Carl's Death In 'The Walking Dead' Is "The Ending Of An Era"

THE WALKING DEAD's “Honor” Gives Us More Old Man Rick Theories

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These days, "The Walking Dead" can't seem to let an episode end without a unusual flash forward that leaves us questioning everything we know about the series. Grimes finally said his goodbyes as his death was shown in the midseason premiere, which aired in the USA last night (February 25).

This opens up several possibilities for these visions.

- Is it just me, or was that indie folk tune in the beginning horrifically out of place with the montage of Carl grappling with his morality?

The episode is scattered over the course of the past two days, jumping back and forth between the present in Alexandria and the Kingdom, and the day before, as we experience Carl's final hours.

Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, season 8, episode 9. This leads to another possibility. This dazed and bewildered Rick could have found himself sitting against that tree after taking a victory lap around the nearby area to celebrate, only to realize he didn't have enough blood left in his body for victory laps.

Rick slashes Negan's throat but decides to save him rather than let him die - however with his last ounce of strength, Negan breaks Rick's leg. She continued to be a main character in the comic for years afterward. Hearing that, Rick promises to "make it real" - meaning he's going to do his best to bring peace to the world for everyone Carl loves as a token of tribute to his courage.

"Chandler has always been a great friend and great help on and off set", Katelyn Nacon told Us Weekly exclusively. Yet, I still suspect much of it is because of who it is and because none of us saw it coming before the mid-season finale.

This episode's dream sequence ends with a new, disturbing inclusion: the last person older Judith greets, smiling and gardening among the Alexandrians, is none other than a plaid-wearing Negan himself. Cut to seeing him under a sheet as Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rick prepare to bury him.

This, again, is a departure from the source material. On the bright side, we've gotten to see some comic book staples (The Governor, Negan, The Wolves) grace the screen. That's not what we do. Wiser and more compassionate than all of us. Ezekiel tries to get through to Gavin several times, reminds him he can still make a noble choice but Gavin just can't hear it. "But now that we're here we have a chance to change that". It worked, because Carl grew up to be a kind and self-sacrificing young man, and Carl needs Rick to be like that again.

An episode of two halves then - neither of them as satisfying as they might have been and never quite worthy of the extended running time.

It appears that Rick is going to get injured in a future episode, and he might die or get close to death.

It's hard to say at this point what these visions mean.

Carl's death on the series came as a big shock when it was first teased in December on the show. "And he's a handsome, compassionate, spiritual person", said co-star Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Greene in the show. As expected, he receives the wound while trying to protect Siddiq from some menacing walkers, and he's ambushed by a biter that gets the better of him during the encounter. Thankfully, the show doesn't decide to forget its characters are literally in the middle of battle, so we don't spend the entirety of the watching everyone line up for one last photo-op.

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