‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 8, Episode 3: “Monsters”

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 3, Monsters, Jesus and the captured Saviors

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Episode 3 of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead is titled “Monsters.” In it, the group seems to have finally worked out to the fact that they are exactly the same as the “monsters” they are fighting. Considering I have been saying this from about Season 3 onward, I was wondering how long it would take them all to work it out as well.

Here’s what else went down in Episode 3 of The Walking Dead Season 8.

CF:  I am finally free from all the stuff going on in my life–well, for a couple of weeks anyway–so here I am back to chime in and snark up.  Onward.

The Most Excellent Plan

Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) plan to take out the Saviors using strategy as well as vast numbers is still working significantly in their favour. You have no idea how surprised I am about this. After all, Rick usually manages to fuck everything up rather than move things forward in order to benefit everyone around him.

However, that doesn’t mean things are starting to fray around the edges a little.

CF: I’m still not convinced this is all Rick’s Plantm.  It’s working all too well for it to be solely his.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 3, Monsters, Morales

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Morales Vs. The Rick And Daryl Show

Fans were excited to see Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja make a return to The Walking Dead after an absence that spans back to the end of Season 1. Of course, this is The Walking Dead, so fans were also not surprised to see Morales expire right after turning up. But, before Daryl (Norman Reedus) callously shoots him dead, Morales does have time to have a conversation with Rick that points out they are both just the same arseholes on differing sides of the war. We also get to find out that Morales didn’t make it as far as Birmingham before the rest of his family were killed. Righto then AMC. As Digital Spy points out, this whole Morales return storyline is really just a “pointless stunt.”

Rick and Daryl are left trying to work out where the stored guns are after Daryl kills Morales. Except, as Morales promised, the Saviors turn up and ruin that plan and it is now time for Rick and Daryl to have a shootout. Thanks to a conveniently placed fire extinguisher, Rick creates a smoke diversion and more members of his group turn up just in the knick of time.

CF:  Given how long it takes to film these episodes, this one was in the bag long before Robert Kirkman decided to drop the news at NYCC that there would be a Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead crossover.  And given that he loves to troll his fanbase from time-to-time, you know he was thinking at some point, “The first person the fans are gonna think of is Morales,” after which I imagine him chuckling madly while he wrung his hands.

So now we know it’s not Morales.  Which means my feeling that Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes) will be brought in to film a flashback scene with Kim Dickens (Madison Clark) where we’ll discover they were sisters, because you know Kirkman wants to unleash this on the fans. You heard it here first.  

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 3, Monsters, Rick, Gracie, and Aaron

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Rick, not wanting to be a true monster like Morales said he was, saves baby Gracie and she is now an official member of Hilltop.

However, when he and Daryl, being the last to leave, are confronted by a stray Savior Rick gives his word he won’t kill they guy, knowing Daryl will. Yeah, Rick, your morals are fucked. Like Morales said earlier, Officer Friendly is dead and gone.

CF: I love how Rick is suddenly all shocked and shit by Daryl blowing people away without a second thought.  Sorry, Rick, but you set the fucking pace here years ago when you ran around snuffing folks with zero fucks given.  Then you find a baby and now you wanna reconsider this shit through which you’re wading?  Doesn’t work that way, bruh.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 3, Monsters, Jesus and Morgan

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Team Tara Vs. Team Jesus

Morgan (Lennie James) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) want to kill everyone in sight — even if they have surrendered. Especially if they have surrendered. Jesus (Tom Payne), on the other hand, wants to keep the surrendered Saviors alive. This leads to Morgan finally admitting Rick’s group is just the same as Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) — it’s now officially a kill or be killed world. Jesus is not okay with that and has to demonstrate some mad fighting skills against Morgan Donatello when the group of captured Saviors escapes into the forest. After all their fighting and Morgan proclaiming they are all monsters, the Saviors escape anyway and their argument is moot.

CF: This was, by far, a ridiculous filler moment.  We get it: Morgan and Tara wanna kill them all, but Jesus Saves.  And we’re reinforce the point with a stupid fight.  Because we have to remind everyone that even during the zombie apocalypse, guys will have dick measuring contests.  I’m with Team Tara, even though I know how this all shakes out in the end.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 3, Monsters, Aaron and Eric

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Aaron and Eric

Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) was wounded in Episode 2 of The Walking Dead Season 8. We now see that Aaron (Ross Marquand) has dragged his boyfriend off to a secluded spot. After much talking, Eric convinces Aaron that it isn’t his fault for the injury, that Eric would have joined the fight regardless at this point in the game and that Aaron needs to head back into the fray rather than sook all over him.

The scene is drawn out and emotional so it is no surprise that Aaron returns to find walker Eric ambling off into the distance.

CF: I would say this is a Bury Your Gay moment, but this also happened in the comic.  However, this will lead to Aaron finding solace from an unlikely source

Maggie and Gregory

Because we all hate Gregory, AMC seem intent on letting him stick around. When he arrives at Hilltop, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) tells him to fuck off (except this is AMC, so that’s not at all what she said). Gregory manages to weasel his way inside the gates though and I am guessing Maggie will end up being Team Jesus now that they have also arrived with the captive Saviors. Suck on that Tara.

CF: Also, given the events in the comic, we know this will end up with Tara likely being pissed off at Maggie.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 3, Monsters, Ezekiel and Daniel

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Ezekiel Is Smug And It Totally Backfires

In the bible it talks about pride and how it comes before a fall, so Ezekiel (Khary Payton) should really know better. For two episodes now we have been watching him smug talk his way to victory. In Episode 3 of The Walking Dead Season 8, Ezekiel is very particular about mentioning how they haven’t lost a single person from their group. So, of course, the audience just knows that shit is about to go down. But, we have to wait until the very end of the episode to find out there is a lone gunman in the tower of the compound they have taken who ends up taking a few of Ezekiel’s men. Now viewers will have to wait until Episode 4 to find out just how significant this event really is.

CF: I liked the little touch where blood was shooting out of the backs of the Kingdom members who were protecting Ezekiel.  You knew it was gonna end up being bad for these guys.

What did you think of Episode 3 of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let us know by commenting below!

The Walking Dead will return to AMC with on Sunday, November 12, with Episode 4, titled “Some Guy.” You can view the official synopsis and trailers for Episode 4 below.

“A new weapon in the Savior arsenal proves to be a giant hurdle as fighting continues between Rick’s forces and those of the Saviors.”

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