CF: And look who’s back! Well, at least for this, because I can never pass up the opportunity to snark out on The Walking Dead.
Episode 9: Honor
“Rick faces new difficulties after a battle; the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.”
PREDICTIONS: It is likely Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will be dealing with the fact his son, Carl (Chandler Riggs) is on a one-way ride to Dead Town after being bitten by a walker. As for the other communities, it seems like it will just be more of the same seen in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead because no one will really care anyway other than wanting to watch Rick lose his shit over Carl.
CF: Yeah, I have a feeling this will be Rick losing his shit while Carl dies and Michonne having to keep pushing Rick to go on. This is also going along the lines of the comic as Alexandra was abandoned after one of Negan’s attacks. I’m not really looking forward to this episode ’cause I have a feeling it’ll be pretty much a one-note song–and that song is “Poor Carl is Dead”.
RT: You know I still think Carl will survive this 😉
CF: I know you think Carl will make it and he could if that isn’t a walker bite. The natural immunity thing… damn. I know it could happen, but who knows? I’m really torn on this ’cause I’d like to keep Carl around, but at the same time surviving a walker bite is a real bullshit move on Gimple’s part. Unless his end game is to bring on the New World Order story line (see below) and have them help find a cure, which is how he ends the series.
RT: See? This could totally work 😉
Episode 10: The Lost And The Plunderers
“Groups unite their forces and converge on the Hilltop; Aaron and Enid search for allies; Simon takes matters into his own hands.”
PREDICTIONS: It makes sense everyone will head to Hilltop now Alexandria is gone and the Kingdom is likely still in the Saviors hands.
Not surprisingly, Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) are on the lookout for new allies after their little trip to Oceanside when so horribly wrong. However, I am betting that at least some of these women will actually join with Aaron and Enid because, otherwise, why even bother going there?
CF: Because we know they will. Duh. Oceanside didn’t play a part in the comic All Out War story, but hey: we have actors on the payroll, may as well use them.
It will be interesting to see what sort of matters Simon (Steven Ogg) take into his own hands. This could go a multitude of ways. Is Simon going to try to take out Gregory (Xander Berkeley)? Or, will Simon step in and try to take control of the Kingdom since the other Savior tasked with that job seems to be a little soft in that department. Or, will Simon just be trying to impress Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) because they are all arseholes? however, considering the following image was published with this synopsis, I am guessing Simon will confront the Junkyard Kids:
CF: Here’s hoping Simon kills the whole fucking lot of them. Somehow I don’t see him putting up Nudie Bangs going, “Half. We watch.” He’ll just shoot her and be done with it.
RT: Oh God, I hope so! He can take out the rest of the Junkies as well while he is at it.
CF: I’m so fucking tired of these people. Really, time for a dirt nap, kids.
“Daryl finds himself in bad company as his group heads to the Hilltop; Maggie makes difficult decisions at the Hilltop; Gabriel’s faith becomes tested.”
PREDICTIONS: It’s difficult to say what sort of “bad company” Daryl (Norman Reedus) will find himself in. However, for comic book fans, I am going out on a limb here and predicting this will be the Whisperers. For non-comic book fans, the Whisperers are a group of people that like to dress in walker skins and acts like walkers in order to hide themselves. Think the Chainsaw Massacre movies but with zombies.
My bet is Maggie (Lauren Cohan) will be putting more Saviors into boxes and returning them to Negan.
CF: I don’t believe they’ll bring in the Whisperers here–it would be really stupid. Oh, wait: this is Gimple we’re discussing. Eh. It’s even money he’ll turn this into a three-ring circus and bring those assholes in.
And yes, Maggie’s gonna make a deal: join me or die. This after she shoots a couple of people in the head to get her point across.
So, Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) is still alive in Episode 11. Now, that’s a decent spoiler. We are all assuming he is sick from walker guts and will die as a result but, what if Gabriel is coincidentally sick with something else entirely? Or–for those complete conspiracy theorists out there–what if Carl is immune to the walker virus and doesn’t die in Episode 9 of The Walking Dead. If this is the case, perhaps a cure has been formulated? I doubt it, though. I obviously fall into the first category of theories on Gabriel’s recovery. Of course, it could also mean the first three episodes of The Walking Dead occur over a very short time frame and Gabriel is still sick.
CF: Gabriel probably had food poisoning, as that shit should be all over the place by that time. He does die somewhere down the time line and… it’s not pretty.
“Hilltop’s leadership faces a difficult dilemma after the arrival of unexpected visitors; Rick comes face to face with an adversary.”
PREDICTIONS: Unexpected visitors? I am guessing the Whisperers turn up at Hilltop at this point in The Walking Dead Season 8. It can’t be the Saviors, as Hilltop would totally be expecting them. And, if it were people from the Kingdom, there wouldn’t be a “difficult dilemma.” But, what if it were Oceanside turning up? That could, potentially, create a dilemma considering they took all of Oceanside’s guns. Another way Oceanside could create a “difficult dilemma” is if some of those Saviors in their cage as actually members of Oceanside. What if they just assumed Negan killed all the men but, really, they took them away to the Sanctuary with them?
CF: I’m thinking it’s going to be Oceanside. It could be he runs into Aaron and Enid out of the road and leads them back to Hilltop.
I am the first to admit I have absolutely no idea who this adversary of Rick’s is. Is it a new person? Or is it just Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) switching sides again?
CF: Rick’s running out of people who he wants to kill/who want to kill him. Please don’t let it be Jadis…
“Trouble arises when unexpected visitors arrive at the Hilltop and the community is thrust into action; heartbreaking discoveries are made.”
PREDICTIONS: I really think the “unexpected visitors” are the Whisperers and this episode will tie in directly with Episode 12 of The Walking Dead Season 8.
As for “heartbreaking discoveries,” I am guessing this episode will have a high body count. Or, if not high, then someone significant will die.
“A Heaps prisoner makes a discovery; Carol searches for someone in the nearby forest; Rick and Morgan find themselves in the company of strangers.”
PREDICTIONS: I’m not sure what they mean by “A Heaps.” I’m assuming it is the Junkyard Kids. If this is the case, I actually don’t give a shit what they discovered. Can we just get rid of the Junkyard Kids already?
CF: Yes, The Heaps is the name of the place where the Junkyard Kids live. Sounds like they come out on the losing end of shit at some point.
To be honest, I am totally scared for whoever Carol (Melissa McBride) is looking for in the forest. Here’s hoping it’s not so she can tell them to look at the flowers. However, I do have a couple of theories on this one. Firstly, she could be looking to take out the Whisperers because that’s what Carol does. Or, she could be looking for Ezekiel (Khary Payton). Maybe he has escaped the Saviors and the Kingdom and is in the woods? Who knows. Alternatively, maybe one of the Saviors has escaped Hilltop and she is tracking them down like an animal. Finally, maybe she is actually hunting Negan. If this is the case, I will pay good money to see them two fight it out to the death.
CF: It could also be–get ready–Enid. It’s likely that she doesn’t learn about Carl’s death until Episode 12 or 13 and she’s not taking the loss of her puddin’ well. Carol could have went all motherly and is looking for her, or Maggie asked her to do it.
RT: Oh, good call! Enid would totally go bush after hearing about Carl too.
Rick seems to be good at meeting strangers and the last time he did it–with the Junkyard kids–it was not fun at all. I am going out on a limb here and predicting Rick and Morgan will come across whoever was flying that helicopter in the first half of Season 8 of The Walking Dead. Once again, comic books fans might be able to guess who I am going to say who belongs to the helicopter. For non-comic books fans, in currents issues of the comics, an arc called the “New World Order” is playing out. This new order is much more civilized than any of the groups we have seen up until this point in The Walking Dead TV series.
CF: I was just going to say we could be seeing the start of the “New World Order” story line. That actually could make sense, as it would eliminate the need for the Whisperer War–like we need another war after having a war–and jump the series down the road to where we don’t need as many of the current characters. Because a certain leader *cough*Hilltop’s*cough* plays no part in the New World Order. Neither does Rick, for that matter, but that’s because in the comic he’s grieving over the death of Andrea. The NWO story is right now being driven by Michonne, Eugene, and a few others, including someone named Princess they picked up outside Pittsburgh.
RT: Princess? Oh, I can’t WAIT to meet this one! I guess Rick grieving over Carl might be in a similar league as grieving over Andrea.
CF: Oh, Princess is a riot! AND… I can say this ’cause there’s no correlation in the TV world of TWD for this– Naw, I better not. Someone will lose their shit if I drop this spoiler….
RT: Dammit! Drop it! 😉
“With the threat of the Saviors still looming, Aaron continues searching for allies; Daryl and Rosita take action and confront an old friend.”
PREDICTIONS: So, we know Aaron is still alive. He is still recruiting too, which means we are likely to get yet another group of people at this point in Season 8 of The Walking Dead.
I am totally calling that the “old friend” Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) confront is Eugene (Josh McDermitt). If they confront him, I am betting this will be the end of Eugene’s story arc. because, in true AMC story formula, as we learn to love Eugene again, so it will be the death of him…
CF: Yeah, but see what I just said about the NWO story line. Eugene actually plays a huge part in getting that one going. And is it just me, or does it seem like part of the season is less All Out War and more All Out Meeting Fuckers Just Wandering Around?
RT: Yeah, I am so over new groups popping up everywhere and I haven’t even seen it yet…
“The communities join forces in the last stand against the Saviors as all-out war unfolds.”
PREDICTIONS: It this episode is not super long and full of casualties, I will not be happy! however, I think we will see a cliffhanger of sorts and fans will have to wait until Season 9 of The Walking Dead to find out exactly who lives and dies.
CF: Well, I know how the All Out War ends in the comic, so I won’t spoil things. However… I must bring up the fact that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has signed on to a pilot for the ABC/Disney network and has not renewed her contract with AMC. This leads me to believe that the biggest departure in this last episode–if this is, indeed, the end of the Savior’s War–will be the death of Maggie and Hilltop probably being handed over to Carol, as Maggie continued to run Hilltop right up to the start of the NWO story line. Beyond that I don’t think we’ll see a lot of the main characters die, as they probably have renewed their contracted.
I will say this: if The Walking Dead doesn’t do the Whisperer War, it’s possible we’ll see the deaths of four reoccurring characters who did die during the Whisperer War. So it’s possible you’ll get your body count…
RT: Lauren Cohan’s current contract negotiations are really worrying me 🙁
CF: I think she’s done with the show. She probably wants a good chunk of money and she ain’t getting it, so time to move on. And I can’t say I blame her if that’s what’s happening.
RT: Totally agree.
What do you think will happen in the Season 8 return of The Walking Dead? Let us know by commenting below!
Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead returns with Episode 9 (titled “Honor”) on Sunday, February 25 at p.m. EST.
[Featured image via AMC]