Thanks for joining us once again for Bring Out Your Dead!: Bleeding Cool's The Walking Dead LIVE-BLOG!, as we take a look at tonight's massive 88-minute mid-season finale – it looks like the final battles of this season's "All Out War" are going to waged in the streets of the Hilltop, Kingdom and Alexandria. In the end, it all leads up to a "shocking moment" that AMC (and Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick) promises TWD fans will be talking about for weeks to come:
The Walking Dead Episode 808 'How It's Gotta Be': Every story and battle from the first half of the season comes crashing together in this action-packed, emotional Mid-Season finale.
After seven seasons, 99 episodes and about a million 'CORALS!", AMC's The Walking Dead charged into Season 8 declaring "All Out War!" That's right, after a seventh season that danced a merengue on every one of our last nerves like a razor sharp porcupine quill, the time is now for Rick and his army to finally take the good fight to Negan and The Saviors. And when the dust settles, there won't be enough detergent in what's left of the world to clean up the mess left behind…
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To get yourselves up to speed, check out our recap of last week's 'Time for After' here.
In a "must see" scene from last week's episode, Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and the Scavengers force Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to fight for his life in the Heaps:
Talking Dead's Chris Hardwick throws out viewer questions for Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Austin Amelio (Dwight) and Gotham's David Mazouz:
Here is AMC's official synopsis for The Walking Dead Season 8:
"Last year, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group.
Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.
This year, Rick brings 'All Out War' to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end."
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, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.