March 30, 2018 The Walking Dead – Do Not Send Us Astray (Season 8/ Episode 13 Review)
With both sides taking extreme measures to finally win this war, the stakes are higher than ever on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Convinced that Negan is no longer alive, Simon takes it upon himself to call the shots, and from what we have seen so far, he could be a more dangerous enemy to have. In the latest episode, Do Not Send Us Astray, premiering Sunday, March 25, 2018, he attempts to destroy the Hilltop, but is forced to flee, but not without leaving a detrimental mark.
With Negan still indisposed, Simon leads the remaining Saviors to the Hilltop, a repeat of Jadis’ group on his mind. Tensions rise, and a battle breaks out. The Hilltop holds their own, until the Saviors real intentions are brought to light. Ironically an idea given to Negan from Eugene, many members perish from their weapons tipped with walker blood, creating a Horror movie scene moment, and Maggie begins to feel the cost of this war.
Meanwhile, Henry approaches the Savior hostages, his only thought to avenge his brother Ben. His carelessness unfortunately proves unworthy, opening the gate which allows them to escape. On the other hand, feeling the guilt over both Ben and Henry, Morgan is still unable to control his trauma, as visions of Gavin continuously haunt him.
All this in mind, some of the most exciting moments throughout the years of The Walking Dead have been the battles against enemies, especially when they strategically work together, and Do Not Send Us Astray continues to prove that to be true. Following a slower paced episode in the prior week’s The Key, fans received a dose of what both groups are truly capable of in Do Not Send Us Astray, and the big fight to finally end this war is sure to put fans at the edge of their seats.
Of course, there is still the question of where Dwight stands, Daryl convinced he is still a Savior, where Tara has flipped her opinion on him, having a little more faith. She was hit by one of his arrows during the battle, but does not seem to be getting sick like the others. This is a good sign he actually was trying to save her life before Simon could get a shot off himself. Whether Dwight can convince the rest of The Hilltop, is another question. Interestingly enough, Tara is the only one who can see his intentions clearly now, having once been an enemy of Rick’s group herself when she was on the side of the Governor way back in Season 4. One thing is for sure, they need all the help they can get if they are to win this war against The Saviors, and lack of trust can make or break that chance.
A bloody affair, the aftermath of the battle between Simon’s Saviors and the Hilltop certainly raises concerns. For one, Maggie and Rick losing a good majority of their people as well as the hostages is no question a setback. That in mind, even though many of the prisoners escaped, will they run back to The Saviors and help those who refused to help them? Additionally, even if Negan does not return, Simon could have a lot on his plate, proving to everyone that there is no help from him upon getting captured, enticing some to possibly switch sides. It will be interesting to see what kind of “Negan” he chooses to be, and what Dwight plans to do about it. From the looks of it, Simon is a reckless, bloody thirsty leader who does not think before acting, but only time will tell how things pan out.
As the body count continues to rise, it is unclear what either party’s next move will be, but everyone is licking their wounds in the meantime. Maggie, Rick, and Henry all had revenge in common, but that has proven to lure them away from the bigger picture – fighting for peace and a world worth living in, despite the undead epidemic. Set to return on Easter, Sunday, April 1, 2018, scenes for Still Gotta Mean Something show Negan facing Jadis, holding him responsible for the carnage of her people. Will it be another exciting episode, or will The Walking Dead make April’s Fools of all of us? Even with only three episodes remaining, the war is far from over, and it is still anyone’s guess what will happen next. Until then, CrypticRock gives Do Not Send Us Astray 4 out of 5 stars.
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