Show: The Walking Dead
Season: 8
Episode: 6 “The King, The Widow, and Rick”
Network: AMC
Air Date: November 26, 2017
Summary: “With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop; the consequences of the decision are life versus death.”

* This Review Contains Spoilers. There, you’ve been warned, proceed with caution. *

Review:

Last week, we viewers spent a good deal of our time with Negan and the Saviors, and thankfully for us, Jeffrey Dean Morgan did a hell of a job keeping the episode interesting and making it far more worthwhile than it would have been without his stellar performance. But that’s enough about that, this week’s episode opens with a pile of trash…

The first part of Rick’s plan is finished, and in getting the job done, in trapping the Saviors in the Sanctuary and killing as many of them as possible, sacrifices we made; lives were lost. We, viewers, expected this, but it appears as though those fighting the good fight did not. And while I don’t think that the death toll should come as a surprise to those who didn’t head out and fight, I think that the subtle disapproval and feelings of regret make for good television. Thankfully for us, the job isn’t completely finished. There’s more to watch folks.

Not only did Jesus take prisoners, but he’s elected to give away the Hilltop’s food to them too. As one would assume, Maggie is far from pleased by his blatant disregard for the safety and security of his fellows.

Rick is back in Garbage Can Land hanging out with the Children of the Trash, asking for a deal; Rick asks the dirty deviants to switch sides, again, and help him take down what remains of Negan’s empire. They, of course, decline Rick’s offer and send him on his way. Did anyone think that something different would happen?

Gregory, of all people, explaining to Maggie that they can’t have wolves wandering amongst the sheep…no shit Gregory, thanks for the foreshadowing. From here, we’re given an exchange of relatively short scenes, and while a lot is said, not much of what happens is of any real interest. From these scenes we gather that no one is perfect, no one feels accomplished, and, well, there are some regrets. And we’re moving on.

Carol explains to a (very) young man that, stupid little boys who train by themselves in the woods to fight walkers end up dead. Carl meets up with his hungry friend who Rick chased away, and while doing so, there is an important point made/question asked; what happens to the soul of those unfortunate to return to the realm of the living as undead? I for one have no idea, but this is an excellent topic for discussion.

One of the most satisfying moments of the episode occurs when Maggie, having explained that she knows a thing or two about wolves and sheep, has Gregory tossed in the newly constructed prison the HIlltop. I’m still uneasy about housing prisoners in the zombie apocalypse but seeing Gregory get a taste of what was coming to him made me smile.

Carl is nearly killed in the woods while trying to “find his own way.” I can appreciate the sentiment here of him doing what he thinks is right, but typically on TWD, doing what one feels is right only leads to problems.

Rosita kills a man with a ROCKET LAUNCHER and it is f****** epic. You know what else is epic, Daryl, coming out of nowhere and ramming a Savior escapee with a truck. Aside from the stress and tension of this scene, Episode 6 was relatively void of action and a majority of the episode focused on reminding viewers of the current state of things. From time to time it is necessary to recap and remind viewers that there are people with unique feelings and motives in their beloved story but said scenes need to be coupled with moments of intensity or else an episode ends up feeling dull. Ninety-or-so percent of this episode felt dull. The story didn’t progress enough, and too much time was spent on character development.

Speaking of character development, there is a beautiful moment that Carol and Ezekiel shares that redeems what would otherwise be a filler episode. Carol opens up to Ezekiel and reminds him of why now, more than ever, his people need their king. Acting, and playing the part of leader is his duty.

Lastlym while it appeared as though Rick was lead out of the trash can kingdom, we learn that he was captured and imprisoned. Oh man…