For all the rumors and speculation flying around the past week about The Walking Dead season finale (mostly propagated by me), the actual show ended up being a bit tame. Instead of dealing with Terminus and killing off some people, we got character development (ugh... the worst).
At least Rick is ready for action. Here's all the moments that made us leap for joy from last night's finale.
Hey guys, remember when they killed Hershel earlier this season? You did from the first shot last night. It was great seeing the crew's doctor and moral center back in the prison yard helping Rick with his parenting, but boy did my allergies act up. Anyone got a tissue?
Our two most prolific walker killers finally reunited last night. It was a tense moment (we'll deal with that later) but afterward they got straight back to their bromance. I don't know where Michonne is going to fit in this new family, because I swear Rick said "You're my lover", not "brother".
Was I the only one who nearly soiled myself in entire sequence? Not only were Rick, Carl, Daryl and Michonne in harm's way, but I was sure the rest of team prison had become left overs in Gareth's fridge. Is there any other way Glenn would give up Hershel's watch?
Of course, Rick's crew gets captured and they end up locked in a train car like so much cattle, but look who else is there. Literally everyone is alive at the end of the finale, and everyone on the internet kicked themselves.
The show ends on a line of dialogue that's easily in Rick's Top 10 Most "Setting-Up The Tone of The Season Moments". Seriously, it belongs with, "This isn't a democracy, anymore" and "Stuff, Lori, thangs". The only issue is it literally comes verbatim from the comics, but with a minor addendum: no cussing.
Rick may have embraced the brutality within, but he's not too far gone to stop watching his language (there are children present!).
They're the smallest team from the prison group and they're carrying a baby, but they're the only people left outside of Terminus (possibly). Will Carol and Tyreese be able to save everyone before they end up on the grill? Will Little Ass Kicker see her family again? Will Carol's gas cans finally come to good use?
We'll just have to wait until next fall. This is going to be a long summer.