Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead was bound to be intense, and quite frankly, it HAD to be that way, right? After all, considering the Season 7 premiere that we had…the Season 7 Finale needed to raise the bar, and in doing so, leave all of us fans biting our nails until October…because that’s how the game is played. At least, that’s how it’s normally played. If you haven’t already watched the Season 7 Finale, please stop reading this post, because trust me, I’m about to spoil it for you…

All the while I was watching tonight’s episode, I found myself wondering who was going to die. I figured that someone important had to go because those terrible types of things always happen in TWD season finales.

Watching Abraham on screen with Sasha was great, and much like her, none of us wanted to see him leave. But, simultaneously, seeing so much Sasha – especially so much Sasha and Abraham together – had me thinking (worrying, really) that she was going to be the one to leave us. And sure enough…

While I am sad to see Sasha go, I’m also pretty happy with how she went. Sure, she didn’t get Negan like she wanted to, but she sure as hell did get that ball a rollin’.

Seeing Carol leading the fighters of the Kingdom and Ezekiel getting Morgan ready for the fight was epic. I loved when Ezekiel told Morgan to cease the folly and begin fighting for the fallen and for the Kingdom, and then, I screamed at my television when Shiva jumped out and started making meals of the Saviors. Shiva for the WIN!

This episode, in my opinion, was the best of the season. It made great use of the extended time, it was funny, it was heartbreaking, it was packed with action. This, the Season 7 Finale, is as close to a perfect episode as it gets.

I legitimately laughed when the queen of the Garbage Pail Kids turned to Michonne and asked if she could lay with Rick after she was done with him. We also had some solid one-liners from Abraham and Negan. And as much as I like Eugene, and I really do like Eugene, I wanted to kick him square in the balls when he showed up asking Rick to back down and comply with Negan’s wishes. When the bomb didn’t go off and the garbage folk turned on the group…all I could do was stare at the screen saying, “Fuck, fuck, fuck…” Jadis, you deceitful bitch.

When the shit hit the fan, it hit the fan hard and there was one hell of a mess at Alexandria.

To summarize: The Walking Dead Season 7, Finale, (Episode 16, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”) was amazing. Yet again, I’m looking forward to what next season has to offer, but at least this time, I’m not going to be biting my nails wondering who we’re going to lose in the first episode…