We knew it was coming after last season’s mid-season finale of The Walking Dead but no one said we would be ready for what we were about to witness during the mid-season premiere. The Walking Dead fans had to say goodbye to another OG cast member of the hit AMC show, Carl Grimes and it was a hard pill for Twitter to swallow.
They promised us a shocking death was coming for The Walking Dead Season 8, mid-season finale and they delivered.
Episode 8 titled “How It’s Gotta Be” was definitely an hour plus nerve-wracking experience and it didn’t help we knew someone was going to die. There was plenty of action, suspense with a heavy amount of foreshadowing as we waited to find out which beloved character was going to bite the dust.
All of the turmoil in the form of Negan and his Saviors that was unleashed upon the Alexandrians and Hilltoppers is a direct result of Daryl not being patient and following Rick’s plan. The Saviors were absolutely pissed that they were trapped in The Sanctuary. But who knew the sacrifice would be so great and the one who would suffer again the most is Rick.
While Negan is burning down Alexandria, Rick is racing back to warn them but it’s already too late. His son, Carl is in charge and is trying to get the Alexandrians to safety. Once they leave Carl mans up faces Negan and offers his own life as a sacrifice to give his people time to escape. At first, it just seemed like a ploy but as it played out Carl was really trying to end his life, no seriously he really was.
Carl hops down and is on his own against an army of Saviors led by Negan who are destroying everything on site looking for him. Carl manages to dodge all of the explosions and Negan but his well being remains a mystery.
Rick finally arrives back in town frantically searching for his family and finds Negan waiting in his house. They immediately engage in a serious brawl and if we are sure folks thought this might be it for Rick. The fight ends when Negan pushes Rick through a window. So we don’t lose either Rick or Negan at this point.
Also, Michonne decided to stick around as well so that also gave fans the impression that damn we might lose our favorite katana wielding bad ass. We just didn’t know who was going to go, but boy did we quickly learn.
Michonne and Rick are finally reunited when he finds her chopping up a Savior who made the mistake of trying to kill her. They head back to the sewer and we see a good portion of the Alexandrians have made out alive. Rick is searching for his family and he sees Judith but no Carl. Time to start panicking, he makes it to the end and he sees the lone survivor he scared off in the sewer. Then Carl speaks out and says he brought him to Alexandria. Whew, Carl is alive well sort of, as we get a closer look at Carl he is very pale and we all know what the look means.
Carl has a bite, but did it happen while he was trying to escape The Saviors or did he suffer the bit when he was “releasing walkers”? It was a sad moment and the internet quickly reacted to sad moment.
The show has totally taken different route extreme route with Carl’s impending death. Season 8 had it’s ups and downs but the season finale definitely delivered, to see more of the fallout from Carl’s “death” hit the gallery below.
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Episode 7, ‘Time For After’ leads into next weeks mid-season finale of The Walking Dead and primarily focuses on our favorite mullet wearing coward Euguene.
He is currently in a pickle, he has been tasked by Negan to fix the current dilemma of a shit load of walkers surrounding the Saviors’ compound. If he doesn’ fix the situation a lot of people are going to die and there is no guarantee he won’t be one of them.
That’s not the only thing worrying poor Eugene, there is also the issue of learning about Dwight being AHK’s (Alexandria, Hilltop, and Kingdom) mole. Eugene decides to pay a visit to Dwight trying to convince him to stop his quest to bring down the Negan and the Sanctuary. He tells Dwight he won’t snitch on him if he ceases his plan but Dwight was like…
Dwight is not about to stop cause he can smell Negan’s death coming and it’s something he’s been dreaming about for a very long time. Dwight does his best to try and convince Eugene to just sit on his hands and shut off his big brain and let the Sanctuary and Negan meet their doom.
Eugene isn’t trying to hear it and tells Dwight that he is Savior and the mission is to save people. Dwight wasn’t the only person trying to get Dwight to do the right thing. Eugene also has a conversation with a very ill Father Gabriel, Negan’s drunk concubine Tanya and the doctor Harlen.
They all failed miserably, of course, we even see side of Euegen we have never seen before when he angrily tells Father Gabriel he is with Negan.
Eugene puts his big brain to use after he finds the iPod he gave to Sasha in the casket she died and turned into a walker in. He creates a glider out of a kite and attaches the iPod and a speaker to blast out the music. The plan is to fly the glider over the herd of walkers to grab their attention and lure them away from the sanctuary. Before he can do that Dwight shows up to stop him.
Dwight tells Eugene that if even attempts to go through with his plan he will shoot him. Eugene must have a grew a pair at this moment cause he sent the glider off. BUT instead of shooting him, Dwight decides to take out the glider instead and vanishes. Eugene has his chance to snitch on Dwight to Negan, but he clams up maybe because Dwight was there to scare him into not telling on him.
Also at the same moment, Daryl, Michonne, Tara, Rosita, Morgan and other members are about to mess up Rick’s plans.
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Episode 6, of The Walking Dead, titled “The King, the widow and Rick” breaks this season’s trend action-filled episodes and dials it back. Tonight’s episode opens up with each of the camps communicating with one another via letters filling each other on how the war with The Saviors is going.
We learn that according to Rick the plan is working and that its main goal was to successfully cut off The Sanctuary’s supply route. That does seem to be the case based on the events that took place on last weeks episode where the workers decided to voice their frustrations. The reaction to Rick’s word doesn’t invoke a spirit of togetherness as members of the team decide to handle things their own way.
King Ezekiel is still on down and out after witnessing his men getting slaughtered and his pet tiger getting ripped to shreds by walkers.
Carol does her best to get the king’s mojo back but it’s not working, Carol is a woman of few words and about action and leaves the king to sulk.
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Episode 5, “The Big Scary U” is the second best episode of the season of The Walking Dead.
This episode opens up with an unusually long opening monologue that was completely dedicated to flashbacks. We get some clarity as to what happened between Negan, his generals and Gregory before Rick and the crew showed up starting trouble. Basically, it was just Gregory doing his best to talk his way out of Negan bashing his head in with Lucille before the meeting was interrupted.
An interesting exchange takes place between Simon and Negan after Simon says he believes Gregory and introduces a plan. Negan wasn’t feeling the idea and made sure Simon remembered who was in charge.
Now let’s get into the meat of this interesting episode, shall we?
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Tonite’s episode of The Walking Dead was arguably the best and most rough one of the season. The spotlight was primarily fixed on King Ezekiel after last weeks cliffhanger. Episode 4 titled ‘Some Guy’ keeps season 8’s action going plus manages to evoke some emotion out of us.
Episode 4 opens up with King Ezekiel getting into full character as he normally does every day while ruling The Kingdom. We zap back to the tragic events that took place at the end of last weeks episode and we learn that all of the king’s men have been cut down by a few Saviors utilizing a heavy machine gun.
It also looked bleak for our favorite fake king but he managed to survive by being shielded by his loyal subjects who died, unfortunately. Ezekiel, suffers a pretty bad leg injury in the process and is slowed down tremendously. To make matters even worse his loyal subjects quickly turn and become un-loyal undead looking to feast on his brains.
It’s not looking good for Ezekiel and he is greatly outnumbered by the dead, things do look up when one of his subjects managed to survive the ambush.
The reunion is short-lived though, lower grunt savior named Gunther who looks like Jeffery Dahmer kills Ezekiel’s savior. He takes Ezekiel hostage and aims to bring him back to Negan as a wonderful trophy. We also find out the Carol, of course, is still alive, you didn’t think she was going to go out like that right?
Carol manages to make it inside The Savior stronghold and sees them packing up the weapons that gunned her crew down. Oh and those weapons happen to be the same weapons that both Daryl and Rick were searching for but didn’t find during their mission. Carol being the bad ass she is these weapons can’t leave this place cause if they do it spells certain doom for Rick and co.
Hiding in the ceiling, Carol gets the drop on some of The Saviors taking them out in a hail of gunfire. She doesn’t kill all of them some manage to make it outside. A standoff ensues between Carol and the remaining Saviors, bullets are flying but no one is getting shot. Eventually, they start talking and try to negotiate, The Saviors insist they will be leaving with the guns and Carol is not here for that idea.
We zap back to Ezekiel and Gunther who has completely run out of patience with the injured Ezekiel. He decides he’s just going to decapitate the king and put his head on a spike. Things aren’t looking good for Ezekiel until his boy Jerry makes one hell of an appearance.
Jerry comes out of nowhere and saves his king by chopping poor Gunther in half with his trusty ax.
Ezekiel has a fighting chance again with Jerry by his side the two team up to take on the gang of walkers. Jerry is trying to open the gate up that is unfortunately chained up. He tries to break the chain with his ax but in the process manages to break it.
They are both in trouble but are still fending off walkers left and right. Meanwhile, Carol is still engaged in that standoff but she notices that Ezekiel and Jerry need her help. She has a choice, now if she helps Ezekiel and Jerry she will also let The Saviors get away with the guns.
The old Carol would have gone after The Saviors but she decides to go save Ezekiel and Jerry. Knowing of the consequences of her actions Ezekiel asks Carol why did she let them get away with the guns? Right there we hear a motorcycle engine and Carol tells Ezekiel they, in fact, didn’t get away with the guns. Daryl and Rick are on the job once again.
In an amazing chase scene, Daryl and Rick chase down the two saviors and manage to take them both out and getting their hands on those guns. Jerry and Carol are doing their best to help Ezekiel who is pretty much one legged at this point. They make it to this river full of toxic waste and of course walkers, Ezekiel knows that he is nothing but dead weight and tells Jerry and Carol to leave him and he will hold off the walkers the best he can.
Jerry insists on staying with his king, Ezekiel turns to him and yells at Jerry that he is no longer his king. Things again look bleak for Ezekiel and it looks like we are about to lose him until his trusty pet/sidekick tiger Shiva jumps in and saves them.
Now here’s where things get pretty rough in this episode. Shiva made the ultimate sacrifice for the friend that once saved her from certain death. Of course, Ezekiel didn’t handle Shiva’s death very well.
Shiva’s sacrifice gave the trio just enough time they needed to get away from the toxic walkers and make it back to The Kingdom. Ezekiel is visibly no longer the proud king he was and limps to his quarters a broken man and the episode ends.
Shiva was the hero we didn’t deserve, the internet, of course, paid the ninja tiger her proper respects. Hit the gallery to see all well wishes for our favorite CGI tiger.
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Season 8 of The Walking Dead is proving to be the most action-packed season ever and episode 3 titled “Monster” keeps the pace going. Rick and Daryl, The Hilltoppers, and The Kingdommers are still in full get The Saviors the hell out of here mode. Last week’s episode ended with Rick as he encountered Morales a blast from The Walking Dead past. The reunion wasn’t jovial at all as Morales has radically changed and has joined the Saviors. With Rick in the front of his gun, he lets him know that he’s called for back up and it’s not looking good for Rick and the gang.
So let’s jump into Season 8, Episode 3’s recap of The Walking Dead and get into the episodes biggest moments!
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Last week’s season premiere introduced to us to all-out-war, this week’s action-packed episode takes it to another level.
Rick’s well thought out plan to rid the post-apocalyptic world of The Saviors is in full swing and it seems to be going off without a hitch. Well with the exception of Father Gabriel stuck in a trailer with Negan, but tonight’s episode didn’t revisit that bridge so we have to wait to learn his fate. Instead, tonight’s episode focuses on Rick’s grand plan to take out The Saviors coming together.
Let’s dive into episode 2, season 8 of The Walking Dead.
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The Walking Dead is back and promises all-out war in its 8th season. Mercy, the shows 100th episode, picks up where season 7’s finale left off with Rick and his merry band of survivors full of renewed vigor. No longer fearing Negan and his saviors, Rick is ready to bring the fight to them.
Season 8 opens up with Rick with help of Maggie and Ezekiel rallying the troops. Preparations for Ricks well thought out plan is underway. We also learn that our favorite version is Rick Grimes is back, the no-nonsense Rick, he’s vicious, brutal in dispatching Saviors he comes across and definitely more militarized. It’s evident as ever when Rick kills one of Negan’s goons by stabbing him in the gut and letting a walker free on him after he says something about his son dying.
Throughout the episode, we also get glimpses of Rick at different stages in what possible could be foreshadowing of Rick’s plan not succeeding. In one flashback there’s a tight shot on Rick’s face his eyes are red from possibly crying. Then there’s the appearance of old man Rick, he looks as if he’s gone through one hell of a battle and walks with a noticeable limp. Again we can’t really tell when this all takes place, and everyone else in the vision, Michonne, Carl and even older Judith look perfectly fine.
The Walking Dead executive producer Scott M.Gimple promises we ill learn more about old man Rick later on in the season.
When we flash back to the what we believe to be the present, we see Carl pulling up to a gas station in search of fuel. It’s kind of funny that Carl basically learned how to use a gun before driving, sounds like middle America honestly.
For those who have been fans of the show since the beginning the gas station scene with Carl is meant to be a shot-by-shot remake of the very first scene from the show. Instead of a little girl in slippers, Carl finds a Middle Eastern man in search of some food. Before Carl can approach the guy, he is scared off by Rick shooting shots in the air. Rick is taking no chances as he thinks the guy could possibly be a spy for Negan.
Before they embark on the Sanctuary, they take out a bunch of lookout points first and we see that Morgan no longer has issues taking a life. Daryl meets up with Carol, Tara, and Morgan who are waiting for an approaching walker herd. The herd will be integral in Rick’s plan to take out Negan and the Saviors. With everything coming together Rick and the team minus Michonne and Carl leave in a bunch of armored vehicles embark on the Sanctuary. Once there, they set the vehicles to use them as cover and begin firing rounds into the air to Negan’s attention.
Negan comes out cocky as ever flanked by his lieutenants and to no one’s surprise Gregory the former leader of the Hilltop. Gregory believing he stills in charge tells his former Hilltop to give this fight or be banished. Jesus lets Gregory know that it’s Maggie calling the shots now. Since Gregory seems to be of no use, The Saviors push him down a flight of steps.
Rick offers Negan’s men a chance to escape and begins to countdown. Before he reaches one, Rick opens fire and sends Negan and his crew running for cover. While everyone shoots out all the windows in the Sanctuary, Rick spots Negan hiding and goes for the kill. Father Gabriel eventually talks Rick out of trying to get his revenge at the moment. They roll in an armored RV, Rick sets off the bomb inside it clearing the walkers and fences that blocked the way.
With that out the way, Rick and the gang leave as the herd of walkers that Daryl, Tara, Morgan and Carol were leading finally arrive at the Sanctuary. While trying to leave Father Gabriel spots Gregory dazed and confused and being a man of the cloth decides to help him.
Gregory pulls a fast one on Gabriel, leaves him and takes his car leaving him stranded. With nowhere else to go Gabriel runs to a trailer to seek refuge from all of the walkers. Gabriel thinks he is safe until he hears Negan say behind him. Looks like things are going to get really bad for poor Father Gabriel now, cause the walkers are now the least of his worries.
Rick has won the first battle with Negan but will he win the war? We can’t wait to see how this plays out this season on The Walking Dead.
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It’s a wrap for season 7 of The Walking Dead and it went out giving fans some hope. Season 7 was a tough one for fans, we had to watch our favorite group of survivors bend to the will of Negan and his ruthless saviors and it wasn’t pretty.We lost some favorite characters along the way but it’s good to know we got something to look forward too come season 8.
Rick and the group have finally decided enough is enough and that Negan and the rest of The Saviors have to go. We watched them all season along build alliances and round-up as much weapons as they could for the final showdown with Negan.
Tonight’s season finale opens with Sasha, she is currently riding inside a coffin enjoying some tunes courtesy of an iPod given to her by
Eugene, I mean Negan while on her way with the Saviors back to Alexandria.
She is to be used as a pawn in Negan’s plan to thwart Ricks uprising, Sasha wants nothing to do with that plan of course if any of her friends have to die. Meanwhile in Alexandria, everyone is getting ready for the epic showdown. Dwight who has convinced Rick and a very reluctant Daryl to trust him and to let him help them take down Negan. The scavengers also have rolled into town via garbage trucks and bicycles to help as agreed upon. It looks like the plan is all coming together Rick and co!
Maggie is now the defacto leader of The Hilltop now that Gregory is gone. She has decided she will take a group to Alexandria to help aid in the fight against Negan and The Saviors. Not to be left out are the good folk of The Kingdom. With a rejuvenated Carol on the team, they also decided it’s time to fight. Led by King Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva they head for Alexandria. Will they get there on time though?
We zap back to Sasha in that coffin, we are treated to scenes or hallucinations of her and her dead boo Abraham. We eventually learn that scenes with her Abraham were just helping her come to terms with what she was about to do. Last episode Eugene gave her a poisonous pill to take so she could end her suffering. Sasha put that pill to use and during her journey in the coffin she took her own life. Hmmmmm what is she up too?
The Saviors on their journey to Alexandria were delayed a bit due to some obstructions in the road thanks to Dwight. Eugene decides it would be a good idea if he went ahead to and try to convince Rick and everyone to not go through with the ambush. Eugene arrives and insists Rick gives up, but Rick isn’t about that life and decides that Eugene has to go. Rick gives the signal for Rosita to trigger the explosives that was set up for the Saviors when they arrive. Rosita presses the button but nothing happens, then the garbage pail survivors turn their guns on Rick and people of Alexandria.
Yup they have been double crossed.
Negan pops out of the truck to take in the look of disappointment on Rick’s face. Looks like everything is going to shit now for Rick now. Negan heads over to the coffin to reveal Sasha and this happens:
Sasha is now a walker and in her death she gives Rick and everyone an opportunity to save themselves. An all-out gun battle between the remaining Alexadrians and Saviors ensues while Walker Sasha is taking a bite out of a Savior.
The mini-uprising is soon quelled by the Saviors and the Scavengers as their numbers are just greater. The Saviors are back in control of the situation and Negan is now pissed, someone has to pay!
Negan decides that not only will Rick lose his hands, but he will also lose his son Carl as he intends on introducing his skull to Lucille. As soon as Negan winds up to knock Carl’s block off this amazingness happens:
The cavalry in the form of The Hilltop and The Kingdom has finally arrived!
With their own set of reinforcements and a cool Savior ass kicking tiger on their side they push out all of their enemies from Alexandria.
But I was really sad to see Michonne ain’t shit without her sword and got her ass beat though.
The coast is now all clear, Rick and Carl go check on Michonne and they find her pretty beat up but still alive after she managed to dispatch her attacker. The aftermath though had her looking like Martin after he fought Tommy Hearns.
Rick and co are licking their wounds, but now they have true allies in the fight in against Negan. They are going to need it because Negan is preparing for all out war come season 8. I CAN’T WAIT!
Tonight’s season finale was definitely intense, peep the memes that followed to help usher off The Walking Dead’s seventh season in the gallery below.