Walking Dead season 8, episode 10 preview: The Lost and the Plunderers

Steven Ogg as Simon, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Steven Ogg as Simon, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

This Sunday’s Walking Dead episode sees the aftermath of a post-Carl world and Negan/Simon having a tense chit-chat.

On the next Walking Dead, Simon pays a visit over to Jadis and The Scavengers to show those “triple-crossers” they mean business. One will have to go in true-Savior fashion, and then maybe more if Simon doesn’t keep his word to Negan. Simon who appears to be the previous leader of Sanctuary, hasen’t been seeing eye to eye with Negan as of late. He’s “sliding back” as Negan would say. In the sneak peak for episode “The Lost and the Plunderers”, we come across Simon wanting to go the extra mile to take out the traitors.

Negan however, as always, sees The Scavengers as a resource regardless of betrayal. “People are a resource”, is Negan’s motto and he’s sticking to it. He tells Simon, “Just one”, and to present the same iron-clad deal the Saviors are renowned for. Does Simon see an opportunity to usurp the Sanctuary throne with Negan’s position weakened?

Before we go into the traumatic loss Rick just experienced that will undoubtedly change him forever… Let’s take a moment to consider Morgan going from a pacifist hiding Wolves, to straight-up Mortal Kombat fatalities three seasons later! You could practically hear Shao Kahn saying ‘Morgan Wins, Flawless Victory’ in the background. Serious, and we mean serious character development. Literally, episode after episode passed and Morgan would not give in to anyone and now he’s John Wick out there. Better start calling him Morgan “Wick” Jones after last episode’s beatdown.

All this talk about Morgan going to Fear the Walking Dead, when he actually looks to be ‘auditioning’ for a cameo on Into the Badlands. Gavin meeting his end at the hands of Benjamin’s younger brother Henry, instead of Morgan, was a great touch. You were really anticipating that Morgan had done it from that unique camera angle. It was a well-hidden surprise and really sold the final Kingdom scene.

Carl is gone and Rick is scarred for a lifetime

"“A father’s job is to protect his son” – Rick Grimes"

It was brutal watching Rick come to the realization that his life’s purpose was extinguished. Sometimes things just happen and there’s nothing we can do about it. Let’s not forget Rick once bit into a man’s throat zombie-style to save Carl. He would do absolutely anything to help him. In Rick’s words, “It was all for you Carl”, when speaking about the farm and prison of days past. The thing is Rick’s initial reaction, “I can’t go back to who I was”, to Carl’s last request was right. None of us can.

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There are events in life that change you forever. The past cannot be simply recreated the way we want to remember it. All Rick can do is try to honor Carl’s request, while remembering the world he has been forced to adapt to in order to survive.

While this scene was tough to watch from a Rick perspective, the all-time most emotionally captivating scene, still has to go the Rick/Negan/Carl scene. The season 7 premiere scene in which Negan asked Rick to do the unthinkable, cut off his own son’s arm. The breakdown by Rick in that scene said everything you needed to know about how important Carl was to Rick. Asking Negan to do it to him instead.

On the trailer for Sunday’s episode we see Michonne at The Scavengers’ hideout and in promo photos, Rick is also seen in the junkyard.

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Will Rick’s group be coming to The Scavengers’ rescue, trying to strike a new deal before Simon arrives, or arriving post-Simon carnage? Only one way to find out, tune in to AMC this Sunday for The Walking Dead at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. Central time.