. That he was plotting against Rick. He was vocal in that with Father Gabriel. So he’s not someone that was probably going to motivate anyone to do anything because his death seemed almost deserved, whereas Olivia was completely blameless, completely innocent. In Negan’s world he just says kill somebody and you never know whose number is going to come up. That’s not a world that the rest of our Survivors are going to want to continue to live in."
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead reigns as television’s most watched drama for adults 18-49 and tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol, Sonequa-Martin Green as Sasha, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.
The Walking Dead is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
The Walking Dead will return Sunday, February 12.
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