Last Day on Earth
Here's the thing ... there are good cliffhangers and there are bad cliffhangers. This was NOT a good cliffhanger. The Terminus cliffhanger from a couple seasons ago was good, because it gave us a complete, enjoyable episode and then left us to wonder how our heroes would save themselves in the season premiere, which took an entire episode to show that process. This finale, however, is a near complete episode that purposefully omits the last minute, making it feel totally incomplete. If they had showed the last minute, we would still end on a cliffhanger in the sense that we have no idea how the group will bounce back in October when the show returns, which will surely take at least an entire episode to set up. The moment omitted from this finale does not require an episode to play out, which is why it should have been included. Beyond this major, major, unacceptable mistake, this episode was thoroughly okay. It was extended to 90 minutes which makes it feel a little too slow. It's probably one of the weaker season finales, although the introduction of Negan is handled well ... until the last moments when an otherwise amazing intro is diminished with a poor, executive decision.
Negan selects an unseen member of the group and bashes his or her head in with Lucille, his bat.
"Everything we've done, we've done together. We got here together, and we're still here. Things have happened, but it's always worked out for us, 'cause it's always been all of us. That's how I know. 'Cause as long as it's all of us, we can do anything."
- Rick Grimes
"I know I can be of some help. Now's the time and here's the place. Don't shine me. I'll be your anchorman, yes, I damn will."
"What it indicates is we are neck-deep up shit creek with our mouths wide open."
- Abraham Ford
"Hey! Do not make me kill the future little serial killer. Don't make it easy on me. I got to pick somebody. Everybody's at the table waiting for me to order."
"Jesus. You look shitty. I should just put you out of your misery right now."
"There's nothing wrong with me. I'm gonna die, so there's nothing wrong with me any more."
- Carol Peletier
"You don't really think that you were gonna get through this without being punished, now, did you? I don't want to kill you people. Just want to make that clear from the get-go. I want you to work for me. You can't do that if you're dead, now, can you? I'm not growing a garden. But you killed my people, a whole damn lot of them. More than I'm comfortable with. And for that, for that you're gonna pay. So now I'm gonna beat the holy hell outta one of you."
"Pissing our pants yet? Boy, do I have a feeling we're getting close. It's gonna be pee-pee pants city here real soon."
- Abraham Ford
"Sucks, don't it? The moment you realize you don't know shit."
"Anybody moves, anybody says anything, cut the boy's other eye out and feed it to his father and then we'll start. You can breathe, you can blink, you can cry. Hell, you're all gonna be doing that."
"This is Lucille, and she is awesome. All this is just so we can pick out which one of you gets the honor."
"Hi. You're Rick, right? I'm Negan. And I do not appreciate you killing my men. Also, when I sent my people to kill your people for killing my people, you killed more of my people. Not cool. Not cool. You have no idea how not cool that shit is. But I think you're gonna be up to speed shortly. Yeah. You are so gonna regret crossing me in a few minutes."