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As revealed on Talking Dead tonight, we now know a little bit about the crossover between The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead dubbed “Worlds Collide.”
While exact details are being held close it has been revealed that Morgan Jones, played by Lennie James, will be heading to Fear the Walking Dead from The Walking Dead. Morgan is one of the oldest characters on The Walking Dead having debuted in the first episode and then taking a long break before he returned to the show.
It’s unknown exactly how this will happen or the time frame it’ll occur but Jones is currently in Austin, TX filming the next season of the show.
*Warning Spoilers Below*
A new weapon in the Savior arsenal proves to be a giant hurdle as fighting continues between Rick’s forces and those of the Saviors.
The Walking Dead‘ has been building up to some key moments from the comics this season and there’s been one particular moment I’ve been dreading. This is the episode of that moment and I’ll admit to have turned into the blubbering mess I expected to be.
While the battle continues to rage this episode, for the most part it’s about Ezekiel picking up from the end of last episode. Ezekiel has of course survived and is surrounded by the zombie corpses of his friends and followers. But in between the moments of him attempting to get away and being captured, we get some background about him. What he did before all of the crazy and how he came to be together with Shiva.
That’s something I’ve been waiting for this season as the comics had an excellent scene where things are explained and you get a sense that while Ezekiel is full of shit there’s a solid heart there and this is a person that really cares about those around him. He does what he thinks is good and necessary. That scene in the comics really creates a connection between him and Shiva. That scene isn’t quite as impactful in the show but what happens still packs a punch.
Much like the comics Ezekiel is injured and surrounded by zombies and when things look lost, Shiva comes to the rescue saving him and sacrificing herself. And I’ll admit, I choked up, a lot. I’m not an animal person at all but Ezekiel caring for this animal even during the zombie apocalypse, it’s touching. And to see an animal sacrifice itself so selflessly when it could easily have attempted to save itself and run, it’s an emotional wallop and despite the connection from the comic it still impacts. We the viewers have made the connection and that’s what matters.
The episode is a bittersweet one as things had been generally looking good and this one is rather grim in so many ways. We get another loss and while it’s someone whose screen time has been minimal it’s someone that stood out. Moments like in this episode are what makes the show special and keeps me watching.
Overall rating: 8.05
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In this extended VR scene from the Season 8 Premiere of The Walking Dead, watch Negan brutally fight his way out of a walker horde. Experience what it’s like firsthand to be the Saviors’ leader under attack in his own home.
The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers, and Hilltoppers unfolds; as Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.
The Walking Dead‘ continues the action in the second episode in which the alliance of the Hilltop, Alexandria, and the Kingdom press their attack against the Saviors in an episode that’s a long gun battle along with some more stealth operations. It’s action packed, a change from the previous season, and feels like it has addressed criticism by some that the series has dragged.
The episode is a decent one with some interesting aspects but it’s really three that stand out to me.
King Ezekial’s interactions with Carol are particularly fascinating in that you can never quite tell if Ezekial believes what he’s saying, is putting on a show for his followers, or is convinced he’s full of shit. There’s lots of Carol calling him on it and you can’t say that he doesn’t inspire his people. We know that the confidence will crack, it’s just a question as to when and how much it’ll crumble.
Next there’s the interaction between Tara and Jesus. Tara has gone cold and is taking no prisoners while Jesus feels like they should be doing that when it’s appropriate. It’s two striking philosophies and you have to wonder when there’ll be repercussions from either decision. I’ll throw in Morgan to this too as he is the character that embodies the middle of that debate as he struggles with exactly that through the episode.
Then there’s Rick who is confronted with his past, quite literally, in an episode that explores decisions he’s made and made it subtly. The episode ends on a cliffhanger for him but his story will lead to folks googling who has shown up. You can see Rick struggling with his decisions in the episode and as the conscious of the show in some ways, it embodies the struggles of everyone.
There’s lots of death, quite a few folks are injured, and a lot is left in the air. The episode continues a breakneck speed season that is full of action so far.
Overall rating: 7.95
Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.
The Walking Dead‘ kicks off its eighth season with a bang as the episode sees Rick and his allies in force to take on Negan and the Saviors. The episode is best to describe as vignettes in a way that’s a bit choppy as set up leads to battle and confrontation.
That’s emphasized by flash forward moments where we see “Old Man Rick” and begin to get an idea as to what’s to come… or at least what Rick hopes to come.
What’s interesting about the episode was its smaller moments such as a confrontation with Gregory, Father Gabriel attempting to save someone, and looks given between various characters. This is an episode that’s set up and to tell us where everyone stands since the last season ended. Maggie is clearly in charge of the Hilltop, Rick is back and pissed, Morgan is willing to kill, this is a crew that’s standing up and showing they’re not afraid. There’s also a key moment when Rick says he’ll follow Maggie, a passing of the torch in a way where the show feels like it shifts a little like the comic has and becomes as much Maggie’s story as it is Rick’s.
There’s also an X-Force type force now with Daryl, Carol, Tara, and Morgan off on a mission to bring in reinforcements in a way for the battle. The crew is an interesting one considering the various histories of the characters that make it up. This is absolutely the crew to not mess with and a black-ops team in a way is pretty awesome to see.
But, the biggest thing about the episode is this is proactive Rick. Last season was Rick and his crew beaten down by Negan and was a bit of a depressing season in many ways. But, with this season things have shifted and it’s all offense. Negan is bombastic but comes off as scared. It’s good in that we can start cheering again but bad in that the bad guy no longer feels like the insurmountable object to get pass.
While the episode wasn’t spectacular, it was action packed kicking off a season that will be full of battles and back and forth give between the various factions. It’s a solid start that ups the pacing and drops the viewer right into the action with hints at the peace on the other side.
Overall rating: 7.95
At New York Comic Con, AMC revealed that the television series The Walking Dead and its spinoff Fear the Walking Dead will be crossing over. The television channel also released a teaser image for the event.
While it was initially said this type of crossover would never happen, it was pretty clear it would at some point. It’s unknown exactly what’s going to happen, so we’ll have to wait and see.
The Walking Dead returns October 22 on AMC.
What comes next ain’t gonna be pretty. Don’t miss the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, October 22 at 9/8c.