The final moments of Sunday's (March 19) "The Walking Dead" left us clamoring for answers. Could this really be the end for one of our favorite characters?
We asked showrunner Scott Gimple for some insight during Friday night's (March 17) Paleyfest in Hollywood: "If that were to happen, that would not be a good thing for the group. That would not be good for them emotionally, or situationally -- it would be incredibly difficult."
Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Rosita's (Christian Serratos) plan to infiltrate Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) compound didn't go quite according to plan. Pulling a fast one on Rosita, it was Sasha who ended up going in guns a-blazin', leaving us wondering if she'll survive this suicide mission.
If you look back on the scenes leading up to this moment, it's quite clear this was Sasha's plan all along. Yet, after her heart-to-heart with Rosita -- bonding in their shared grief over Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) -- you'd think the two would've gone in together. The whole thing just leaves us incredibly nervous.
"If that happened with Sasha, that's another big blow," Tom Payne (aka Jesus) tells Screener. "She's been around for a long time and is an integral part of the group. I feel like the group, hopefully, is going to come together now. People have their own ideas in their heads about what they're going to do. I think Jesus is kind of a conduit between people: He's more of a peacemaker. He would be someone who would stop someone from rushing off into battle."
With Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) stepping up into battle mode, it's hard to imagine Jesus having any power to stop Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) group from retaliation. Maggie's (Lauren Cohan) forgiveness helped Daryl (Norman Reedus) push past the self-blame over Glenn's (Steven Yeun) death. And his presence at the compound in the episode's final moments may be the sign that the war we've been waiting for all season is finally about to commence.
Over the past seven years, "The Walking Dead" has made quite the reputation for itself as a show that doesn't pull any punches -- but we never saw a body. Negan could be holding her captive, who knows?
Until we get visual confirmation of Sasha's demise, we're holding onto as much hope as possible.
"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.