The Walking Dead season 8 midseason finale is the real deal

Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, The Walking Dead -- AMC
Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, The Walking Dead -- AMC /

After so many bottle episodes and loose ends over the years, there is every indication that The Walking Dead season 8 midseason finale might be different.

The Walking Dead has spanned 7.5 seasons and over 100 episodes and over the years we have seen lots of loose ends and bottle episode stories that never seemed to fit into a larger picture. (Heath, anyone?) This has been the cause of great consternation among the TWD Family. If you read the season 8 midseason finale’s summary closely it looks like the showrunners might have gotten the message.

First of all, let’s talk about the fact that all of the people associated with The Walking Dead have been pushing the idea of a midseason finale that will leave fans speechless. They’re not talking cliffhangers, no, they’re talking a shocking moment. That means we’re going to see it happen. We won’t have to wait until the midseason premiere for this one. Certainly no loose ends there.

Then there’s the synopsis of “How It’s Gotta Be” which says it all:

“Every story and battle from the first half of the season comes crashing together in this action-packed, emotional Mid-Season finale.”

See what they did there? “Every story and battle” will come together. That is very intentional language that means something. Granted, the events of the first eight episodes of season 8 have only spanned a matter of days, so it won’t be hard to merge the stories, but it looks like the showrunners want fans to rest assured that it all matters. Everything matters and everything will tie into this midseason finale.

That counts for a lot.

It has been a tough season so far because everyone has been spread out. We haven’t seen much from Michonne (Danai Gurira was filming Black Panther), Rosita (Christian Serratos on maternity leave) or Carl (college for Chandler Riggs), and the group has been split up since we first saw them in the season premiere. Now it looks like they will all come back together for the midseason finale and the stories will be wrapped up nicely before the break.

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The more I read about the “shocking moment” the more I’m convinced that this is the real thing, folks. So get ready for this one. It’s going to be a doozy.