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The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Review: Mercy

Rick Grimes and the Allied Communities Begin their War on the Saviors

But Rick’s Flash-forward Sequences Mar What Could Have Been a Perfect Episode.

The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere review

Season 8, Ep. 01 – ‘Mercy’ | Aired October 22, 2017
by TS Alan

The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Review | Zombie Education Alliance

I’m taking a different approach on this review. I’m giving readers two lists: 8 Reasons Why I liked the Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere and 8 Reasons Why I Dislike the 100th episode.

The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Review | Zombie Education Alliance

“…’my dick is bigger than yours’ … It is. We both know it,”

8 Reasons Why I Like the Episode:

  1. Rick has finally made a real plan, including anticipating Negan’s counter moves.
  2. Carl at the gas station being a shot for shot recreation of a scene from the first episode.
  3. The mystery Muslim man Carl discovers may be Siddiq from the comic book.
  4. Best lines in the episode, Negan’s remarks to Rick during their initial encounter: “I’m not exactly feelin’ a reason to throwin’ lead at each other,” Negan tells Rick. “I care about my people. I don’t want to just march them into the line of fire because I want to play ‘my dick is bigger than yours’ … It is. We both know it,” he says with a grin.
  5. Morgan (Lennie James) spearing a Saviors member by Pulpin Urgent Care.
  6. Walkers! Lots of walkers.
  7. The ascending aerial shot of the trailer that Gabriel and Negan are taking refuge within. A homage to the aerial shot of the tank at the end of episode one.
  8. It’s the Walking Dead!
The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Review | Zombie Education Alliance

Morgan finally goes back to killing, taking out a Saviors sentinel

8 Reasons Why I Dislike the Episode:

  1. The Weird “Rick” Yankovic flash-forward sequences that interrupted the story line.
  2. The never ending opening speech by Rick that also book-ended the episode.
  3. Rick’s useless banter with Negan trying to get Negan and his lieutenants to surrender. He should have just opened fire.
  4. Gabriel didn’t shoot Negan the second he discovered him in the trailer.
  5. Not knowing the meaning of the stained glass Celtic cross as Rick is mourning. The Walking Dead never throws random shots into the show for no reason. The religious significance would favor Father Gabriel being killed by Negan. However, being an avid reader of the comic there are other possibilities.
  6. No one has killed Gregory yet.
  7. Infinite bullets. So where did Rick get all the ammunition from?
  8. Only one scene and one line for Eugene.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/10C on AMC.

The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere Review | Zombie Education Alliance

Rick Grimes and the Allied Communities Begin their War on the Saviors But Rick's Flash-forward Sequences Mar What Could Have Been a Perfect Episode. The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere review Season 8, Ep. 01 - 'Mercy' | Aired October 22, 2017 by TS Alan I'm taking a different approach on this review. I'm giving readers two lists: 8 Reasons Why I liked the Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere and 8 Reasons Why I Dislike the 100th episode. 8 Reasons Why I Like…

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4.5 out of 5

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Summary : Rick's Flash-forward Sequences Mar What Could Have Been a Perfect Episode.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.

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