Is ‘The Strolling Lifeless’ completely trolling us? Let me introduce you to the ‘damaged glass’ idea — which recommend that our fearless chief, Rick Grimes, would possibly truly be useless.
Right here’s one thing followers of The Strolling Lifeless can at all times agree on: every little thing means one thing. Particularly in season eight the place we have been flashing ahead, backward, parallel and extra within the area time continuum that’s the post-apocalyptic world. So if every little thing on the present means one thing, what’s the take care of the glass hanging from the tree the place Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) battle it out? It’s extra than simply outside decor.
First, lets recap what occurs across the thriller tree. Negan tries to make a run for it and hides behind the tree, however Rick sees him. Rick fires a shot in direction of the tree and strikes the glass, shattering a big portion of it round Negan’s ft. With out some other possibility, Rick prices in direction of Negan and the 2 leaders get right into a wild bodily struggle. Negan ultimately will get the higher hand and tries to kill Rick, however Rick begs for simply 10 seconds of his time so he can persuade him in regards to the higher life they will construct collectively. Negan permits it, however the second he hesitates Rick strikes and slices his throat huge open. That escalated fairly shortly, huh?
Anyway, Rick ultimately has Negan saved (nonetheless unsure how that’s potential, however okay) and everybody strikes on with their lives. Or do they? Earlier than the sequence spends it’s ultimate few scenes flashing ahead to the long run, we see a large shot of Rick sitting in opposition to the tree the place he simply took down Negan. In case you look intently sufficient and don’t blink, you’ll discover the glass pane that Rick shot and broke is now utterly untouched. Now, this might simply be a f–okay up on manufacturing’s half — however it is also symbolic of one thing else. For instance: Rick’s defeat. That is the “damaged glass idea”.
So, did Negan truly kill Rick and what we noticed after that was Rick’s stairway to Heaven? In spite of everything, the episode did finish with Rick and Carl strolling off into the sundown collectively on the farm they visited pre-apocalypse. In that case, how does the sequence proceed? Will we discover out subsequent season that we’ve been trolled, or might we be diving head first right into a Misplaced–like scenario the place Rick’s purgatory/afterlife turns into actuality? As per traditional, we’ll must spend a protracted, tortured summer season spending completely an excessive amount of time desirous about this. Till season 9, children!