Welcome to the Walking Dead Rewind, where you get a chance to get caught up on Bleeding Cool's weekly revaps (reviews/recaps) of the previous week's episode ahead of a new episode tonight.
We've wiped away the tears and said our goodbyes to Carl (Chandler Riggs), who shuffled off this mortal coil at the end of an uneven mid-season premiere for AMC's The Walking Dead ('Honor'). Filled with heartbreaking moments and interesting future storyline teases that could prove interesting, the episode could've used a couple of minutes on the treadmill to shave off about 15 extra minutes of fluff as well as a few other things.
So you can find our revap below, but a little something to keep in mind that didn't make the cut: don't forget the final scene, with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) sitting by the tree with one bloody hand. It's important.
The Walking Dead 8×09 'Honor': Rick faces new difficulties after a battle; the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.
And now, a special announcement about tonight's Bleeding Cool live-blog:
Even AMC's The Walking Dead finds itself facing a foe that's tough to defeat; and it looks like the combined might of Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) – with an army of walkers at their sides – can't overcome this one: the Oscars.
Because tonight's the night when Hollywood dislocates its shoulder giving itself a big old pat on the back for being "so awesome" – and because I'll be part of Bleeding Cool's live-stream coverage (cheap plug) – we're pushing back our "Bring Out Your Dead!" live-blog to 11:06 p.m. ET (the first re-airing of the episode after Talking Dead) for this Sunday, March 4th only!
Here's a look at this week's tenth episode, 'The Lost and the Plunderers'; as well as an overview of the season:
The Walking Dead Episode 8×10 'The Lost and the Plunderers': Groups unite their forces and converge on the Hilltop; Aaron and Enid search for allies; Simon takes matters into his own hands.
All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
At the very center — Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan's attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn't the only person who's living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they're in friendly territory, or if they've just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she's currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others' thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene's loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.
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); with Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, out-going showrunner Scott M. Gimple and franchise creator Robert Kirkman serving as executive producers.