The episode opens with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and The Scavengers ditching Rick (Andrew Lincoln) once the Saviors inside The Sanctuary start shooting. Why he felt that getting them onside was important is beyond us. If his plan had played through like he intended, they wouldn’t need The Scavengers and considering they seem to side with the victors regardless, they could have been confronted once the war was won.
Elsewhere, Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and
This week’s episode should come with a pre-warning: beware this episode may contain unhealthy amounts of Eugene (Josh McDermitt). We have nothing against the nonsense spouting wimp in particular, honest, but of the myriad of characters the show has to offer Eugene would most certainly be at the bottom of our “a whole episode dedicated to” wish list. In fact we would have even preferred Any of the other lieutenants. And yes we hear you nit-pickers in the back purring – we know that Eugene doesn’t take up all of the screen time in “Time for After” but he is without doubt the protagonist and the majority of the episode is concerned with him and the decisions he needs to make.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the episode.
We open with
It was inevitable, and we’ve had a good run, but this week we slip into filler territory, and whilst this is somewhat disappointing, “The Big Scary U” at least offers some good performances and bit of character development. It also offers a much needed glimpse into the life of The Saviors, in particular Negan’s top lieutenants.
We open the episode with a series of flashbacks, another overly-used trope by the show. First, we witness Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) preying before the assault on The Sanctuary in episode 1. We then move on to the moments leading up to the assault yet this time from the point of view of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his trusted council. His council is made up of the expected – Dwight (Austin Amelio), Simon (Steven Ogg) and
With Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) trapped together, they learn some things about each other. The other Saviours looking for a way to save their leader, soon realise that they have even more problems closer to home. While all of this is going on, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) sees something that is more than a little surprising.
For fans of the comic book version of The Walking Dead, you’ll know that there is a one-shot comic called Here’s Negan. This features the story of the character giving an insight into his origins. This week we get to hear about the television show origins,
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8.5 The Big Scary U
Negan has been the show's longest-running villain, and there's a reason for that. Negan is one of the more popular characters from the comic book continuity, he's played by one of the better actors on the show, and he's running a massive network of thugs and murderers who keep the kinder communities under his thumb and keep his Saviors well stocked up on pickles and ammunition. He's also the only person holding that organisation together, and without Negan's presence, the Saviors will return to what they were prior to his arrival—squabbling gangs shooting at
Given its premise, AMC's The Walking Dead is a series steeped in impossibilities — and with its latest episode, it just began a story most people would have found impossible beforehand: Negan's redemption.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's smirking psychopath stood front and center over the course of "The Big Scary U," an episode that saw Negan and Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) working to find...
With the Saviours moving in for a counter-attack Rick and his allies have to fight back. His blast from the past though raises interesting questions that relate not only to Rick, but also to people like Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Morgan (Lennie James).
What we see this week for Rick is a wakeup call that he has had in the past. When he is compared to The Saviours and Negan, no matter how he argues against it, the truth is there. His actions hint at the fact that he is going too far, even if the methods he uses are needed.
Season 7 ended on the dissatisfying cliffhanger of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang’s failure to usurp Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), testing many a fan’s patience in the process. The season was compiled of plenty of slow-burning episodes that teased a payoff that fizzled out to not much more than a minor twist and a quick shot of a tiger mauling a dude.
So it is fair to say, after a series of mediocre seasons, that it is about time one of the biggest shows on television got its act together.
The opening episode to the show’s eighth season certainly demonstrates the show-runner’s intent to get to the point a bit quicker. We open the episode with the Hilltop, Alexandria and Kingdom crews coming together in preparation for all out war.
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Seeing Rick as an old man, enjoying moments with his family and Michonne (Danai Gurira) tease a look into the future. This future though is obviously not real. We also see a different version of the future, though with a younger Rick. This Rick looks broken, which hints at some kind of tragedy. It teases that Rick may dream of the perfect future,
Advantage: Rick Grimes. As marketed for months, the “all-out war” between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) finally began in the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” and it does appear like the Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom alliance has an early lead.
At the end of Episode 1, “Mercy” (which also doubles as the series’ landmark 100th installment), Negan looks to be in a tough spot — stuck in a shipping container, with Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), surrounded by walkers. But the battle with the Saviors has just started, and it’s sure to get more brutal before it’s done.
Nonetheless, there’s a bit of hope in “Mercy,” thanks to mysterious flash-forwards that show a dream-like future in Alexandria, where life is peaceful. Rick, sporting his own David Letterman-esque longbeard, wakes up to Michonne, Carl and a slightly older Judith, bouncing to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Another One Rides the Bus.
Last season, “The Walking Dead” had one of its biggest audiences ever for its worst-ever episode, and the show subsequently lost a number of viewers most shows would kill for, while still remaining a ratings powerhouse.
Rick and the others encountered new communities like the Hilltop (led by Gregory, who sucks) and the Kingdom (led by King Ezekiel, who rules). Both communities wound up rallying to Rick’s side, presumably because they were tried of Negan’s endless speechifying. Eugene went full heel, becoming a higher-up in the Saviors, while Savior lieutenant Dwight agreed to be a mole for the resistance. Finally, Sasha killed herself in a convoluted attempt on Negan’s life, because she had to go trek to the stars. Whew!
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Everyone’s accounted for in the premiere,
You can watch the new 360-degree experience videos below, and visit the links in the official press release to learn more about AMC Vr. In case you missed it, check here for our previous coverage of The Walking Dead Season 8, which premieres on Sunday, October 22nd at 9:00pm Et.
Press Release: New York, NY, October 19, 2017 – AMC announced today that it has launched a new, immersive virtual reality app, AMC Vr, which allows users to step
The first episode of the new season is just around the corner, and fans are anticipating what the hit zombie show has in store for them this time around. The show isn’t quite as popular as it once was but the series’ producers want to thank those that are still with the show in season 8’s opener.
Executive producer Greg Nicotero has told Variety that the 100th episode is “a thank-you letter” for those that have stuck around since the beginning.
“There are probably two or three sequences in the first episode that I was particularly excited about doing that people will instantly recognize. It’s sort of a thank-you letter for people who have been with us all along and nodding to little things here and there. Some of them might be a little more obvious,
The cable network has launched AMC Vr, its new hub for immersive video, with an extended bonus scene from the popular zombie drama. The 360-degree scene, which will feature Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam, will debut on the app following the upcoming season-eight premiere of The Walking Dead. The scene, produced by Moth + Flame, was directed by Greg Nicotero, an executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor on the series, and co-directed by Kevin Cornish. It will become available on the AMC...
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