The Walking Dead season 8 episode 3 preview: ‘Monsters’

Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3Photo by Gene Page/AMC
Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3Photo by Gene Page/AMC /

Morales is back from the past with Rick Grimes in his sights and Negan on the way on this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.

Look, it would have had more impact realistically if it was Shane Walsh behind that trigger… But bringing back an old-time cast member [Morales] is always welcome in any television series. That’s why it’s better to let them loose for a few seasons than definitively end their run.

For some reason, people are always nostalgic for the past. Especially past characters from the golden age seasons. Even if at the time, those characters didn’t take center stage on the show. It reminds the audience of the time when they fell in love with the series. The honeymoon stage.

The last episode of The Walking Dead was literally an hour-long action scene and it felt good. Real good. Finally, something worthy of the title, ‘All Out War’! No corridor sit-downs reminiscing about where it all went wrong, just straight to the point action. Not to mention it was the first time in a while the walkers were utilized in a way that was fresh and innovative. Reanimating against the Saviors like a page straight out of Diablo II.

The Saviors didn’t comprehend at first why Rick’s group wasn’t moving in. Arrogantly seeing it as some fatal rookie error in judgement. Then it happened, the fallen Saviors came back to life and immediately went back to tend to their Savior friends… The drive-by scene was a fun watch, back to business style affair.

The Walking Dead: “Monsters” sneak peek

Morales doesn’t look like a man about to be convinced by Rick Grimes that we all can change and live together ala season 4 speech at the prison. It looks like the group’s overall morale is about to take a massive hit when Rick Grimes ends up being captured by the Saviors.

Carol already alluded to the idea they might not win on the last episode to King Ezekiel. Though Daryl Dixon is still in the midst, perhaps he can make a timely rescue before Negan and the Saviors officially arrive.

Morgan is miles away from Eastman’s teachings

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On the last episode of The Walking Dead, Morgan went on a Savior spree. Pacifist no more, taking down Savior after Savior with no remorse.

He’s about to take revenge on the Savior that ended in many ways his adopted son-in-spirit Benjamin’s life… When he’s stopped by Jesus at literally the very last moment.

Jesus tells him it’s not their way to take revenge, and though Morgan states he’s here to take revenge on that specific Savior. He relents and allows him to live… For now. Tara doesn’t seem too pleased about Jesus’ disarm only methods either for that matter.

Baby’s crib brings tough decision for Rick Grimes

Rick loses his focus and guard when he sees a baby at the Savior compound. He has to essentially talk himself out of the responsibility of saving the child. We never see if Rick would have taken the child or not as he’s held at gunpoint by Morales.

King Ezekiel’s charge to victory

King Ezekiel remains vigilant that they’re heading for victory even with the knowledge the Saviors know they’re coming. How long can Ezekiel keep up the act of pure confidence? Perhaps, even more importantly, how long will Carol pretend to buy into it? Nevertheless, Shiva arrived last week, taking down a Savior, Nelson. The Kingdom’s most dangerous secret, a literal tiger, can turn the tables for now.

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Tune in at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 Central time tonight on AMC for The Walking Dead!