Enid, Aaron & Oceanside
The back half of Season 8 isn’t going to be pleasant for Enid. Her boyfriend was just bitten by a zombie, and she ended the finale by accidentally murdering the Oceanside’s beloved leader, Natania. Enid and Aaron were seeking the colony’s support in the war, and on their way, Enid even detoured to an abandoned distillery to pick up a truck to offer the community as a sign of good faith. Unfortunately, the women got the jump on them before introductions could be made, and Enid killed Natania in order to save Aaron.
The only thing that won’t turn this situation into an Enid and Aaron bloodbath is that Tara already stole Oceanside’s arsenal, so the two still outgun the entire community. But the women already wanted to stay out of the action, and Natania’s sudden death isn’t likely to persuade them in the other direction. And even if Enid and Aaron convince them to listen somehow, neither of the two Alexandrians know how much the tables have turned while they’ve been on this roadtrip. If Oceanside is brought to into a fight that doesn’t look like what was described, this alliance – if it’s even made – could go the way of Rick and Jadis’.
After Eugene devised a way for their forces to escape the Sanctuary, the Saviors launched a massive counterattack that disabled Alexandria, the Kingdom and the Hilltop. Eugene’s solution came in the nick of time as Negan was facing rioting and instability when food and water ran out in the Sanctuary. But despite his commitment to his new home, Eugene’s guilt over betraying his old friends incited him to help Father Gabriel and Dr. Carson to escape so Maggie could have medical care at the Hilltop. Granted, the likelihood of a deathly ill Father Gabriel successfully leading Dr. Carson through the active war that still rages is low, but stranger things have happened.
Carl duped Negan into stalling the attack by offering himself up in exchange for the lives of everyone inside the colony. Negan’s touched, but -- TWIST! -- it was all a ruse that allowed Daryl the time to set up a decoy escape. A team that included Dwight and Laura gave chase only to be ambushed by Daryl. During the fight, Dwight attempted to surreptitiously murder some of his own people to aid his new allies, but Laura saw him and ran off before he could kill her. Cover blown, Dwight joined the Alexandrians as they descended into the sewers, alongside a very disapproving Tara. We’ll see how long this arrangement lasts without someone dying.
As for Carl, he spent most of the episode showing everyone what an MVP looks like. After the jig is up with Negan, Carl coordinates Alexandria’s defense and the safe evacuation of everyone in the colony to the sewer system beneath. The idea being that Negan will think the everyone escaped out the back, when really they doubled back to wait out the attack right under the enemy’s feet. Somehow in the midst of planning and carrying out this elaborate plan, Carl also managed to find and rescue Siddiq, the lone stranger his father refused to take in. Unfortunately, Siddiq’s rescue came at a high price.
Rick made it back to Alexandria in time for the attack and wound up going hand-to-hand with Negan before getting thrown out a window and heading into the sewers with Michonne. It’s there he discovers what the rest of the community already knows – Carl was bitten by a walker the day before and has only hours to live.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.