While Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of the Hilltop forces were able to repel Simon (Steven Ogg) and Saviors first assault during last Sunday's episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, there were major causalities on both sides as our heroes horrifically discovered the impact of Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) new walker bio-warfare.
Realizing that the Saviors burned up a ton of ammo on that attack – and looking to move the fighting to more hand-to-hand combat to reduce infection – Daryl (Norman Reedus), Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Dianne (Kerry Cahill) meet with Maggie to devise a plan to keep the Saviors for making more ammo. Leave it to Rosita to bring up the biggest issue they're going to have to deal with: Eugene (Josh McDermitt) ("They have our bullet maker. They can make more."); as you can see from the preview for this Sunday's '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.