Despite its recent dip in ratings, AMC's The Walking Dead remains the most-watched show on cable. Given that former showrunner Scott Gimple was recently promoted to Chief Content Officer over the larger Walking Dead universe, the show is exhibiting no signs of wrapping up anytime soon.
However, one fan recently edited some footage together that crafts a near-perfect happy ending for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company. Or at least, as happy an ending as one can expect while living in the zombie apocalypse.
The footage, which first popped up on ComicBook.com, stitches together moments from The Walking Dead's sixth and seventh seasons. It starts out with footage the mid-season premiere of Season 6, which finds the blood-stained Alexandrians in the aftermath of a walker invasion. To round it out, a fantasy sequence from Season 7, including several characters who've since met their grim fate, gather together to share a meal inside Alexandria's walls.
Particularly heartbreaking are snippets of Glenn (Steven Yeun) playing with his young son, and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) sitting with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), who's pregnant with their child. All three characters have since left the show following their characters' gruesome deaths.
Tying it all together is a touching scene between Rick and his son, Carl (Chandler Riggs), who's recovering after being shot in the eye. Rick tells him how he wants to build a better world for his son, which ends with Carl looking like he'll recover, offering a glimmer of hope in a show that hasn't ever been particularly optimistic.
The show isn't looking to get particularly uplifting in the upcoming ninth season, either. While Carl has since died from a walker bite, Lincoln will also be exiting the show this coming season, likely meaning The Walking Dead's leading man will meet his untimely end. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, is also expected to leave the show sometime this season. Given that season eight ended with Maggie ready to go to war with Rick, their coming conflict could factor into one — or both — of their characters' deaths.
Rick's former friend-turned-adversary, Shane (Jon Bernthal), is expected to return for a cameo in Season 9, though it will almost certainly be a hallucination or flashback, given his character was killed near the end of the second season.
The Walking Dead is set to return in the fall of this year on AMC, with new showrunner Angela Kang at the helm.