Now that the fall TV season is back in full swing, AMC's The Walking Dead is getting set to return with the Season 8 premiere on Sunday, October 22 at 9 PM ET on AMC. Today we have new details about the second and third episodes of The Walking Dead Season 8. If you still aren't caught up to The Walking Dead by this point, there may be some SPOILERS revealed below, so be sure to read on at your own risk.
It has already been confirmed that The Walking Dead Season 8 premiere will be called Mercy, which has been confirmed to give fans a glimpse at the mysterious Old Man Rick image that was shown at the end of The Walking Dead Season 8 Comic-Con trailer. Still, it was also confirmed that the full mystery behind that image won't be solved until the mid-season finale, but today AMC has released the titles and brief synopses for the second and third episodes, "The Damned" and "Monsters." Here's the brief description for the second episode below.
"The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds. As Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face."
The Season 7 finale finally showed that members of The Kingdom and Hilltop Colony coming to Alexandria to join forces with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), with all of these communities uniting against Negan and The Saviors. It's unclear who the "familiar face" mentioned in this synopsis may be, since, unlike the past few seasons, since everyone except the Saviors is on Rick's side, but the most likely answer could be Eugene (Josh McDermitt). He was taken by Negan in the Season 7 midseason finale, once Negan learned that he made the bullet that Rosita (Christian Serratos) used to nearly kill Negan. While at the Sanctuary, the Saviors main base of operations, Eugene's cowardly ways surfaced yet again, even refusing to be rescued by Sasha (Sonequa Martin Green) and Rosita towards the end of the season. Here's the description of the third episode, "Monsters," below.
"Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria. Morality proves tricky in wartime."
It's possible that this episode could bring the first casualties of this All Out War, although it's unclear what kind of morally ambiguous situations we could see in this episodes. This year on the AMC series, Rick brings All Out War to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive. Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom, Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.