In the six episode of “The Walking Dead” Season 8, the series slowed the action down to focus on the fallout of battling The Saviors. The hour begins with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and Carol (Melissa McBride) sending letters to each, informing the other communities of the zombie herd, hostages, and massacres. The installment uses callbacks to the events of previous seasons as we watch these three find their power, and in one case become prisoner. Read our recap of “The King, The Widow, and Rick” below.
Wolves Among Sheep – Jesus (Tom Payne) has been giving his Savior prisoners food from the Hilltop’s supply, inciting Maggie’s fury. In a private office, Gregory (Xander Berkeley) tries to slither back into her good graces by acting as a sort of advisor. He urges her to build a gallows for the Saviors. “You’re a shepherd” he says, and she can’t have a wolf around her flock. Maggie ultimately decides to build a barbed wire pen for the prisoners, much to Gregory’s shock. “We can’t let people we don’t trust run around inside our walls” he shouts. Maggie calmly agrees: “I grew up on a farm. I know all about sheep and wolves.” And with that, two soldiers grab Gregory and drag him kicking and screaming into the pen. Thank god he is finally punished for his crimes.
Play the Part – Ezekiel (Khary Payton) refuses to be see Carol, or anyone, after losing his army. As she sets out for The Sanctuary, A young boy offers to help her fight, bringing to mind all the kids she tried and failed to protect back in the prison. She orders him to stay back, but he obviously follows her into the woods and has to be saved from walkers. She abandons her solo mission and escorts the boy back to The Kingdom. This time, she storms into Ezekiel’s chamber and discovers him disheveled and no longer speaking in his “King” voice. “I played the part” he says dejectedly, “I can’t be what they need.” He suggests that Carol should lead his people, but she shows him how vital his presence is. “It has to be you…people need the king. If you can’t be him, play the part. I used to act everyday.” Part of me wants to see Carol lead, but here’s hoping her moving speech revitalizes Ezekiel.
Rockets and Revenge – We finally check back in with Alexandria this episode, where Tara (Alanna Masterson) informs Daryl (Norman Reedus) that, while the intelligence has been useful, she is going to kill Dwight (Austin Amelio) for murdering her girlfriend. “Maybe it’ll be you and me both” Daryl offers. I guess Dwight should have thought harder about aligning with people he previously screwed over.
Elsewhere, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) drive off to see The Sanctuary, despite both still healing from grievous wounds. Along the way they investigate a warehouse after hearing music coming from inside. Two Saviors, who are clearly fans of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” have tricked out a truck with massive speakers, hoping to use it lure walkers away from The Sanctuary. Michonne and Rosita are quickly spotted. Before the male Savior reaches the truck to drive away, he is confronted by Rosita. Unfortunately for him, she’s found a rocket launcher and has incredible aim, and the man is vaporized. The female Savior overpowers Michonne with an axe and knocks her down. She steals away in the truck, but before she reaches the end of the block, Daryl and Tara arrive in the nick of time to ram her with a garbage truck. Crisis averted.
Siddiq – Carl (Chandler Riggs) is off in the woods again, spying on a zombie stuck in a trap. A man shows up to dispatch the creature, who just so happens to be the same stranger from the gas station earlier this season. Carl introduces himself cautiously, throwing the man water and a sandwich, and the stranger introduces himself as Siddiq (Avi Nash). Carl wants to bring him back to Alexandria and begins to ask him Rick’s infamous three questions. He discovers Siddiq has only killed one person, someone bitten who he had to put down. Carl wonders why he makes traps, since it makes surviving much more complicated. “My Mom thought that killing them would free their souls” Siddiq admits. What will Rick think of his son going against his wishes by bringing in this survivor?
Aaron’s Plan – Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Maggie commiserate over the loss of their partners. He asks if the pain of losing Eric will get easier, to which Maggie says “it doesn’t get easier. But it helps to do something about it.” Maggie has clearly “done something” by becoming a calculated leader. She even informs Jesus that the prisoners could be useful bargaining chips but she will have to kill them if they aren’t useful. Enid (Katelyn Nacon) later spies Aaron getting ready to leave the Hilltop. He tells her he wants to “make sure we win” and she asks to go with him. “Grab your stuff” he says, “We may be gone for a while.” Hopefully Aaron can turn his grief into action as successfully as Maggie.
“A” – With outposts slaughtered and The Sanctuary surrounded by walkers, Rick makes his way to the junkyard to try and convince Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) to switch back to his side. Rick offers his deal alone, displaying polaroids of dead Saviors to make his point clear, but Jadis remains unconvinced. She refuses his deal and has him locked inside a shipping container. She draws the letter “A” on the door (echoes of Terminus), and Rick lies bound and naked inside. Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) wanted the three leaders of the alliance alive, and thanks to Jadis he might have his first prisoner.