Critic Consensus: "What Comes After" serves as an emotionally raw and rousing farewell to series lead Andrew Lincoln, though some viewers may find Rick Grimes' ambiguous departure more of a cop out than a relief.

Episode Info

Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
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Critic reviews for What Comes After

Not everything needs to be a cinematic universe. Sometimes, stories can end. Rick Grimes's story needs to end. The Walking Dead probably needs a better idea of an endgame.

November 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Given Lincoln's popularity with the cast, the desire on the part of the producers to retain him as long as possible is understandable. But, artistically speaking, perhaps the biggest shame is that his on-screen death didn't happen sooner.

November 5, 2018 | Full Review…

"What Comes After," at least before things take a serious turn for the bonkers, is a perfectly acceptable, if somewhat, cliché-ridden hour of television, with some extremely welcome returns.

November 5, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

With some genuinely tense moments and its grappling with the big themes, What Comes After provided a fittingly bloody and poetic exit for the character around whom The Walking Dead was built.

November 5, 2018 | Full Review…

If you think a Citizen Kane reference is a reach, consider that much of this week was basically Bridge on the River Kwai.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite Rick's horse making me shake my damn head at times, despite Maggie and Negan's scene together succumbing to the trope/cliche... this episode was one more reason why this season has been an entertaining ride.

November 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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