Welcome to another addition of Bleeding Cool‘s The Walking Dead Rewind, where we take a look back at the season’s penultimate episode ‘Worth’ ahead of this week’s “Survival Sunday” that sees the show wrap up its eighth season on the same night Fear the Walking Dead season 4 premieres.
After 15 episodes of “All Out War,” Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) Saviors and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie’s (Lauren Cohan) Hilltop coalition are devastated and desperate. With both sides looking for an advantage, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) came this close to commandeering one of Negan’s most prized possessions: ammo-maker Eugene (Josh McDermitt). It took the combination of cowardice, lack of self-respect and ability to projectile vomit for him to escape back to the factory, where he appears re-committed to make something of his “pathetic life” by helping the Saviors end the war once and for all.
Here’s a look at this Sunday’s super-sized season 8 finale of AMC‘s The Walking Dead, ‘Wrath’:
The Walking Dead Episode 8×16 ‘Wrath’: The communities join forces in the last stand against the Saviors as all-out war unfolds.
In this sneak preview of The Walking Dead’s eighth season finale, Eugene and his ammo cobbler elves have been working overtime on production — and Negan’s here to make sure their work works:
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.