April 13, 2018 The Walking Dead – Worth (Season 8/ Episode 15 Review)
The long windy road of AMC’s The Walking Dead eighth season is coming to an end, and so is the war between The Saviors and Rick Grimes’ group, or at least we hope. A conflict that has lasted over two seasons long, there has been plenty of bloodshed, a list of new characters introduced, and few puzzling events in the process as well. A prelude to what is allegedly going to be the end of the war, on Sunday, April 8th, Worth had its share of intense moments, but will they be resolve in the end?
With Negan back at The Sanctuary following his scuffle with Rick and being captured by Jadis, he certainly returned with a few surprises up his sleeve. Holding his next move close to his chest, he reminded everyone who the man in charge is, and will stop at nothing to defeat Rick. Additionally, Eugene proves to be more Savior than rebel and Negan is using Dwight as a pawn, giving him advantage that could change everything. Meanwhile, Aaron is working on that miracle that Rick will need with Oceanside, but clearly, that big reveal is yet to come.
A changed man, well sort of, after his “heart to heart” with Jadis, Negan wastes no time in claiming back his role at The Sanctuary, taking Dwight and Simon by surprise. He challenges Simon to trial by combat and for a chance to be “the man,” an offer he fails to accept. As mentioned, using Dwight to his advantage, Negan’s once loyal commander learns of Laura’s (Lindsley Register) return. A shocking turn of events, again sort of, he knows he is done for, but not without helping Rick one last time… or so he thought.
Directed by Michael Slovis, Worth proves once again the terror that is Negan, taking apart the threat piece by piece without barely breaking a sweat. The humanity revealed from him recently was enough to show he had a softer side, although, it almost becomes a Jekyll and Hyde effect when he returns back to his people. He has his eye on the prize, and not even Carl’s final words in his farewell letter can deter that now. That said, being the message of Negan’s next move is coming from mister slim himself Gregory, will Rick even trust the information to be true? Or will he have a surprise attack of his own?
Adding more juice to the story, convinced they cannot win this war without them, Aaron stays on the outskirts of Oceanside, barely surviving in the woods with no food or supplies. Keeping a close eye on the weakened Aaron, when the Oceansiders finally come close enough to listen, he reminds them of how they got to their current state, and pleads for them to fight back. For those who paid close attention to the dialogue, one would notice Negan calling Simon out for a past outburst, one where he “killed the men and boys in that settlement.”
Then there is Daryl and Rosita, acting as lone wolfs, attempting to take Eugene back to The Hilltop. Eugene, as always a wordy fool, he uses his wits to get away, as stated, proving to be more Savior than ever before. Is he driven by fear or clearly more comfortable calling the shots in his role Negan gave him? Some fans still hold out hope he has some genius plan where he aims to help Rick, but that currently seems unlikely. This yet to be determined reveal raises the question, what will Rick do with Eugene if he wins this war?
So, take a deep breath, the moment everyone has been waiting for is finally upon us, and it is about time! The finale will hopefully be one to remember, as most agree this portion of The Walking Dead story has taken far too long to reach a climax, but the devil is always in the details. Negan already had the upper hand on Simon, but it is possible that Simon inadvertently will be the cause of Negan’s demise after all. The final conclusion, again, so we hope, premieres Sunday, April 15th at 8/9 C with Wrath, brace yourself! Until then, CrypticRock gives Worth 4 out of 5 stars.