Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

The Walking Dead season 8 review: "Drawn out and insignificant"

The Walking Dead season 8 review:

Read on only if you have already watched the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead. But "Wrath" brings both groups out into an open field for the battle between the Saviors and Rick's group - or, rather, the battle between Rick and Negan. Letting Negan live caused Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to break down - craving vengeance for her husband - and her decision to plot against Rick was joined by, among others, Daryl (Norman Reedus), potentially placing the show's most significant players in conflict.

Yep. In the end, Rick refused to kill Negan, fulfilling his son's dying wish. Then he got all teary-eyed; Rick got teary-eyed, too, and then he slashed Negan's throat. Finally, Negan asks that Gabriel ride along so he can confess his sins. "He wants to show people that things can change", he explained, "Everything is about people, everything in this life that's worth a damn". How is it that Morgan will next appear on The Walking Dead's spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead? Negan has been the villain for two full seasons now, which have also been two of the most tiresome the show has ever delivered. After the mishap with the guns, The Saviors no longer hold an advantage over Rick's group; some try to keep fighting, but most throw up their hands in surrender. The potential in breaking away from the confines of the comics was a courageous move for AMC, but obviously one that it couldn't stick to, especially when you look at just how closely Negan's fate matches the comics. He tells her to tell Henry that he's going to be okay.

I'll admit that I didn't see Eugene's betrayal of the Saviours coming, but the Oceanside gals did turn up, just as I predicted last week, throwing Molotovs at the Saviours and managing not to burn the Hilltop to the ground.

Later, Rick and Michonne make it clear to Negan that he'll spend the rest of his life rotting in jail for what he's done.

Rick hasn't been the greatest leader, it's true, but if Gimple and company think the way to win back fans is a survivor mutiny I think there's trouble ahead for more people than Rick. He wants everyone to go home but tells them that Negan's way of doing things is over.

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With old faces, new faces, and a time jump, Fear the Walking Dead feels like it's been given a second life. Dickens said that as the series has evolved, so has her character and she's become much stronger because she's had so much more to protect and lead. Here are a few things we learned from four of the actors. Meanwhile, Daryl pledges to show Rick that he was wrong to do what he did.

That's a wrap on recapping Season 8.

Rick now seems committed to this new world and new vision.

Of course, the two biggest obstacles in their way are Rick and Michonne. We were treated to not one but three montages of Rick and a young Carl walking hand in hand, hearkening back to Carl's farewell letter to his dad. Until then, check out what we learned about Fear the Walking Dead's new character Althea from star Maggie Grace, and then head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer premiere schedule to see what other shows are on the way.

The actor admitted that the historic crossover can be traced back to a conversation he had with Scott Gimple, executive producer and former showrunner of The Walking Dead who has since been tasked with overseeing the entire AMC franchise.

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