Welcome to the Episode 11 (titled “Dead Or Alive Or”) recap of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead! Here’s what went down.
For those of you who love those episodes of The Walking Dead that are placed merely to flesh out a story arc so it fills an entire season, this episode is for you! For everyone else, I am sorry. If it’s any consolation, I thought this episode sucked too.
CF: Fillers are rarely any good because they are just that: filling time. Some times you get a bit of character building in them, but this wasn’t one of those episodes. It was pretty much crap.
The Scavengers vs. Rick’s Group: Hide and Seek Edition
Now that Alexandria has been ruined by Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) group, Daryl (Norman Reedus) is tasked with leading the survivors to Hilltop. Dwight (Austin Amelio) is still with them and Tara (Alanna Masterson) is chomping at the bit to kill him. Daryl, who is not owning up to his new bromance, is using other reasons as excuses to keep Dwight alive. Namely, he knows shit about the Saviors and is, therefore, useful. Dwight immediately points out that they need to travel through the swamp in order to avoid the Saviors because they don’t like getting their feet wet.
In the process of negotiating the swamp, Dwight and Tara end up separated (which is totally Tara’s intention). Before Tara can shoot his, though, the Saviors turn up and they have to hide in the bushes. Tara gets antsy when the Saviors decide to go check out the swamp. To avoid the group being found, Dwight gives himself up so Tara can escape. He tells the Saviors that he just came from the swamp and there is no one there. Dwight then leads them away from where Tara is hiding.
And. Tara. Just. Lets. Him. Go.
She knows Dwight just walked into a death sentence and she is totally okay with that even though he just saved her life.
CF: You know me, I love Alanna Masterson. I love some of the stuff Tara’s done, and there are some things I hate. But this time–Jesus, and I don’t mean the Hilltop dude out looking for shit. This was so one note “I will kill you the first chance I get” boring that I couldn’t wait for it to get over. This was also a prime example of why Daryl also sucks as a leader, ’cause if he doesn’t like you, then if someone wants to kill you, you’re as good as dead due to the fact he has no fucks to give about you getting offed. And while he talked shit about keep Dwight alive, you knew he wanted to snuff him just as badly as Tara. So much fucking idiot balling going on here that you have to imagine it didn’t take the writing staff long to put these scenes together: they just thought, “What’s the dumbest things these characters could do?” and jotted it down quick like.
Although, Dwight does discover that Laura (Lindsley Register), the only Savior left alive who witnessed his defection to Alexandria’s side, is missing, presumed dead. So, maybe his life isn’t in as much danger as Tara thinks when she leaves him. However, we all know Laura is likely to turn up at some point to fuck things up for Dwight. Probably about the time Dwight and Sherry meet up again and all looks roses for them.
It needs to be noted here that since Dwight mentioned his girlfriend, Sherry (Christine Evangelista), in this episode my prediction is that this is who Carol will be looking for in the woods in Episode 14 of The Walking Dead.
Also, if the trailer for next week is anything to go by, it looks like we will get a Car Chase Edition of this war.
CF: Because if Mad Max taught us anything, it’s that car chases are cool where you’re low on petrol.
Father Gabriel is the Zombie Apocalypse Equivalent of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Right from the start of this episode of The Walking Dead, it becomes apparent that the Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Dr. Harlan Carson (Keith Harris) story arc will meet a grisly end. Considering, Gabriel is already sick, it seems likely the good doctor will go the way of all doctors in The Walking Dead who seem to have become the black men of the series now.
CF: Black actors, little girls, horses, and now doctors. If we use the free space in the middle, we have Walking Dead Bingo!
So, having escaped from the Sanctuary, Gabriel and Harlan are meeting all sorts of obstacles. Gabriel is sure that all this is happening because of God. Harlan is me when I answer the door to Jehovah’s Witnesses. As the episode progresses, a whole heap of fuck ups leads them to a hunting cabin that has a good supply of antibiotics to treat Father Gabe. As to be expected, Harlan is now a believer.
Just when this happens, the Saviors turn up and nab them. When Harlan decides to trust in God and make a snatch for a weapon, he is killed and dumped.
Surprisingly, Gabriel instantly jumps from believing in God enough to blindly fire a weapon at a walker attacking Harlan to plummeting into a slump of “God sucks.”
CF: First, I have to say that it was funny as hell that the Jag wouldn’t start, ’cause you read about how Jaguars are shit cars, which means they’re even more shit when there isn’t regular maintenance. And second: the moment Dr. Harlan got shot and Gabriel went all “No” on us, I instantly thought of Edgar G. Robinson in The Ten Commandments going, “Where’s yer Gawd NOOOOOOWWWWWW?” Sorry, but I was actually snickering at that point.
Eugene Needs to Put his Shitting Pants On
Now that Gabriel is back on the Saviors pay roll, he is immediately sent to Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) outpost where he is manufacturing bullets for Negan. Because putting two ex-members of Alexandria together is such a good idea. *rolls eyes* Really AMC? How stupid do you want to make Negan look?
Even before Gabriel turns up, Negan seems to be having his doubts about Eugene and gives him a bit of a talking to about Gabriel escaping before promoting him and giving him his own outpost. Once Eugene realizes Negan is not going to bash his head in and that his promotion involves copious amounts of wine, he immediately becomes an alpha arsehole. He also gives Negan an idea on how to fuck up Rick’s group using walker guts warfare. For those of you who have read the comics already know what is coming. For the rest of you, the trailer at the end of this recap should explain it in more detail.
CF: I like how Eugene went full dick-head with the woman when she asked him how she could help. Like dude: your chances of getting laid have just gone to hell from this point on. And yes: get ready for flying zombie body parts.
RT: Yes, but we all know Eugene is a dirty perv who likes to watch anyway 😉
CF: I try to forget that shit…
The Hilltop Diet
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) spends Episode 11 of The Walking Dead trying to work out how to feed everyone. Basically, she rations Hilltop and puts her captive Saviors on a diet of air.
Then the Alexandria group turns up and I am pretty sure they will all be eating air before long…
CF: I actually don’t remember what happened in the comic at this point. I guess I’ll have to go back and look it up.
I will say the best moment for me throughout this whole episode was Enid finding out Carl was dead. In just the short time she was on the screen Katelyn Nacon sold that fucking pain in a way you’ve not seen with other actors. You knew she liked Carl, but now you know: she REALLY liked him. She felt the grief a teenager would feel. And the pullback to show Enid with Maggie comforting her was a nice touch.
RT: Enid’s pain was possibly the saddest thing I’ve seen in this show so far 🙁
CF: Same here. You almost never get to see someone experiencing true grief like that. I mean, yeah, we’ve seen Rick get upset a few times, but seriously: with all the “Sad Rick” memes out these days, the moment Andrew puts on that “I’m gonna cry” face, I know I start to snicker ’cause, to me, it’s like he’s thinking, “Time to act!” It’s not to take away from Andrew Lincoln as an actor, but he doesn’t do grief well. Katelyn, though: that killed me to see her cry. And continues to piss me off that Chandler and her never had the chance to develop a real relationship.
What did you think of Episode 11 of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let us know by commenting below!
You can view the trailer for Episode 12 (titled “The Key.”) of The Walking Dead below.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 12 of Season 8 on Sunday, March 11, at 9 p.m. EST.
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