A blast from the past.
The Walking Dead fans were gifted a nostalgic surprise for the final episode of the long-running post-apocalyptic zombie series as fan favorites Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) returned to tease their upcoming spinoff. However, viewers were nearly in for a different final moment.
In an interview with Insider
The cut scene, the finale’s original ending, would have jumped forward in time with adult RJ and Judith looking to escort any survivors back to their Freedom Parkway communities in Atlanta, continuing the legacy of their mother, Lori Grimes.
Nicotero added that he initially wasn’t sure how they would be able to end the series noting he want “back and forth” on the different options, including what they’d do if Lincoln and Gurira weren’t able to make an appearance.