Previously on The Walking Dead, “Do Not Send Us Astray”
After another morning of…
“Hey, maybe Dwight is on our side because I haven’t turned.”
“No. Fuck Dwight.”
“Hey, maybe you should read Carl’s letter.”
“No. Gotta kill more people first.”
“Are you going out to look for Henry?”
… Daryl and Rosita head off to sabotage the Saviors’ bullet-making process; Morgan leaves to hunt the escapees and Carol tags along; Rick puts on his murder coat and off a-murdering he goes.
Jadis and Elaborate Murdering
Via flashback we learn Jadis faked death to survive Simon’s massacre. Now that she has Negan tied to a palette on wheels, she packs a bag and prepares to feed him to a walker strapped to a cart because she’s all about elaborate, unnecessary death scenes.
But Negan gets his hands on a gun, a lit flare, and some of Jadis’ personal photographs. He threatens to burn them and she breaks down. After she reveals he took everything from her, he admits that Lucille is named after his dead wife and all he has left of her.
The helicopter from earlier in the season appears and hovers nearby. During a struggle with Jadis, the flare Negan was holding is extinguished and Jadis rushes to light another to get the pilot’s attention. She’s too late and the helicopter flies away.
Jadis lets Negan go and declines his offer to join him. He says he’ll come back and maybe then she’ll feel like explaining what the hell was up with the helicopter.
Morgan and Unwavering Murdering
Carol admits she didn’t leave to find New Carl or hunt the Saviors; she’s worried about Morgan. He has a vision of New Carl and tells Carol they both know he’s dead. When they find a walker with New Carl’s spear sticking out of it, Carol thinks there may be hope he’s still alive and she and Morgan part ways: she resolves to finding New Carl and he’s still committed to killing Saviors.
Morgan runs into Rick and acknowledges two things:
1. Rick’s wearing his murdering coat so they can roll together and
2. He’s crazy
The missing Saviors actually find them and tie Morgan and Rick up inside the dive bar they’ve been hiding in. They got an injured companion and can’t decide on how to proceed. Rick further complicates matters by seemingly taking Al from Philly’s earlier advice that Rick not kill those he doesn’t have to, and instead offers to take them back to Hilltop. All seem prepared to take him up on that offer except the Long-Haired Asshole Who Killed New Carl’s Brother. LHAWKNCB wants to kill them both yesterday.
Morgan then complicates those matters by saying he has every intention on killing each of them, slowly and painfully, forever and ever. Amen.
A whole herd of plot device comes shambling into the bar and Rick and Morgan are freed to help fend them off. A few of the Saviors even save their lives, but that doesn’t stop Rick and Morgan from killing the Saviors as soon as the herd is down to a manageable sized plot device. Morgan then tracks down LHAWKNCB and holds him to a fence so walkers can feast on him. It was the best part of the entire episode.
Carol finds New Carl alive, unfortunately.
Rick goes home, hangs up his murdering coat, showers, but still walks around the house in those rank cowboy boots for some reason, and finally reads Carl’s letter.
First things first: If you give someone your word that you’re not doing to kill them, please keep it. Don’t turn around and kill them the first chance you get.
Bits & Bites
Negan finds someone on the side of the road and offers them a ride. When he pulls up at the Sanctuary, it appears he’s alone and he tells his guards not to mention his return. I’m betting the passenger was that Savior who tried to bang Spencer that one time and since TSWTTBSTOT knows Dwight is a traitor, Dwight’s and Simon’s days are numbered.
Will Rosita and Daryl really be able to kill Eugene?
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The Walking Dead S8E14 Review Score
"Still Gotta Mean Something"
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Norman Reedus, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Khary Payton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan