While everyone is still remembering that ‘The Walking Dead’ closed the midseason finale with Carl Grimes showing off his Walker Bite you need to remember that there is still an “All Out War” going on with The Saviors. While we’ve seen a lot of going back and forth on the morality of this war, we’ve just learned that the action is going to increase in the second half of the eighth season. The survivors from Alexandria and the other communities no longer have the luxury of Negan and his Saviors being trapped in one place.
As Executive Producer Greg Nicotero puts it:
“I think the second half of the season, there’s much less talking about what’s going on. Clearly, the balance has shifted. Now that Negan and his group have escaped the Sanctuary, there’s not as much talking about what the ramifications are of what we’re going to do, but now our group has to be on the defensive because Negan’s out and he’s pissed and it’s definitely a different dynamic than the first half of the season.”
Yes, folks, we’re going to be diving headfirst into action. There was a solid plan on how to deal with The Saviors when the eighth season premiered which seemed to be effective. However, no one stuck with it and that has changed the playing board:
“In the first half of the season, they show up outside the Sanctuary, they lay out the plan and then they head off to the satellite dishes, but I got to say, there are instances when a lot of these characters go rogue and you kind of wonder if they would have just stuck to the plan, would they have been successful? But between Rick going rogue and then Tara and Daryl going rogue, and Michonne and Rosita sort of going out there, there’s a lot of emotion involved around it.”
To continue with that view of emotion playing into things, is it worth it to become as heartless and ruthless as Negan to stop him?
“You can’t just say that it’s all military and it’s all tactics. There’s emotion involved in what these people are going through and processing what the world is going to become and what it needs to become for them to exist. I mean, it’s always, what are we fighting for? Any war in the history of mankind has always been based on what are we fighting for?”
If the show is going to partially mirror the comic in how all of this plays out, I feel that they are going to bump up Carl’s death to force Rick Grimes to follow that narrative. If that is the case, I’m sure the upcoming episode, as well as a slew of flashbacks, will be what will force the moral choice onto Rick. I also suspect that it will be much more difficult to smooth over on the small screen than it was in the comics.
Are you excited to hear that it seems there will be another uptick in action when ‘The Walking Dead’ returns? Do you feel that emotion or morality will be how Rick decides Negan’s fate when the season comes to a close? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly