Rick is beaten up by a teenager and loses some teeth. He's falling apart by the chapter. Negan escapes and becomes the leader of The Whisperes for exactly 20 seconds. Wasn't what I expected but that's a good thing. Are you ready for The Whisperer War? I know I am. I know Rick isn't. He will just be a torso and head sitting in a chair barking out orders soon.
It's been over 2 years since the last comic review so strap in/on for this one. We finally get to see/read the aftermath of the Whisperers murdering half the cast of characters. The aftermath isn't as crazy as you think it would be. Negan is starting to give advice to Rick and that can only lead to great places. Right?
Mutant zombies are stupid. Now that that's out of the way, this episode wasn't bad. It had some really good stuff in it. I mean it. Seeing Ezekiel drop the act was fascinating. The actor killed it. Not an amazing episode but they finally did what I've been requesting for a long time: they had emotional scenes with a character that actually resulted in me feeling differently about the character. Seriously, awesome job. Now do that with Daryl so I actually give a shit if he lives or dies.
Write something for Daryl please. He's just turned into a sweaty, hairy guy that grunts out one line per episode now. Seriously, you could kill his character off right now and I wouldn't even care. I want to care. I want to like Daryl but having him kill two people without a care in the world just makes me think he actually should be dead. He's a... monster.
Two episodes into season 8 and we already have an episode that is completely pointless. Seriously, nothing in this episode matters. If you went straight from 801 to 803, it would be the same. Anyway, welcome Morales back to the show. I know you all missed him so much. Remember...he's the guy that fled with his family at the tail end of season 1. Well, he's back so deal with it.
For the first time in years, the opening episode of the season has me excited for the season to come. The pacing is much better. The story structure is insanely better. Rick's haircut is much worse though. But I'll live with that fact. Anyway, is it all a dream? Better not be.
Phoenix goes over the episode 716 Alternate Cut and how the title is deceiving. It only added one short scene. That's an extended cut. He also reviews the behind the scenes special for season 8 before getting into his season 8 predictions. Are you excited for season 8? Phoenix isn't sure either.
You can go ahead and kill Madison if you want. Seriously. This isn't reverse psychology. Do it. Anyway, shit happens in this episode and Aerosmith fights the Clark family. Madison has pointless visions about a zombie Christmas dinner. For some reason. It doesn't matter. AMC, you can kill her if you want.
Our main chacters get 30 seconds of peace before being attacked by a new group of assholes. They really squeezed 4 episodes of story into the last two episodes but I'd rather have that than the way The Walking Dead makes 2 episodes worth of story last half a season. Anyway, Madison ups her bad decision making skills with a random murder and I can't follow the Victor nonsense anymore.
Welcome new Michonne into the show as she becomes fast friends with Alicia. Ophelia's reign of boring has come to a close. Nick's stint with sobriety has been derailed by eating a brain stem of insanity. Madison makes another terrible decision that just happens to work out for the group.
Prepare to look for Sophia. This isn't a 'whodunnit' but more a 'whogivesashit' because Sophia sucks. Why does Rick think being on his back under a truck is better than his stomach? Wrong. Shane and Andrea are the odd men out of the group. Dale is watching Andrea too closely. At least he's not fucking her like in the comic. Carl looks like a baby back in season 2. Lori defends Rick. Carol sucks still. Sophia is missing but whogivesashit?
This episode confused the holy hell out of Phoenix while also being a quality episode. Why does Alicia have perfect makeup during the zombie apocalypse? Why aren't they sending the bitten to go fix the AC? Why did everyone goddamn die except our main characters? None if it made any sense but it had great moments.
Also, Phoenix does a serious tribute to Tom Petty which might be the only serious moment on any LIW show to date.
We've officially entered TWD storytelling path. One episode here, the next there. Please don't hang out in this territory too long. This episode isn't what I thought it would be. It wasn't about a civil war. It was about a zombie war. It's about brother against brother...which sounds like a civil war description but isn't. Wait what?
If you love watching actors spouting out serious dialogue all the while having poop smeared on their faces and clothing, this is the episode you've been waiting for. You disgusting, disgusting human being. This is also yet another episode entirely based on water. The most exciting element after fire and earth.
Yet another episode where Phoenix rants about the difference between FTWD and TWD when it comes to pacing. This episode isn't amazing but it's a great example of how to cut between two different storylines. TWD needs to learn to do this. No, we did not need an entire episode about Tara hanging out at a girl's camp. That could have been PART of an episode. Not the ENTIRE episode. Anyway, this episode is about water drug dealing and how to not do it. Madison makes terrible decisions. But you knew that already.
Madison is a terrible leader and should be discredited whenever she speaks. With that being said, Phoenix is very excited about where this season is headed. This specific episode is all about fear, paranoia and water. This Otto clan is so weak that it takes them a total of two days to devolve into a Lord Of The Flies situation. Weak gang, bro.
Phoenix started this out with a test. Run down the main characters. Which ones do you care about? If they died would you care? Do you like them? Phoenix reveals his answer before and after the mid-season finale. Okay. Let's begin. This episode contained 2 heads delivered in bags and that's a pretty decent amount of heads. It also featured a desperate plea from the writers of the show to the audience to not hate their top billed actress. It didn't work. Good episode but didn't feel like a mid-season finale.
This episode is the worst. Not the worst episode but literally all the worst things are happening. Nick is sick and maybe dying. Alicia is nothing still. Madison is in charge. Victor and Daniel are MIA. Ofelia is the new villain. Lucianna is still alive. Following kid is nearly scalped. What the fuck is happening? In no way could this be a result of Madison constantly making the worst decisions possible. Nope. Phoenix also breaks down how those terrible decisions must be handled by Madison.
This episode is full of stupid choices that lead stupid characters to stupid places. Also, some of our characters are mind readers. It's true. Watch the episode and you'll see. Or save yourself 40 minutes and don't watch it. You'll miss my grandpa who appears in this episode. It's not true. Anyway, this episode was all the fuck over the place and it's pretty much just a filler episode for the season.
This episode featues a great buddy road scene, elderly murder-suicide, house fire, Dear John letter, compounded lies, the worst gift in the world and waking up a near murder. Plus, Phoenix cannot keep Ofelia and Luciana seperate. He knows the difference in the characters but cannot say the right name and it's destroying his brain. He will be insane by the end of this season.