Previously on The Walking Dead, “Honor”
Rick Grimes is nowhere near fulfilling his promise to his dying son, and that’s understandable. Before getting to “my mercy prevailed over my wrath,” Rick needs to scorch a little earth first. Still reeling from losing Carl and their home, Rick and Michonne head for the junkyard to check on Jadis’ crew. Rick knows the Saviors are aware of their triple-cross and wants to make sure they (and their guns) are still on his side. Too bad Simon gets there first.
Negan’s second wants one of two things: either they pack up and find new communities to save because they keep taking Ls or they take out the majority of each of the remaining to communities. Negan nixes both ideas, insisting that Saviors don’t give up nor do they take the easy way out. Killing everyone is easy; finding another way to make them see reason is hard, but worth it. This kinda sounds like what Carl wants, minus the whole “kill just one to send a message.” Even after receiving Maggie’s gift of a dead Savior and the warning to stand down, Negan sends Simon to meet with Jadis and instructions to do the hard thing. Simon and his men kill everyone except Jadis.
Rick and Michonne find Jadis surrounded by her undead family and with the sudden ability to speak in complete sentences. Despite her pleas that they take her with them, Rick and Michonne leave Jadis to die (though Rick later claims he didn’t want her dead).
Rick radios Negan with the news of Carl’s death and the fact that Carl left a letter for Negan as well. He also asked Negan to stop fighting. Again, no one expected Rick to call for a truce with Carl barely cold in the ground, but however close he was to honoring his promise is set back when Negan blames Rick’s quest for revenge for Carl’s death. On top of that, he calls him a shitty father.
So, yeah. These two won’t be swapping beard grooming tips any time soon.
Bits & Bites
The whole Oceanside trip continues to be a waste of time as Cyndie opts to let Aaron and Enid go after kills Cyndie’s grandmother. That act of mercy doesn’t mean the women are willing to “join the fight,” but Aaron stays behind to convince them after heads home.
Jadis turns the walkers into mush using a trash compacter and then sit downs to enjoy some applesauce. If she uses that mush as paint, I might have to quit this show.
How many blows to the head is Simon going to take when Negan finds out what he did? Also, does this confirm that Simon was behind killing all the men from Oceanside’s prior community?
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The Walking Dead S8E10 Review Score
"The Lost and the Plunderers"
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton