The Walking Dead: Did Rick Kill Pete or “Finish Off” Reg in Season 5 Finale?
"Rick, do it." But what did Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) do at the end of The Walking Dead Season 5 finale? We're still 99.9 percent sure that Rick shot Pete (you can see him turn away from Deanna/Reg to shoot in another direction), but some fans think he just put down the dying Reg.
Michael Cudlitz (Abraham Ford) even brought it up in an interview with MTV after Episode 16. They asked about what's to come, not that the actors really know what Season 6 holds in store since they won't see the new scripts until the end of the month.
As Michael said, "Anything I tell you is complete speculation… They’ve been in the writers room since I think the second week in January, so they’ve been chugging along, but they’ve not spoken with any of us yet. But obviously, we have so much going on. We’ve got the Wolves, we have Morgan, we’ve got the group — how is the group going to function together? Are they going to function together? Did this event bring them together, or is this event that happened at the very end going to tear us apart? It could be argued very strongly that somebody just got killed in cold blood, and who are we to be making those decisions? That is, of course, if in fact he did kill him, Pete, or he finished off Deanna’s husband so he wouldn’t come back."
If he did “finish off” Reg, they shouldn’t have had Rick turn away from Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh), who was holding Reg in her arms, to shoot in a different direction.
Plus, with Deanna holding Reg like that, if Rick shot down at Reg he could hurt Deanna.
More than anything, though, the TV show seems to just be following the comic book storyline on this, with Reg getting the Regina treatment and Pete getting the Pete treatment. Rick shot Pete in the comic and there are no real indications of the show changing that. Besides, it makes more sense for Morgan to come upon his former BFF shooting a human to contrast their very different positions on what needs to be done with threats.
What do you think? Watch the video below of that scene and share what you think — is Rick shooting Reg or Pete?