Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) last episode of The Walking Dead was an exhilarating episode of television. Fans were stressed all throughout, but they enjoyed the emotional roller coaster the episode sent them on, which included hallucinatory visits from old friends, a time jump way into the future and the return of that darn helicopter. Here's how they felt throughout the episode. (For the full recap, click here.)
First, the viewers had to properly prepare themselves for what was coming.
They knew this was it.
As the suspense built through the first 15 minutes of the episode and Rick looked like he was on death's door, fans were getting anxious.
Some picked up on the biblical allusion of Rick's white horse.
People predictably got nostalgic when Jon Bernthal showed up as Shane in a fantasy sequence.
And they turned on the waterworks when they saw the late Scott Wilson return as Hershel Greene.
They rolled their eyes into next week when Rick's horse finally ran away. They hate that horse.
And then Rick blew up the bridge to keep the walker herd from reaching his family and everyone lost their sh--.
They thought Rick was dead as the show went to a commercial break. But there were still, like, 12 minutes left in the episode. This guy knows the rules of The Walking Dead.
Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) spotted Rick on the riverbank. She got him into the helicopter. HE'S STILL ALIVE! And off they flew.
Then a time lapse. Wait... is this another time jump? Is that... is that Judith?
And then we found out that AMC is doing three Walking Dead movies starring Andrew Lincoln. So now we need to process that what we just saw isn't even the end. There's much more story to come. Whew!
Couple the expansion of the universe with the prevailing opinion that the show is the best it's been in years and you've got a lot of people who are going to stick around for longer than they were planning.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.