The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 8 Recap: "That's How It's Gotta Be"

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 8 Recap: "That's How It's Gotta Be"
Credit: AMC

Welcome to Bleeding Cool's weekly recap of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 8 with the series' righteously intense mid-season finale, 'How It's Gotta Be'.

Wow. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his coalition were beaten but not broken, driven underground by a newly emboldened Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. Instead of an ending, this year's mid-season finale serves as a beginning: the beginning of an all out final assault that will decide everyone's fate.

Except for one, whose fate was decided for them in the last scene…

So my overview/recap of the episode is waiting patiently for your eyeballs below, along with some Spare Parts that I picked up along the way that I thought you might find interesting. You can also check out the transcript of my live-blog of the episode here or by clicking the link after the video.

But one quick thing before we get our recap under way…

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 8 Recap: "That's How It's Gotta Be"
Credit: AMC

Just to be clear, this is not a "formal review" — more of 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 the spoiler warnings.

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 8 Recap: "That's How It's Gotta Be"

You can take a look back at last Sunday's live blog of 'How It's Gotta Be' right here.

The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 8 Recap: "That's How It's Gotta Be"

Thanks for joining us this season, and make sure to be back here in February 2018 for the second-half of The Walking Dead's eighth season. Here's a quick look at what's ahead, and look back at the key scene from the mid-season finale:

walking dead season 8 episode 8 recap
Credit: AMC

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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