‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 8, Episode 14: “Still Gotta Mean Something”

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 14, Still Gotta Mean Something, Jadis and the trolley walker

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Welcome to the Episode 14 (titled “Still Gotta Mean Something”) recap of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead!

We Find Out How Jadis Survived Simon’s Murder Spree

So, we knew Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) survived Simon’s (Steven Ogg) attack on the Junkies, and now we know how. She managed to hide a body under some blankets and lay down in the blood, pretending to be dead.

We still don’t know how she managed to be in the right place at the right time to snag Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) though.

CF: Because, um… Because.  Good enough.

However, we also find out lots of intriguing stuff about Jadis while she keeps checking her watch and Negan is tied into the world’s worst billy cart.

For starters, the Junkyard does seem to be a ruse for something else. Her single room decked out with wood paneling and mood lighting can attest to this. However, I am wondering if maybe that junkyard is just hiding a huge IKEA store.

CF: I’m glad I’m not the only one who went to IKEA when I saw Jadis’ digs.  “It’s the Apokalyps collection, for when you want to maintain a certain style while people are trying to eat your flesh.  Only at IKEA.”  Yeah, she’s got it pretty styling.

But then, the arrival of a helicopter also indicates that Jadis is somehow more than we ever thought she would be. Of course, if you want my opinion, she is somehow tied into Georgie’s (Jayne Atkinson) storyline which, in turn, is likely tied into the New World Order storyline currently running in The Walking Dead comics.

CF: All the yep.  When the copter showed up and she’s waving the flare screaming, “I’m here! I’m down here!”, it told me right away she’s part of a bigger picture.  Like the NWO picture.  Which is probably why she spit out that “Your path” at Negan when he told her she could join him.

RT: I am wondering now if she was planning to take Negan with her though. After all, he was on a trolley that could be hoisted up…

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 14, Still Gotta Mean Something, Negan on the trolley

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But, thanks to stupid Negan and the fact Jadis didn’t tie his hands down, he manages to light a flare that Jadis was saving to let the arriving helicopter know where she is located. While Jadis runs to find another flare, the helicopter leaves and Jadis is stuck with Negan again. And, thanks to his bloody monologuing (and a little bit of backstory about Lucille), he manages to work his way under Jadis’ skin and she lets him go. He wants to know the dirt on the helicopter but she goes back to short sentences and Negan LEAVES HER THE FUCK ALONE.

I guess, he figures he will come back and suss Jadis out some more and try to work out just how important she is. But, it super annoying the way we are being drip-fed these little snippets of info.

CF: I think her plan was to take Negan to her base of operation and show him her path, then work on getting his shit straight.  But she fucked it up, because we can’t get into the NWO storyline just yet.  Not until Season 9 is here.  Because let’s stretch this shit out just a lot more

RT: Haha! Yes, let’s just drag this shit out. It’s what they do.

Do You Need A Ride?

Negan then heads home and picks up a hitchhiker. Once again, AMC are stringing all this out as much as they can. We have no idea who this person is other than Negan knows them and they apparently look shittier than actual shit.

By the time he gets back to the Sanctuary, there is not sight of this person and Negan is telling people to pretend they didn’t see him. I am guessing might have picked up Laura (Lindsley Register), the sole survivor from Dwight’s (Austin Amelio) fake attack on Alexandria. If this is the case, Dwight is now a dead man walking. The other option is that Negan found Simon and, considering there is not sight of Simon in the previews for Episode 15 of The Walking Dead Season 8, Simon might already be dead as a result.

CF: That scene pissed me off more than anything else in the episode.  What the fuck happened?  And there wasn’t another person in the car when he pulled up to the Sanctuary, unless they were lying down in the back hiding or some shit like that.  Really, Gimple, we know you don’t have enough shit to fill a season now, but this “Let’s tease these bitches” in every episode is getting real old.

And Simon’s gonna die by the end of the mid-season finish.  The writing is on the bat.

RT: I totally agree Simon is a dead man walking as well.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 14, Still Gotta Mean Something, Morgan and Carol

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Crazy Morgan is Crazy

Morgan (Lennie James) has started seeing dead people again, which is never a good sign. In this case, it will likely be his reason for taking a little side trip across to Fear the Walking Dead so he can fuck that show up as well.

He and Carol (Melissa McBride) go looking for New Carl Henry (Macsen Lintz). Of course, Carol is only really there just in case Morgan goes so crazy that she has to tell him to look at the flowers. Because, let’s face it, looking for kid’s who play hide and seek in the zombie apocalypse is why Carol has PTSD. Instead of having to open every barn in the area, Carol finds a very much alive Henry being harassed by some walkers.

Trust me, I am as surprised as you that a child managed to survive The Walking Dead.

Carol also decides Morgan is too broken and lets him wander off into the woods rather than put him out of his misery.

CF: Yeah, Morgan is fucking gone and that’s how they’re writing him out and sending him to Fear: he can’t stand the fighting and watching everyone die–so head to Texas, where you can watch Madison slowly turn into The Governor and fight and kill people.  In any sort of even half-assed real world, Carol would have put Morgan out of his misery.  “Morgan?” “What?” “Look at these flowers over here.”  “Where?” (Knife to the back of the head) “There.”  I mean, we’d do it to each other, because you wouldn’t let a person suffer–and you really wouldn’t want that crazy fucker around other where he might cost you lives.  But it’s better just to let him live.  I mean, look how that’s worked with Rick!  Speaking of whom

RT: I really hate that Carol had to let him live 🙁

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 14, Still Gotta Mean Something, Rick Grimes and Michonne

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Rick Takes a Really Long Time to Read His Mail

If you have all been wondering when the fuck Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will read his letter from Carl (Chandler Riggs), you luck out in this episode as well. Instead, Rick dons his crazy jacket and goes out to hunt runaway Saviors.

CF: I almost spit out my coffee reading that last line.  “The Crazy Jacket.”  I love it.

RT: My daughter came up with this one and I totally snorted at her too … before stealing her line and adding it here 😉

Along the way, he stumbles across Crazy Morgan and the pair wander around like the crazier versions of B1 and B2. C1 and C2 if you will. The pair manage to get captured by the Saviors they are trying to sneak up on and Rick does the only thing he can think of to get them out of the mess.

He lies.

When this works, he also kills the very Saviors he had just won over (one of which had actually saved his life).

Rick, let me make this very clear: You, my man, are a cunt.

Morgan also admits that the only reason he didn’t kill Rick all the way back in Seaosn 1 of The Walking Dead was because his son was present.Seriously, Morgan, you could have saved a lot of people a lot of hassles if you had just clocked him one good and proper.

CF: First, Rick and Morgan are the ultimate Road Trip to Hell.  Both are crazier than shithouse rats at this point and having them trying to sneak up on Saviors–who probably heard them bitching from 50 meters away–was comical at best.  Really, they likely would have both died if they hadn’t been captured.

Then… then the scene in the bar–which was probably a strip bar because why the fuck not?–Rick is offering up all these reasons why the Saviors should let them go and he’s sounding so sincere–and then HE FUCKS EVERYONE!  I mean, that exchange: “You said you would let us live–” “I lied.”  Goddamn, Rick!  The second he said, “I lied,” I said, “Oh, I gotta tell Rachel just how big of a cunt Rick is.”  There were no fucks given at all about killing those guys, none.  It was the biggest dick move TWD has ever had Rick pull–

RT: To be honest, as soon as he started taking about “his word,” I expected Daryl to show up and kill everyone so Rick could still claim to be a man of honour.

CF: And it really does make Negan look like the good guy here.

I mean, Negan’s an bragging asshole and violent as hell, but if he gives you his word, dammit, it’s gold.  He might say, “Look, you pissed me off, so you’re gonna clean shitters for the next three months, but when that’s over I’m gonna get you laid with a couple of my wives in a week-long orgy,” you know that’s gonna happen!  With Rick?  One day he tells you you’re gonna live and the next he’s blowing your brains out, ’cause he’s fucking nuts.

And if there’s anything to prove that split, it’s the way they handled being captured.  Rick lies his way out and then kills everyone.  Negan tells Jadis he will fix what happened with her people and let’s her live.  That’s it: game over.  Anyone staying with Rick now is for sure on the wrong side.

RT: I totally agree with everything you just said.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 8, Episode 14, Still Gotta Mean Something, Jared and Morgan

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On the upside, at least Morgan finally killed the super annoying, Jared (Joshua Mikel).

CF: The high point of the episode.  That and Rick walking through Hilltop getting the eye from the ex-Savior who told him not to kill too many people and failed

What did you think of Episode 14 of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let us know by commenting below!

You can view the trailer for Episode 15 (titled “Worth”) of The Walking Dead below.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 14 of Season 8 on Sunday, April 1, at 9 p.m. EST.

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