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The Double-Crossed Walking Dead/Fear Crossover

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

In the two and-a-half hour “Survival Sunday” AMC event, fans did not want The Walking Dead finale to end, meanwhile fans anticipated the end of the semi-slow premiere episode of Fear the Walking Dead in the long-awaited crossover event.

The eighth season of The Walking Dead came to a close in the most high-paced and action-packed way possible. The show has not had a finale in a very long time where you actually lost track of time while watching it. After Rick finally grows the courage to ask Siddiq how Carl got bit by the walker that ultimately killed him, Rick prepares for the ultimate battle against Negan and the Saviors in what seems like, a stereotypical Walking Dead pre-battle lead up, but what came next made everyone’s jaws drop.

At the end of the previous episode, Negan exposes Dwight for double-crossing the Saviors and helping Rick after Negan gave Dwight a fake “plan of attack” on Rick’s group, in hopes that Dwight would send it to Rick, which he does. Negan goes into the final battle thinking he is finally one step ahead of Rick and fans were not really anticipating what seemed like the, played-out scenario of Rick’s group falling into a trap when surprisingly, Rick catches on and figures out that it is a trap. From there, there were twists, turns and surprises all over the place.

From Eugene finally double-crossing the Saviors and giving the group faulty bullets, to Rick ultimately deciding to save Negan’s life after slashing his throat, the episode threw tumultuous twists at viewers. Comic book readers had a good idea that this scenario could possibly play out on screen because this is the way it happened in the comics. But without Carl visiting Negan everyday as he does in the comic books, Negan will truly be locked up by himself in a cell as is what Rick calls, an example of turning over a new leaf and choosing life rather than death.

This is surprising to fans because in the past every time Rick has finally come face-to-face with the villain, he always killed them, but Carl stops him. After choosing to spare Negan’s life, he quotes the letter that Carl left him when he died that said, “My mercy prevails over my wrath” followed by, “there’s gotta be something after this.”

As for what the next season will bring? There seems to be a Civil War brewing. Maggie, widow of Glenn, Jesus and Daryl agree that Rick and Michonne’s decision to spare Negan’s life was the wrong choice, and want them to be punished, fans will have to wait and see what that means until season 9.

Transitioning into the season four premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, Morgan was the chosen character to “bridge” these two worlds together in the long-awaited crossover event. That’s right, Morgan Jones will no longer be on The Walking Dead BUT Fear’s story timeline has finally aligned with Walking Dead in a huge time jump between season 3 and season 4. At the end of The Walking Dead finale, Rick decides to live in peace and fairness and have as many people with him to help rebuild a future. Morgan believes that he cannot be a part of this future after beloved characters like Jesus, Carol and Rick crossover to Fear and try to convince him to stay, but Morgan decides it is time for him to go.

After a lengthy montage of Morgan running, walking and driving throughout the post-apocalyptic U.S., he meets up with new characters in the Fear universe (John and Althema), speficially in Austin, Texas. Morgan, John and Al team up after they’re attacked and decide to stick together from there on. The show ends with an exciting cliff-hanger when the newly formed group stumbles upon what seems to be an injured woman. The woman turns out to be Alicia followed by Nick, Luciana and Strand emerging from the sides of the road and the original Fear group looks like they have hit rock bottom. Fans will have to wait until next week’s episode to hopefully get some answers.

Fear the Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9 pm EST on AMC. Season 9 of The Walking Dead will be coming soon.

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