Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) got into a little fender-bender that resulted in some long-distance road rage; a flaming Lucille; Negan almost going the "Rick-in-the-comics" route; and the revelation that things may not be as "kumbaya" in the Saviors camp as Negan thought they were.
Speaking of Saviors, Simon (Steven Ogg) has gotten into Dwight's (Austin Amelio) scarred ear about abandoning Negan's plan and taking the Saviors in a different direction – a deadlier form of "scorched earth" than Negan ever imagined.
Back at the Hilltop, Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) meet the enigmatic Georgie (Jayne Atkinson); who asks for an offering of food and albums (yup) in return for "the key to your future."
Oh, and the Rick/Daryl (Norman Reedus) bromance? It's all good. Negan and Jadis' (Pollyanna McIntosh) realtionship? Not so much…
To find out what we thought of last week's fine return-to-form for the series, check out our review of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 12 'The Key':
The Walking Dead 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.
But life isn't about living in the past, so here's the trailer and overview for this Sunday's "lucky" thirteenth episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, 'Do Not Send Us Astray':
The Walking Dead Episode 8×13 'Do Not Send Us Astray': Trouble arises when unexpected visitors arrive at the Hilltop and the community is thrust into action; heartbreaking discoveries are made.
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.