In case you were wondering, we’re not going to get over the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead any time soon. In fact, it’s probably going to be affecting us for seasons to come – just like the events of this episode will reverberate with the characters. Spoilers ahead, because we just lost two beloved characters, one almost lost an arm, literally everyone almost died, and Darryl was kidnapped by the Saviors. Somehow, though, none of those moments was the most heartbreaking – instead, it was a brief flash of fantasy that nearly destroyed us.
Rick, processing losses that we, the viewers, hadn’t even seen yet, he can only lie on his back, bereft and clearly shaken to his core.
At the end of the episode, after the group members have picked up the bodies of Abraham and Glenn, Negan’s words come back to Rick. Only, this time, we get a brief flash of that scene.
It’s the entire group at Alexandria, including Rick, Carl, Michonne, Sasha and Abraham, Morgan and, heartbreakingly, Glenn, Maggie, and their child, a toddler son. This scene is pure fantasy and it takes place sometime roughly a couple of years in the future. The whole group – in fact, the whole family – is there. They’re sitting at a long dinner table, and they look different: Clean, recently showered, with fresh clothes.
Unfortunately, after this episode, it’s even more impossible than before. In an extremely brutal episode, it’s the moment that actually shattered our hearts.