The Walking Dead season 8, episode 8 preview: ‘How It’s Gotta Be’

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

Rick Grimes finally got Jadis and the Scavengers on his side on the last Walking Dead episode but it could be too little, too late…

It was another Scavenger-esque test of wills challenge for Rick Grimes on the last episode of The Walking Dead, as he faced metaled-up walker #2. Naturally, officer friendly passed the test with flying colors, punishing several Scavengers using the Walker before turning his attentions to Jadis herself. The Scavengers then relented with one Jadis hand-wave and decided they would follow-through with Rick Grimes agenda. It was all going well and good until Rick discovered Daryl had gone through with his trucker plan in Sanctuary.

The current state of Sanctuary and the war is currently in an unknown state to Rick as he leads a group of still uncertain allegiance. Jadis and the Scavengers have betrayed him once before, if they since Rick has been telling tall tales about his group’s strength, they’ll likely do it again. How long can will Sheriff Grimes be able to keep posturing while he makes out the status of Savior affairs? We’ll find out on tonight’s The Walking Dead.

Dr. Eugene Porter is an impact player in this Rick/Negan war

Meanwhile, we saw Eugene go through true inner turmoil. Somehow, the man who always seem to want to blend into the background has become a key player with great potential power. Dr. Smarty Pants has the ability to swing the war one side or the other.

It appeared Eugene was about to fully give in to the Negan side last week, before Dwight entered the room. Eugene was simply unable to sentence Dwight to certain death by informing Negan, though he still finds the Savior side to be the winning one. Time will tell if Eugene finally commits to a flag in this battle or continues to sit on the sidelines, observing.

The Walking Dead: ‘How It’s Gotta Be’ Sneak Peak

It looks like a Savior ambush circa-season 6 finale is about to befall Maggie and Jesus. During a discussion if the Saviors will surrender or not, Maggie notices something is out of place. The sneak peak then cuts away, was it a moment before the Saviors’ patented whistle was about to happen?

The Walking Dead: ‘How It’s Gotta Be’ Trailer

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What I alluded to on last week’s Walking Dead preview is finally coming to fruition, the fight is coming back to Alexandria. Sending out the defenses has left Alexandria itself, defenseless. Rick Grimes’ group might have overextended their prowess on the Sanctuary front, leaving Alexandria a sitting duck for would-be Savior forces or else-wise.

Imagine if the Wolves for example, had attacked now? There would be nothing Alexandria could do about it. This crucial error in judgement of spending every available man, woman, and tiger in the attack might come back to haunt the group on tonight’s episode. What’s the point in fighting, if there’s nothing to go back to?

Rick Grimes Goes Mad Max on last week’s The Walking Dead

Scavenger episodes always seem to deliver a memorable iconic fight scene for Rick Grimes, and last week’s was no different. In what looked like a scene straight out of Mad Max with zombies, Rick Grimes fought off the Scavenger-folk single handily. Classic action, especially when Rick went full blown Mortal Kombat 1 Sub-Zero Fatality on that walker.

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