Major spoilers for The Walking Dead season 8 mid-season finale, "How It's Gotta Be."
Negan and the Saviors have escaped from the Sanctuary, and they're headed to Alexandria.
With Rick away, Carl steps up as interim leader and protector of his community — and with an army of Saviors on the loose, things weren't looking good for our survivors...
#TheWalkingDead well they showing a lot of Carl moments so this may be his last episode........— Apex Alpha (@I_am_B_Wood) December 11, 2017
If I am being honest , yes #Carl will probably die, but watching it happen will kill me since he has been with the show for a very long time now. I don't think I am prepared for goodbye, but I have no choice either. #TWD @WalkingDead_AMC #TheWalkingDead— Shay-lon (@ShayM_Fitness) December 11, 2017
#TheWalkingDead if it's Carl, AMC is making it obvious.— Sandy Candy (@SandyChristina) December 11, 2017
There's been more Carl in the first 15 minutes of this episode than in the entire season combined. Not a good sign. #TheWalkingDead— Shannon (@TeaAndIceCream) December 11, 2017
Why is carl acting like he’s saying goodbye ????? #TheWalkingDead— Camelia La Texana♥ (@_LaCamelia_) December 11, 2017
The mid-season finale may have ominously foreshadowed Carl's death throughout the episode, but fans were just as worried about Jerry, King Ezekiel's loyal follower and bodyguard.
The cobbler-loving axe-wielding Jerry left a note for his king — "I want to be there when we win, and I want you to be there too, man" — and set off in a car, alone, when he was blindsided and kidnapped by the Saviors.
The Saviors cut off Maggie and Jesus — mirroring the season 6 finale, where Negan's forces cut off Rick, Maggie, Abraham, Sasha, Aaron and Eugene at every turn — and presented Jerry as their hostage.
Everyone’s worried about Carl dying and I’m out here worrying about Jerry ?#TheWalkingDead— Mason (@115Brick) December 11, 2017
IF JERRY DIES I'M RIOTING #TheWalkingDead— Hannah (@geekylxfe) December 11, 2017
Jerry my man you good? #TheWalkingDead— Korey Lockwood (@korey_lockwood) December 11, 2017
Me watching #TheWalkingDead hoping it’s not Jerry and thinking it’s probably Carl cause of all the screen time but then one car hits another and I already can’t with the tension! pic.twitter.com/hrw3dpoGt6— K.B. Carle (@kbcarle) December 11, 2017
Not jerry not jerry #TheWalkingDead— Hairy Flatulence (@HairyFlatulence) December 11, 2017
A pissed off Negan rolled up to Alexandria's gate to dump a storm of shit on Rick Grimes — but the Alexandrian leader wasn't home. Carl and Negan had a tense standoff, with Carl stepping up as interim leader.
"There's families in here," Carl says, trying to appeal to Negan's better side. "Kids. My little sister." He wants to figure this out. Stop it. "Kill me."
"What did you say?" Negan asks. Did he hear that right?
"If you have to kill someone, if there has to be punishment, then kill me," Carl says. "I'm serious." He means it.
"You wanna die?"
"No, I don't," Carl answers. "But I will. It's gonna happen. And if me dying could stop this, if it could make things different for us, for you, for all those other kids, it'd be worth it."
Carl Grimes takes after his dad.
After standing up to Negan, Carl took control of the effort to evacuate an under siege Alexandra — getting put through the ringer in the process.
Carl Grimes is doomed.
After rescuing his fellow Alexandrians, a weary Carl reunites with Rick and Michonne — revealing to them a walker bite on his midsection.
The episode ends with a cliffhanger, but a definitive one: we know Carl is going to die and there's no stopping it, but we'll have to wait until The Walking Dead returns to see what happens next.
He has been here through the start of it all, every place he called home he watch burned. Had to kill his own mom and in the end sacrificed his life for his groups something he learned from his dad. Your journey was amazing.He will be missed RIP CARL GRIMES #TWD #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/rSkBIcuMUI— Theater Stub (@Theater_Stub) December 11, 2017
We’re all sad now but just wait until the mid season premiere when we have to actually see Carl go and listen to everyone’s good byes.... (then again it may just be off screen and we might not see him at all next season) #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/DaQLQlMK6f— Max (@MaxIsNotOnline) December 11, 2017
Emotionally prepared myself, someone will die on The Walking Dead Finale, (self talk-its ok,deep breaths, you’ll be fine this time) I find out its Carl. ????☹️#TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/brRTKodI7t— Karis Teague (@KarisTeague) December 11, 2017