It was bound to happen. After four solid weeks of exciting war-torn battles across multiple fronts that all took place within the same day (maybe even the same hour), we finally had to return to Sanctuary to check on the Saviors.
We opened with a flashback – that Savior meeting Negan had claimed to be a part of when our heroes attacked in the first episode. All the Savior leaders are there, including Simon, Eugene, Dwight, and Gregory.
The meeting is framed around Gregory trying to appeal to Negan and the rest of the Saviors that yes, he’s still in charge of the Hilltop (he’s not) and that yes, he can get them to stand down (he can’t). Some of the Saviors suggest they give the Hilltop an ultimatum, but Negan is not having that. Continue reading “The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 5 “The Big Scary U” Recap”
Thus far on The Walking Dead season eight we’ve been shifting around to multiple points of view throughout the war with the Saviors. This week we were treated to a much more focused, slow-paced, and emotional episode as we follow the one team that ended up drawing the short straw and suffering immense loss: King Ezekiel and the Kingdom.
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Where’s my Episode 2 recap? Turns out Polygon will not be running weekly Walking Dead recaps this year. This news came a bit late, which meant my recap for episode 2 had been submitted and even contracted, but probably won’t be published. I’ll be resuming weekly recaps here on my website, but alas episode 2’s recap will remain in limbo.
The Walking Dead continues with its all out war storyline, much to its benefit. We’re on the third episode and we’ve covered maybe only an hour, as we continue to see Rick’s offensive strategy play out in three different fronts.
Well, two fronts anyway. Once again the Kingdom group with Carol and King Ezekiel have little to show but stirring speeches from Ezekiel, along with a montage of mowing down saviors using obvious ambush tactics. They get there comeuppance at the end of the episode, and we’ll get to that in a bit. Continue reading “The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3 “Monsters” Recap”
Normally you would see an excerpt of my Walking Dead recap here, and the full post at Polygon. Unfortunately Polygon didn’t get the contract ready in time for the premiere, so I’m doing it right here on my website. We should be squared away starting next week!
War. War never changes. But sometimes it weaponizes zombies. The season eight premiere kicked off the war with the saviors with some literal bangs, and like Rick, it gave me hope for the future.
We left off last season with our three main groups: the Kingdom (lead by King Ezekiel), Alexandria (lead by Rick) and the Hilltop (currently changing leadership in favor of Maggie) all pledging to join forces against the growing oppressive threat of the Negan-led Saviors.
After some rousing gung-ho military-style speeches (of which King Ezekiel’s dramatic theatrics are particularly well-suited), they moved to execute their plan: assaulting the Savior factory headquarters head-on with armored cars, machine guns, and a giant horde of walkers. Continue reading “The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 1 “Mercy” Recap”
The Walking Dead has had a pretty rough season, and I’m being polite. A lot of fans understandably left after the ridiculous season six finale, which turned a huge character death into a cheap summer-long dangling carrot.
Things have only gotten worse from there, as the show continues to suffer from major pacing and writing issues. As we saw from the admittedly great finale there’s some hope for the future, but The Walking Dead as a show may be entering its twilight years.
After an agonizingly slow season, the season seven finale for The Walking Dead finally delivered the highly-anticipated rematch between Rick and Negan. Rick and company have a plan, but it’s going to take all their allies to bail them out as the first shots of war are fired. And one of our own isn’t going to make it out alive.
The penultimate episode of season seven splits up between three different storylines as we march toward a confrontation with Negan and the Saviors. We finally saw a return to the Oceanside community, witnessed Sasha’s imprisonment at Savior HQ and were reminded that Gregory is a scheming coward at the Hilltop.
At the end of episode 12, Tara finally confessed to Rick her secret. After their recent struggles finding weapons, she reveals that she had found an entire community, isolated and packing tons of weaponry. The all-female group known as Oceanside was introduced in Tara’s terrible solo episode. They had fought the Saviors previously and paid a terrible price, and now want nothing more than to be left alone.
That’s not good enough for our group, who take on a shockingly aggressive role to take their guns by force. With Tara’s intel, Rick, Michonne, Daryl and others plan an impressive assault.