With less than a month to go before The Walking Dead's mid-season premiere, AMC's marketing machine has shifted into overdrive by releasing yet another trailer for the second-half of Season 8. But unlike what we've seen so far, this one doesn't hesitate in reminding us of the tragedy that awaits us when the series returns: the death of Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs).
After a mid-season finale that saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his coalition beaten pretty hard but still not broken, they've been driven underground by a newly emboldened Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. The Kingdom has been abandoned, and King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) taken. 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 realized that "It's Time to Finish the Fight!"
Carl's final goodbyes frame the most recent trailer, with him continuing to urge his father to find his old sense of morality, even as he continues to suffer the effects from his walker bite; and to find a way to end the war and rebuild society without the death and destruction. You can view the trailer for yourselves here:
"You put away your gun, how you stopped fighting, it was right. It still is. You can still be like that again."
Rick's "last stand" begins Sunday, February 25th on AMC at 9:00 pm 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 official trailer for the second-half of The Walking Dead's eighth season, along with the official synopsis released by AMC last week:
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, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.