The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series based on Robert Kirkman’s, Tony Moore’s, and Charlie Adlard’s comic book series of the same name, which form the core of The Walking Dead franchise.
The series stars a large ensemble cast as survivors of a zombie apocalypse attempting to stay alive in the face of near-constant attacks from zombies known as “walkers” (among other nicknames).
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With the fall of modern civilization, these survivors are forced to confront other human survivors who have formed groups and communities with their own sets of laws and morals, sometimes leading to open, hostile conflict.
The Walking Dead’s Alternate Ending Revealed
The Walking Dead’s series finale originally ended with Rick Grimes riding into post-apocalyptic Atlanta.
The series finale, titled “Rest in Peace,” jumped one year into the future before a coda scene revealed the returns of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira).
The final scene of The Walking Dead featured Rick and Michonne’s children, Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) and Rick “RJ” Grimes Jr. (Antony Azor), looking to the future. However, the episode reportedly ended much differently, with a longer flash forward in a final sequence that was filmed but later deleted.
According to Insider, the original ending of The Walking Dead jumped more than a decade into the future to reveal Rick, Michonne, Aaron (Ross Marquand), and Rosita (Christian Serratoschildren )’s — an adult Judith, Rick Jr., Gracie, and Coco — out looking for survivors like their parents before them.
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In a nod to the show’s 2010 pilot episode “Days Gone Bye,” the series’ final lines would have been an adult RJ reaching out over a C.B. radio, asking if anyone could hear his voice. The insider described the sequence as follows:
”After Daryl rode off, we cut forward to the Freedom Parkway, outside Atlanta — where the iconic shot of Rick rode down from the pilot. See an ethanol-modified van, with a young woman and man in the front seats (in their twenties). And through the scene, we come to realize it’s adult RJ and Judith.
Other adult versions of the kids are in the back — Coco, Gracie, etc. They’re out there, looking to escort any survivors back to their communities. Continuing the legacy of their parents. As RJ speaks over the radio, he finishes with: “If you can hear me, answer back. This is Rick Grimes.” (Which, of course, is his name — and the line Rick said in the pilot.) Then we end with the voice of a survivor answering back: “…Hello?”
‘The Walking Dead’ Series Finale Review: Rest in Peace
There’s a lot to unpack from The Walking Dead’s extra-long season finale tonight. AMC’s zombie drama finale had some truly great moments, as well as some tantalizing cameos, but it still left me feeling hollow and let down.
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It’s only fitting that some of the show’s most vexing bad habits made an appearance in the final episode, but it’s still grating.
One of the reasons for my disappointment is that the final showdown felt rushed. I know they’d been building up to this for a while, but it still felt like the Commonwealth crumbled too quickly and the stakes were never that high. Indeed, the outcome seemed obvious from the start.
The setup for tonight’s big showdown was a disaster in one way or another. Pamela Milton’s retreat—abandoning thousands of her people to the zombie horde—was so abrupt in last week’s episode that we never really got a sense of what it meant for the wider Commonwealth.
And the scale of the zombie horde was poorly established, at times seeming much larger and at others much smaller—eerily similar to the Commonwealth’s population, which felt to barely top 150 people despite being a community with tens of thousands of inhabitants. When it comes to world-building, The Walking Dead almost completely failed in Season 11.