Spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 8 finale follow. With Carl's words ringing in his ears, Rick lets Negan live on The Walking Dead. While Michonne wholeheartedly supports Rick's decision, Maggie has quite a different opinion. There are already plenty of theories about Maggie in The Walking Dead Season 9 based on her conference with Daryl and Jesus at the end of the April 15 finale. Although she has been allies with Rick since Season 2, Maggie expresses her anger at Rick and Michonne's choice to let Negan live. It seems the series is setting up a major change for her character and fans immediately took to Twitter to discuss Maggie's storyline in Season 9.
Back when Negan was relatively new to The Walking Dead scene and killed Abraham and Glenn with his bat Lucille, it was impossible to ever imagine Rick letting him live. But nearly two seasons later and after the death of Carl, Rick makes his merciful move as a way to show that it's important that the humans stick together against the walkers. While it has been years of TV watching for viewers since Glenn's death, it's actually only been a few weeks for Maggie. That helps to explain her motivation to go against Rick's wishes in the Season 8 finale, but it was still rather shocking for her to take this noxious stance.
Lauren Cohan's Maggie has been a moral and understanding leader for seasons now. So to see her plotting in the darkness with Jesus and Daryl was disheartening for some fans. (Although others support Maggie's wrath.) And in a season finale that ended with a hopeful look to the future, it's Maggie who leaves audiences feeling uneasy. So, as a way to deal with this character shift, fans are already coming up with their own ideas about Maggie in Season 9. Here are 13 theories about Maggie's next move. While the fandom is certainly conflicted about what she'll do, most everyone is unified in their concern for her.