Sunday, April 22, 2018

TV Show Review: The Walking Dead (Season 8)

The walkers return for a stalled out season of a show that seems to keep going despite all signs that it has lost its life. The show continues to deal out deaths to major characters but at this point, it is hard to feel much emotion for the characters. The hardest death for me this season was the CGI tiger but I don't think they could continue to produce that majestic creature with much quality on their show budget. The center of this season was the continuation of the battle between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). After being o the receiving end of the awfulness, Rick and his group bring the fight to Negan's headquarters, the Sanctuary. The fight subsides with the priest Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) trapped in a trailer surround by walkers with Negan. As the main forces are distracted, Rick and the other groups including the hilltop led by Maggie (Lauren Cohan) attack the saviors' outposts. 

The fight continues into the third and fourth episodes as Morgan (Lennie James) struggles with his murderous past. King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his group of knights from the kingdom are ambushed causing that depressing death of the tiger along with a ton of good guys. Carol (Melissa McBride) kills the saviors in the compound and helps Ezekiel and Jerry (Cooper Andrews) escape. Daryl (Norman Reedus) has his own ideas on how to kills the saviors but he disagrees with Rick. Simon (Steven Ogg) takes control of the sanctuary though plenty of their members are starting to riot against the terrible living conditions. Negan returns with Gabriel and takes back control. Rick tries to win over Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and the scavengers but it takes a long time to convince her. Daryl moves ahead with an attack on the sanctuary.

Eugene (Josh McDermitt) has fully switched sides to cooperate with Negan and facilitate the manufacture of bullets. Dwight (Austin Amelio) continues to relay information back to Rick as he tries to maintain his cover with the saviors. Carl (Chandler Riggs) helps a doctor Siddiq (Avi Nash) but he pays a price and is bitten by a walker. In the midseason finale, the group has to escape into the sewers and Rick learns of his son's fate. Carl leaves behind letters that go to each person in his life. Other members including Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) seek out other groups to join in the fight like the Oceanside community. The battle continues as the saviors attack the hilltop and use bullets dipped in walker blood. Negan dips his bat in walker blood but isn't able to kill Rick.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) struggles with Rick's grief and her own. She tries to reach out to Negan about Carl's letter but the war continues. There are more hints of a bigger world but there isn't much time dedicated to that as the central plot of this season is the war. Negan deals with the revolt in his ranks and takes down Simon and exposes Dwight for the traitor. He sets a trap for Rick but when he is about to spring it, the bullets that Eugene made backfire and hurt all of the saviors. Rick fights Negan and slices his throat but orders Siddiq to save him. There is a growing rift between and Maggie and Rick over saving Negan.

The Walking Dead continues into a ninth season and I'm still sticking around to watch it though I don't often pay attention to the episodes using them more as background noise than entertainment. I find some parts of episodes entertaining and I usually enjoy zombies but this show has lost a lot of momentum. I always feel like I'm a bit lost as to what is actually happening on the show and so many people have died that most of the consequences don't really seem to matter. The show hit its peak a while back but looks like it will remain popular enough that it could achieve another peak in the future. I am further ahead in the comics but I'm still waiting for the next omnibus before I move ahead. I think the show will take a different route but I would like to see some of the plots come to the screen. 

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