The Walking Dead ended its eight season without killing off its main Big Bad, Negan, who took away the lives of Glenn and many others from Rick's team.
On Sunday's Talking Dead, showrunner Robert Kirkman explained the significance behind their decision not to kill off Jeffrey Dean Morgan's fan favorite villain.
This is a huge turning point in a long series of turning points for Rick Grimes. But this is him finally realizing that he has to choose a different way. Every major conflict in the history of The Walking Dead has ended with a huge death or someone dying and this is him choosing life. This is him turning over a new leaf and deciding there’s a different way forward.… It shows that from this point on the stories are going to be very different.
Moving forward, here's what co-showrunner Scott Gimple offered about what's coming in season 9:
The show evolves.… They’re facing different problems, They’re facing different problems with each other. And the world itself will be very, very different.
Gimple also addressed Maggie, Jesus and Daryl's plot against Rick for keeping Negan alive:
It looks like that to me. Lauren [Cohan] is so amazing in that scene. She’s full Maggie Corleone. And Jesus, you know, he would not have killed the surrendering Saviors, but he’s not Morgan. Like, he could kill Negan. That certainly isn’t off the menu for Jesus.
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