The Walking Dead series began airing on AMC in 2010. The pilot episode ranks as one of the best openings for a series by setting up the tone for what was to come. The first episode wasted no time revealing what this series was about when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) killed a child walker as the first on-screen kill of the series.
When AMC Networks announced that season 11 of The Walking Dead would be the last, the fandom was sorely disappointed. But all good things must end, and on November 22, 2022, the last episode of the series “Rest in Peace” concluded the main series storyline.
Viewers were pleasantly surprised by the story’s ending as they believed no end could satisfy the die-hard fans.
The Walking Dead series ending
The final episode focused on the takedown of the Commonwealth, the new advanced community introduced early in the season. Things looked too good to be true as many of our survivors took residence there while much-needed updates were being done at Alexandria.
The truth would be revealed, and a resistance was formed which overtook Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). This resistance included our survivors and many members of the Commonwealth military, including Mercer (Michael James Shaw).
The concluding scenes of the series experienced a one-year time jump that saw Ezekiel (Khary Payton) as governor of the Commonwealth with Mercer, still in a relationship with Princess (Paola Lázaro) at his side.
Magna (Nadia Hilker), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), Connie (Lauren Ridloff), and Kelly (Angel Theory) were also happily situated at the Commonwealth. Still happily in love, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Max (Margot Bingham) show off their newborn, Rosie. Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) were also seen together.
Aaron (Ross Marquand), Jerry (Cooper Andrews), Nabila (Nadine Marissa), Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), and their children were all back at Alexandria as things were slowly coming back to life in the community.
Negan was missing from the time jump scenes; by that time, he and his wife Annie (Medina Senghore) would have had their child. The only mention of Negan was in a letter given to Judith (Cailey Fleming) that Lydia delivered. He returned Judith’s compass telling her he hoped it helped her find her way as it did him.
Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) had a very emotional conversation as Daryl readied to leave. It was emotional for the characters, the only two remainings who have lasted since season 1 but also for the actors, as it appeared to be a real goodbye between them also.
Then the cherry on top!
A surprise coda scene featuring Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira). This scene reveals what has transpired with these characters since they departed from the series. Rick’s scenes took place earlier before Michonne knew he survived. Michonne’s scenes take place closer to the present. It was a fantastic way to end the series.
The scene sets things up to lead to the Rick and Michonne spinoff, The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live.