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Posted November 28, 2017 by David Ratcliffe in Comics
 
 

REVIEW: The Walking Dead S08E06 – The King, the Widow, and Rick

Episode: S08E06 – The King, the Widow, and Rick

Air Date: November 26, 2017
Executive Producers: Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, Denise Huth

Developed by: Frank Darabont

Written by: Angela Kang and Corey Reed

Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Khary Payton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Xander Berkeley, Austin Amelio, Steven Ogg, Josh McDermitt, Tom Payne, Seth Gilliam, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira.

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After two strong weeks where we got focus on less characters and higher emotional storytelling resulting in the two best episodes of series eight expectations were high going in to this episode. We start with voiceovers as Rick, Carol and Maggie receive pictures and letters about how there respective parts in the war on Negan went. Rick meets with Jadis to convince her to join him. She keeps him as a prisoner unconvinced by Ricks Polaroid evidence and standard emotional bargaining.

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At the Hilltop Maggie has some leading to do-that is make decisions. She orders the Saviors inside the colony yet still trapped; this time in a cage. Who will join them? Gregory that’s who. Despite his best efforts to convince Maggie he can help her as a former leader of the Hilltop she realizes he is not to be trusted. He is a snake to be fair and she orders him to be caged with the Saviors. Jesus thanks Maggie in private for her non violent response to the situation but she is strategically thinking how they could be used as bargaining chips, much to the non vocal chagrin of Jesus. Leader Maggie is a bad ass.

Carl finds Siddiq and apologizes for Rick’s previous unfriendly behavior and asks the three questions of Rick Grimes to any person he meets. Impressed by his answers and after Siddiq saves Carl he leads him to Alexandria promising to vouch for him.

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Ezekiel is feeling sorry for himself as his fallacy is broken; he is not the King he proclaimed to be. Carol urges him to be the figurehead yet he denies suggesting she must lead the Kingdom. No doubt Carol can do it but what does this mean for Ezekiel’s followers?  The soldiers were willing and did die for him. Will this be easy for Carol or will Ezekiel come round? The best scenes in this episode were between Carol and Ezekiel. Without a shadow of a doubt.

Daryl and Tara turning up miraculously in time to help Michonne and Rosita. The four of them for different reasons head to the sanctuary and find it surrounded by walkers. Contrary to the plan. Daryl decides they have to act to end the war then and there. We see Rick still prisoner in the container as we end the episode.

Not as good as the previous two weeks as we go back to multi person stories yet not the worst either. Tries to fit too much in yet how further are we in the overall death of Negan? A tiny bit closer if Daryl has anything to do with it. As close to a filler episode without quite being one.

Walking Dead airs weekly every Sunday on AMC.

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David has an undergraduate degree in Drama and first showed symptoms of a mind blown by cinema after watching The Godfather too many years ago to remember. He enjoys binge watching TV shows because that is the only way to watch them, right? The West Wing, The Sopranos and The Wire rank among his favourites of all time; the list could go on but changes the more he watches. Books, comics and games are also enjoyed in different moods. Finishing that novel is a life ambition.