Reading other people’s mail is never a truly good thing, but sometimes it can be cathartic. That especially might be the case when it comes to The Walking Dead.
The final letters of Carl Grimes, which he wrote on the eve of zombification thanks to a walker bite, may prove helpful to those who live beyond him. These letters, some to his father (unread) and some to others in his life, like Saviors leader (and all around bad dude) Negan.
Now, thanks to Reddit user sbkeliner, we can read most of the letter Negan received -- and flex all of the internet’s power on analyzing it.
Check it out:
Rick knew his son was an advocate for peace -- at least, he was in his final words to his father -- but this letter gives us insight into his psyche at an even more intimate level.
The letter’s legible bits seems to read like this: "Negan, this is Carl. Back when I ... someone. I got bit. We didn't know but ... doing ... I was just helping someone. And you ..."
"You might be gone. Maybe my dad made ... he killed you -- but I don't think so. I think you ... working on a way out. Maybe you got out. Maybe ... lost cause and you just want to kill all of us."
"I think you have to be who you are. I just … is what you wanted. I just wanted to ask you ... I ..."
“Maybe you'll beat us. If you do, there'll just be someone ... the way out is working together. It's forgiveness ... have to be a f... offers you ... start ..."
And that’s all we have.
It’s a plea for forgiveness and togetherness in the wake of loss. He’s noting the cyclical nature of antagonism and violence that has kept the survivors in a constant state of peril throughout the eight seasons of wandering, struggling, and scraping by. What better to change the course of entrenched, stubborn, hardened zombie-killers than the pleas of a dead child?
We’ll find out when The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.