After a somewhat disappointing seventh season of The Walking Dead, fans of the post-apocalyptic drama were hoping that Season 8 would be a big improvement. Thankfully, it is a big improvement and, after a wonderful 100th episode, it's beginning to feel like the show that we all fell in love with is truly back.
The eighth season of the hit #AMC series premiered two weeks ago and, in addition to being the series' landmark 100th episode, the premiere installment saw Rick take the fight to Negan in a spectacular way. Last week, the Alexandrians teamed up with the folks of the Hilltop and the Kingdom to attack more of the Saviors' outposts and Rick found himself in the company of an old friend when Morales turned up.
The action doesn't stop there because the latest episode of #TheWalkingDead was also every bit as exciting as we wanted it to be. Before we look ahead to next week, let's take a look back at the five biggest moments from "Monsters."
Note: This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 8.
1. Morales Is Killed
After his shocking return in last week's episode, this week's episode resumed from where we left off with Morales. The Savior pointed his gun at Rick and asked him to lower his weapons, a request that Rick complied with. Rick wasted no time in telling Morales that Negan was responsible for Glenn's death but Morales didn't seem to care too much, commenting that the Saviors had rescued him when he was on his own, and because of that he is one of them.
Daryl arrived just in the nick of time and shot Morales with an arrow, killing him instantly. I don't know about you, but I genuinely thought Morales would've been around a little longer than that!
2. The Savior Captives Are Attacked By Walkers
Tara, Jesus and Morgan had finished up their job at the Savior outpost last week and were in the process of returning home to the Hilltop when we caught up with them in Episode 3. Morgan wasn't pleased at Jesus' decision to take the remaining Saviors hostage, but Jesus refused to kill them considering they did actually surrender.
In a rather shocking moment, a herd of walkers came tumbling down the nearby grass (as you do when you're dead), and many of the dead creatures targeted the Savior men, sinking their teeth into their skulls. Morgan and Jesus took out as many of the zombies as they could, but many of the walkers had already killed at this point. You can never be too careful when tumbling walkers are involved.
3. Jesus & Morgan Fight
After the attack from the tumbling walkers, one strain of the Saviors decided to make a run for it. As I'm sure you can imagine, Morgan wasn't too pleased with this, so he chased them into the woods and shot one of the men dead on the spot. It was then Jesus' turn to be peeved, as he was angered that Morgan had killed a man in cold blood. He asked Morgan politely to stop — a request that Morgan did not fulfil. Instead, Morgan used his stick and started fighting Jesus. Oh Morgan.
It became a quick-paced altercation as Jesus continually avoided Morgan's stick like the pro he is, but then Morgan got the upper hand. What I did love about this scene was that it gave us the opportunity to once again see Jesus' awesome fighting skills, something that hasn't been used nearly enough on the show. While Morgan may have a point, taking it out on your friends is never a good idea and Jesus certainly put him in his place.
4. Eric Is Dead?
After getting shot in last week's episode, Eric struggled to make it away from the battle. However, with Aaron's assistance, he managed to make it to a nearby tree, where he lay down and took a breath. Aaron was upset, but Eric told him that the men needed him and that he should return to the battle. At first, Aaron resisted, telling him that he wouldn't leave but Eric persisted. After the two shared a tear-jerking moment, Aaron kissed Eric passionately before heading back to battle.
When Aaron returned to the tree all that he could find were a few stains of blood on the tree bark. Looking around, he saw a herd of walkers and broke down, convinced that Eric had become a zombie. If you haven't seen this scene then I advise you buy some tissues before watching.
5. Ezekiel & His Men Are Attacked
King Ezekiel continued to radiate joy throughout this episode and preached to his warriors that they would not lose a single soul in this war. And he was right. Well, mostly. Ezekiel and Carol led multiple attacks on Savior outposts throughout the latest episode and successfully defeated all of their opposition, but in the closing moments, the group was attacked by a out of view shooter and several men fell to the ground, some landing on the King himself. It was an incredibly tense moment and before we knew it our screens went to black and the episode was over. As of yet we don't know who managed to survive.
I don't know about you, but I kind of want the next episode right now. As long as Carol and Ezekiel are okay then I'll be fine, but this is The Walking Dead we're talking about and if we've learned anything about this show over the years, it's that you never know what's going to happen.
Well that was certainly another thrilling instalment of the hit #AMC series, but the big question now is what is going to happen next? The attack on the Kingdom's men will no doubt have resulted in several fatalities, but let's hope our favourites have managed to survive another day. With all of the victories and losses for our protagonists, it's getting harder and harder to predict which side will win this war. Is it next Sunday yet?
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
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