After 1-1/2 seasons and 23 episodes, it seems like it’s all come down to this: Sunday night’s mid-season finale of AMC‘s The Walking Dead sees anger and personal agendas having thrown Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) plans into turmoil. Just as he’s brokered a deal with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and the Scavengers to join his forces against the might of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors, a tragic miscalculation has moved a once contained war out into the streets of Alexandria, the Kingdom and the Hilltop. Can Rick get his plan back on track? Will Rick be able to keep his promise to kill Negan? What moment will happen that will break the internet and (as the producers are promising us) will have fans talking?
Here’s the trailer for The Walking Dead‘s mid-season finale, ‘How It’s Gotta Be’:
The Walking Dead, Episode 808 (‘How It’s Gotta Be’): Every story and battle from the first half of the season comes crashing together in this action-packed, emotional Mid-Season finale.
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.