Let’s be honest, The Walking Dead can be brutal to its fans sometimes. I mean, the last time we saw Luke (played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr.), he was locked in a zombie-filled shipping container with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) as his companion — on top of that, the show cut off before either could escape their watery grave. So when we finally saw Luke again in Season 11 Episode 22, Faith, it was quite the pleasant surprise! Here are the details you need to know about how it all went down…
The Walking Dead Season 11, Episode 22 Spoilers: Fans Are Pleasantly Surprised To See Luke Again
Fans were pleasantly surprised to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan again on Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.
The 65-year-old actor reprised his role as the villainous leader of the Saviors in the season 11 finale, and now he’s popped up in an unexpected way.
As you may recall from last week’s episode, Daryl was being held captive by Dwight and Laura. He managed to escape with help from Rick, Michonne and Siddiq.
But who did they meet when they got there? It was Negan!
Negan had been watching them from afar all along, just waiting for Daryl to show up so he could kill him.
And it looks like he succeeded. Negan stabbed Daryl with a knife before tossing him over a fence into a zombie pit below, which was a scene that we never saw play out on the series but came from issue 117 of Robert Kirkman’s comic books.
I’m alive, Daryl! I appeared to die at first, but then miraculously awoke from the zombies crawling out of the pit and managed to save myself.
as he walked away, battered and bloodied, he said. Daryl appears to have died, wrote one viewer on Twitter.
But thank god, he didn’t. On the contrary, fans are applauding Negan for making it look like he killed off Daryl when really he didn’t succeed.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Boyd — director of photography on TWD — confirmed that while this is a fairly accurate representation of what happens in Issue #117, it also isn’t canon because Boyd wanted to do something different with Daryl.
I wanted this moment to feel cinematic, Boyd explained.This wasn’t about trying to go back and re-litigate the fight sequence between these two guys.
Negan is still alive and well after going toe-to-toe with both Rick and Michonne during their gun battle at Sanctuary last season.
The following contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 11, Episode 22 — Faith.
Fans are pleasantly surprised to see Luke again in the latest episode of The Walking Dead Season 11.
However, the reason for his return is darker than what anyone expected.
In Episode 10 of The Walking Dead, we saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group take a stand against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), with an assist from Ezekiel’s (Khary Payton) troops.
The battle was brutal and ended with Negan coming out on top and taking two of Rick’s most trusted allies captive — Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon).
In the following episode, it appears that Negan has captured more members of Rick’s group as well as three other survivors from Hilltop Colony.
He has them all assembled in one place, telling them that he will let them go if they give him one more person. He says this is all just to show you how much I like you.
He then asks Eugene if he wants to volunteer himself, but Eugene refuses and says screw you before being pulled back by Dwight (Austin Amelio).
Dwight seems apprehensive about releasing the prisoners at first but ultimately agrees when Negan threatens to kill everyone if he doesn’t release them.
When they’re released, Michonne (Danai Gurira) says she knows where the others are. She leads them to a trap which is revealed to be not far from Alexandria.
It becomes clear that Negan had seen through their plan and set up a trap for them along the way so he could get close enough to capture their leader without any resistance.
Michonne recognizes this as soon as she realizes she’s led them into it, and she takes off running only to be caught by zombies who were waiting behind trees for her escape route.
Rick comes up with another plan quickly and begins leading the others away from where Michonne was caught while she taunts Negan about losing his prize catch once again.
The sprawling nature of The Walking Dead universe means that there
It’s hard to keep track of all of the characters in The Walking Dead universe.
Between those living and those dead, there are a lot of them. This week’s episode was no different.
It featured plenty of action with a new character named Luke and some other familiar faces.
Luke isn’t a new character at all though — he’s played by actor Lawrence Gilliard Jr., who has appeared in three previous seasons.
The last time we saw him was in Season 8 when Daryl found him as he attempted to escape Negan’s compound on foot following his capture during the events that transpired in Issue 115 of the comics .
After catching up with him and hearing his pleas for help, Daryl decided against it, telling him he had gone too far this time before leaving Luke alone to fend for himself against the walkers lurking just beyond the fence line.
That is where viewers last saw Luke, but this week fans were pleasantly surprised to see him again (Dean Morgan) as one of the prisoners being lead into Alexandria.
While they’ve never met before, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) remembered seeing him among the men killed after attacking Alexandria in season 6 finale Last Day On Earth.
There was no doubt in Rick’s mind that it would be safe to bring this prisoner back inside.
However, others disagreed and questioned whether or not they should risk putting themselves at risk.
As usual, Michonne (Danai Gurira) won out over their objections and convinced Rick to go through with bringing Luke back inside.
But first, Rick took the opportunity to warn him about what awaits if he tries anything funny.
If you even think about doing anything bad while you’re here, Rick said, I will rip your throat out.
Despite Rick’s warning, everything went off without a hitch and our newest Alexandrian was given a tour of their humble home.
He also got a look at Carol’s daughter Lydia (Cassidy Freeman), whom he recognized from her appearance in #115.
Though there is still much more for us to learn about Luke and his intentions, so far it appears that he can be trusted which has left fans feeling pretty optimistic about what might happen next on AMC’s horror drama!