Last weekend brought the season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead, which started off with a bang and a flash forward. The episode was a bit of a mixed bag, with the timeline jumping between multiple events, while also showing an older and grey Rick Grimes waking up in some sort of safe haven. But perhaps the most thrilling sequence was Rick and his allies' assault on The Saviors, which included bringing a giant swarm of walkers upon The Sanctuary. Rick Grimes also attempted to kill Negan, although his aim was as awful as a Stormtrooper's. Before he fled from the walkers, Rick snapped a quick polaroid of the scene, and now we know what that photo was. Check it out.
That's some savage stuff right there. It turns out that the photo Rick snapped was meant to humiliate Negan, who was left hiding from Rick's barrage of bullets during their conflict. This is a pretty smart move, and one that will no doubt affect Episode 2's narrative this Sunday.
The majority of last season revolved around the various survivors and communities coming to terms with just how brutal and unsustainable Negan's rule is. And while the back half of the season was somewhat hopeless, Rick eventually managed to find new hope in a world without Negan, inspiring both The Hilltop and The Kingdom to join him in all out war against The Saviors.
And having photographic proof that Negan is just as killable and scared of dying the rest of them will no doubt help to boost morale for the other survivors. In the communities' very first attack on Negan, they very nearly managed to kill him, while also securing The Hilltop's place in the resistance. The photo proves that Negan isn't invincible, and that he's just as scared about dying as the rest of them. Now they just need to follow through and actually kill the villain.
It should be interesting to see how long the war again Negan lasts. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple recently revealed that the conflict should end by the time Season 8 concludes, so the days certainly seem numbered. This would make the war much shorter than the original comics, which may piss off the purists. Then again, Jeffrey Dean Morgan can't be expected to stay on regular the cast indefinitely.
The Walking Dead is currently airing new episodes Sunday on AMC. Be sure to check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.