'The Walking Dead' season 9 spoilers: Possible death of this major character

Negan in The Walking Dead season 8 finale

And it played out like a wet fart. This is the one thing we didn't see coming. They'll be dealing with things we haven't seen them deal with before and dealing with each other in ways that we haven't seen before.

The back half was another overly wordy collection of expositions and slow-fades which felt like an epilogue that rivaled Boogie Nights in its tedium. Why don't we take a breather and spend some time with them to watch them - shock, horror - develop as characters, rather than being flaccid caricatures of their former selves?

Somewhere in the middle, for about 4 minutes, came the actual war in "All Out War", a profound exercise in underwhelming pop-culture spectacles.

After the Saviors lined up to attack Team Rick, they fired and instantly fell to the ground. Rather than allowing her prisoners to take up residency in permanent jail cells, Maggie reintroduces corporal punishment to The Walking Dead universe. They've been moving constantly it seems and the general idea is that things just keep getting worse even if they seem to be getting better for short periods of time. "No, he killed Glenn!"

Now, out in the open in broad daylight, there was the Ricktatorship, once again surrounded.

Though it was clear to everyone that Dwight didn't voluntarily lead the survivors into Negan's trap, not all of them were ready to fully forgive him for past transgressions. In the end, Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) took him back to the hospital where he recovered.

Al asks what we're all thinking, "So what the hell's your story?" "Like, 'Oh my God, that moment works great and there's a fantastic build to it". Then for the Saviors, there's the urge to maintain their dominance. Put me out of my misery and kill Eugene off - please? In mounting up their arsenal, Eugene noticed that Gabriel (Seth Gillam) was making them incorrectly - and on goal. Supposedly Daryl (Norman Reedus), as he echos her sentiment. What Negan didn't plan was Eugene providing the Saviors with faulty bullets resulting in a loud array of misfires. To many viewers, it looked like Negan was going to die. He and Rick had a showdown near a tree that was conveniently adorned with some framed stained glass. As Negan contemplates this, Rick slashes his throat, in a move long anticipated by comic book fans. This effectively neutralized Negan's army and left them helpless against Rick and his group.

She threatens the men with her armory of guns and rescues John and Morgan. Maggie, understandably, was distraught and felt betrayed by Rick's actions. Negan instantly knew that it was Eguene's fault, but before he can do anything Gabriel jumped on him.

Once loyal, she declares that she's now out for blood, "Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira)". After weeks of fighting, drama and the deaths of several major characters, "The Walking Dead's" All-Out War will conclude Sunday night. Indeed, the show's "All Out War" storyline proved tough for viewers to endure, with Season 8 averaging 7.8 million viewers (not yet accounting for the finale); still enviable numbers, but far removed from its Season 5 (2014-2015) heyday average of 14.38 million viewers.

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