The Walking Dead Season 8

Jadis emerges as a new threat & the gang aren’t given much time khổng lồ mourn after last week’s loss. The Trash Pandas are back too, but something is amiss


The Lost và the Plunderers could have gone horribly wrong. For starters, it featured a whole lot of Negan, who oscillates between a layered và threatening villain và rootin’ tootin’ doofus. It picked up straight after Carl’s burial, so there was a danger it could be one 44-minute close-up of of Rick’s bottom lip wobbling. Và it also brought the Trash Pandas back, who, & let’s be fair lớn them, are more stupid than most geese. But it didn’t go wrong. Zipping between various characters’ points of view kept it brisk. It had some great moments & climaxed with a nice chat between Rick & Negan which, while hardly the diner scene in Heat, raised the stakes nicely.

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Rick và Michonne’s decision to giảm giá khuyến mãi with Carl’s passing by indulging in a cathartic zombie-killathon was definitely more engaging to watch than a load of snot & weeping. (Top marks to the makeup team too for the poor zombie who managed to lớn rip his entire face off on Alexandria’s gate.) Perhaps not having the two of them sobbing in a heap for the whole episode was a slight emotional cop-out, considering the magnitude of what they’ve been through. But one of the major criticisms hurled at this show’s recent seasons is pacing that makes glaciers look lượt thích sports cars. I for one was pleased this episode had Rick và Michonne actually doing things as opposed to quietly telling each other how sad they were. They did that too, of course, but doses of it were kept mercifully small.

The title cards used to lớn segment the narrative into various characters’ points of view allowed the episode to hop around various timelines, and it’s a technique the show should use more often. Yes, Enid’s chunk was duller than an insurance conference PowerPoint slide, but the rest zinged along nicely. A small part of me always lights up when it looks lượt thích we’re in for a Simon-heavy episode, & this one was a peach. Having seen that the Trash Pandas were now Zombie Trash Pandas, you knew exactly what was coming when he confronted Jadis: Pandamonium. Yet, here, Simon’s penchant for mass murder, at the risk of sounding lượt thích a monster, felt justified. When he suggests to Negan that it would be easier to simply wipe out the troublesome elements và start again, you have to lớn grudgingly agree with him.


The Walking Dead: Danai Gurira as Michonne, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes Photograph: gen Page/AMCBased on the nascent signs of discord here, I’m intrigued by the proposition of Simon and Negan coming khổng lồ blows. Now, of course, Simon’s gone directly against Negan’s wishes, so it’s inevitable. Simon clearly never had any intention of getting away with it, given his clear wish khổng lồ repeat the kích hoạt at the Hilltop và Kingdom. So he’s either taking the initiative, making a decision he thinks Negan will come to realise is the right one, or Simon’s maneuvering for power. Whichever it is, I’m eager to lớn see how it plays out. Plaudits must once again go khổng lồ Steven “Simon” Ogg. He seems khổng lồ be having a swell old time cranking everything up lớn 11 without it boiling over into parody. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, take note.

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I also – & brace yourself – enjoyed my time with the Trash Pandas. It wasn’t just because they got their comeuppance for being quadruple-crossing goons, either. It was compelling to lớn see Jadis’s power get snatched away in increments: first, the guns; then Jadis’s authority when Simon made her apologise; and, finally, her followers themselves. The fact that Jadis’s “Me Jane, You Tarzan” style of speaking was an act didn’t make it any less annoying at the time, but at least when she no longer had need for it Jadis got some much-needed fleshing out. She was understandably broken after being forced to grind all her friends into doner meat, in the episode’s gory highlight. Up to lớn this point, Pollyanna McIntosh has been a much better actor than the Rizla-thin character of Jadis has deserved. This episode, at last, allowed her khổng lồ flex her thespian muscles, and now she’s abandoned her ludicrous Trash Panda lexicon, I hope we end up seeing more of her. Whether Jadis will seek revenge on Rick for abandoning her is yet to be seen, but Simon had definitely better watch his back.

I’ve owned paperclips that I care more about than the woodland clan, so I’m not going to dwell on Enid và Aaron’s brief and fairly pointless internment. One has to lớn hope these arboreal oafs have a huge part lớn play in future episodes, because any all all time spent with them is both boring & intensely irritating. So the last thing I want to touch on before I go away is the gradual softening of Negan. I’m enjoying it quite a lot. It seems like he genuinely does want lớn “save” people, even if his methods for doing so are “a bit killy”. He seemed genuinely deflated at the news of Carl’s death, and it’s interesting that, when Negan và Rick eventually face off, they’ll both be doing so, in their minds, khổng lồ avenge him.

For me, Negan going in guns blazing & blaming Rick for Carl’s not-aliveness was a little heavy-handed after the apparently genuine concern he’d shown. But I’m definitely warming to lớn him. This season’s efforts khổng lồ make him a more rounded character are working. Though let’s not get carried away – it’s taken the best past of two seasons lớn accomplish even a fraction of the depth The Governor had managed in five episodes.

All in all, I thought The Lost & the Plunderers was pretty good. While far from perfect, the show’s producers seem to have learned from lessons of the past. As we hurtle towards the opener-finale perineum, classically the saggiest part of any season of the show, let’s see if the unique can stay this high.

Season eight

Episode 1: MercyEpisode 2: The DamnedEpisode 3: MonstersEpisode 4: Some GuyEpisode 5: The Big Scary UEpisode 6: The King, the Widow & RickEpisode 7: Time for AfterEpisode 8: How It"s Gotta BeEpisode 9: HonorEpisode 10: The Lost & the PlunderersEpisode 11: Dead Alive OrEpisode 12: The KeyEpisode 13: vì Not Send Us AstrayEpisode 14: Still Gotta Mean SomethingEpisode 15: WorthEpisode 16: Wrath

Season seven

Episode 1: The Day Will Come When You Won"t BeEpisode 2: The WellEpisode 3: The CellEpisode 4: ServiceEpisode 5: Go GettersEpisode 6: SwearEpisode 7: Sing Me A SongEpisode 8: Hearts Still BeatingEpisode 9: Rock in the RoadEpisode 10: New Best FriendsEpisode 11: Hostiles and CalamitiesEpisode 12: Say YesEpisode 13: Bury Me HereEpisode 14: The Other SideEpisode 15: Something They NeedEpisode 16: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Season six

Episode 1: First Time AgainEpisode 2: JSSEpisode 3: Thank YouEpisode 4: Here"s Not HereEpisode 5: NowEpisode 6: Always AccountableEpisode 7: Heads UpEpisode 8: Start lớn FinishEpisode 9: No Way OutEpisode 10: The Next WorldEpisode 11: Knots UntieEpisode 12: Not Tomorrow YetEpisode 13: The Same BoatEpisode 14: Twice As FarEpisode 15: EastEpisode 16: Last Day on Earth

Season five

Episode 1: No SanctuaryEpisode 2: StrangersEpisode 3: Four Walls and a RoofEpisode 4: SlabtownEpisode 5: Self HelpEpisode 6: ConsumedEpisode 7: CrossedEpisode 8: CodaEpisode 9: What Happened và What"s Going OnEpisode 10: ThemEpisode 11: The DistanceEpisode 12: RememberEpisode 13: ForgetEpisode 14: SpendEpisode 15: TryEpisode 16: Conquer

Season three

Episode 1: SeedEpisode 2: SickEpisode 3: Walk With MeEpisode 4: Killer WithinEpisode 5: Say the WordEpisode 6: HoundedEpisode 7: When the Dead Come KnockingEpisode 8: Made khổng lồ SufferEpisode 9: The Suicide KingEpisode 10: HomeEpisode 11: I Ain"t A JudasEpisode 12: ClearEpisode 13: Arrow on the DoorpostEpisode 14: PreyEpisode 15: The Sorrowful LifeEpisode 16: Welcome khổng lồ the Tombs