Ever since the ending of Season 7 of The Walking Dead, the show has been building toward the actual war between the Saviors and everyone else. And, most importantly, the showdown between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). This season began by giving us the start of this in the first couple of episodes. Tension builds toward this mid-season finale of Season 8.
What has made this first half of the season interesting has been that the plans of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, The Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom looked to be fool-proof. The siege of the Sanctuary worked to perfection. It also has my favorite strategy for a firefight. It is great idea to kill as many as they can in the ambush and waiting for them to return as zombies.
This season has shown more than this though. There has been the moral dilemma that is eating away at Eugene (Josh McDermitt). He knows that Dwight (Austin Amelio) is a traitor. Eugene could turn him in, but still feels for feels for his so-called ‘former travel companions’. He has never felt as important as he does now and wants to save the Sanctuary. Negan even goes as far to tell him he is the second most important person there. Eugene has turned to drinking to cope with this inner turmoil. It is good touch to his character to see all of this eating at him.
There has been some emotional impact as well. Ezekiel (Khary Payton) allows us to delve more into his character. We also see him broken by an ambush from the Saviors. The alliance members are faced with losing their humanity when dealing with surrendered those that have surrendered. Half being led by Jesus (Tom Payne) who wants to take them prisoner while not becoming those they are fighting. The others with Tara (Alanna Masterson) would rather give them the same treatment they have been given with execution. The prisoners come to Hilltop where Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has to decide what to do. There is also Negan and Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) seeking refuge from the horde of the undead. Gabriel tries to get him to give his confession. This makes for an interesting interaction. As well as Rick and Daryl (Norman Reedus) reuniting with Judith.
What to Expect?
From the trailers it looks the alliance is attempting to force the Saviors into surrender. They are using with a castle-like siege techniques. Maggie and the convoy she is with come to a downed tree that is across the road that wasn’t there before. Rick convinces the Scavengers to join his cause. They strike a deal that convinces them to join. When he arrives at the Sanctuary, the zombies that are surrounding it are no longer there.
Tune in at 9 pm on Sunday, December 10th for the hour and half mid-season finale. How this plan will play and what tricks Negan and the Saviors have in store for them.