Things look to be going from bad to worse for our heroes. With Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) coalition fractured and trying desperately to make their way to the Hilltop for one last stand, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors are looking to end this “All Out War” once and for all. How much impact will Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) final words have on Rick and Negan? Is Negan right when he says that Rick’s anger will end up getting more people he loves killed? And is Negan’s confidence blinding him to other traitors within the Saviors’ ranks?
In this week’s 11th episode of The Walking Dead season 8 ‘Dead or Alive Or’, we see the focus shift to Daryl (Norman Reedus), Tara (Alanna Masterson), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Dwight (Austin Amelio) as they make a very dangerous decision to make their way to the Hilltop. In the first of two clips released by AMC this week, Tara is getting an itchy trigger finger for Dwight, leading to a confrontation with Daryl and Rosita. In the second clip, Rosita learns firsthand why there are areas of the woods and swamps that even Saviors won’t go:
The Walking Dead Episode 8×11 ‘Dead or Alive Or’: Daryl finds himself in bad company as his group heads to the Hilltop; Maggie makes difficult decisions at the Hilltop; Gabriel’s faith becomes tested.
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.