Is The Strolling Useless About to Repeat Considered one of Its Worst Errors?

This put up accommodates spoilers for The Strolling Useless Season eight, Episode 2, “The Damned.”

Would The Strolling Useless ever kill Rick Grimes? It’s a good query after Sunday’s episode, which ended on a cliffhanger: our fearless chief, held at gunpoint by. . . Morales from Season 1?! Extra on that later. For now, let’s deal with the 2 individuals who look like on the chopping block: Rick and Aaron’s boyfriend, Eric. Strolling Useless forged and crew have, as all the time, promised an intense season forward, however are the our bodies actually going to begin piling up this early?

Rick’s dying, naturally, would complicate issues for a number of causes. However Eric’s—which is much extra more likely to really occur—carries its personal danger: in killing Eric, The Strolling Useless runs the chance of crossing a line it’s already run afoul of as soon as earlier than.

This week’s installment discovered our motley crew of heroes executing their grasp plan, step-by-step, in groups. A type of groups, which incorporates Aaron and Eric, should maintain a gaggle of Saviors pinned in a confined house till they’re decimated by the rising undead horde. Sadly, some fighters on the great facet die, too—and Eric, final we see him, is bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound as Aaron leads him away.

In the meantime, Rick—who has by accident killed a father guarding his child’s nursery—is reeling with guilt. (As he appears at himself with anguish, we’re prompted to surprise who this episode’s title—”The Damned”—is de facto referencing.) However Rick’s ethical dilemma doesn’t final for lengthy; quickly, Morales seems out of nowhere, holding a gun to Rick’s head and saying, “It’s over, Rick. I referred to as the Saviors again, and so they’re coming.”

For many who want a refresher: Morales left our screens approach again in Season 1, when he and his household determined to make their approach towards Birmingham, Alabama moderately than going with the group to the CDC. Rick gave Morales a gun and a field of ammo, together with a walkie-talkie to make use of in case he modified his thoughts—however evidently long-ago act of decency will get him nowhere. Then once more, when actor Juan G. Pareja teased his potential Strolling Useless return earlier this yr, he wrote, “The one factor that may cease a nasty man w a bat, is an effective man w a bat.” So perhaps Rick can win over Morales earlier than he pulls the set off.

In truth, it appears virtually not possible that The Strolling Useless will ever kill Rick. Though Andrew Lincoln has teased followers with the thought of imagining a Strolling Useless with out his character, we’re guessing AMC and Robert Kirkman would moderately them not should. However Eric looks as if a much more seemingly candidate to get the axe: he’s not a core ensemble participant, however he has been on the present for awhile, and viewers have identified him and Aaron lengthy sufficient that his dying would have an effect. The issue? Relying on its execution, killing Eric may imply that the collection is as soon as once more abiding by TV’s pernicious “bury your gays” trope, which mainly dictates that homobadual characters by no means get to get pleasure from a happily-ever-after—or any “after”—with their longtime vital others. If this sounds acquainted, that’s most likely as a result of it got here up as soon as already on The Strolling Useless, in Season 6.

Again then, the collection killed off Denise simply as she determined to inform Tara she cherished her. Her dying stirred up a furor, not least as a result of it occurred shortly after a handful of different reveals had additionally unceremoniously offed homobadual characters. It’s unfair to say that homobadual characters ought to by no means die—particularly on a present like Strolling Useless, which makes carnage its bread and butter—however killing Denise nonetheless stung, particularly since her character was given a dying that truly befell Abraham in Strolling Useless comics. Denise’s dying barely factored into Season 7, however on Sunday evening, its results lastly began to indicate: Tara needed to kill everybody within the Savior outpost, whereas her accomplice on the mission, Jesus, urged her towards mercy.

“I do know they killed your girlfriend,” Jesus tells Tara as they maintain one of many Saviors’ employees at gunpoint. “However you really liked her. This isn’t you.”

Jesus desperately needs to keep away from killing the employees, whose complicity within the militia’s actions is minimal. Sadly, Tara stays unmoved. Whilst her comrade tells her, “We’re not right here for revenge. It could possibly’t be about that,” all she says in response is, “It could possibly.”

Tara was as soon as one of many group’s gentler members. Now, because of Denise’s dying, she’s turn into hardened. It’s one of many first tangible results followers have seen from the trauma Tara’s endured, which can be an indication that the present has realized from its errors. However earlier than we rule on that, we’ll should see what occurs to Eric. In the meantime, we’ve obtained one different warning: say a prayer for Morgan. Him saying “I don’t die” positive seems like a promise that earlier than this season ends, he’ll.

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