‘Walking Dead’: How a Comics May Inform Season 8’s ‘All-Out War’

[This story contains spoilers for a Walking Dead comic book series.]


So, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) have strictly damaged up. Now what? “All-Out War,” that’s what. 

It’s a name of a 12-issue arc featured in a Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard comics on that AMC’s The Walking Dead is based, firm to offer as a basement for a arriving eighth season. With several months station between now and a subsequent new hour of Walking Dead (which is a 100th episode, incidentally), here’s a preview of what to design from deteriorate eight, formed on how “All-Out War” plays in a comics.

The quarrel starts with Rick and his allies rolling adult to a Sanctuary, firing shots into a air and dogmatic shrill and unapproachable their goal to take down Negan and all a other killers vital among a Saviors. Negan counters by presenting Gregory (Xander Berkeley), who announces that a Hilltop won’t be ancillary Alexandria in a war. It’s adequate to remonstrate 8 Hilltoppers to rush (nine if we embody Gregory), though a rest hang around, that leads to a initial central sell of gunfire in a conflict. 

This is right around a time that Holly, ex-girlfriend of a late Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), stairs in and takes Rick’s place in a scapegoat play opposite a Saviors — most as Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) does for Rosita (Christian Serratos) toward a finish of deteriorate seven. Negan is anxious to have Holly in his possession, mistaking her for Rick’s girlfriend, Andrea, prolonged passed on a uncover though really most still alive in a comics during this point. What happens to Holly in a comics is really identical to what happens to Sasha on a show, from a quick attainment and swifter depart of “Rapey Dave,” to a function of Holly’s zombified stays opposite a Alexandrians.

Meanwhile, Gregory earnings to a Hilltop with a others who defected from a battle, and he’s not utterly entrance behind with shawl in hand. He insists that Rick’s actions are going to get everybody killed. Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) disagrees, slamming Gregory with a open beatdown, followed by a debate that solidifies her standing as a personality of a Hilltop.

Elsewhere, Rick and his allies continue a war, that naturally leads to some casualties, including Aaron’s (Ross Marquand) beloved Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson), King Ezekiel’s (Khary Payton) constant vital Richard (Karl Makinen) — and even Ezekiel’s pet tiger Shiva, mauled to genocide by a container of walkers. That’s one approach to take caring of a show’s CGI tiger budget. Shiva’s genocide sends Ezekiel into a spin of self-loathing, temporarily incompetent to shake a feeling that all of this blood lands precisely on his hands.

There’s frequency any time to weep these mislaid parties before Negan brings a quarrel to Alexandria. He unleashes a zombified Holly on a community, and she deduction to punch Denise (Merritt Wever), prolonged given passed on a show. Heath (Corey Hawkins), who went blank on a uncover progressing in deteriorate 7 though who is alive during this indicate in a comics, loses a leg in an blast in a center of a fight. Denise, Heath’s partner in a comics, dedicates her final few hours to saving her boyfriend’s life. Maggie and a Hilltoppers uncover adult and stop a Saviors before they can totally exterminate a Alexandrians, though a billowing fume stemming from a village leads Negan to a confidant declaration:

There’s law to Negan’s words, generally when he scores another evident win in a form of capturing Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt). While a mulletted insane scientist of a zombie canon simply surrenders to Negan on a show, the Eugene of a comics isn’t utterly so craven. He’s in a center of production ammunition when he’s kidnapped by a Saviors, and he refuses to cavern into a ask to build bullets on Negan’s behalf. Eugene even manages to escape, interjection to some assistance from some sensitive Saviors. But it’s not an emanate for Negan, who has another idea: he commands a Saviors to drop their bullets, arrows and other assorted weapons in zombie gore, that they will afterwards use to taint their enemies. Pretty gross. 

From there, Negan ambushes a heroes during a Hilltop, unleashing holy ruin on Rick and a others. Things take a spin for a worse when Dwight (Austin Amelio), who adult until now has been behaving as a double representative for a Alexandrians, shoots Rick with an putrescent arrow … solely a arrow isn’t putrescent after all. Several people die from wounds postulated in a easy biological warfare, though not Rick. It turns out that Dwight’s on Rick’s side after all, and merely shot Alexandria’s intrepid personality in sequence to dope Negan into presumption Rick’s days were numbered.

Confident in his victory, Negan rolls adult again and offers terms of surrender. But surprise! Rick’s still alive, and he has a few some-more tricks adult his sleeve. He meets with Negan and tries a new tactic: reason. He lays out his prophesy for a future, and points out that Negan’s approach of life simply won’t work if everyone’s to live in harmony. Surprisingly, Negan agrees. Rick’s evidence is so sound, that even Negan can’t repudiate that it would be improved if everybody worked in unison with one another, rather than vital in fear of one organization. And only as Negan starts to see a light …

… Rick creates his move, rupturing Negan’s throat, that triggers a war’s final battle. Negan passes out from blood loss, though not before violation Rick’s leg. When a disharmony settles down, Rick commands his alloy to reanimate Negan up. The quarrel ends when Rick confronts a bed-ridden Negan, reiterates his skeleton for a communities relocating forward, and clarifies Negan’s purpose in things: he will debase in jail until he dies an aged man. The following emanate of a array jumps a few years into a future, where most has altered — though not Rick’s position on Negan, who stays really most behind bars after all this time.

How most of a “All-Out War” arc from a comics will make a approach onto a show? Some of it already has, of course, while other vital events are expected still to come, roughly positively around the remix approach that’s turn a tack of a show. Indeed, if a AMC play wants to keep a chronicle of Shiva alive? No one’s going to disagree opposite that.

What are your thoughts on a “All-Out War” arc? Let us know in a comments below, and keep checking with THR.com/WalkingDead for news, interviews and more. 


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