The Walking Dead S08E13: Do Not Send Us Astray
This week on The Walking Dead, the Saviors attack the Hilltop with their tainted weapons, leading to a battle in which the Saviors suffer heavy casualties and retreat. During the battle, Tara is non-fatally shot by Dwight, apparently in an effort to protect her from Simon but potentially infecting her as well. Overnight, many of the injured reanimate from their tainted wounds and attack the sleeping residents of the Hilltop, leading to heavy casualties before the reanimated are killed. At the same time, Henry tries to take revenge for the murder of his brother, leading to the breakout of the Savior prisoners and the disappearance of Henry. Having seen the Saviors’ callous attitude for themselves, Alden and several other Saviors choose to remain at the Hilltop of their own free will rather than returning to the Saviors.
The Battle for the Hilltop
We finally see the attack on the Hilltop that has been brewing for the last several episodes. With Negan’s fate unknown, Simon takes the opportunity to step up as leader of this attack. Dwight is still remaining loyal to Rick’s group while doing his best to remain discreet with the Saviors.
In the heat of the battle (and the consistent darkness of the TV screen—it was very difficult to follow what was happening without raising the brightness level of the TV screen, am I right?), we see Simon and Dwight sneak up behind Tara, who had her focus on other areas of the fight. Simon goes in for the shot, but Dwight swoops in and shoots her with an arrow (potentially untainted) instead, presumably saving her. She starts to have a change of heart, realizing the similarity of his position with the Saviors to that of hers with the Governor. Daryl is not so much convinced though.
Negan’s plan to attack with walker guts worked. Those only wounded in the attack die and turn in the night, resulting in a surprise attack by their own. Of course, in the highly believable land of The Walking Dead, they sleep with their doors open after a war, and no one wakes up when a man tumbles down a flight of stairs in the night.
We lose a few Hilltop characters that miraculously had their first spoken lines of the series in tonight’s episode. But the most significant was Tobin. Carol had a heart to heart with her former squeeze earlier in the episode. He seemed fine, with a flesh wound to the chest, but no walker bites. After having to put him down herself, Carol realizes that there was more to this fight than they originally thought.
What is Henry Doing?
Becoming the new “Get in the house, Carl!”, Henry decides to take matters into his own hands to avenge his brother’s death. He sneaks a gun and the keys to the pen where the Savior prisoners are held. To no shock, it all went downhill, causing the prisoners to escape. A few stayed behind though, realizing their worthlessness to the Savior side, and pledging their allegiance to Maggie. Or did they? Is this a false allegiance with nefarious intent? And will the escaped prisoners come back to cause more issues for the Hilltop later on? (Probably.)
While there was action in this episode (though some of it was far-fetched in the typical TWD style), we have only progressed our story by a few hours. There were many casualties, most of which were TWD Red Shirts. And only one had a familiar name and face. #RIPTobin
The real excitement of the evening was the reveal of the Morgan (Lennie James) crossover on Fear the Walking Dead. A new trailer, which debuted at WonderCon this weekend, shows Morgan interacting with Nick (Frank Dillane). While Morgan’s flashbacks of Gavin seemed a little silly sprinkled throughout the episode. We can hope that they lead to a satisfying departure of this character as he moves over to the Fear series.