Carol and Morgan Go Hunting
With Ezekiel (Khary Payton) being held hostage by the Saviors, Carol (Melissa McBride) decides to return to the Kingdom and
kill everyone fix that shit up. She looks after the other surviving members of the Kingdom and has an argument with Henry (Macsen Lintz) who claims to be a big boy now and wants to go with Carol. She tells him to stay in the house so we already know where this is going…
Carol gets to the Kingdom and bumps into Morgan (Lennie James). He is determined to kill more people than Carol on account of him being so far beyond PTSD it not even funny. So much so that Carol is scared.
And so the killing beings.In the middle of all this, Ezekiel does a pretty good job of messing with the Savior leader who was tasked with bringing him back to the Sanctuary. To be honest, I really thought this guy would be okay even though Morgan was wanting to kill him.
Instead, little Henry does and it pretty much messes everyone up (myself included).
Carl’s Preaches to the Crowd
Now that that is out of the way, let’s get onto what happened with Carl (Chandler Riggs)–because I know that’s why you’re here! 😉
So, we get a flashback of Carl being bitten, just so there is no shadow of a doubt he got bitten by a walker. (Damn, there goes that Whisperer theory I was hoping for.) We then get to see what happened after that. About how Carl brought Saddiq (Avi Nash) back to Alexandria and hid him in the tunnels so he could “have a word to his dad” first, but what he really meant was he was going to have a shower and write letters to everyone before he dies.Carl also spends some quality time with Judith (Chloe & Sophia Garcia-Frizzi) that results in me blubbering all over the place.But, that’s okay, because I am sure Carl will be okay, in the same way Jon Snow was perfectly alright in Game of Thrones. It’s just a scratch really and Carl has been shot in the head and survived for fuck’s sake!
Later, once the shit has gone down in Alexandria, we are finally brought up to speed and now begins the truly devastating part of Episode 9 of The Walking Dead Season 8: watching Carl die.
While they are all in the tunnels, listening to the Saviors blow shit up, they all start to get a bit jittery. They want to head to Hilltop rather than stay there but Dwight (Austin Amelio) convinces them to stay until the explosions stop.
However, once the explosions stop, it means they all have to say goodbye to Carl because he is now too weak to move.
Before he goes, Saddiq not only offers up some anti-inflammatory medication but reveals he was a resident doctor. Rick wants to know if this was the reason Carl chose to bring Saddiq into their fold. Carl denies it. At this point, I am convinced this is when the Carl is immune theory will start to kick in. But, alas, that’s not the case.Instead, what we get is a whole chunk of time that involves Carl telling Rick to stop with the killing already and become a better man. He uses the example of when Carl killed that teen back in the Prison days and Rick decided it was time to stop killing people rather than have his son turn into a little serial killer. So there, Rick, you’d better stop with the murder party already. Rick totally agrees with him because who is going to argue with someone who is dying?
Carl says goodbye to Judith, who bursts into tears (I swear it wasn’t me) as she is taken away to Hilltop. Daryl also let’s Carl know he saved them all and heads off (once again, I’m NOT crying, I swear). Then the others leave and it is just Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) alone with Carl.
If you weren’t bawling already, it’s time to really hunker down because the cry-fest is about to hit you.
After a while, Rick is convinced they have to move out of the tunnel and they help Carl out. They go to the church and Carl announces he wants to kill himself because it wouldn’t be fair to have someone else have to do it. Rick tries to deny it but it doesn’t take long for Carl to convince them to wait outside a moment.
We also discover that those dreams we thought Rick was having about the future and his being old, were really Carl’s dreams and he hoped Rick would follow through on his vision.
<Insert ugly crying here>
Yeah, Carl’s dead and I totally thought it wasn’t going to happen so that ugly crying is all me 🙁
We see Rick and Michonne burying Carl after this and we get another flash of Carl’s dream.
Working in the garden and saying good morning to Judith.
I hate you AMC.
I fucking hate you to hell and back.
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You can view the trailer for Episode 10 (titled “The Lost And The Plunderers”) of The Walking Dead below.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 9 of Season 8 on Sunday, March 4, at 9 p.m. EST.
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