The Walking Dead (Season 8, Episode 2)

The Walking Dead, Season 8

Episode 2, The Damned


The Damned kicks off with what appears to be Gray Rick morphing into current Rick. It then shows Daryl, who doesn’t get the gray treatment? Does that mean Daryl doesn’t get the chance to go gray?

We then cut over to some hard nosed gal name Maree who works for Negan. She figures out something is going on just before Team Rick rolls up in their armored cars and open fire. The gun battle rages as Rick and Daryl sneak into the building, apparently looking for Negan’s armory. Outside Negan’s men start to flank and things get a bit hairy, at least until the dead start to come back and attack their friends. Inside the building Daryl and Rick aren’t finding what they expected. They can’t find the armory. Daryl does find a closet with some food and some empty cuffs, but no guns. Rick finds what looks like a bedroom before getting tackled.  There is a brief battle before Rick throws his attacker into a wall bracket. After finishing the fight Rick finds a little kid in a crib instead of the guns he was expecting to find. Is it Negan’s kid?

Elsewhere Jesus, Morgan, and Tara are back at the radar buildings. Negan’s people have put a double fence up and filled it with walkers.

After Morgan distracts the guards so their archer can take out the guards Team Morgan slips into the building and slowly take Negan’s men with silencers. As they are taking the building Jesus and Tara have a moral dilemma after capturing a hostage who nearly turns the tables on them. Morgan has his own close call after being gunned down with his fire team – but somehow his body armor saved him. After getting back up Morgan goes on a killing spree – cleaning house.

Elsewhere Carol, and Ezekiel are dealing with their own sneak attack. One of Negan’s lookout’s got away, so they have to run him down before their target is forewarned. They end up taking the runner down – or the tiger does at least – but it is too late, their target has figured out they are under attack.

When episode two ends it is not looking good for Team Rick. The attacks are on Negan’s bases have hit a bad spot. Rick is at gunpoint and Morales has called back the Saviors. Ezekiel and Carol are about to attack a forewarned enemy – and Jesus and Tara have a blood thirsty Morgan and a lot of hostages to deal with.

Things I loved about this episode…

  • Morgan – “I do not die.”
  • When the dead turned and started eating their friends. Very nice.
  • Ezekiel – “Fake it until you make it baby.”
  • Morgan cleaning house after he nearly gets gunned down.

Things that I didn’t like about this episode…

  • So much shooting. More people would have been hit.
  • It was really hard to follow what was going down where because the story line jumped around so much.
  • Rick wanting to split up from Daryl when they are the top floor of the building looking for the armory.
  • I really don’t like all the moral strife over killing. After everything the saviors have done I don’t think you could show them mercy and expect everything to be okay in the future.


  • The first time we get to see Morgan cut through his enemies. It was awesome.

The Walking Dead (Season 8, Episode 1)

The Walking Dead, Season 8

Episode 1, Mercy



The Season 8 premier, Mercy starts with Rick standing vigil over Glen’s grave, then jumps around to show multiple other survivors of last season’s premiere before cutting to Rick giving a stirring speech to his people.

We then see Carol and Tara on an overpass, waiting for something.

We then see Team Rick taking out sentries, killing Negan’s men so they can get in  a surprise attack.

Whatever the team has done, it involves luring in a horde.

Snipers take out the watchers on Negan’s main nest and then Team Rick rolls up in their armored cars and shoot off a few rounds to lure out Negan’s men.

When we get back from commercial we see Rick with a lot more gray in his beard as time jumps forward. He’s using a cane and the world seems much better – at least for a split second until we jump back to the war with Negan.

After Team Rick takes out some of Negan’s reinforcements Rick gives his opposition one last chance to surrender. They miss Negan, but seem to enjoy shooting out his windows at least.

We then get to see Daryl and Carol, ready to use their weaponized horde.

Daryl gets on his bike and uses some premade explosives to keep the horde moving in the right direction while the rest of Team Rick keeps Negan’s people pinned down with suppressing fire.

Things I loved about this episode…

  • Rick’s speech. Anyone who takes or kills or terrorizes has to be ended. With no guilt.
  • Daryl and Dwight using notes and crossbows to communicate from inside Negan’s compound. Whatever is going down – is going down tomorrow.
  • Daryl killing the sentry and taking the dead guys spot on the car. Super casual like, super cool.
  • Rick cutting the walker down so it can eat the guy who told him that Carl was going to die and Rick would be begging at Negan’s feet again.
  • Tara after counting down to the hordes arrival when it is a few seconds late. “Close enough.”
  • Rick starting to shoot at seven when he is counting to ten.

Things that I didn’t like about this episode…

  • What was up with the crazy guy when Rick & Carl are hunting for gas? Was that supposed to show Rick might becoming too hard? Ba, its the ZA, you can’t be too hard.
  • Why wouldn’t you just open fire on Negan when he comes out of his building?
  • Come on Gabriel – first you stop to safe a traitor, then you don’t start shooting as soon as you hear Negan’s voice?


  • TBD