The Walking Dead Review: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (Season 7 Episode 16)

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 16, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” is a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish.

I want to begin by saying that Sasha’s death broke me even though I could feel it coming from a mile away. The shots of her surrounded by darkness while in the coffin were supposed to make us think that she was going to die, but I knew it was the truth.

What made it even sadder is the way Sasha continued to see Abraham in visions as she slowly passed away. She lost the love of her life, and now she has the chance to be with him again.

I do like that the decision was hers, nobody made Sasha take that pill. Nobody forced her to kill herself. She did it because she thought that it was the right time for it to happen. She had been through too much, had lost too much, and it all became too overwhelming.

The Scavengers turning on Rick caught me off guard, but not entirely. Jadis has been a sketchy character from the very beginning, so I knew well enough not to trust her completely. And when she asked Michonne about sleeping with Rick? Oh boy, I was fuming. I wanted someone to take her out right then and there.

Emotions continued to run high as Negan circles Carl and Rick, the scene almost a duplicate of what we endured at the beginning of the season. No offense, but I would not have been too upset if he had killed Carl.

Lucky enough for Carl, Shiva pounced the second before Negan could bash him.

Maggie, Carol, and Ezekiel strolling in and ultimately saving the day is my favorite part of the entire episode. Just when viewers think all hope is lost and Negan is going to win again, here comes our saviors.

Speaking of Negan, maybe it’s just me, but I wish we had ended his reign this season. We have been in an all-out war with Negan this entire season; we don’t need Season 8 to be the same.

Also, you’re telling me that with all of those people shooting at Negan nobody got a clear shot when he was in the open? Nah, it’s not believable.

Let’s see here, Negan escaping – check, Sasha completely blowing viewers away and making us all cry – check, Carol, Maggie, and Ezekiel saving the day – check, and Eugene ruining his chances of ever being redeemable – check.

I understand completely that in the beginning, Eugene was only trying to make sure that he didn’t get killed after being captured by Negan, but now? He told Rick and the rest of the group that he was Negan.

At that moment I saw nothing but red. I wanted Rick to blow him up so quick, to end him right then and there, and nothing happened. Now, he gets to live with the fact that he lied about Sasha’s death to Negan, and Negan will more than likely figure out the truth about her death.

Dwight, the coward we thought, had changed. I don’t want to hear any nonsense about how he did want to go up against Negan. If that were true, he would’ve taken his chance the many multiple times he had. Instead, he went along with all of Negan’s orders.

Like I said if he wanted to kill Negan he could’ve. He knows that no matter what he is dead when Negan is killed, so why not just end him yourself and get that satisfaction?

As far as Maggie goes, when is she going to have this baby finally? I swear, we better see her give birth or at least get bigger during Season 8. She should be way more pregnant than what she looks like.

I am so happy that Glenn was credited as the sole reason for them getting this far because it’s true. This show would be nowhere without Glenn and to see him talked about and praised had me in tears.

Overall, The Walking Dead season finale is a thrill seeking episode but doesn’t give the cliffhanger we were all hoping for. A war with Negan is not something that will keep viewers hyped during the break.

Other Thoughts:

  • I know it’s not important, but I can’t stop thinking about the fact that Negan might be bisexual.
  • If Michonne had died, it would’ve been the end for me. I could no longer continue to watch the show.
  • I need Daryl to be the one who kills Dwight. He deserves it.
  • “You suck ass, Rick.” Is the number one quote from the season finale because it’s something that I’ve said many times over the past few years.
  • On the plus side, now the Kingdom, Hilltop, and Alexandria are all together.

What did you think about this episode of The Walking Dead? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

The Walking Dead airs on Sunday’s at 9/8c on AMC. Be sure to lookout for the Season 8 premiere date this summer at San Diego Comic Con!


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