With Carl Grimes’ death being the biggest gut punch we can imagine from the opening of the second act of Season 8 of ‘The Walking Dead’ there is an entire season behind it, and now we know what to expect! AMC has released the full synopsis of where things are going because as we left off, Negan is once again a major threat, The Kingdom is on the run, Maggie’s drawn a line in the sand, and Alexandria is in ruins.
So what can we expect? Here is the incredibly detailed synopsis that sums up “The Last Stand” of our survivors which AMC has shared:
All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker.
Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril: Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside, unclear if they’re in friendly territory or if they’ve just made new enemies; Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop; and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war.
In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles among his ranks as workers, traitors and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.
For a series that usually doesn’t give too much on the details, this summary of where things currently stand drops a lot of clues as to where things could be headed. It should be noted that they don’t at all bring up what will be happening with Daryl’s story arc which we’ve heard it “wraps up in a very poetic way.”
As a bonus, the network has released a new teaser for the upcoming second half of the eighth season which you can see below!
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The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9/8c.