NEGAN IS IN THE LINE OF FIRE AS ‘THE WALKING DEAD’ RETURNS FOR SEASON 8!

The Walking Dead returned on Sunday with Season 8 opener, “Mercy.”

And there is only one man in everybody’s sights – Negan. Led by Rick, the survivors will not just lay down and accept their fates, instead, bringing the fight right to Negan.

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But when the Savior emerges from his abode, flanked by Dwight, Eugene, and his other henchmen, there is no bullet to the head, no kill shot. Instead, with the ever-cocky Negan standing his ground, Rick gives his men a chance to come over to the side of the righteous. That is, before the firefight begins. With shots ringing out from all corners, Negan gets away, finding refuge in a nearby trailer.

The fact that Negan gets away amidst all that gunfire almost stretches credulity, but this is The Walking Dead after all. But in flash forwards, we see that a larger war is coming as the gang prepare. So it would seem Negan’s day of reckoning is only delayed. But as the Alexandrians fight for survival and control, will anyone be able to keep their humanity in the process?

We also get ominous flash forwards to Rick, looking sickly, and a grey-haired Rick hobbled and getting around with a cane. What does it all mean? And what of this war to come? “Mercy” clearly serves as a set up for the rest of the season, uneven in parts, frustrating in others, but delivering enough goods to reel us back in for another week.

‘THE WALKING DEAD’ AIRS ON AMC, SUNDAYS, 9/8C.

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