We've buried Carl (Chandler Riggs), given out some Oscars, had some tech issues, and watched Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) turn her Scavengers into walker-wurst. After all of that, we're back to some level of normalcy – at least we are, not Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the crew – for another edition of Bleeding Cool's weekly "revap" (review/recap) of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 8 as we take a look at this season's eleventh episode 'Dead or Alive Or' after a brief episode reminder and disclaimer.
The Walking Dead Episode 8×11 'Dead or Alive Or': 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.
After a mid-season finale that saw Rick and his coalition beaten pretty hard but still not broken, a newly emboldened Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors have driven our heroes underground. The Kingdom has been abandoned, with King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) captured. Alexandria burns under Negan's "scorched earth" retribution. The Hilltop readies itself for a final battle, with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) consolidating forces. With loved ones lost and emboldened Saviors poised to launch a final strike, our heroes have realized that it's time to "Finish the Fight!"
Just to be clear, this is what I like to call a "revap": a recap/review/stream of consciousness mash-up "monster" all its own — but I will be covering some themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode. Just something to keep in mind before watching or re-watching the episode. Definitely not looking to have angry fellow geeks outside my apartment with pitchforks and torches because I slacked off on spoiler warnings.
Thanks for joining us this week, and make sure to join us next week as we take a look at The Walking Dead's twelfth episode 'The Key':
The Walking Dead Episode 8×12 'The Key': Hilltop's leadership faces a difficult dilemma after the arrival of unexpected visitors; Rick comes face to face with an adversary.