“How can Carl die?” many Walking Dead fans asked themselves during those first disorienting days during the Season 8 hiatus. “He was in the ‘Old Man Rick’ scene from the season opener!” Sorry, folks, Carl’s dead and what we thought was a time-jump was just a dream. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
The Old Man Rick scene turned out to be Carl’s fantasy of life after war, a future that could come to pass—if his father reclaims his humanity and pursues a course of peace in his ongoing war with Negan and the Saviors. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I feel like the tease of a flash-forward was lazy emotional manipulation.
What do the rest of you think? Did you find Carl’s fantasy of Old Man Rick inspiring or melodramatic? Let’s debate in the Comments section! And check out the trailer for next Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead below.
Official Synopsis: Negan tells Simon how to deal with Jadis’s double-cross. Don’t miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, Sunday, March 4 at 9/8c.
“All-out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
At the very center — Rick (Andrew Lincoln), having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.”
Related Article: Top 10 Things AMC Wants You to Forget About “The Walking Dead”