Sunday night"s episode ofThe Walking Deadwas much better than the steaming pile of garbage served up to lớn us last week.

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The episode wasn"t perfect, but as far as Season 8 goes it was one of the stronger ones. Some good mystery helped keep things interesting, & we even got some interesting character building moments.

Let"s take a look at what worked first before moving on the the inevitable bad bits.

(You can read last week"s here.)

The Good

I enjoyed Carol (Melissa Mc
Bride) this episode. She went from her typical fatalist self around kids, lớn discovering that hopes aren"t always dashed. She had a nice moment with Ezekiel (Khary Payton) though I still feel lượt thích any conversation with the king is undermined by his Shakespearean affectations at this point. I wish they would find some way khổng lồ have him drop the act once & for all. I think we"d have a much stronger, more interesting character on our hands.

I also thought the bit where the Saviors let Rick ( Lincoln) và Morgan (Lennie James) go was interesting. I was surprised that Rick lied, though maybe I shouldn"t have been. I also thought it was incredibly vile of him to lớn kill the men who had just saved his lifebefore turning to lớn Morgan andasking him why he saved his life years earlier, the irony of what he"d just done apparently not registering. Truly, this is how sociopaths and killers operate, not heroes.

My immediate thought was that if this had been Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) tied up by Rick"s people & they let him go, he wouldn"t have turned on them lượt thích that. In some ways, Rick has become one of the worst characters on this show, a remorseless killer & a man who"s word, we discover, means nothing at all.

A man"s word,he tells his Savior captors,that"s still gotta mean something.Hence the title of the episode. The only other person lớn make a promise this evening was Negan, who promised Jadis (Pollyanna Mc
Intosh) that if he let her go he"d make things rightby presumably killing Simon (Steven Ogg.) One imagines he will keep his promise, unlike Rick. Negan is a bad dude, but he does keep his word.

I"m not sad to lớn see Jared (the long-haired Savior who killed Henry"s brother) dead, và he got a fittingly gruesome death. But I feel bad for the other Saviors, & I think Rick the Prick is a very appropriate nickname for him at this point. Negan may not be a good guy, but he really does think of people as a resource, & Rick is foolish not to vị the same. He"s breaking bad again. (I used to think he"d become the show"s main antagonist.) I"m okay with that. I love flawed characters.

Speaking of Negan, I enjoyed his scenes with Jadis as well. He was less obnoxious và more relatable, especially telling the story of his wife, Lucille. We get khổng lồ see just why he"s so attached lớn his stupid bat. It goes well beyond just intimidation. I like that they"re fleshing out Negan"s character a bit, though I think it"s still going to be pretty much impossible lớn reconcile him with Maggie after he bashed Glenn"s head in that way. I just don"t see it happening. We"ll see.

Most intriguing of all was the helicopter showing up & Jadis ready with flares. Well, not quite ready. Somehow Negan got hold of her flare và a gun and she got it away from him so he wouldn"t use it to lớn burn her photographs. So the chopper shows up và apparently doesn"t see her despite it being broad daylight và then flies off again.

So what"s with the chopper? What"s with Jadis"s incredible little room, so neat và tidy with clean trắng sheets? What"s the story here? She must be part of a larger group, maybe the leader of some outpost that"s part of yet another large community, fully decked out with helicopters. It"s almost certainly the same group that a chopper over Rick earlier this season. Hopefully we find out more by the kết thúc of Season 8 as I"m genuinely curious what"s going on.

The other big mystery of the night is the mysterious passenger that Negan picks up on the way back to lớn the Sanctuary. Who could it be? I"m trying lớn come up with some theories, but there just aren"t that many people who would be out wandering around. My best guess? Laura. The Savior who discovered Dwight (Austin Amelio) was a traitor but who hasn"t reported back yet. Somehow she"s managed khổng lồ survive though she apparently looks like hell. It could also be Gregory, which might even make more sense given he would have just escaped và likely also looks lượt thích hell.

If this is the case it would mean that Negan now knows that Dwight is working for the enemy and that Simon disobeyed his orders with the Trash People. Two of his đứng đầu lieutenants betrayed him và there will be hell to lớn pay. This would explain his order at the gates to lớn keep his arrival a secret. Does this mean Dwight"s toast? Simon almost certainly is.

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Side-note: Simon didn"t actually go against Negan"s plan for Hilltop last week at all. It"s really strange, actually, because he was basically telling everyone lớn throw out the plan where they just turn people with zombified weapons. Instead they go in & do...exactly what Negan wanted them lớn do. They don"t use guns, don"t try to kill everyone, don"t wipe them from the face of the planet. Very peculiar writing choice.

Finally, I liked Michonne (Danai Gurira.) I don"t really care for the Michonne/Rick lãng mạn relationship---they just don"t have the right chemistry and work much better as companions than lovers---but I lượt thích what Michonne had to lớn say, even though I feel like Rick is still well within the window of intense grief & it"s okay if he isn"t ready to lớn fully accept his loss just yet. He does kết thúc up reading the letter at the end but we don"t know what it says (we can guess pretty easily given Carl"s message to lớn Negan và the things he said on his deathbed.)

The Bad

Naturally, I can"t get through an entire ofThe Walking Deadwithout some complaints! Here are a

Rick and Morgan show up on the trail of the Saviors they"re chasing down. They see some amputated limbs & then...there"s a sound lượt thích a oto door hitting Rick maybe? I"m not sure. Anyways, it cuts to lớn black and next thing we know they"re both tied up & captured by the Saviors. Why not show what actually happened? Why not make this scene less confusing? Similarly, did I miss something or did Negan just magically get hold of the gun & flare và photographs? He was tied up, scooting his little cart around, và then Jadis wheels out that super creepy zombie (if only the whole show was as good as its zombies!) and next thing we know he"s got all this stuff. Very weird và confusing. I really don"t like Morgan"s visions. They keep saying "You know what it is" but we don"t. We don"t know. Và we are tired of seeing dead people like this is the friggin"Sixth Sense.We all already know that Morgan is crazy, we don"t need a reminder. I was honestly hoping Henry would die because he"s just another really annoying kid. They can"t bởi vì not-annoying kids on this show for some reason (except that crazy girl, Lizzie---she was incredible.) Oh well, this was nice for Carol I guess. Oh, & I think Henry"s reaction lớn the that Morgan killed his brother"s killer was actually pretty spot-on. Instead of feeling better he just says "I"m sorry." Morgan is rattled, và rightfully so. Daryl man. Daryl is the worst. Seriously, somehow Tara went from being the worst a couple episodes ago lớn being okay again. She"s realized that Dwight is a good guy now và thinks he deserves a second chance, just lượt thích she was given. Daryl wasn"t always such a good guy, either, so he should know better. His stubbornness at this point is just irritating. Daryl continues to lớn be underutilized as a character, sticking around because Norman Reedus is popular but then given nothing worthwhile to do. I am curious to see how he and Rosita take out Eugene"s bullet-making operation, though.

The Ugly

The ugly award goes lớn that one zombie with Henry"s spear in it. Holy hell that was one ugly walker. Just incredible make-up.If only the rest of the show was that good!


All told, not really that much terrible stuff this episode. Some of the dialogue dragged, particularly the repeated scenes with Morgan and people pestering Morgan và him telling them that he sees dead people và hey, maybe they"re allactually dead và that"s the big twist.Or something.

The writers think that by saying the same thing more than once they"ll drive the point home. Have the same conversation four times và audiences will somehow understand it better. That"s just not how it works.

I"m definitely intrigued by the helicopter và the mysterious passenger in Negan"s car, và I"m actually looking forward khổng lồ Negan"s plans for Simon and Dwight, partly because I"m curious to lớn see if Dwight manages khổng lồ escape. (Even if he picks up Gregory instead of Laura, I"m pretty sure Gregory knows about Dwight and could spill the beans himself.)

Only two more episodes left, folks. Hopefully these final episodes are more lượt thích this one & less like last week"s abysmal excuse for a television show. We shall see...

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Rick doesn’t handle grief well. He took out his executing Shane on the group by igniting the Ricktactorship, no one was really there to lớn save him from his own insanity after Lori died, & the slaughter of Glenn and Abraham broke him into submission. With Carl gone, he tries khổng lồ retreat from his feelings, unwilling lớn read the letter his son left behind and ignore his final request: to lớn make sure there’s something left for everyone when this own Negan thing is over & done. Rick following a dark but familiar path, giving the brutality of his Rick rage some fresh air.

How did she escape with her life when the shooting commenced at the junkyard? She ran around the corner và played dead. After, as the weight of her peoples’ deaths sunk in, she shed her leather clothes to lớn reveal the trắng dress beneath. Flashing forward to the present, we see her in jeans, boots, and plaid — significant only because she’ll later reveal how her identity was stolen. Jadis is waiting for something in her model IKEA trang chủ of the zombie apocalypse: pristine wooden floors & walls, a modern skylight, futon, bench and closet, và Negan’s bat is leaning up against a wall.

Time goes by. She’s packing a suitcase khổng lồ go God knows where and scribbling in her journal, presumably about being truly, utterly alone now. When her cue comes, she wipes up her tears, picks up the bat, and walks out to lớn the crate where she’s keeping Negan, tied up on a dolly và trying khổng lồ figure out “what the sh–” is going on.

Carol is chopping wood at Hilltop when she’s approached by Ezekiel. He knows where the escaped Saviors went & believes they are their best lead to lớn finding Henry. Carol either already believes Henry’s dead or isn’t allowing herself khổng lồ think otherwise in order khổng lồ spare herself the pain from a dashed hope. Either way, she’s not leaping into action. Daryl is also in denial — denial that Dwight actually saved Tara by shooting her with an untainted arrow. She still hasn’t turned and the doctor cleared her for duty, but Daryl is still fuming for one reason or another. Tara tells him to bởi what he feels he needs to lớn do, but to lớn know that seeking retribution would only be for his benefit, not hers.

Michonne is reading her letter from Carl when Rick walks in. He still hasn’t read his, though it’s a reaction she’s familiar with. When she lost family members amid the outbreak, she felt she needed khổng lồ keep “moving” khổng lồ avoid stopping & actually dealing with the grief. Andrea stopped her from moving, & now she wants to vì chưng the same for Rick. She takes his coat và leaves him alone in their room. We see him open his drawer lớn take out the envelope with his name scrawled in Carl’s handwriting, but did he actually read it?

Carol then spots Morgan storming off to go hunt the missing Saviors. He feels responsible for losing Henry because he could’ve just ended the Saviors when he had the chance. She puts down her axe khổng lồ go with him, while Maggie, Rosita, Dianne, and Daryl are weighing their resources lớn see if they could survive another attack. Daryl suggests the Saviors are running out of ammo & would probably attack with melee weapons instead, but Rosita reminds them that they have Eugene, their bullet maker, so they can make more ammo. On the bright side, she reckons she knows where they’d go lớn get the necessary ingredients to make bullets.

Back at the Heap, Jadis is turning a wheelbarrow into a pyre. She pours salt around the wood, while listening lớn Negan rant about finding a way khổng lồ fix this. Simone “wasn’t part of the program,” he says, and for trusting him with the task of intimidating the Scavengers, he’ll now have to own that. She’s not quite paying attention. Jadis glances again at her watch, waiting for something. When she feels she’s had enough of Negan’s rambling, she swings his own bat close khổng lồ his face but stops just short of bashing in his temple.

Carol và Morgan are tracking the Saviors in the woods when they spot a turnip, putting them on the right path. Morgan sees a body toàn thân moving through the trees và believes it’s Henry. He rushes ahead, shouting his name, but only finds a mirage of Henry looking back at him. With a gash in his neck, he tells Morgan, “You know what it is, you were supposed to.” Carol finds Morgan screaming, “You are not here,” to seemingly nothing, & she reveals she didn’t come along on this mission to lớn find Henry, but to lớn keep an eye on Morgan. He has his “I see dead people” confessional, though they spot another sign that the Saviors were there and continue on the path. (Recap continues on next page)

Rick, meanwhile, is about khổng lồ cross paths with them. Staring at Carl’s hat poking out of his bag, he suits up to go looking for the Saviors. He approaches Alden for clues. The sexy Savior (I will never stop calling him that) mentions an old dive bar the Saviors once thought could make a good outpost. Rick doesn’t ask anymore questions lượt thích where exactly this place is — all he knows is that it’s between Hilltop và the Sanctuary — and goes lớn rush off. Alden stops him for a moment to request he doesn’t kill anymore Saviors than he has to; some, he says, made a wrong choice by fleeing Hilltop and that choice probably hasn’t sunk in yet for some. Alden reminds Rick that he could choose lớn show them the way by inviting them back, but Rick has always known he’s had that choice. Whether he wants khổng lồ make it or not is another story.

The hour continues khổng lồ cram a lot in as we hop back to Jadis. She tosses Lucille into the salty pyre & goes off lớn get a walker strapped to lớn a platform truck, but by the time she wheels it around the corner, Negan has scooted over lớn her suitcase to grab her gun. He also found a bunch of black-and-white photos he threatens lớn burn with one of her flairs if she doesn’t want to lớn talk.

Jumping back khổng lồ Carol and Morgan, they follow the Savior tracks lớn a herd of walkers. Morgan is still very much determined to lớn find them và kill them, but they spot a walker hobbling down a side road with Henry’s staff stuck through the corpse. Carol wants to follow that direction, even if it means finding Henry dead. She has lớn know one way or the other, but Morgan, another character constantly keeping in motion khổng lồ avoid dealing with reality, refuses to lớn go. Carol reminds him that he saved her from herself once before, & he, too, can come back. But they part ways.

The theme here is pretty clear: All of these characters are dealing with the ripple effects of grief. Jadis is pleading with Negan lớn not burn the photos — the last remains of her people & of her former self — when Negan brings up his dead wife. Since she got him through life, he gave her name to his bat, the one thing that got him through this apocalypse. It’s the one thing he has left of her. It’s during this speech that Jadis’ watch alarm goes off and the repetitive flap of a helicopter is heard approaching. She pushes the walker toward Negan và leaps around khổng lồ tackle the flair out of his grasp. In the scuffle, the flair falls into a puddle of water, forcing her khổng lồ scramble khổng lồ get another one. While she’s doing so, Negan is stunned khổng lồ see a chopper hovering overhead. Is this the same helicopter Rick glimpsed earlier in the season? Does it have something to vày with the mysterious Georgie? We know that there are helicopter pads out in the back of the junkyard và Jadis clearly knows them.

The chopper, however, doesn’t see Jadis & is already turning away by the time she comes out with another flair. Once again, she’s left alone. Jadis goes lớn burn Lucille in the fire, but Negan begs her khổng lồ stop. He reminds her that he didn’t burn her photographs và promises he can make this right. She drops the flair in return & begins to cry.

By this point, Rick finds Morgan, who admits he’s not right in the head. They both agree to lớn finish this — which, by the way, every time someone vows lớn “finish this” it always ends up complicating matters further. When they approach the dive bar, they spot a severed arm & leg in what looks like the remains of an explosion. Someone rushes Rick from the side, knocking him out. When he awakes, he and Morgan are tied up inside the dive bar as the escaped Saviors are arguing with each other. Some of them are sick & dying. Jared wants to leave them, but others aren’t willing. Some even suggest going their own way, since Simon was willing khổng lồ let them die at the Hilltop. But Jared thinks that delivering “Rick the prick” lớn Negan will change things for them. (Recap continues on next page)

Jared goes khổng lồ kill one of the ill Saviors when Rick promises that they can all come back khổng lồ the Hilltop, where they will be healed and welcomed into their community. He gives them his word; “a man’s word has got to lớn mean something,” he says. Jared seems to lớn be the only one who doesn’t buy these proclamations. He reminds everyone that Rick và Morgan came to lớn kill them all. Morgan admits that was his plan, but with an incoming herd of walkers, there won’t be anyone for him lớn kill. Jared chalks up the herd khổng lồ another lie, but then Morgan screams, “I can’t die! Nobody dies! Everybody turns!,” attracting the walkers khổng lồ their location.

The dead start pouring in. Jared goes to kill Rick and Morgan when they suggest they be released, but one of his own knocks him to lớn the ground. Jared escapes to the back of the bar as the Saviors go lớn release Rick and Morgan, and together they work khổng lồ shoot down the walkers. But Rick lied. As the fighting winds down, they turn their bullets on the Saviors, throwing their bodies khổng lồ the walkers. Morgan goes stalking after Jared when he sees another vision of Henry. Distracted, the Savior leaps out of the shadows và goes lớn kill Morgan with a pool stick. Morgan knocks back Jared into a room with walkers và closes the gate behind him. He holds Jared against the metal as walkers tear into his flesh, never once breaking eye contact.

It was a satisfying death for such a despicable human being, but it also made Rick’s development here confusing. He shows no mercy to lớn the Saviors, & yet he’s trying to lớn talk Morgan into coming back from his own darkness. Just a episodes ago, he was telling Negan how Carl died trying khổng lồ save another person và bring him into the community, yet he’s blinded khổng lồ the fact that there might be good people trying to escape the Sanctuary. In many ways, Rick is becoming more evil than Negan, who, even as he reclaims Lucille from Jadis, still promises to lớn make things right with her & offers her a place in his colony.

Carol, meanwhile, gets some good She finds Henry screaming for help as three walkers have him pinned down behind vines by a small pool. She gets to lớn him in time & embraces this boy. They’re a welcome sight when they return lớn Hilltop. Sitting by the fire, Carol tells Ezekiel about her daughter và how she was able to lớn find herself again when she died. She realizes now that even if everything she has now is taken away abruptly, she can still find herself again & again.

Morgan arrives and he still hasn’t found himself. He touches Henry lớn make sure he’s real and confesses he killed the man who murdered Benjamin. All Henry can vị is apologize for what this mission has done khổng lồ Morgan, but he walks away, saying khổng lồ never be sorry. Rick locks eyes with Alden as he walks through Hilltop; the blood on his face reflects his deeds. Like Morgan, who’s seen crying by himself, he’s alone. So is Jadis, who returns to her solitary room to stare up at the ceiling.

On his way back khổng lồ the Sanctuary, Negan spies someone on the road. He stares into the camera as he opens his door for this unknown passenger. “If sh– could sh–, it still wouldn’t look as sh–y as you,” he says. He finally returns home but tells the Saviors to keep his arrival to lớn themselves, for he has a lot of surprises lớn dish out. Rosita & Daryl have also found Eugene’s outpost, where he’s making bullets. They vow khổng lồ take out “the man” instead of the machines.

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Closing out the episode, Rick finally opens the letter from Carl. After a brief moment with Michonne, he sits alone his room, considering his own reflection in the mirror as he’s left with his son’s last words.