AMC's The Walking Dead took six episodes into season eight, but we finally get a Michonne (Danai Gurira) sighting. The King, The Widow, and Rick picks up with action at the various communities. King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) has locked himself away after losing his people. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) has to deal with Jesus (Tom Payne) and his throng of Savior prisoners. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) embarks on a seemingly foolish quest to get the junkyard people back on his side. The plan against the Saviors looks like its working, but not everyone is on board.
The King, The Widow, and Rick opens with a montage. Rick is still walking down a desolate road. He opens a microwave in a pile of garbage and takes out a note. Carol (Melissa McBride), at the Kingdom, receives a note; as does Maggie at the Hilltop and Michonne in Alexandria. Rick tells them that the plan is working. Maggie informs everyone of her prisoner dilemma. Carol updates the group of the Kingdom's losses. Rick's voiceover continues, they have snipers watching The Sanctuary. The plan is to meet back there in two days to "win it all". The convoy of armored cars returns to Alexandria. Daryl is on his motorcycle riding.
At the junkyard, Jadis (Polyanna McIntosh), wearing an apron, is working on a sculpture. There is a knock at their entrance. At the Hilltop, Jesus is handing out food to the prisoners. They are tied up outside the gate. Maggie is furious that he is giving their food to the enemy. His response is that they need to remember what they're fighting for. Maggie replies that the prisoners may be killed yet. At the Kingdom, Carol goes to the theater to see King Ezekiel. Jerry (Cooper Andrews), standing guard and loyal, says the King is not seeing visitors. Carol leaves with Benjamin's brother in tow. He wants to fight. She tells him to leave her alone.
At the junkyard, Rick is surrounded by Jadis and her people. She says, "I shot you". Rick responds that she only grazed him. He shows her pictures of the defeated Saviors. The Sanctuary is surrounded by walkers. Join the winning side now or risk your destruction. Jadis replies "no". Her people take Rick as a prisoner.
At the Hilltop, Maggie and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) are in her office. He chastises her for allowing the prisoners to live. "The wolves are now with the sheep" he says. Maggie curses his cowardice. He continues that his intentions were for the Hilltop's survival. In Alexandria, Michonne and Rosita (Christian Serratos) get in a car. They are breaking Rick's plan, but they need to see what is happening at the Sanctuary for themselves. Meanwhile, Tara (Alana Masterson) and Daryl are discussing Dwight (Austin Amelio) on her porch. She wants to be the one to kill him, vengeance for Denise. Daryl says they can both do it, and maybe not have to "wait so long".
At the Hilltop, a Savior prisoner from the satellite compound tries to talk to Jesus. On the road, Michonne and Rosita hear music in the distance. They stop their car and walk in the woods towards it. We then cut to a scene where a walker is spiked in the woods, flailing to reach for a plastic bag. Carl (Chandler Riggs) watches as the man he saw in the first episode of season eight dispatches the walker. He introduces himself. The disheveled man is Siddiq (Avi Nash).
Carl throws him a bag of food and water. Siddiq guzzles the liquid down. Carl asks him the standard questions. He's stupefied to learn that Siddiq has killed 237 walkers, but only one person. Siddiq kills the walkers to free their souls. He does it to honor his parents. Carl replies that he isn't honoring his father by helping him, but sometimes children have to show the way.
In the woods, Benjamin's brother is fighting walkers by himself. Carol shows up and kills them. He demands to go with her. He wants the Savior that killed Benjamin. Carol gives him a gun. They safety is on until she says so. At the Hilltop, Enid (Katelyn Nacon) leads the Savior prisoners inside the gates. They have constructed a barbed wire prison. The Saviors are led inside, along with a stunned Gregory. Jared, the Savior that killed Benjamin, tries to grab a gun. Maggie knocks him out with her rifle.
Rosita and Michonne follow the music towards a warehouse. Inside are a cache of supplies and two Saviors setting up speakers on the back of a truck. They are planning to use the speakers to liberate the Sanctuary. Michonne kicks a ball by accident. The Saviors respond with gunfire. Rosita blows one up with a found rocket launcher. Michonne loses a fight to the other, who escapes in the speaker truck. As they watch it drive away, the truck is pancaked by a garbage truck. Daryl emerges and kills the Savior. They all get together and ask why everyone's here. They all are heading to the Sanctuary. Daryl says there's a "lot more work to do".
Carol takes a shotgun to Ezekiel's theater. Jerry replies that the door is open. On his throne, holding Shiva's chain, Ezekiel is a broken man. He can no longer live the facade. Carol responds that he is the people's king. Even if he's lost faith, he must act the part and give them hope. Ezekiel replies that Carol should be their leader. She begs him to finish the plan with her, but he does not leave.
At the Hilltop, Jared is trying to escape his bondage with a rock. The Savior that spoke to Jesus stops him. He won't let them all get killed. Jared replies that they will own this place. Gregory is still cowering in the corner, but listening to the conversation. In her office, Maggie is holding baby Gracie. Aaron (Ross Marquand) is still reeling from Eric's death. Jesus enters and gives Maggie an update on the prisoners. She will use them for bargaining chips if needed, otherwise she can't let them live. Aaron returns to his car. He is going back to join the fight at the Sanctuary. Enid goes with him.
Daryl drives the garbage truck to the Sanctuary. Michonne looks through a scope and sees the walkers have the place pinned down. At the junkyard, Jadis walks by a container with holes drilled in. She chalks it with an "A". Rick is naked, tied up, and sweating on the inside.
"The King, The Widow, and Rick" catches up on the main characters, but feels like another filler episode. Once again, the Alexandrians are behaving foolishly. It's obvious that Daryl's group is going to screw things up somehow. It's also apparent that the Savior prisoners will make trouble at the Hilltop. Rick's capture was too easy, so there must be a plan to deal with Jadis. There's no sign of the helicopter from last week, but that surely plays an important part. Tune in next week to AMC as we only have two episodes left before the midseason break.