The next episode of The Walking Dead is titled “Faith” and marks the 22nd episode of the final season. Season 11, part 3, has featured quite a few shocks, and the last three episodes will undoubtedly follow this pattern as the story concludes. This week’s intro, narrated by Judith (Cailey Fleming), is a reminder of one of her father, Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) famous quotes, “My mercy prevails over my wrath.”
This quote was first said by Siddiq (Avi Nash) during the season 8 premiere episode “Mercy” when he was talking to Carl (Chandler Riggs). He asks Carl for help and uses a quote said by his mother that she got from the Koran, “May my mercy prevail over my wrath.” In this episode, we see Rick in a flash-forward clip quoting the same line.
Season 8 begins with the episode “Mercy” and ends with “Wrath,” adding more weight to a quote that altered the course of many lives. Rick would utter this phrase in the season 8 finale episode.
The Walking Dead – Mercy over my wrath
Season 11, episode 22, “Faith,” will air on AMC on Sunday, November 6, and is currently available to subscribers of AMC+. In the intro, Judith explains that her father wanted mercy to prevail over wrath, and if they lose that, they lose everything. The images that are shown highlight Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a character at the receiving end of Rick’s mercy.
The biggest question posed is, does Negan deserve mercy?
Since the fall of the Saviors, Negan has done much to prove he is a changed man and deserving of mercy. But not everyone agrees with this. In a recent episode, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) called him out for coercing women and all of the other evil acts he was involved in during his reign as leader of the Saviors.
Rick showed that his mercy prevailed over his wrath when he allowed Siddiq to save Negan’s life at the tree. They would eventually sentence Negan to life in a cell where he would be a reminder that people are capable of change.
Fast forward to the present storyline, and Negan has done much to show he is truly changed. Now, he has a wife, Annie (Medina Senghore), who is expecting their child to look out for, upping his willingness to do the right thing.
It will be interesting to see what this quote has to do with episode 22. The synopsis for this episode stated that Negan and Ezekiel would go forward with their plan to stage a revolt at the labor camp. Eugene (Josh McDermitt) will begin his trial with Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) as his defense attorney.