Taking the good with the bad with The Walking Dead 8B

The Walking Dead; AMC; Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis
The Walking Dead; AMC; Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis /

We’re less than 20 days away from the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead and despite Carl’s inevitable loss, there’s a lot to be excited about.

Over the past few days The Walking Dead social media accounts have been pushing out trailers for the second half of The Walking Dead season 8. While we know that Carl is going to die upon the show’s return, I think it’s also important to acknowledge that there’s a lot to look forward to in the back half of the season.

I’m an eternal optimist, so even when things are looking grim, there’s always a silver lining. You’d be hard pressed at this point to find a fan of The Walking Dead who isn’t at least a little sad that Carl Grimes is going to die. I’m sad about it, but I’m also intrigued. This is a major break in canon and now the future has been blown open. Most of season 7 was spent cowering in the face of Negan and his henchmen, but now Rick and the other communities have taken a stand. Losses have been suffered on both sides, but the future is in sight and the war will come to an end.

One big thing to look forward to: Having the gang back together. One of the challenges with having multiple communities is that people are spread all over. The Walking Dead functions best when everyone is together, and that’s what it looks like in the previews. With Alexandria in ruins, the Hilltop is probably the best place to take up residence until the war ends and the community can be rebuilt.

And then there’s the whole “anything can happen” aspect. We’re in uncharted waters, here, and I like that. I like not knowing what’s going to happen and I like that there can be big surprises ahead. You can see the fire in Rick’s eyes, and watching Angry-This-Is-Not-A-Democracy-Rick is always fun.

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Looking ahead, you have to take the good with the bad. The Walking Dead has high moments and low moments and you have to take them together because together they make up the whole. Based on the previews, there’s a lot of good stuff coming in season 8B, and that might help to ease the sting of Carl’s loss.