The Walking Dead The King The Widow and Rick Recap Season 8 Episode 6 – The Walking Dead had a wonderful episode last week, perhaps it’s finest in years, but this week is easily in the running for it’s worst.
The Walking Dead The King The Widow and Rick Recap Season 8 Episode 6
Every now and then there are “filler” episodes stuffed with dialogue and minor plot points that move the story forward but this week’s just felt stale with not much happening to warrant it’s own script. Aside from back and forth conversations between characters that we’ve already seen before, what’s added to that mix is a series of bad decision making that even fans of the show may find egregious.
For example with Rick, he left last week on his own towards the Scavengers site to cut a new deal with them armed with recent information about his group’s winning streak. Unsurprisingly, Jadis doesn’t take his offer to join him and quickly locks him up in a shipping container stripped of all his clothes and awaiting a mysterious fate. The Scavengers already betrayed him once, so it doesn’t seem reasonable to expect to them to be trustworthy this time around even with photographic proof of the Saviors recent losses.
While this is going on Carl walks alone into the wilderness to locate the person they didn’t help before. Carl eventually finds him and gives him food & water while questioning him about his past. His name is Saddiq and he seems to be rather harmless other than the fact he says he’s killed hundreds of walkers. He himself finds Carl’s act of kindness puzzling and asks him why he went back to help him and Carl simply says he believes it’s the right thing to do.
Similar to Carl, Jesus also finds himself the sole voice of humility over his friendly treatment of the prisoners. No one at Hilltop, including Maggie and Gregory, are fond of Jesus’s kind overtures but tactilty go along with his conviction of doing the right thing. Most people at Hilltop want the prisoners executed but Maggie isn’t convinced that’s best course of action. Gregory suggested they build a prison for them and Maggie agrees, but she also throws Gregory in their since she doesn’t trust him. Jesus thanks Maggie for doing the right thing, but she tells him that her motives are purely strategic and won’t hesitate to kill any prisoner that causes trouble.
The third poor decision seen in the episode comes from Rosita who remains steadfast in her mission to kill Negan. She convinces Michonne to take her to a Savior outpost to finish what Rick started but when they get there two Saviors are overheard making plans to free the Compound of the surrounding walkers. They have a truck packed with loud speakers to lead the walkers away but while they are talking, they notice Rosita and Michonne eavesdropping on them. The four get into a scuffle with the Saviors eventually fleeing on the truck, but they don’t get far before Daryl crashes into them with a dump truck.
We’ve seen Daryl’s frustration with Rick last week, and he doesn’t seem to be alone with a handful of other characters wanting to come up with their own plan to kill Negan. The episode ends with Daryl, Tara, Michonne, and Rosita a mile or so away from the Compound. They don’t do anything there but observe the walkers, and it seems like they want to come up with their own plan to finish the job despite Rick’s strategy of getting the Scavengers to help. Little to do know of Rick’s predicament but with just two episodes left before the mid-season finale, it seems like the war will continue to drag out throughout the year.
Obviously this wasn’t the most exciting episode, but it’s still important to show characters struggling to function as unified group because at the heart of the show, this is really what Walking Dead is about. Hopefully next week will be a return to form.