The Walking Dead Recap: Season 8 Episode 10

The Walking Dead Recap: Season 8 Episode 10

Rick, you had one chance!

Since the heartbreaking mid season premiere featuring the death of the beloved Carl Grimes, the season has already started to feel less and less like The Walking Dead. Many fans have stopped watching. I, however, am one of the few who will stay and bear with it until the end..even if it kills me.

The tenth episode of season eight was arguably one of the more eventful episodes, a step up from the hardly eventful midseason premiere, leading up to a very heated debate across social media platforms- who is the bad guy at the end of this episode?

But first, a recap. We see an altercation arise between Simon and Jadis, which soon leaves Jadis as the last one standing in the pile of trash.

Enid and Aaron get captured by Oceanside, who I had forgotten even had a part in this story. At this point, I can’t see where their story will go with the group. I find it hard to imagine them in warfare and as if feels like the war is dying down and coming to a close by the season finale, I can’t be bothered to care about them. They seem out of place, and as much as I love the creative liberties they take in the show, they really have no place in this war. There were already too many characters, and adding another group really draws attention away from the real issue at hand by the name of Negan.I will say it wasn’t all bad, however, as they only played a very slim part in the episode.

The more exciting and plot based part came in very sparse moments which referenced the letters Carl had handwritten. (seeing references back to him still makes the show feel so empty.)

We see Michonne and Rick driving away from a slow burning Alexandria, and she is holding the letters in her hand. Flipping through them, it is revealed that Carl also wrote a letter to Negan, which Rick refuses to read in that moment. I found this a very sweet, yet, insufficient replacement for their comic counterparts’ storyline. I liked it, but I would have preferred real interaction rather than from beyond the grave, but I digress.

Eventually, between all the action that are cutscenes involving Enid and Aaron and the saviors, Rick does read the letter, but the audience does not get a good look. Rick calls Negan on his radio, and this is where it really started to get nasty.

Rick tells Negan that Carl had written a letter, detailing that his dying wish was for a future of peace between Negan and Rick. After, he tells Negan that Carl is dead, and the reaction Negan has may come as a shock to non comic readers. Negan is notably hurt, disappointed, and upset by his death, going as far as to question what had happened. He makes it a point to specifically asked if it was his fault (or rather his team, but he had given the orders after all) and specified grenades as being a probably cause, but Rick stated a clear and firm no. Rick then tells Negan that he had died trying to help someone and got bit. So clearly Rick knows it wasn’t Negan’s doing.

Negan responds with total remorse.

Shit...I um...I am sorry. You know I wanted him to be part of things. I had plans. THat kid, that kid was the future.

To which Rick responds angrily that the only future is one where Negan is dead. Negan asks Rick why he’s fighting, and tells him “Carl is dead because of you.” Which… can you blame him?

I see a lot of discourse about whether Rick was in the wrong or Negan, and truth be told…

Rick. You are so wrong for this.

I’m sorry, but Rick pushed Negan. I will give him the benefit of the doubt, he did not see his reaction and thus could not see how sincere he was in his apology, but even so it was evident in his done how much he cared about Carl. Negan saw something in Carl the moment he lay eyes on him, and to hear about his death shocked him because Negan thought he could survive. He was always impressed by how much a kid could withstand ever since the moment he had met him, even as he shot up the Sanctuary compounds.

But then you have Rick, who pushed that last button by stating, after telling Negan that Carl wanted peace, that he was going to kill him. I’m sure somewhere in Negan’s mind that was the last straw. How can a father know his son wants a positive and peaceful future and then blatantly state that the only future is one with death? In a sense, Negan was right. In that moment, Rick did not care about Carl or his wishes. Carl wanted to help and Rick was being selfish, and that was the one flaw in the entire plan. The one hole that could have prevented things.

That being said, Negan was also in the wrong. I will also give him the benefit of the doubt and say he did not know how Carl died exactly, all Rick said was he was trying to help- this could have been in war or not. So, Negan assumed it was war, and if in his mind he believed Rick caused the war, that would mean that Rick indirectly caused Carl’s death.

They both crossed lines, but in the end I’m siding with Negan.

Rick, your son wanted peace. He wanted a future where things weren’t full of war and death and bloodshed, and people were helping each other. He dreamt of it, and you are blatantly going out of your way to avoid it because you are too high on your horse.

Negan is right. Rick, you are acting right selfish.

I'm interested in seeing how this pans out, even if I have a good feeling I know where it will lead. While I still disagree with the idea of killing off Carl, it's clear that they have some sort of idea of where it's going and I will be watching because it is refreshing, not because I'm a fan. A pass time is a pass time, no matter how difficult.

Cover Image Credit: Gene Page/A

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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

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These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

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Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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