Watch: The Walking Dead's Post-Credits Scene Previews Negan's Arrival
Spoilers for The Walking Dead, "Start to Finish" ahead!
You'll hear a lot of people talking about the Walking Dead midseason finale's post-credits scene today, mostly because the episode itself fell completely flat. After a half-season of build-up, the zombie horde finally invaded Alexandria, and nothing really happened. Deanna died, which was slightly sad. A few characters are in peril, and their fates were left up in the air (is it wrong that I would be more sad about Denise dying than Rick?). But while ending on a bunch of cliffhangers sounds exciting, it really wasn't. They didn't even feel like cliffhangers, it just felt like the episode ended about ten minutes early.
Anyway, the post-credits scene was better than all of the scenes in the actual episode combined, and not just because it contains the first explicit reference to Negan:
Although it's not confirmed, it's probably safe to assume that this biker gang was the villainous group chasing after the man and woman who stole Daryl's bike. Many fans have speculated that the man may be Dwight, a Savior who becomes a main character in the comics.
The introduction of the Saviors should help get things moving again, although it seems that they're going to drag out the audience's introduction to Negan (who will be played by the perfectly cast Jeffrey Dean Morgan) until the season finale, when they will probably kill off that major character that Negan beats to death in the comics. I'm fine with some build-up, as long as there's genuinely a payoff. The Wolves were also set up as huge bad guys for this season, and although the attack on Alexandria was well-done, the threat was basically eliminated in one episode. But judging from Negan's arc in the comics, he will be a force to be reckoned with as long as they're relatively faithful (except for that whole swearing thing).
The Walking Dead returns on February 14 (Valentine's Day! How- appropriate?) for the last three episodes of season six.