After a mid-season finale that saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) 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 the Saviors emboldened and poised to launch a final strike, our heroes have realize that "It's Time to Finish the Fight!" But before the carnage, a time to reflect and say goodbye to a beloved character…
So before Sunday night's mid-season premiere on AMC, get caught up with Bleeding Cool's recaps of Episodes 1-4 of The Walking Dead season 8 below. Also, make sure to join us for Bring Out Your Dead!, our TWD live-blog, this Sunday night — and every Sunday night — at 9 p.m. ET. Our live-blog landing site goes live at 8 p.m. ET for some TWD "pre-game" fun.
The Walking Dead s08e01 "Mercy": Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.
The Walking Dead s08e02 "The Damned": The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds. As Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.
The Walking Dead s08e03 "Monsters": Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria; morality proves tricky in wartime.
The Walking Dead s08e04 "Some Guy": A new weapon in the Savior arsenal proves to be a giant hurdle as fighting continues between Rick's forces and those of the Saviors.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC for the second-half of Season 8 on Sunday, February 25th at 9 p.m. ET with a special extended episode:
The Walking Dead Episode 8×09 'Honor': Rick faces new difficulties after a battle. Meanwhile, the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.
Here's the most recent mid-season trailer for the second-half of The Walking Dead's eighth season (try saying that fast five times) along with the official AMC synopsis:
All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
At the very center — Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan's attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn't the only person who's living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they're in friendly territory, or if they've just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she's currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others' thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene's loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel Stokes), Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler), Khary Payton (King Ezekiel), and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes); with Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, out-going showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.