The Walking Dead‘s Season 7 finale, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” set off the comics story arc of “All Out War,” and in doing so included one big comics storyline call back. But instead of using the comics character for this arc (who isn’t in the TV show), Sasha took on this role in a fun twist on what many fans were expecting.
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The “transformation” that headline is alluding to is, of course, that Sasha turned into a zombie in the season finale of The Walking Dead. When Negan brought Sasha back to Alexandria to use her against Rick and his group, he likely wasn’t expecting that she would come out of that coffin as a walker. But it’s a plot twist many comics fans likely saw coming, even though this was a welcome deviation from the source material. Click through the below slideshow to find out how the TV show adapted and changed this comics storyline.
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Sasha’s death also was a callback to how her brother Tyrese died, as he also saw some of the most notable people from his time on The Walking Dead as visions before his life ended. Speaking on Talking Dead, Sonequa Martin-Green discussed why she thought Sasha’s death was fitting.
“It just felt so right and complete,” she said. “It was quite poetic when I found out how it was going to happen. Because I felt like it was the perfect end to my story, the perfect culmination of my life. I felt like all of my roads had led to that moment of getting to that place of complete selflessness.
“Also, it was beautiful because the way I saw it, that warrior spirit lives on,” she continued. “That even in death I was still going to fight, because I had realized my purpose. It had been revealed to me. Everything before that had been self-preservation, self-defense mechanisms, basically self-obsession. And over the course of my life as Sasha, it was progressing beyond that to the point that I said, ‘OK, I now have a greater purpose that is much bigger than me, that’s for the future, and I’m going to do it even in death.'”
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