Details of the original Walking Dead ending reveal a very different ending
The following contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 11 Episode 24
The walking Dead Original ending details reveal a very different ending for AMC’s zombie drama. Closing out another decade as a hugely popular and much-talked-about TV show could never be an easy job. But The walking Dead It managed to pull that off with a final episode that delivered gripping action, poignant emotion and, as a bonus, a cameo-filled coda that set up an upcoming Rick and Michonne spin-off show.
But how Walking Dead Showrunner Angela Kang recently revealed that the show originally planned a different ending before things changed late in the process. As it now reports Insiderwhich was scrapped TWD The recap originally wouldn’t have included the Rick/Michonne ending at all, instead featuring a time jump meant to bring the series full circle. This is the description with which an internal source is shared Insider:
After Daryl left, we cut to Freedom Parkway, just outside of Atlanta, where the iconic photo of Rick came off the pilot. See a van modified with ethanol, with a young woman and a man in the front seats (in their twenties). And through the scene, we realize that it’s RJ and Judith as adults. Other adult versions of the children are in the back: Coco, Gracie, etc. They are out there, looking to escort survivors back to their communities. Carrying on the legacy of his parents. As RJ speaks on the radio, he ends with, “If you can hear me, answer. This is Rick Grimes.” (Which, of course, is his name, and the line Rick said in the pilot.) We then end with a survivor’s voice answering, “… Hello?”
Why the original Walking Dead ending would have been a better send-off
TWD Fans were certainly excited to see Rick and Michonne return for that teasing epilogue to their upcoming spin-off. But while the coda at the end may have done a good job setting up the future Walking Dead the universe shows, it was definitely the wrong way to end The walking Dead same Indeed, TWD Season 11 has been heavily criticized for feeling less like a recap and more like an extended teaser for future shows, a circumstance that has left some TWD fans feel less than satisfied.
Watching the finale as the final episode of TWD and not as a starting point for more shows, the end described Insider it would certainly have been much more appropriate. First of all, pay homage to the TWD comic, which featured its own big time jump at the end. Secondly, with his return to the most emblematic of all TWD shots, bring the whole series full circle. Third, with its depiction of a new generation of characters carrying on the legacy of their parents, it heightens the sense of uplifting humanity of the ending that follows the struggle for survival. Fourth, all those short Judith narrations that opened every episode during Season 11C are worth it.
With all this in mind, why was the original ending abandoned in the first place? clearly TWD the producers wanted in on this last Rick and Michonne spinoff joke. But according to Insidera source said they thought the original ending was cut because it wouldn’t have made sense to end the show”about “new versions” of characters we don’t really know.“While it’s true that outside of Judith, the kids were largely ignored throughout the show, an ending with grown-up versions of them going about the business of surviving would still have had a lot of thematic and emotional force. In the end , The walking Dead chose universe-building over what would have actually landed in the story, as they largely did during the final season.
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