Walt was such a creature of damaged ego and pride, and that became more and more apparent as the series progressed.
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So was it about being bad for good reasons, and rebelling against an unfair world that dealt out suffering? Or was it about rationalizing the evil things he always wanted to do, but held back from doing because of the fear of thinking of himself as "bad"? And here at the end, does Walt's original situation look that bad compared to the one he created when he tried to live the life he thought he wanted?
In this finale, the most notable thing to me is that Walt can only move forward after realizing his faults. He's only able to settle his debts to some degree, and find some form of peace when he recognizes how tragic his choices were. Walt can only achieve his original goal for his family after realizing his mistakes.
That quotation also functions as a switch that sets in motion, irretrievably, the gears that will bring us to these final moments. Everything that has happened is a consequence of this decision. The only distinction is that they are notorious, bathed in shame because of their association with him. And of course, the collateral damage of the path Walt chose to take when he said those words is immense: But now I can say what I wanted.
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Quantities are extremely limited, so buy now! Posted by Danny Hellman at 4: Now With Revised Dates! Jack Davis and Ronald Searle, I'm not going to argue with the lady. After awakening alone in the hospital, he walks through a local neighborhood but is mistaken for a walker and hit over the head with a shovel by a child, Duane Jones Adrian Kali Turner. Duane's father Morgan Lennie James takes Rick in and explains the sickness to him. Rick sets off in search of his wife, Lori Sarah Wayne Callies , and young son, Carl Chandler Riggs , and along the way discovers what has happened to the world.
While searching in downtown Atlanta, he is attacked by a horde of walkers and hides inside a tank. In the episode " Guts ", a young man named Glenn Rhee Steven Yeun rescues him from the tank and leads him to a group of survivors scavenging for supplies in a building. The building is attacked by walkers and the group flees the city, forced to leave subdued and chained group member, Merle Dixon Michael Rooker behind. In the episode " Tell It to the Frogs ", the survivors lead Rick to their campsite where he happily reunites with Lori and Carl, as well as Shane.
Merle's brother Daryl Dixon Norman Reedus , however, demands that a group return to the city to find him; Rick also wants to retrieve a bag of guns. They discover that Merle cut off his hand to escape.
In the episode " Vatos ", they return to the campsite just in time to save the remaining survivors as a group of walkers overrun the camp. In the episode " Wildfire ", after many losses, the group leaves the insecure campsite and ventures to the Centers for Disease Control CDC in the hope of finding a cure. In the season finale, " TS ", the group is hoping for a new home, but unfortunately finds no answers at the CDC. The last remaining employee there, a medical doctor and researcher named Edwin Jenner Noah Emmerich , reveals that the building will soon self-destruct, and whispers something in Rick's ear before the group escapes the doomed facility.
In the second-season premiere, " What Lies Ahead ", Carl is accidentally shot during the group's search for Sophia Peletier Madison Lintz , Carol 's Melissa McBride daughter, who was chased away by walkers during the group's escape from Atlanta. In the episode " Bloodletting ", the shooter, Otis , takes them to an isolated farm occupied by Hershel Greene Scott Wilson , a veterinarian who works to save Carl's life by using a transfusion of Rick's blood.
Carl recovers with Shane's help in the episode " Cherokee Rose ".
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In the episode " Secrets ", Lori tells Rick that she is pregnant and reveals that she and Shane had been together after she believed he died. In the mid-season finale, " Pretty Much Dead Already ", the group discovers that Hershel has kept walkers in the barn, including his family, believing that he can save them. Despite Rick's refusal, Shane opens the barn and kills the walkers inside, until one is revealed to be Sophia.
Left with no other choice, Rick shoots Sophia dead. In the mid-season premiere, " Nebraska ", Rick is forced to kill two men in a bar to protect the group, but takes one of their group members, Randall Culver Michael Zegen , as a prisoner in the episode " Triggerfinger ". In the episode " Better Angels ", Rick decides to keep the prisoner alive. Shane ultimately kills Randall, and then tries to kill Rick, who stabs him in the heart in self-defense.
Shane comes back to life as a walker, but Carl kills him. In the season finale, " Beside the Dying Fire ", a walker horde overruns the farm. Rick reveals to the escaped group that Jenner had told him that everyone is infected. He tells Lori he killed Shane to protect himself as well as the group, but she recoils from him, horrified. Rick then coldly dares any would-be traitors to abandon the safety of the group. In the season premiere, " Seed ", eight months have passed and Rick and Lori's relationship has deteriorated. The group finds an overrun prison facility and decide to settle there.
When exploring the building's interior, they encounter some prisoners , who try to assassinate Rick and then unleash walkers into the facility, causing Lori's death. Rick falls into a downward spiral and begins hallucinating, imagining a series of phone calls and seeing visions of Lori in the prison courtyard. He comes into conflict with The Governor David Morrissey , the leader of a small town called Woodbury, after Michonne Danai Gurira , a mysterious katana-wielding survivor arrives at the prison to reveal Glenn and Maggie Greene Lauren Cohan have been kidnapped in order to gain information on the location of the prison, a more secure environment than Woodbury.
Rick follows Michonne while somewhat distrustful of her in the episode " Made to Suffer " and retrieves the couple by killing several soldiers and consequently causing a firefight in the streets. The Governor launches an assault on the prison in the episode " Home " in retaliation. A former member of Rick's group, Andrea Laurie Holden , now a Woodbury citizen and The Governor's lover, unsuccessfully tries to negotiate terms of peace with the two conflicting communities in the episodes " I Ain't a Judas " and " Arrow on the Doorpost ".
In the episode " Clear ", Rick and Michonne form a stronger bond on a journey to retrieve guns after the assault, where they meet the mentally unbalanced Morgan, who has lost his son. Merle ultimately sacrifices himself.
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In the season finale, " Welcome to the Tombs ", Rick, Daryl and Michonne go out to confront The Governor after he fails to take the prison and massacres his own troops. They discover a bitten Andrea in The Governor's torture chamber. Rick reaffirms her as a group member before she uses his revolver to commit suicide to avoid turning.
Rick brings the surviving residents of Woodbury - including Tyreese Chad L. Coleman and his sister, Sasha Sonequa Martin-Green - to the prison. He also confiscates Carl's pistol after hearing that his son killed a boy from Woodbury whom he believed to be a threat. Rick stops seeing visions of Lori, realizing his ruthlessness was the reason for her appearances. In the season premiere, " 30 Days Without an Accident ", having relinquished leadership, Rick tries to live a quieter, peaceful life as a farmer, growing crops and raising livestock for the community.
However, his new life is disrupted by the threat of an illness breaking out. In the episode " Isolation ", Carol admits that she killed two infected people to spare others from getting infected; Rick exiles her in the following episode, " Indifference ". In the episode " Internment ", he resolves problems with walkers carving through the fences as the illness dies out with Hershel's medical assistance.
In the mid-season finale, " Too Far Gone ", The Governor returns with a militia to take over the prison and decapitates his hostage, Hershel, calling Rick a liar for proposing they can live together in the community. The Governor's men drive a tank through the fences, destroying Rick's home and causing a battle between the two sides. The Governor tries to strangle a badly wounded Rick to death, but Michonne stabs him through the chest. Rick discovers Judith's empty cradle and believes that she has been killed by walkers; heartbroken, he escapes with Carl.
After reuniting with Michonne in the episode " Claimed ", Rick escapes from a dangerous group called the Claimers, before travelling towards Terminus, a supposed sanctuary. In the season finale, " A ", Rick re-encounters the Claimers, who try to kill him, as well as sexually assault Michonne and Carl, but an enraged Rick bites the leader Joe Jeff Kober in the neck as Michonne and the reunited Daryl who had joined the Claimers kill the others. The four head to Terminus, but become suspicious as they discover the inhabitants wearing the clothes belonging to the survivors they knew.
In the season premiere, " No Sanctuary ", Rick's group escapes Terminus as an explosion set off by Carol destroys the compound and infests it with walkers.
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He reunites with his daughter, Judith and graciously thanks Carol, who resettles into the group. In the episode " Strangers ", the group meets Father Gabriel Stokes Seth Gilliam who brings them to his church to stay before going to Washington, DC in hopes of a cure. In the episode " Four Walls and a Roof ", Gareth and five other Terminus survivors hunt down the group, capture a bitten Bob, eat his leg and leave him as bait, before the group lure them into the church to be trapped and slaughtered.
A rather peaceful resolution is ultimately decided with a hostage exchange, as the group captures several police officers for the exchange. In the mid-season finale, " Coda ", leading officer Dawn Lerner Christine Woods demands Noah back as her ward after Beth's departure, fuelling Beth to try to kill her but she is reflexively shot in the head.
Dawn is immediately killed by Rick and a stand-off is defused by Officer Shepherd. In the mid-season premiere, " What Happened and What's Going On ", Rick's group travels to Virginia where Noah's community is and eventually strive for Washington despite the cure being outed as false, in hopes of finding a safe haven, but suffer one more loss with Tyreese. In the episode " The Distance ", the mournful group is encountered by a stranger named Aaron Ross Marquand , claiming to be a recruiter for a community named Alexandria.
While distrustful, they follow him as well as his boyfriend, Eric and discover he is telling the truth. In the episode " Remember ", Deanna Monroe Tovah Feldshuh , a former congressperson from Ohio and leader of Alexandria interviews the group and assigns Rick as a constable in the community along with Michonne. In the episode " Try ", Rick has a confrontation with Pete, forcing Michonne to knock him unconscious. In the season finale, " Conquer ", Deanna holds a meeting to potentially exile Rick, but Rick proves he is trying to ensure the community's protection from the living and the dead, before Jessie's husband, Pete, shows up and tries to assassinate Rick with Michonne's katana, killing Deanna's husband in the process.
In the season premiere, " First Time Again ", while getting reacquainted with Morgan, Rick discovers a quarry filled with hundreds of walkers held in by a barricade that is about to fail. He takes de facto command of Alexandria with Deanna's approval and recruits the native Alexandrians to help lure the herd away, in order for them to grow into strong survivors.
The plan goes awry at several points and Rick returns to Alexandria pursued by half of the herd in the episode " Now ".
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Deanna realizes she is no longer fit to lead the community and officially makes him leader of Alexandria. Deanna is revealed to have been bitten and asks Rick to look out for the native Alexandrians as he does his own pre-Alexandria group before she dies. Rick prepares ponchos covered in walker innards for the group to sneak through the herd to safety, but Sam suffers a mental breakdown in the mid-season premiere " No Way Out ". Sam is killed, followed by his mother, and Ron shoots Carl in the eye before being killed by Michonne.
Denise Cloyd treats Carl, Rick battles the herd in a rage, and is soon joined by nearly all of Alexandria, and they are able to defeat the herd. Rick tells a comatose Carl that he now has hope for the future again and plans to rebuild the town. Two months later, in the episode " The Next World ", Rick and Daryl meet Paul "Jesus" Rovia on a supply run, and after taking him back to Alexandria, begins a relationship with Michonne. In the episode " Knots Untie ", Jesus takes Rick to the Hilltop Colony, and when he learns they live in fear of Negan and his Saviors, offers to assassinate him in exchange for a trade of supplies.
After a successful raid on the Saviors in the episode " Not Tomorrow Yet ", Rick believes the threat of the Saviors to have been vanquished, only to be proven wrong when Denise is killed in the episode " Twice as Far ". Rick makes preparations for an attack from the Saviors in the episode " East ", but in the season finale " Last Day on Earth " when Maggie has complications in her pregnancy, leads a team to seek Dr. Carson's aid at Hilltop. The group is herded into a trap by the Saviors, and Rick is helpless and frightened as he realizes the true threat poised by Negan as two of his group are brutally killed.
He is forced to accept Negan's way of living. In " Service ", Rick is forced to abide by Negan's rules and the opposition of Spencer, who he threatens.
Negan explains Spencer cowardly asked him to Rick to take over. Eugene is captured for making the bullet to try and kill Negan, culminating in Rick agreeing with Michonne to stand up and fight, and goes to the Hilltop, reuniting with everyone to fight. In " Rock in the Road ", Rick attempts to build an army against Negan; when they fail to rally enough people in Hilltop, Jesus brings them to a community known as the Kingdom.
There, Rick meets with their leader King Ezekiel , who decides not to fight. Rick and the group are able to procure some wired explosives left by the Saviors. Later, Rick and the others are surrounded by a new junkyard group. In " "New Best Friends" , Rick negotiates with the leader Jadis, and she agrees on one-third of supplies once the war is over, but they need a large quantity of guns to make a formal alliance.
In "Say Yes" , Rick and Michonne look for guns. They bond, have sex, and have a deep conversation about whether he will die in the war, asking her to take over if he does. From the guns he finds, Jadis states it isn't enough, so Rick manages to convince her to let them keep some of them while they find more. They huddle the community at gunpoint but assure they will return them later. They fail to convince Oceanside to fight. It backfires when it is revealed Jadis was already working with Negan.
Negan threatens to kill Sasha, and Rick asks to see her. Sasha, having killed herself to prevent herself from being used as bait, attacks Negan, buying the Alexandrians a chance to open fire against the Scavengers and Saviors. Rick is shot by Jadis after he tries to re-negotiate and later soldiers from the Kingdom and the Hilltop arrive to save the day.
This prompts Negan to retreat, allowing Rick and his allies a victory. The episode ends with Rick, Maggie and Ezekiel uniting the three communities together. In the season premiere, " Mercy ", Rick stands before the assembled forces of the Kingdom, Alexandria and the Hilltop and declares the world to be theirs and that those who kill and take will no longer hold power.
After his speech he puts his plan into destroying the Saviors into motion, leading a large convoy of survivors, with armored vehicles to the Sanctuary.