So last week, we had the first stage in the final battle between the Saviors and the Hilltop coalition, with both sides suffering major losses along the way…with the Hilltop witnessing firsthand the effects of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) bio-warfare agianst them in the form of a literal "night of the living dead."
Dwight (Austin Amelio) shot – in a non-fatal and pretty sure non-walker-guts-contaminated way – Tara (Alanna Masterson) to keep her from getting killed by Simon (Steven Ogg), but Daryl (Norman Reedus) won't rest until Dwight's six feet under.
Henry (Macsen Lintztries) tries to get revenge on the captured Savior who killed his brother; but to no one's surprise, the Saviors get the drop on him and escape.
After hearing Simon tell Maggie (Lauren Cohan) that the captured Saviors were pretty much disposable, Alden (Callan McAuliffe) and a number of other Saviors choose to remain and fight for the Hilltop.
All that, and we've still got three more episodes to go…so catch yourselves up on Bleeding Cool's review of AMC's The Walking Dead's "lucky 13th" episode 'Do Not Send Us Astray' and see why it was a fine return to horror form for the series:
And here's a quick look at the trailer and overview for tonight's episode, 'Still Gotta Mean Something':
The Walking Dead Episode 8×14 'Still Gotta Mean Something': A Heaps prisoner makes a discovery; Carol searches for someone in the nearby forest; Rick and Morgan find themselves in the company of strangers.
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.