All out war. That is what has been teased and promoted during The Walking Dead hiatus throughout the summer. Ever since the reveal of the five minute long Season 8 trailer, so many questions were raised as each scene was broken down days after the trailer reveal. Well, some questions were answered while many more were raised once we watched the Season 8 premiere.
The Season 8 premiere is almost polar opposite than Season 7’s. Although the Season 7 premiere had more viewers than Sunday’s premiere. We were promised with an action packed episode, and season for that matter. On that promise, we can say that it was delivered. It took a minute for the action to get revved up, but not long. After that, the entire episode was pretty much gun’s blazing. We had a smile on our face particularly at seeing Rick, Maggie, Ezekiel and their attacking force, guns aimed at Negan’s doorstep. It was a clear nod to how Negan began Season 7 with Alexandria.
The entire first episode was about setting the tone for the season, and what’s at stake. If the next several episodes emanate the type of action with Season 8’s premiere, then I think we’re in for a treat and probably one of the best season’s so far. Much of the characters have been established already, so there was no need to work on character backstories for the episode. Instead it was just setting up the time and unification of Alexandria, Hilltop and The Kingdom.
There was one thing that both baffled us and told us how the season is catching up to it’s comic book counterpart. There are constant flash forwards of Old Man Rick and an evolved Alexandria, which is something that occurs after the war with Negan. His head is shaved, beard long and using a cane to get around due to his leg being broken by Negan in the war’s final battle. So if there is some truth to these flash forwards then we may be getting the epic final battle between Rick and Negan in this season. This will also mean that The Whisperers may make a small appearance in this season to start up Season 9. After that, the television series isn’t very far off from its comic book counterpart.
There’s action, drama and more action with a small hint of anger towards the coward Gregory; I mean he really pissed us off in this episode. But overall we were quite pleased with how the episode turned out and had no complaints. We can’t wait for the rest of the season to air and if you have read the comics, then you know you’re in for one emotional, action packed ride.