Issue 126 is the one-hundred and twenty-sixth issue of Image ComicsThe Walking Dead, the sixth and final part of Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two, and the twelfth and final part of the "All Out War" story arc. It was published on April 23, 2014.

Plot

Rick cuts Negan's throat, and announces to his men they can either still fight him or leave. Rick states the war is over, and they have a doctor who can still save Negan, and proves that the knife wasn't infected. Negan then brutally assaults Rick as Dwight orders the Saviors not to intervene. Meanwhile Jesus and the back-up crew start to slaughter the Saviors from behind. 

As Rick and Negan fight, Negan manages to break Rick's leg before passing out. A Savior injures Michonne and attacks Ezekiel, but Dwight saves him by shooting the Savior in the head. Andrea threatens Dwight, causing him to reiterate that he's on their side. As the rest of the Saviors attack, Dwight grabs Lucille and tells the Saviors to stand down and implores them to follow him as they have followed Negan. As the Saviors stare at him in confusion, he reassures then that they don't have to be afraid of Negan anymore and that things will be better if they give him a chance. He then commands them to prepare for the journey home, and the Saviors oblige. As they leave, Harlan rushes to Rick's aid, but the latter orders him to save Negan's life. Harlan is shocked, but Rick is adamant, despite his leg being in critical condition.

Andrea, Carl, and Maggie want to publicly execute Negan, but Rick denies them stressing that that is not who they are. The trio are unsatisfied with his decision, but Rick explains that in rebuilding civilization, they have a chance to do things better. Rick then gets up and delivers a speech to his people, urging them to put their differences aside so they can rebuild civilization together.

Michonne congratulates Rick on his speech after helping him to his bed. He asks her if she thinks he's making a mistake with Negan, but Michonne says she doesn't question his decisions anymore. He asks if Michonne will be returning to the Kingdom with Ezekiel or going back to Alexandria. Michonne says that she hadn't though about it, but is surprised Rick wants to return to Alexandria. As Andrea enters the room, Rick asks her if she'd seen Carl and gets up in a hurry once he realizes where his son went.

Rick finds Carl in Negan's room preparing to execute the tyrant, but Rick talks him down, stressing that if they kill Negan, they are no better than he is and are, in fact, worse since Negan has spared them both when he had a chance to kill them. Carl is angry at the prospect of Negan getting away with killing people but Rick assures him that Negan will be punished, but in a civilized way.

Rick then tells Carl to leave, as Negan is revealed to be awake. Negan asks what happens now, and Rick informs him they are going to thrive without him to prove Negan was wrong all along about their success in this new world. Rick informs Negan that he will be locked up in a cell for the remainder of his life as the new community blossoms without him, and proceeds to tell him that he's "fucked".

Credits

Deaths

Trivia

  • It was teased in the Letter Hacks of #125 that after 22 pages of this issue, "nothing will be the same."
    • This turned out to be Rick's revenge on Negan; making him watch as the rest of his people enjoy their life.
  • This is one of the many issues that do not feature any zombies.
  • The figure holding Lucille is revealed to be Dwight.
  • Rick's final line in this issue is a callback to Issue 100 and Issue 112, when Negan tells Rick the same thing.

References

Comic Issues
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us Issue 7Issue 8Issue 9Issue 10Issue 11Issue 12
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars Issue 13Issue 14Issue 15Issue 16Issue 17Issue 18
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire Issue 19Issue 20Issue 21Issue 22Issue 23Issue 24
Volume 5: The Best Defense Issue 25Issue 26Issue 27Issue 28Issue 29Issue 30
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life Issue 31Issue 32Issue 33Issue 34Issue 35Issue 36
Volume 7: The Calm Before Issue 37Issue 38Issue 39Issue 40Issue 41Issue 42
Volume 8: Made To Suffer Issue 43Issue 44Issue 45Issue 46Issue 47Issue 48
Volume 9: Here We Remain Issue 49Issue 50Issue 51Issue 52Issue 53Issue 54
Volume 10: What We Become Issue 55Issue 56Issue 57Issue 58Issue 59Issue 60
Volume 11: Fear The Hunters Issue 61Issue 62Issue 63Issue 64Issue 65Issue 66
Volume 12: Life Among Them Issue 67Issue 68Issue 69Issue 70Issue 71Issue 72
Volume 13: Too Far Gone Issue 73Issue 74Issue 75Issue 76Issue 77Issue 78
Volume 14: No Way Out Issue 79Issue 80Issue 81Issue 82Issue 83Issue 84
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves Issue 85Issue 86Issue 87Issue 88Issue 89Issue 90
Volume 16: A Larger World Issue 91Issue 92Issue 93Issue 94Issue 95Issue 96
Volume 17: Something To Fear Issue 97Issue 98Issue 99Issue 100Issue 101Issue 102
Volume 18: What Comes After Issue 103Issue 104Issue 105Issue 106Issue 107Issue 108
Volume 19: March To War Issue 109Issue 110Issue 111Issue 112Issue 113Issue 114
Volume 20: All Out War - Part One Issue 115Issue 116Issue 117Issue 118Issue 119Issue 120
Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two Issue 121Issue 122Issue 123Issue 124Issue 125Issue 126
Volume 22: A New Beginning Issue 127Issue 128Issue 129Issue 130Issue 131Issue 132
Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams Issue 133Issue 134Issue 135Issue 136Issue 137Issue 138
Volume 24: Life And Death Issue 139Issue 140Issue 141Issue 142Issue 143Issue 144
Volume 25: No Turning Back Issue 145Issue 146Issue 147Issue 148Issue 149Issue 150
Volume 26: Call To Arms Issue 151Issue 152Issue 153Issue 154Issue 155Issue 156
Volume 27: The Whisperer War Issue 157Issue 158Issue 159Issue 160Issue 161Issue 162
Volume 28: A Certain Doom Issue 163Issue 164Issue 165Issue 166Issue 167Issue 168
Volume 29: Lines We Cross Issue 169Issue 170Issue 171Issue 172Issue 173Issue 174
Volume 30: New World Order Issue 175Issue 176Issue 177Issue 178Issue 179Issue 180
Volume 31 Issue 181Issue 182Issue 183Issue 184Issue 185Issue 186

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