'The Walking Dead': Why was Rick bleeding in that end scene?

Most of the talk around this week's episode of The Walking Dead was focused on the death of Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs).

If you haven't read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of "Ash vs Evil Dead", make sure to do so here. You know I love you so much, Chandler, ooh, la, la.

Carl's dying message to his father that there is a better and less brutal way forward was perfectly framed alongside Henry's (Macsen Lintz) dark turn in that mission. It's Rick who tells Carl Negan has to live, not the other way around, in the comics. Without him, a lot of people would have died and all the homes within Alexandria would have been lost. All of a sudden I'm being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the fantastic producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that's built upon one man, a lone wolf as we've said, who is the star of this show and now he's going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! "I didn't - but you will". He then gives her Rick's sheriff's hat.

Carl's journey came to an end, leaving Michonne and Rick completely devastated. Outside of Rick and Michonne, no one else even goes near Carl. They go outside and wait for the gunshot, and together they bury him. Sobbing doesn't quite describe the emotions. In the pages of Robert Kirkman's ongoing zombie saga, Carl is not only still alive, but has assumed more a leadership role as his father, Rick, grows older. In his visions, Rick and Judith go around visiting all the Alexandrians (or Hilltoppers - everyone is farming). Jerry (Cooper Andrews) is there, as is Eugene (Josh McDermitt). You know, he really is laying out the possibility what the future can be. He changed again when Lori died. Rick says everything he has ever done has been for his kids.

I can't imagine how the rest of the communities will handle the news of Carl's death. Rick promises he'll make Carl's vision of the future a real one. Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier and Lennie James as Morgan Jones. But it appears to be the direction the show is going with, so we'll all just have to deal with Negan picking the group's carrots in the future. We miss Shiva, the tiger, by the way. Morgan, spying all this from his sniper roost, is forced to flee when enemies rush out into the courtyard and open fire on him. Or his hand got bloody from touching the wound in his gut. The episode's secondary narrative centred on Morgan and Carol's double-badassed attack on The Kingdom to rescue Ezekiel. Killing Gavin won't help, but Morgan says he must. We've all killed to survive...we've hurt so many who wanted to do us harm. Negan. Could it happen? When Glenn and Abraham died, it broke him again, but, once more, he came back.

Rick tells Carl that everything he's done right from the start back in Atlanta has been for him. Oh god, is this what we have to worry about now? That man is Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and at the sound of Judith's voice he stands up with a big, cheery smile and says, "Good morning to you, darling!"

"It's a different way to tell those same stories, but we hope to still fulfil what those stories do".

Beyond this, of course, the most intriguing aspect to Morgan's scenes is enforced by the fact that - in seven episodes time - Morgan will have somehow made his way into the centre of action alongside Madison (Kim Dickens) and company in the forthcoming season of Fear the Walking Dead.

  • Salvatore Jensen