Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season 8 episode 16 ‘Wrath’.
The Walking Dead‘s divisive eighth season finished up this week, as the all-out war between Rick and Negan reached a climax.
The finale itself was an action-packed hour filled with bravado, betrayals, and gunfire. And so with a limited runtime and a focused approach, it’s not surprising that some scenes had to be cut.
Showrunner Scott Gimple – who is being replaced for season nine by Angela Kang as he takes on a new position overseeing the entire Walking Dead TV franchise – spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what could have featured in the episode if the edit had worked out differently.
“There were a few things,” he said. “There was some really cool stuff with Negan at the Sanctuary sort of addressing the troops and seeing some of his own conflicts about what they’re facing.
“There was a lovely exchange between Rick, Michonne, and Maggie that was about the future.
“There was some great stuff [we had to cut], but I would say not only for time but also for flow. I’d like to show some of those scenes on, like, a DVD, but for the flow of the story, it just benefited from [cutting] it.”
For us, we would have loved to see the scene between Rick, Michonne, and Maggie – particularly as Maggie would go on to feel betrayed by Rick over his controversial decision to save and spare Negan.
She was seen plotting with Daryl and Jesus at the end.
Gimple teased on Talking Dead that there could be a civil war against Rick’s leadership as a result of that choice.
“Lauren [Cohan] is so amazing in that scene. She’s full Maggie Corleone,” he explained. “Jesus, you know, he would not have killed the surrendering Saviours, but he’s not Morgan – like, he could kill Negan. That certainly isn’t off the menu for Jesus.”
Maggie’s future on the show is up in the air, though, as Lauren Cohan has yet to sign a new contract.
The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US and on FOX and NOW TV in the UK.
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