Rise up! The Walking Dead has finally returned and Mr. Grimes is ready for some payback. The 8th season premiere of the Walking Dead aired on Sunday night. The town of Alexandria has teamed up with The Hilltop and The Kingdom to take on Negan and the Saviors. As we look back on season 7, Rick and his gang were bullied by the Saviors which made Rick lack in his role as the leader by hiding his tail between his legs. That is until the end of the season where enough is enough. Rick promised Negan that he would kill him and from what we saw on episode 1 of season 8, he means it.
The episode starts out by showing Rick as an old man lying in bed as some of us may remember from the season 8 trailer. When I saw this, I was a bit confused because I was unsure if it was a future Rick or perhaps an afterlife. It appears that he was daydreaming right before he gave a powerful war speech to his followers to prepare for the invasion that would take place at the saviors’ sanctuary.
Could this be the end of Negan or could it be the end of Rick? All we know is that the words, “This isn’t about me,” escaped Rick’s mouth multiple times throughout the show. Are the writers trying to tell us that the torch will be passed to Carl as the leader of Alexandria, or that Rick is just trying to regain self-control as the urges to end Negan’s life are surfacing more and more as time goes on?
Negan and the Saviors stood tall at the entrance thinking very confidently that they are unstoppable and that Alexandria, The Hilltop and The Kingdom don’t stand a chance against their army. In fact, the saviors thought that they had leverage as Gregory, the leader of The Hilltop, came out with Negan’s party to declare that anyone who stands up against the saviors will no longer have a home at The Hilltop. Well… praise Jesus, as he yelled, “The Hilltop stands with Maggie!” The plan that the saviors had so cleverly came up with, failed… miserably. Rick then gave his final warning to surrender and of course, they didn’t and now their “sanctuary” has become more of a place where the dead walk freely.
If you haven’t tuned in to this epic drama, do it. The Walking Dead may have the best character development out of any TV show. It’s amazing to me that an audience can witness such character growth for more than a handful of characters. Mercy (episode 1), goes down as one of my favorite season premieres from this show. It’s not often that I anticipate a season premiere, usually I wait a few weeks so that I can binge watch 3 or 4 in a row. With The Walking Dead, I cannot. Negan better be wearing his brown pants this season, because Rick is gonna make him… well… you know.
This episode was phenomenal and gets a well deserved
4 out of 5 Couch Cushions and a throw pillow!
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