Violet recaps the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, titled Last Day on Earth, where Rick comes across some trouble while trying to get Maggie to the doctor at Hilltop! Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
- His thoughts on Last Day on Earth, Episode 616 of The Walking Dead
- Her thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 16: Last Day on Earth
Recap of The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 16: Last Day on Earth
Carl packs up his things to head out with Rick to bring Maggie to the doctor at Hilltop. Enid insists on going too, saying she needs to be there for Maggie since Glenn hasn’t made it back yet, but Carl refuses. They argue, then he locks her in the closet in the armory.
We see a man running through the woods. The Saviors catch up with him and beat him, saying that his group at the library broke the rules and tried to fight back, so people had to die. They drag the man through the woods to the road and say they’re going to make an example out of him.
Sasha, Abraham, and Eugene tell Rick that they’re coming with him too, as he loads up the RV. Aaron insists on joining as well. Father Gabriel assures Rick that he will protect Alexandria, and his first priority is to protect Judith. Spencer asks if they should try to make a deal with the Saviors if they happen to show up. Rick says to tell them to wait for him, he has a deal for them.
Rick assures Maggie that they’ll make it to the doctor at Hilltop. As they drive, they come across a roadblock. It’s the Saviors with the man from the library group. Abraham stops the RV, and everyone except Maggie gets out. The Saviors demand all their stuff, but Rick refuses. They get back in the RV to go another way. Rick and the leader discuss the hypothetical of what if this was the other’s last day on Earth. As they drive away, the Saviors kick the man from the library group.
Carl asks Aaron why he didn’t stay to help guard Alexandria. He replies that he owes Maggie. Aaron asks why Carl came. He says that he owes them. Meanwhile, Eugene and Sasha look at the map and try to figure out the best alternate route.
They head out. As he drives, Abraham asks Sasha if they could do what Glenn and Maggie did. He says that he could, now. Just then, they come to another roadblock of Saviors. Rick decides not to make a stand here, because it would be 5 of them versus 16 Saviors. Abraham slowly turns the RV around and they drive away, while the Saviors fire at them.
They go yet another alternate route, and again find a roadblock, though this time it’s walkers chained together across the road. They notice that one of the walkers has some of Michonne’s hair sticking out the side of its face, and another walker is pierced with a couple of Daryl’s arrows. Rick takes Michonne’s hair, and angrily is about to slice through the walker’s head with his hatchet, when suddenly gunfire breaks out. Rick orders everyone back to the RV, then cuts through the arm of one of the walkers, and pushes them on the ground, while Sasha provides cover. There is now an opening, and the RV is able to drive through.
As they continue on, Rick realizes that the Saviors want them to travel in that direction. The RV is making a weird noise, and they are starting to run low on fuel. Soon, they come across another roadblock, with even more people. Rick tells Abraham to go back, and Abraham wonders where?
Maggie seems to be getting worse, but Rick reassures her that both she and the baby will be okay. Maggie tells Rick that she believes in him.
They come across another roadblock, this time with logs piled high. It is evident that the Saviors have some heavy machinery. Behind them, the man the Saviors captured earlier is thrown off the side of a bridge with a chain around his neck, and dies. Then the logs are set on fire. They hear the voice of the man from the first roadblock, bringing up their last day on Earth again. He tells them to go get where they’re going. They run and get back in the RV, then turn around and drive away.
Sasha finds 2 more routes on the map, but the group figures that the Saviors are ready to block them no matter which way they go. Eugene points out that the Saviors are ready to block the RV, but aren’t aware of who all is in the RV at all times. They seem to form a plan.
Night falls. It seems the plan is for Eugene to keep driving the RV, while the others leave on foot. Eugene gives Rick the “recipe” for how to make bullets. Abraham says his goodbyes to Eugene, telling him that he’s a survivor, and they hug goodbye. They carry Maggie out on a stretcher, and Maggie thanks Eugene, and they walk through the forest as Eugene drives away alone in the RV.
As they walk, they hear whistling, and try to run. However, they run right into the middle of a huge group of Saviors, who whistle all around them. They see that the Saviors have already captured Eugene. The man from earlier welcomes them, and takes their weapons. He has them all line up on their knees, even Maggie, and Eugene is brought over to join the line.
Dwight then appears, and opens up a van containing Daryl, Glenn, Michonne, and Rosita, who are brought to join the lineup. Negan then exits the RV and taunts the group. The Savior guy from earlier points out Rick as the leader. Negan expresses his unhappiness about Rick’s people killing his people. Negan then explains how the new world order works now: they work for him, and if they have stuff, they give it to him. He tells the group they are not safe, not even close. Their way of life now is to give him half their stuff. He further says he doesn’t want to kill them, he wants them to work for him. However, they have to pay for killing so many of his people. He is going to beat one of them to death with his barbwire baseball bat, Lucille.
Negan then walks down the line, surveying the group members. When he talks to Maggie, Glenn rushes toward her, screaming “No! No!” Dwight steps in to beat him, but Negan tells him to put him back in line, and he’ll let this first outburst go. He figures out that Carl is Rick’s son. Rick begs Negan to stop this. Negan says he has to pick someone, but he is having trouble deciding. He then begins the “Eeny meeny miny moe” rhyme, which leads him to his victim. However, we don’t get to see who the victim is.
Morgan and Carol
As Morgan goes off in search of Carol, he finds a horse, all saddled up.
Meanwhile, the man with Carol’s rosary continues marching forward.
Morgan rides the horse and looks for Carol in the nearby town. He soon finds her hunched on a doorstop and bleeding. He brings her into the library and patches her up, telling her they’ll head back at dawn to get her some help, but she says no. Morgan tells her that Rick had gone looking for her too, and others would have, had they known, because she has people that care about her. She tells him to leave, but he says he can’t do that, because she’ll die on her own. She begs him to go, even pointing a gun at him.
Morgan hears some noises outside and goes to check it out. He finds a walker hanging from scaffolding, so he climbs up, knifes it in the head, then cuts it down.
Morgan re-enters the library, looking for Carol, but unable to find her. He gets on his horse and heads out to look for her. He sees Carol’s rosary on the ground, and continues on.
Carol has continued on, and is surprised by a walker. She is able to knife it in the head, though. Suddenly, the man who was carrying the rosary attacks her, knocking her to the ground, and points a gun at her. He knows he is dying a slow death, and wants to watch Carol die a slow death as well. He shoots her in the arm. She begins laughing, and he asks what’s wrong with her. She replies that she’s going to die, so there’s nothing wrong with her anymore. He shoots her in the leg. She tells him she still doesn’t think she’s suffered enough. He rolls his eyes and walks away. She yells at him, and he comes back, ready to shoot.
However, Morgan arrives just then, pointing a gun at the man, and tells him to drop it. The man says no, and is about to fire on Carol, but Morgan shoots the man dead instead. Carol begs Morgan to just let her go, but Morgan says it’s not her time yet, and she’s going to come back from this. Two men approach, one on a horse. The one not on a horse is the man from the barn last episode. Morgan tells him that he found the man’s horse, and found his friend, who needs help. The man agrees to help. They shake hands.
Her Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 16: Last Day on Earth
I could not believe that they would just leave us hanging like that! For over SIX MONTHS?! That is just cruel! Talk about a cliffhanger. But I guess it had the effect that they wanted it to. So many speculations and theories about who it could be. I’ve tried to avoid reading such articles. I don’t want to know ahead of time, or even have an indication about a certain few people that are definitely safe. Who do I think it is? I have no idea. It could be anyone, really. I was worried that they would drag it out yet again and not reveal who it was even on the Season 7 premiere, but I did happen to see a blurb about one of the executive producers promising that we would get an answer the first episode.
One thing I did not like about this episode was how pretty much all of their good fighters have left Alexandria. Of course, in the end, this was so that almost all of the main characters would end up together in front of Negan. But it didn’t make sense otherwise. Daryl, Glenn, Rosita, and Michonne had already left. Then pretty much everyone else loaded up in the RV. The only people left are Father Gabriel, Spencer, and Enid (if she ever gets out of the closet). Then there’s a bunch of Alexandrians who haven’t had much experience. And Father Gabriel is put in charge?? Really?! I mean, sure, he’s come a long way from when we first met him, but it’s kinda sad when he’s the best option available. I would almost say that it felt like Rick knew he wasn’t coming back, but then he left Judith behind, that sort of invalidates that theory.
Other than that, though, I felt like it was a well done episode with a powerful message of unity, and having faith that the group can get anything done as long as they’re together. Unfortunately, that won’t hold true for one unlucky victim, but it’s a nice sentiment. It was also an emotional scene when Eugene volunteered to keep driving the RV, because he was essentially sacrificing himself for the others, because if things went as planned, it was pretty certain that the Saviors would kill him. I suppose he could still lose his life though.
Then there’s Carol and Morgan, and the internal struggles that they’re both going through. What an unlikely pair, considering that they held such opposite viewpoints not too long ago, and now it seems that their ideologies are becoming somewhat closer. And Morgan even killed someone, which he was so adamant against. But the other big news is that we’ve discovered a new group! I’m looking forward to getting to know this new group. So far, it seems like they’re good, if they’re willing to help Carol. But then again, it could somehow be for their own gains…
In any case, I am so ready for Season 7 of The Walking Dead! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!
His Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 16: Last Day on Earth