“The Walking Dead” will not let Carl (Chandler Riggs) go gently into that good night.
Sunday night’s episode, Season 8’s penultimate, featured Rick (Andrew Lincoln) reading a letter written to him by his deceased son, who died in the show’s mid-season finale.
In it, the one-eyed teen remembers the nice life he led before the zombie apocalypse, a time filled with “summer barbecues” and “Friday night pizza.”
“I thought growing up was about getting a job and maybe a family — being an adult. But growing up is about making yourself and the people you love safe,” Carl writes.
Unfortunately, his childhood didn’t turn out like that, what with him and his father on the run these many years from the Undead, but what can you do?
Most important, Carl urges his father to broker some kind of piece with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the show’s bat-wielding villain.
“You have to find a way forward somehow. We don’t have to forget what happened, but you can make it so it doesn’t happen again, and nobody has to live this way,” he writes. “That every life is worth something. Start everything over. Show everyone they can be safe again without killing, that it can feel safe again, that it can go back to being birthdays, schools, jobs and even Friday night pizza somehow — and walks with a dad and a 3-year-old, holding hands. Make that come back, dad.”
Michonne (Danai Gurira) later reads Carl’s letter to Negan. In part it reads, “Maybe you’ll beat us. If you do, there will just be someone else to fight. The way out is working together. It’s forgiveness. It’s believing that it doesn’t have to be a fight anymore — because it doesn’t. I hope my dad offers you peace. I hope you take it.”
Viewers will see in next week’s season finale if Rick and Negan can meet in the middle and shake hands.