Comic book recap: The Walking Dead issue 168 ‘The Road’s End’

Negan and The Saviors - The Walking Dead 168, Image Comics and Skybound
Negan and The Saviors - The Walking Dead 168, Image Comics and Skybound /

Catch up on everything that happened in issue 168 of The Walking Dead comic book series titled ‘The Road’s End’ released on June 7, 2017.

Image Comics and Skybound released issue 168 of The Walking Dead comic book series on June 7, 2017. The installment titled ‘The Road’s End’ follows the events of Alexandria’s undead invasion as well as infiltration by The Saviors.

Here is a recap of everything that happened in the June issue, so needless to say, there will be a LOT of spoilers being dropped below. Do not keep reading if you don’t want to know what happens in issue 168!

***WARNING: The Walking Dead 168 spoilers below****

Issue 168 picks up right where last issue left off. Rick Grimes is walking away from the group he addressed inside Alexandria as everyone mourns the loss of Andrea by embracing each other and letting out some tears.

Next, the cleanup of Alexandria has begun. People are working on repairing the gate and cleaning up the debris from the fight with the walkers. Dwight explains that he took the initiative to get the gate back up for security reasons and Rick thanks him.

After an awkward pause between Rick and Dwight, Rick attempts to apologize to him for what happened with Sherry in his office. Dwight stops his apology and says that they both lost something important to them, so there is no need to apologize.

Just then. the voice of John boomed out and he called out Rick Grimes. He says Dwight relayed to them what happened with Andrea, and he offers his condolences. Plus, he stated that Dwight also said Sherry gave orders to help clean up Alexandria during their meeting.

Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead 168, Image Comics and Skybound
Rick Grimes – The Walking Dead 168, Image Comics and Skybound /

Rick thanks John and says he hopes this can be a building block to repairing the relationship between the two communities. John says he did them a solid, but there is no telling what the future holds…but then asks to know where Sherry is.

Instead of answering, Rick tells John that he doesn’t want Alexandria as an enemy and that he should look back at how things were before and realize they are better. But John cuts him off and demands to know where Sherry is.

Matter-of-factly, Rick states that Sherry is dead. Confused and angry, John says that any hope of peace between the communities died with Sherry.

Dwight pulls his gun and tells Rick to step back and get in the house. Instead, Rick attempts to explain the situation to John and the rest of The Saviors in hopes of being able to work the situation out.

Negan interjects himself into the situation and says he will handle it. Dwight is hesitant to allow it, but Rick says that it is alright.

Negan and The Saviors - The Walking Dead 168, Image Comics and Skybound
Negan and The Saviors – The Walking Dead 168, Image Comics and Skybound /

The speech begins with Negan giving credit for the survival of the people from The Sanctuary to two people: himself and Rick Grimes. He understands the anger and desire for revenge, but instead offers a proposition.

He says The Saviors can go back to the way things were. Led by Negan with the point system and ruling by fear, The Sanctuary could make a comeback. The first to agree was Mark, with nobody else stepping up.

After a moment, Negan asked if anyone else was joining. When nobody replied, he punched Mark across the face and told him he was stupid for wanting that, especially after the iron was used on his face in the past. Mark starts tearing up and apologizing, but Negan moves on.

Addressing John, Negan says he’s always liked him even if they disagreed in the past. But he says John is a strong and smart man who doesn’t want to be controlled. Not by Negan and not by Sherry. And that he should be happy she is dead.

John tells Negan to be careful, but then raises his rifle to his chest. Negan raises both hands in good faith and tells John to think about it for a moment. Sherry needed problems to fix. She did it with Dwight, Negan, and with John, and was now doing the same thing with Rick and Alexandria.

Negan continues saying that Sherry’s death is on her, not anyone else and it shouldn’t result in any more bloodshed. In fact, he continues saying that they should realize what kind of man Rick is for allowing them to walk away after what they were planning to do.

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Emphasizing helping each other, Negan tells John and The Saviors that they were ungrateful for the help they did receive in the past and should want that relationship in the future. With that, The Saviors turn around and head home as the cleanup of Alexandria resumes.

Carl and Rick share an emotional hug while Dwight and the others put the gate back up for the community. The group of tombstones marking the recent deaths are shown as Mikey gets consoled about his mother’s death just like Dwight is about Sherry’s.

Jesus says he found Father Gabriel hanging there, mostly eaten by walkers. Eugene blames himself for that, but is told it isn’t his fault.

Rick is in a daze about what has happened. Not even Carl and Lydia are able to get a response from him until he gets up out of his chair and puts his pants on. He makes his way out to Andrea’s grave, and lays down on top of it.

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Issue 169 of The Walking Dead comics will be released on July 5, 2017 and is titled ‘The Lines We Cross’. It appears to focus on Dwight and his fallout from what has been going on in Alexandria, especially the situation with Sherry.