The episode followed Rick through what seemed like a few different time periods, and one of his lines toward the end of the episode stands out in particular: “My mercy prevails over my wrath.” It’s a great line! And it’s super interesting, because it comes from a (presumably) future Rick.
We don’t have much more information about that. But we do know that present-day Rick is on the warpath, after promising to kill Negan and unleash a bunch of zombies onto the Sanctuary. So being merciful is an interesting shift for him.
Andrew Lincoln addressed that shift when asked about it by Entertainment Weekly.
To him, the line encapsulates the larger themes that we’ll be dealing with this season. It also illustrates how the characters (particuarly Rick) will be questioning their core beliefs. And since Rick seems to do a total 180 at some point, we’re very curious to see how this plays out!
Executive Producer Greg Nicotero, meanwhile, told Entertainment Weekly that he feels the line really speaks to the series and the challenges it presents the characters — morally and emotionally, on a whole.
As for showrunner Scott M. Gimple? He was cagey AF.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT WHAT THE TALE IS. Bring it on, Walking Dead.