“The decision was made a long time ago before anyone of us knew each other. We were all just strangers who would have passed each other on the street before the world ended. Now we mean everything to each other. You were in trouble, you were trapped, Glen didn’t know you but he helped you. He put his self in danger for you and that started it all. From Atlanta, to my daddy’s farm, to the prison, to here. To this moment now, not as strangers, as family. Because Glen chose to be there for you that day a long time ago. That was the decision that changed everything. It started with both of you and it just grew. All of us, to sacrifice for each other, to suffer, to stand, to grief, to give, to love, to live, to fight for each other. Glen made the decision Rick. I was just following his lead.” –Maggie Rhee, The Walking Dead episode 716
The ending of season 6 left a lot to be desired. It was a great episode but we were left not knowing who was the victim of Negan’s brutal killing. The 6 month wait for season 7 to begin was long and dreadful. We wanted the new season to start but we knew with the new beginning came with a big loss.
Thankfully, season 7 has ended on a really good and hopeful note. We have lost another favorite character, Sasha, but somehow her death was very different from Glen and Abrahams. Sasha knew she had to sacrifice herself in order to save everyone at Alexandria. And that is exactly what she did. Her turning into a walker gave everyone a fighting chance to get rid of the saviors and their “garbage people” crew.
The ending of this episode we heard Maggie giving a hopeful view on why she chose to lead the Hilltop to fight against the saviors. While doing so, she gave a powerful tribute to her late husband Glen. “Glen made the decision Rick, I was just following his lead.” This proves that even in death, characters on this show still have a great impact on those still alive and fighting.