Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale, we were presented with some legitimately creepy scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “Evolution,” Daryl, Jesus, Aaron, and Dog go out looking for Eugene, but find a walker herd that is nowhere near normal. Meanwhile, the new characters try to earn their keep and Negan’s world is about to change. My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale are:
“We’re a solid looking group.”
In the beginning of the episode, Michonne continues to escort the new characters to Hilltop, but we know that trust is not so easily earned. Tara seems willing to give the new characters a shot, but reminds them that they will need to earn their keep. I have to admit that I am actually looking forward to getting to know the new characters now. A lot of them seem to have potential and perhaps they can liven things up just a little bit. I mean anything is more interesting than Henry being peer pressured by the “cool kids” at Hilltop.
“It’s good we’re here.”
After Michonne learns that Carol is at Hilltop too and Daryl is not far away, Tara points out that “it’s like the gang’s back together.” A lot has clearly changed; however, as Carol initially doesn’t seem that thrilled to see Michonne. Carol still seems to believe in a better world and building a community, but Michonne reminds her that they are living in a broken world and that they have to take care of their own. I am still wondering what happened to Michonne to make her so jaded and untrusting of everyone?
“They have no idea what they’re dealing with.”
With almost perfect timing, Rosita wakes up and freaks out when she finds out that Daryl and the others went after Eugene. Rosita explains that they don’t know what they are dealing with and she’s absolutely right. After finding Eugene in the barn, he tries to explain his own theories on the potential evolution of the walkers and says that he heard them whispering. Daryl doesn’t really know what to make of this until he witnesses this behavior on his own, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are all in serious danger right now.
“I loved the shit out of TV when that was a thing.”
I hear you on that Negan! It initially seemed like we were just going to get some more banter between Negan and another character. Negan gives Gabriel a hard time about Rosita and even tries to plant some doubt in his head to provide himself with some entertainment that doesn’t involve him throwing a ball at a wall. After all, “all work and no play makes Negan a dull villain.” After Gabriel gets upset about Rosita, Negan’s jail cell is carelessly left slightly open and Negan takes his first steps out into the open. Freedom looks good on you Negan.
“Let’s get em…”
Daryl stands alone to give the others a chance to get Eugene out of there, but he does have Dog by his side, who is starting to be my favorite character. Seriously do not let anything happen to this dog. Daryl tries to create a distraction, but the herd of walkers continues to go after Eugene and the others. It’s almost like they could sense that Daryl’s distraction was a trap and the storm has now arrived, providing us with the perfect ominous soundtrack. Eugene and the others wind up in a beyond creepy cemetery, which I have to say was kind of brilliant. I have not been scared on TWD for quite some time and I actually felt a bit nervous during this scene, especially when the characters were surrounded by whispers. Michonne and some of the new characters show up to help get them out of the cemetery and Jesus tries to hold off the walkers with his impressive ninja skills. Everything is happening so fast, but we do cut to a scene in slow motion, as one of the walkers stabs Jesus with his knife and whispers, “You are where you do not belong.” Poor Jesus has drawn the short stick in this shocking moment. Daryl discovers that the killer was actually a human with a walker mask to make things even more complicated. “The Whisperers” have arrived and are a new and dangerous threat. Overall, I thought that the episode delivered in the last fifteen minutes. However, there was so much fluff surrounding it. I seriously don’t care about Henry and his teen adventures. We have several new setups for the second half of the season, which I am looking forward to explore. So what can we expect from the second half of season 9? I’m hoping that we abandon the unnecessary fluff and focus on “The Whisperers,” Negan, the “X” marks, and the past of the new characters. New episodes return in February. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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