Robert Burns said it best when he declared, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Such was the case for The Walking Dead’s alliance of Alexandria, The Hilltop, and The Kingdom when they rallied against Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) and his Saviors. While we’re only half-way through All-Out War, things have definitely gone off the rails in ways no one could have predicted.
Director and FX Supervisor Gregory Nicotero riffs on what went wrong for our protagonists in the behind-the-scenes video below. Long story short: They let their emotions get in the way of better judgment. Give it a watch for more insights from cast & crew, along with previously unseen footage from the Season 8B return.
Official Synopsis: The cast and creators talk about the survivors’ strengths and weaknesses during the last stand against Negan in the second half of Season 8. The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9/8c.
Official Synopsis: “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.”