SPOILER WARNING: Major spoilers from "Start to Finish," the sixth season fall finale of "The Walking Dead," follow. At publication, the episode has yet to air on the west coast.
It should be obvious from the headline that this article contains major spoilers from tonight's season six midseason finale of "The Walking Dead," titled "Start to Finish." If you haven't watched it yet, you've been warned -- here are the three (OK, four) biggest developments from the episode:
- It's revealed that Eugene -- not Glenn, as so many of us, myself included, thought -- was the source of the distress call over the walkie talkie to Daryl, Sasha and Abraham in "Always Accountable." After the walkers break into Alexandria via the collapsed section of the wall, he grabs the radio from the grass, only able to utter the word "Help" before he has to seek shelter with Rosita and Tara. Admittedly, none of this has a huge effect on the rest of the episode, but perhaps it will come into play down the line. At any rate, it answers a question that's been in the air for a couple of weeks now.
- Morgan and Carol finally come to blows. As they heatedly debate over what to do with the imprisoned Wolf (currently being treated for an infection by Denise), their argument becomes physical. It's a shame they couldn't settle their to-kill-or-not-to-kill debate non-violently. While they're busy fighting, the Wolf breaks free of his restraints, knocks out Morgan (who's just knocked out Carol), and manages to escape with Denise as his hostage, despite being interrupted by Eugene, Rosita, and Tara.
- Deanna is most likely a goner. After a large group of the Alexandrians seek shelter in Jessie's house, Rick discovers she's been bitten during a struggle with some walkers. She spends the rest of her time saying her goodbyes and giving Michonne some words of advice. As everyone else coats themselves in zombie guts for a slow, tense escape through the walker herd, she takes down several of the undead with a pistol. Although she doesn't save a bullet for herself and we never actually see her turn, it's safe to say that the walkers in the house (most likely) make short work of her. Surprisingly, that makes Deanna the only major character death in an episode that was poised to be an especially brutal hour of television.
- Finally, the most exciting revelation of all happened not during "The Walking Dead" proper, but "Into the Badlands." In a classic AMC move to force viewers to check out a much less popular show, a "special two-minute prologue" after the first "Badlands" commercial break found Darryl, Sasha and Abraham running into a group of bikers. They demand back the stolen truck, fuel, and other assorted goods since, as their leader says, "They belong to Negan."
So yep, it's confirmed. The mysterious group encountered in "Always Accountable" is indeed the Saviors, from the Image Comics source material by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. We never get to see Negan (or Lucille), but expect him to be a huge part of the second half of the season, as played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. With Darryl coming into direct contact with the Saviors, will Norman Reedus suffer the same fate as Glenn in the comics, as many have been predicting? We'll have to wait until February to find out.
Lots more happened in "Start To Finish," so stay tuned for our full recap to find out more.