December 6th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
Is there any hope left for humanity? That was the central question of Sunday night's exemplary season finale of "The Walking Dead."
Rick and his fellow survivors found their way inside the CDC building, where they met Jenner, the last doctor left there. (Noah Emmerich, best known for "The Truman Show," had an incredible performance.)
After a night of enjoying the simple pleasures of hot water and a hot meal, they soon find out just how bleak the situation is, as many of his colleagues either left or committed suicide. He also showed them what happens to a person's brain when it's infected - everything that makes someone who they are is gone forever. (It's later revealed that the test subject, TS-19, was his wife, who ran the CDC. That explains why he stayed behind as a promise to her.)
We also saw a flashback of Shane, who mistakenly believed that Rick was dead. The triangle between Rick, Lori and Shane should continue into next season.
Before long, the survivors realize that, not only has Jenner lost all hope, but he plans to go down with the ship - the CDC will self-destruct as a preventative measure once all power runs out. (Oh, and did I mention there's only 30 minutes left?)
Jenner convinces Andrea and Jacqui to stay behind as the others try to find a way out of the bulletproof windows. Right on time, Carol pulls out the grenade Rick found in the tank, and the survivors shoot their way out. And, at the last possible moment, Andrea runs out to safety with Dale. He convinced her to go.
Jenner told Jacqui that Andrea and Dale made it out, before she held his hand to await their fate. This was just one of the many affecting scenes in the finale, an episode which only featured walkers very briefly at the end. Rick, Lori, Shane, Andrea, Dale, Glenn and the rest continue to hold on to the hope that maybe this isn't the "extinction event," as Jenner called it.
Unfortunately, we're nearly a year away from the next season - with so many questions left up in the air. Where will our survivors go, and what awaits them? Where can they go to find simple food and shelter? Will Rick learn the truth about Shane and his wife? (And what did Jenner whisper in his ear?) What happened to Merle? We'll have 13 episodes in 2011 and 2012 to find out.
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