Welcome to the Heavy Spoilers show, I’m your host Deffinition and the Walking Dead is back with its mid season finale that definitely serves as a satisfying cliffhanger for everything that we’ve seen so far.
Episode 8 has a lot to unpack from it and throughout this, I’m gonna be breaking down everything that you need to know about the last entry of the year as well as what we can take from the ending.
There will be heavy spoilers here so if you haven’t had a chance to watch the episode yet then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
With that out the way, I just wanna give a huge thank you for clicking this video, now let’s get into Episode 8!
The Walking Dead Season 8 Mid Season Finale
The episode opens ominously with Alpha telling Dante about her plan and how he must infiltrate the camp and gain their trust. Watching them from the inside. It Chronicles the character’s journey and showcases how he was able to gain the trust of those, pretending to be a victim of the apocalypse that just needed a place to stay.
It perfectly recontextualizes the entire series and shows just how manipulative Alpha really was, using her mole as a way to build paranoia in the camp, making everyone turn on one another.
I think this is one of the best intros for the series so far and it paints out just how much of a lie that the truce really was, with Alpha, masterfully manipulating those behind the scenes.
Dante was the perfect killer sneaking into the sick and diseased people’s homes and killing them when they were at their most vulnerable.
We learn that Lydia had never met Dante so this is why she never identified him and thus he was the best double agent that there could be.
It’s a chilling introduction that really shows just how good the series has become once more and we catch up to the character in the present with him having just strangled Siddiq.
Rosita Vs Dante
Rosita stops by and discovers Dante who tries to stab her and cover up his crime. He didn’t count on Siddiq coming back to life though and he struts back into the house, almost going for his and Rosita’s child which forces her to kill him and then beat the crap out of Dante.
Dante later gets interrogated and insists that he likes Siddiq and that he only killed him out of necessity but Rosita can’t shake off the fact that her ex did try and eat their baby. The line ‘it’s ok, in nature sometimes parents eat their young’ that Dante utters in the episode shows just how much he’s lost his grip on humanity and that all The Whisperers are like this.
Juxtaposing this, he knows that the group still has a hold on theirs and that they will treat him like they treat Negan.
It really is a comment on society and how the tolerant often become victim to their good nature by letting those that don’t share their morals get away with things that are deplorable.
Aaron And Gamma
On the other side of the territory, Aaron meets with Gamma and the two trade intel. Aaron wants to know the workings of The Whisperers and Gamma just wants to know if her nephew is safe and sound. Gamma is a really important figure in this episode as she knows where the Horde is located which we learn is a sunken field on the edge of the forest.
The survivors realise that Alpha now knows all of their plans, operations and so on and this has moved up the timeline of their counter-attack. Carol reinforces that Lydia doesn’t want to be found and she has a real heart to heart with Daryl.
On the way to Oceanside, we rejoin Judith, Michonne and definite dead man walking Luke. I’m surprised he’s survived this long haha, guy gave a big farewell to everyone like three episodes and he’s still around so yeah, well done pal.
Luke And The Book
If a three or even four-week wait between seeing them last time, I can’t even remember it was so long ago wasn’t enough for Michonne, she decides to take a sidequest in order to get Judith a library book. I guess in this world they don’t have Nintendo Switches so you just have to keep yourself occupied with what you can find.
Here Luke is grabbed by Walkers and just as you think its time for him to go play the big harp in the sky, sheet music in hand a mystery man pops up, saving him before vanishing. At Oceanside, he reappears apparently trying to steal supplies but he says he’s just trying to get home. Paranoia is high and there are suspicions that he may be is Whisperer, especially as he’s using a similar tactic as Dante did to infiltrate the group. Walkers start to Walker This Way into the camp…sorry about that terrible joke and he tries to escape through his time on the run is a little short-lived.
After Judith takes his ability to run like the wind, they capture him.
We eventually learn that his name is Virgil and he’s from a Naval Base in Chesapeake bay. In exchange for his return to his home, Michonne wants guns and ammo from the base and this hints at the fact that going forward they’re gonna need them in order to take The Horde down. The Whisperer War is coming…I know I say this every week but it’s coming…surely guys…surely you can’t keep dragging this out.
I’m glad Michonne is networking at least because as we see later the group is GUNna need all the Gunna…they can…get.
There’s a couple of action bits and Eugene must’ve heard that Rosita was single and ready to mingle and he pops up to save her, helping the character to push a walkers wig back literally.
I really don’t know if they’re gonna give the Padawan a shot with Rosita but hey I guess the best way to get a girl just wait until everyone else dies.
Gabe Loses His Humanity
Gabe studies old videos of Dante like he’s doing his own Dangerous D breakdown and Rosita returns to see him for a shoulder to cry on which Gabe just brushes off saying she needs to shut up. It’s clear that Dante is getting to them making them doubt themselves and though he was unearthed I really don’t think that the character failed in creating fractures, divisions, and separation amongst the group.
I’m just glad that no one says ‘don’t you see, this is what Alpha wants’ cos yeah that’s getting a bit played out every time something bad happens.
Gabe visits Dante in his cell, asking if anything that they’ve been told is true. Did he really have a son, did he really like, comment and subscribe or was he the one dislike…this entire time.
I know it was you Dante.
Gabe finally loses the humanity that he’s somehow managed to hold on to since his first appearance way back when and the character completely loses it, killing Dante by stabbing him 99999999 times. Gabe sort of highlights to the character that he actually had an opportunity for a second chance with the survivors but he squandered it, instead choosing to stick with his first choice and it’s a great exchange between the two even if there is a little bit of screaming.
The Whisperer War Is Coming
Now what this does cement is that the survivors won’t be holding back and that they will be going after the Whisperers using the same dirty tactics that they have had put upon them. Watching Gabe go crazy sums up the mindstate of the camps and no doubt they have all been pushed to the edge, losing their humanity in order to fight the bigger threat.
In the forest, a group goes looking for the horde and Carol and Daryl have another heart to heart with Daryl saying that she never came back off that boat, that she’s been like a ghost.
Carol is just destroyed by Alpha and she can’t get over what she took from her.
Daryl promises she’s a dead woman and eventually the group arrives at the apparent horde location and find the undead gone.
Carol comes face to face with Alpha for a rematch of their staring contest from episode one. She chases after her along with the group which leads her into a cave that yeah, should’ve seen this coming guys. Can’t you just shoot her or something?
Now whether this was a play by Alpha and she told Gamma to relay the information that would lead them face to face with the Horde, we don’t know yet but personally I think it was all part of the masterplan. Alpha knows her own soldiers better than they know themselves and even if Gamma was sincere with this information, she was clearly planning on luring scouts out to lead them into the trap, them here to give them what they wanted.
A horde full of the undead.
Be careful what you wish for, the group stands over them, trapped in the cave which is when we cut to black.
Season 10 Predictions
Now going ahead I believe that Lydia will be the one to come and rescue them. However, it won’t be easy. I probably think that she will have made her way back to the Whisperer camp and though she never entered it, spotted Negan who she will be confiding in. Those who’ve read the comic know that Negan is, in fact, a sort of double agent himself and he will likely help her get them out of the stick situation along with Lydia.
Now we’re gonna be spoiling the comic book from here on out so if you don’t want to know about the fate of Alpha then I highly recommend that you turn off now.
If you’re still here, thanks for sticking with us but in the comics, Negan is actually the one who kills Alpha and I was sure that this was going to happen before the midseason finale. The fact that it hasn’t makes me believe that they are going to go a different route and it will indeed be Carol that finally gets her, claiming the prize as the undefeated staring contest winner.
I do think that Negan will still play a part but it will be more about breaking the Whisperers up from the inside after letting slip that Lydia is alive. With Michonne bringing back an arsenal, the odds are going to be even and we may finally get the Whisperer War before we head into the Commonwealth storyline.
Overall I have had a lot of fun with this season and though it hasn’t been perfect it’s been a course correction for the show and many middling entries.
This has been one of the best seasons yet and I can’t wait to see what happens when it returns next year.
Now obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Walking Dead mid season finale and what you’ve thought of this half of the season. Comment below and let me know!