"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" is the sixteenth episode of season seven of the survival horror television series The Walking Dead, and the ninety-ninth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Greg Nicotero with a script written by Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang and Matthew Negrete. It first aired on AMC on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 pm. In this episode, the march to war begins as Negan and the Saviors come to Alexandria. Rick and the others put their allies into position as members of the Scavengers, the Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom converge to join in the fight. Alliances are made and betrayal erupts, and one member of Team Rick makes the ultimate sacrifice to strike a blow against the Saviors.

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Also Starring Edit

Note: Listings marked with a (†) symbol indicate cast members who are credited in this episode, but their character does not make an appearance.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-MA. It contains strong language and acts of extreme violence, which may be too intense for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • This episode had a special running time of 85 minutes.
  • This episode partially adapts material from issues #112 to #114 of The Walking Dead comic book series by Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment. These are the final three chapters of the "March to War" storyline.
  • This episode includes an "In Memory of" for comic book artist Bernie Wrightson. Wrightson passed away on March 18th, 2017 following a long battle with brain cancer. He is best known for his work in horror-themed comics and independent titles, and as the co-creator of Swamp Thing, along with Len Wein.
  • Actor Michael Cudlitz receives a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • Actor Xander Berkeley is the only cast member from the "Also Starring" list that does not appear in this episode. Otherwise, all of the main cast members and supporting cast members make an appearance in this episode.
  • This is the only episode this season that features the complete main cast and supporting cast (minus Xander Berkeley).
  • This is the first and only appearance of Farron, who is killed in this episode.

Allusions Edit

  • The title of this episode is a play on the phrase, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life". Negan says the line to Sasha Williams in the beginning of the episode.
  • The song that Sasha Williams listens to on the MP3 player is "Someday We'll All Be Free" by Donny Hathaway.
  • The toy soldier with the words "Sorry. Didn't Know" written upon it is a call back to the season six episode, "Always Accountable", which is where Daryl Dixon encountered Dwight for the first time.
  • The strange whistle that Tobin uses is actually a turkey call.
  • Negan gives Sasha Williams a breakfast of pancakes and blueberries. The blueberries are arranged to form a smiley face. This may be an intentional reference to the DC Comics graphic novel The Watchmen. which was made into a movie in 2012. The symbolic trademark of the series is a yellow smiley face button with a blood drop on it. The button was worn by a character called the Comedian. In The Watchmen feature film, the Comedian was played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who also plays Negan on The Walking Dead.
  • Negan makes reference to making spaghetti for Rick's kids, and his desire for a pool table. Both of these are call backs to events from "Hearts Still Beating" where Negan made spaghetti for Carl Grimes and where he played pool with Spencer Monroe in the middle of the street.

Zombie Kill of the Week Edit

  • As there is only one walker in this episode, the Zombie Kill of the Week for this episode is shared between Paul Rovia and Maggie Greene. After the din of battle dies down, they find the zombified Sasha Williams in the woods. Paul puts her to the ground, and Maggie finishes her off off-panel.

Food for Thought Edit

The presence of food plays a consistent role on The Walking Dead. Its usage may be construed as an allegory to the zombies' unending appetite for human flesh. Examples of food as seen in this episode include:

  • Shiva has a fondness for human throats. Theyyyyyyyy're GREAT!

Body Count Edit

  1. Sasha Williams - Takes Eugene Porter's "allergy pill" and dies. Reanimates and is later put down by Paul Rovia and Maggie Greene.
  2. Roy - Has his face chewed off by walker Sasha.
  3. Farron - Stabbed in the face and thrown off a balcony by Michonne.
  4. Unnamed Savior #1 - Throated by Shiva.
  5. Unnamed Savior #2 - Throated by Shiva.
  6. Numerous Saviors and Scavengers killed during the gun battle.
  7. At least 2 unidentified Alexandrians; bodies found dead on the street.

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