After a strong post-Carl (Chandler Riggs) episode last week, AMC's The Walking Dead came storming back with an episode that was… eh. And by "eh," I'm basically saying it didn't do much to move things forward and pretty much just spun its wheels for an hour.
Dwight (Norman Reedus), Tara (Alanna Masterson), and Rosita (Christian Serratos) continued their "how much longer until we shuffle Dwight (Austin Amelio) off this mortal coil" debate — with Tara opting for sooner rather than later. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) continues her internal back-and-forth between wanting to kill the Saviors and wanting to "save" the Saviors. Which is ironic considering they see themselves as "saviors" who were trying to save — you know what? My eyes are bleeding, so let's roll on…
Eugene (Josh McDermitt) continues to to be too damn smart for his own good, planting the seed for Negan's new battle plan: taint all of the Saviors' weapons in walker blood and guts so they "turn" anyone they don't kill. Meanwhile, God continues to test Job's — sorry, Gabriel's (Seth Gilliam) — faith by delivering miracle after miracle to the feverish and nearly blind padre as he and Doctor Carson (R. Keith Harris) escaped the Saviors… only for things to very, very wrong.
Here's your "The Walking Dead Rewind" of last week's 11th episode, 'Dead or Alive Or':
The Walking Dead Episode 8×011 '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.
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Here's a look at Sunday night's episode, courtesy of our good friends at AMC:
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.
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.