Walking Dead Review: S08E02 “The Damned”

 

******THIS IS A SPOILER RICH REVIEW.
PLEASE ONLY READ THIS AFTER YOU HAVE WATCHED THE EPISODE!!!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!******

 

It’s been a crazy last couple of weeks with The Walking Dead. After distracting the sanctuary with the dead, Rick and his friends had an opportunity to seize the weapons from the saviors by invading the other locations.

 

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Rick Grimes is on a mission to find the Sanctuary’s Armory

 

 

Rick and Darrel began a search of a four story building where they believed the weapons were at. Little did they know that what they were hiding weren’t weapons at all, they were instead protecting a baby. He fought off the guard as they were both trying to kill each other, and the guard, with his last breathe, uttered the words, “No weapons…” Rick opened the door to a nursery. In shock, looked into the mirror and he saw himself as the terrorizer.

 

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Rick finds baby Gracie

 

 

As we know, any time Rick shows remorse, his guard is let down and something bad will be happening to him. He continued his search for weapons and found a bedroom, with a picture of a man and his wife hanging on the wall. The next thing you know, there is a gun pointed at Rick. Rick looks at him and recognizes him from the camp in Atlanta. Morales! Wait, who? I forgot about him, I’m sure you all forgot about him. He was with the group in season 1 where Rick was reunited with Lori and Carl.

I think the bigger story from this episode, is Morgan’s. There were a couple of episodes from the last two seasons that I couldn’t stand the guy because he was a self-righteous know-it-all. Towards the end of last season, he finally came out of his shell and from what we see in this season, he is unstoppable and unkillable. He doesn’t die. He even got shot down with two others, and walked away without a scratch. He got up and assassinated every savior in sight. It was spectacular!

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I don’t know about anyone else, but one of the things that have always puzzled me is how long King Ezekiel can keep up the biblical act. He’s very fond of Carol and you can see that he is always trying to impress her with his confidence. We get to see a moment where he is a little more open to her than he is with others. “Fake it till you make it, baby!” I laughed pretty good, because it was completely unexpected and we actually got to see that he is in fact normal like the rest of them.

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Overall, the episode was good. Certainly, not as good as the first. I do have my concerns as the writers bring back a character that seemed very irrelevant in the beginning. I guess we can compare it with the time that Morgan returned about two to three seasons ago. I just hope we don’t get a boring two hour episode about Morales and his family. I just want to know what happened to Father Gabriel and Negan! I hope we see that next week!

Overall I give the episode a rating of
3 Cushions and a Throw Pillow on the Couch

3 out of 5 Throw Pillow

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