After nearly a half-dozen episodes that blazed through the past five weeks like a runaway train, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his army have not only taken the fight to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) but also gotten the serious upper hand. There have been losses — no one can can forget the decimation of King Ezekiel's (Khary Payton) Kingdom and the tragic sacrifices made by so many on behalf of their "king." Not all losses are fatal, but tragic nonetheless: the break in trust between Morgan (Lennie James), Jesus (Tom Payne), and Tara (Alanna Masterson); Daryl's growing coldness and disconnect from Rick's plan; and a growing conspiracy within The Hilltop.
Even as Rick attempts a risky negotiation with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and the Scavengers, one has to wonder: with an end to "All Out War" so close, will Rick's side find a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory?
Here's a trailer for AMC's The Walking Dead season 8, episode 6, 'The King, the Widow, and Rick':
The Walking Dead S08E06 – 'The King, the Widow, and Rick': "With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop; the consequences of the decision are life versus death."
Here is AMC's official synopsis for The Walking Dead Season 8:
"Last year, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group.
Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.
This year, Rick brings 'All Out War' to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end."
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel Stokes), Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler), Khary Payton (King Ezekiel), and Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes); with Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.