The Calm Before the Storm
Episode 16 of The Walking Dead‘s Season 8 finale opens quietly. People readying for action but there is a calmness that prevails.
Except for Morgan (Lennie James). That man is full crazy and freaking the fuck out at every little thing. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) tries to get him to stay home.
Let that sink in a moment. The resident crazy guy thinks Morgan is too crazy to fight.
Morgan gets his way, though and Jesus (Tom Payne) manages to convince him that he should try using the pointy end of his stick to kill walkers and the blunt end to knock out the living.
Fake Outs Are Everywhere
We know from last week’s episode, that Dwight accidentally smuggled out a fake map. However, this is the only intel Rick has so they organise their strategies accordingly.
Meanwhile, Episode 16 of The Walking Dead’s Season 8 finale sees Negan is being as ballsy as only he knows how to be. He is clapping Eugene (Josh McDermitt) on the back for filling his bullet quota ahead of the All Out War. Eugene gets an extra pat on the back when he says he wants to watch the slaughter of Rick’s group. Negan then decides to take Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) along for the ride because he has a confession to make. Dwight (Austin Amelio) also has to come too. Negan’s theory is that Dwight will get to watch everyone die–then he gets to live with the knowledge he fucked up.
Now, about that confession. Negan admits that the group of Saviors he just sent out will be “taking one for the team.” Yes, badass Negan is badass. He is totally slaughtering his own people because the wheels are starting to fall off his cart.
Meanwhile, Rick’s group takes out the small group of Saviors who were sent like lambs to the slaughter by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and proceed onto the next part of their plan.
Except, Negan is one step ahead of them thanks to his fake map. He starts messing with Rick’s head by speaking over a loud speaker and Rick’s group are trying to work out where the fuck everyone is.Then the Saviors pop up over the hill like the Great Heathen Army in History Channel’s Vikings and I am wondering if Negan will blood eagle Rick just for, you know, shits and giggles.
But then, all of the weapons belonging to the Saviors start blowing up in their hands and I am totally eating my words from last week that Eugene cannot redeem himself at all now.
Because Eugene totally took Father Gabriel’s idea when he messed with the cartridges and made all of the bullets faulty.
Rosita (Christian Serratos) still punches him though. For the puke.
Oceanside Turn Up
The Saviors that recently converted to become members of Hilltop couldn’t be trusted with guns during the All Out War, so were left behind. However, when a group of Saviors turn up, Tara (Alanna Masterson) is left with the conundrum of whether she single-handedly take on the Saviors or get help from the Savior Converts. She decides on the second option but it turns out that the whole concept is moot anyway.
As to be expected, Oceanside turns up at just that moment to fuck shit up for the Saviors trying to attack Hilltop.
Flash Forwards Are Explained
So, now that Rick’s group have gotten the upper hand over the Saviors, all that is left in the Season 8 finale of The Walking Dead is to deal with Negan.
Which means Rick and Negan have a good old fistfight until Rick convinces Negan to give him just 10 seconds to convince him to give up the fight on account of Carl (Chandler Riggs)
Of course, Rick is lying.
Instead, he is just biding time until he can slit Negan’s throat.
But, before you cheer, Negan is not dead, just wounded and Rick asks Saddiq (Avi Nash) to save Negan so that Rick can let him rot in a cell and remind everyone that the New World Order came about because of scum like Negan.
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) loses her shit at this point and Michonne (Danai Gurira) has to hold her back while Saddiq tends to Negan.
Ends Are Tied Up
All of the other Saviors, though, are free to go now and Rick’s group help them get the Sanctuary back up and running again.
Dwight and Daryl (Norman Reedus) take a road trip. It’s not to kill Dwight, though, it’s so he can get the hell out of town and find Sherry (Christine Evangelista).
Morgan turns up on Jadis’ (Pollyanna McIntosh) doorstep and tells her she is free to join Rick’s group now he needs all hands on deck. He then moves into the junkpile because the world is too peopley for Morgan.
Father Gabriel thanks god for surviving the All Out War.
Rick writes a letter back to Carl.
Already There Is Unrest
However, because we can’t have nice things in The Walking Dead, Maggie is already plotting behind Rick’s back with Jesus about how they can get rid of Negan. Surprisingly, Daryl is totally on their side.
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Season 9 of The Walking Dead has been confirmed by the network. However, a premiere date has not yet been announced.
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