Wood Soldier in Walking Dead Season 7 Finale Explained
If you haven't seen last night's Walking Dead Season 7 finale, titled The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk. This entire season had been building towards the epic showdown between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his army that consists of Alexandria, the Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom, who start a war with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his massive group known as The Saviors. Those who were expecting a massive battle were not disappointed, but there was one particular moment that many fans were confused by, although now we have an explanation. This is your last chance to avoid SPOILERS for The Walking Dead Season 7 finale, so read on at your own risk.
At the end of last week's episode, Something They Need, the Savior Dwight (Austin Amelio) paid a visit to Alexandria, telling Rick and his group that he wants to help them kill Negan. In last night's episode, Dwight claims he can help slow down the Saviors before they get to Alexandria, giving Rick and his group enough time to get ready and prepare their attack. The Alexandrians and the Scavengers, the group lead by Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) were waiting behind the walls, with a truck rigged with explosives near the Saviors. When the explosives didn't detonate, fans learned the shocking twist that the Scavengers actually made a better deal with the Saviors, to double-cross Rick and his crew, which is likely how Negan learned that Rick was planning to start a war with the Saviors. After Negan and the rest of his army retreated, Daryl (Norman Reedus) found a small wooden soldier with the words "Didn't know" written onto it, which confused many fans. But today we have an explanation, courtesy of Uproxx.
The wooden soldier was carved by Dwight himself, with his message "Didn't know" indicating that he didn't know the Scavengers had made a deal with Negan to double-cross the Alexandrians. When the Saviors arrived at Alexandria, Dwight was seen by Negan's side, following his every command, making it seem that he was still loyal to Negan, despite confessing to Rick that he wanted Negan dead. By leaving this wooden soldier behind, Dwight seems to be reaching out to Daryl in particular. Daryl would be the only one that knew he carved these wooden soldiers, since Dwight gave him one when they first met in the woods during a Season 6 episode, where Dwight, his then-wife Sherry (Christine Evangelista) and her sister Tina (Liz E. Morgan) were trying to escape from Negan and The Saviors.
While it had seemed that Dwight was still loyal to Negan and The Saviors during the battle, the fact that he left this wooden figure behind seems to indicate otherwise. He also did block the path for the Saviors, which had both Negan and Simon (Stephen Ogg) wondering if this was Rick's handiwork, meaning he may be oblivious to the fact that Dwight may be playing both sides. It's possible that Dwight may reach out to Alexandria during the war to come in The Walking Dead Season 8, but it's also worth noting that Daryl said that when their stand-off was over, he was going to kill Dwight for everything Dwight put Daryl through while he was locked up at the Sanctuary. It's worth noting that Dwight is in fact still alive in the comics, but the show has had a tendency to deviate from the comics in the past.
It was believed that this season would end with the start of a massive war between Rick and Negan, which took place through the two-part comics volume dubbed All Out War. It seems likely that Season 8, which will begin with the show's 100th episode, will span both of these comic volumes, but whether or not it will be faithful to these comics remains to be seen, but Dwight plays a huge role in the All Out War storyline, so it will be interesting to see what changes and what remains the same in The Walking Dead Season 8.