April 5, 2018 The Walking Dead – Still Gotta Mean Something (Season 8/ Episode 14 Review)
Closing in on the final episodes of Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, on Sunday, April 1, 2018, Still Gotta Mean Something tested the characteristics of war and the trauma it could bring. Another chapter in the drama, the audience also learned a bit more from the man who started it all, as well as a whole new underlying secret hidden within the garbage dump. As the story moves forward, there are intriguing elements that are introduced, but the timing of some of them is a bit questionable, especially with only 2 episodes left.
Unable to bring himself to read Carl’s letter, Rick takes on the escaped Saviors with Morgan, finding them at a broken down bar to tend to their injured. He makes them an offer to join him, giving them his word. When walkers suddenly invade their space, they make another quick decision to save Rick and rejoin The Hilltop. Appearing to fight with The Saviors, perhaps joining new alliances, Rick’s word was apparently all for show, as he and Morgan snuff out everyone.
On the other hand, now aware of Simon’s betrayal, Negan is not surprised about being captured by Jadis, but certainly raises eyebrows upon discovering there is more to see than just the dump she called her home. They inadvertently have a heart to heart, and Negan is eventually let go, picking up a surprise guest along the way back to the Sanctuary. Who exactly did he pick up though? Perhaps Laura (Lindsley Register: House of Cards series, Six series), the commander who Dwight shot it out with a few episodes back? Just another mystery that will more than likely be revealed on Sunday, April 8th with the episode Worth.
Directed by Michael E.Satrazemis, Still Gotta Mean Something showed a whole new side to a double-edged sword, Negan opening up about Lucille, and Rick using an unstable Morgan to take lives that were not entirely necessary. It is interestingly suggested that Rick was on the same level as Morgan, whose trauma kicked in after losing his own son. The only difference is Rick still had a connection with Carl he refused at first, so it is intriguing to see what his next move will be after seeing a reflection of who he was becoming. Additionally, now having enemies within his camp as well as out, Negan returns home, seeming to already have something up his sleeve.
Then there is Carol who ends up finding Henry alive. Certainly nostalgic, she purposely finds him in the very tree we last saw his real life sister Madison Lintz, who played Sofia, all the way back in season two’s episode What Lies Ahead. For those who also remember season four’s The Grove, one will quickly remember Carol’s history with children, so it was a nice moment among all the confusion and chaos. No longer having the burden to avenge his brother, perhaps Henry can set an example for Morgan, who keeps slipping further away from himself.
The head-scratching moment was Jadis dealing with the aftermath of losing all of her people. Stripped away from the militant oddball that she was, she clearly has a plan to deal with Negan, who is able to turn the tables on her and survive, but genuinely feels sorry for her and vows to correct Simon’s wrongdoing. The helicopter that briefly showed up is a huge mystery and how Jadis is connected is also unknown. It is really anyone’s guess if we will see anything further on that before this war is over.
Every move from all angles is important at this point, and it is going to be do or die for the last two remaining episodes of The Walking Dead. The situation is becoming so desperate, Rosita suggests to take out their old comrade, Eugene, and let’s not forget Aaron refuses to leave the outskirts of Oceanside without their help. By the way, no one knows how the hell he is surviving there all this time. Negan surely wants to win this war and be done with Rick, but how will he go about it if he cannot trust the volatile Simon? Can Dwight use this to his advantage? Or will Daryl kill him before he can prove himself? So many odds nearing its end and it will be interesting how it continues with Worth come Sunday night. Until then, CrypticRock gives Still Gotta Mean Something 4 out of 5 stars.
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