When the Hilltop and the Saviors finally cross swords this Sunday on The Walking Dead, destruction is inevitable. Since Jeffrey Dean Morgan first stepped out of that Winnebago as Negan in the Season 6 finale of AMC’s zombie drama in the spring of 2016, The Walking Dead has been at war. Now, as the show heads toward the Season 8 finale, “Wrath,” airing on Sunday, the war might finally end. But at what cost?
Here are five predictions for the bombastic finale of The Walking Dead.
5. Rick Spares Negan
There’s absolutely no way in hell Negan is winning the fight. Aside from the fact that Rick won in the original comics, it just wouldn’t make any sense that Rick would lose to Negan. It would be a betrayal of storytelling that even The Walking Dead isn’t careless enough to go for. Think about it: If Rick dies, then what’s the point of the last [checks notes] seven years? Nope. No way.
The better question to ask is what will Rick do to Negan in the end? In theory, Rick could kill his nemesis once and for all. Heaven knows he’s legit tried in the past. But after his late son Carl’s heartfelt letter begging for peace, the much more important question is whether or not Rick will honor his word in a time when words and honor mean nothing.
Either way, Negan’s getting off easy.
4. We Learn the Truth Behind the Great Helicopter Mystery
Since the very first season, Dead fans have been engrossed in a peculiar helicopter that keeps appearing for apparently no reason. After years away, the helicopter resurfaced again earlier this year, and once more, before Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and Negan. The chopper blades are closer than ever, but we have no earthly idea who it could be. My money is on Georgie.
3. Ezekiel Dies
One’s lifespan in the comics means nothing to TV. Just ask Andrea (still alive), or even Carl (still alive). And Ezekiel? Dead AF, in the comics. But if Ezekiel (played by Khary Payton) survives the Season 8 finale, then perhaps it’s yet another path the show diverts from its original source material.
2. The Saviors Are Done
It’s all but inevitable that Negan is done for. So why should the Saviors? We barely got a glimpse of how the Saviors fared sans Negan, as Negan’s absence was a bit too brief before things could have fallen apart. But given his cult of personality, only Negan can keep the volatile community in check. Without Negan, they’ll either disband, join the Hilltop, or die.
1. Maggie Remembers She’s Pregnant
Have you forgotten that Maggie is still carrying Glenn’s child? Because even the show has. Hopefully, the season finale will correct this.
The Walking Dead Season 8 finale airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.