SPOILER ALERT: Don’t hold studying you probably have not seen Episode 2, Season eight of “The Strolling Useless,” titled “The Damned”
“The Strolling Useless” ramped up the motion in a giant approach this week, with the Alexandria-Hilltop-Kingdom coalition initiating a multi-pronged badault on numerous Savior strongholds. That is the form of episode that embodies all the nice factors of the collection: critical motion, heavy emotion, and a wholesome dose of lighthearted humor courtesy of the present’s resident G.O.A.T. King Ezekiel (Khary Payton).
The coalition kicked off the conflict on the Saviors in final week’s season premiere. This episode noticed the plan play out on a bigger scale. It concerned 4 totally different teams all working concurrently. They’re: a group led by Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus); a group led by Aaron (Ross Marquand); a group led by Ezekiel and Carol (Melissa McBride); and a group led by Jesus (Tom Payne), Tara (Alanna Masterson), and Morgan (Lennie James).
Because the episode begins, Aaron’s group ambushes a bunch of Saviors, driving up within the armored automobiles seen within the final episode and opening fireplace on them. They create a barrier across the Saviors in an effort to stop them from escaping. With Aaron and his group making a diversion exterior, Rick and Daryl lead their group into the third outpost to search for a stash of weapons Dwight (Austin Amelio) has informed them is stashed inside.
At one other outpost, Morgan prepares to create a diversion in order that the Saviors standing guard will be dispatched with arrows. When one other within the group tells Morgan that he’ll need badistance, Morgan coolly replies, “I don’t die.” The diversion is profitable, and the group begins sweeping the outpost for Saviors. Morgan and two others take up place exterior a door, however once they kick it in, there are extra Saviors inside than they anticipated and all three are gunned down.
The Carol-Ezekiel group remains to be reeling from the grenade set off by a Savior on the finish of the season premiere. Because the group regains their senses and the mud begins to clear, a horde of walkers pour out of a close-by constructing and set upon them. With a mixture of gunfire, swords, and axes, they’re able to dispatch the walkers however uncover that the Savior has escaped and is almost definitely headed to warn his compatriots of the group’s arrival at one other close by outpost. Ezekiel is supremely badured that they are going to catch the person earlier than he can inform anybody, telling Carol to “belief the King.” Earlier than they set out after him, Ezekiel tells one among his males to return and get reinforcements, together with his devoted tiger Shiva.
Aaron’s group efficiently picks off a number of Saviors, however they’re taking heavy fireplace themselves. Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson), Aaron’s boyfriend, places himself within the line of fireside to stop a few of the Saviors from breaking by means of the road. Because the firefight presses on, the group’s plan turns into clear: kill off various Saviors, then let the others get eaten when their useless comrades reanimate as walkers.
Tara and Jesus proceed their sweep, coming throughout a person in a closet who claims to be not more than a employee compelled into labor by the Saviors. Tara is able to kill him however Jesus tells her to attend. However when Jesus will get momentarily distracted, the person grabs Jesus’ gun and knocks him to the bottom. He grabs Jesus, utilizing him as a human protect, however when he takes his gun away from Jesus’ head, Jesus takes him down. Somewhat than kill him, Jesus knocks him out and ties him up. Afterwards, the Saviors start to retreat. Morgan lies immobile subsequent to the our bodies of his fellow group members, however abruptly awakens and sits up. Apparently the hockey pads distributed on the Kingdom actually are bulletproof. That or he bought wounded in one other spot that isn’t completely apparent.
Ezekiel and Carol’s group proceed their trek towards the outpost. Carol reminds him of the hazard they face forward, however Ezekiel stays badured. When she presses him as to why, he first delivers a really kingly speech about how he needs to be the courageous chief his individuals have come to anticipate. Drawing nearer to Carol, he follows that up with “Pretend it til you make it, child.”
Daryl and Rick cut up up and proceed their hunt for the weapons. Daryl comes throughout a room within the outpost that appears fairly a bit just like the cell Daryl was stored in on the Sanctuary (full with a can of pet food), clearly leaving the motorbike using dangerous bad shaken. Rick presses on, and finds a Savior hiding in what seems to be like dwelling quarters. They struggle and Rick calls for to know the place the weapons are. The person refuses to reply however tries to make it a closed door close by. Rick kills him by operating him into a chunk of metallic protruding of the wall. He opens the door to find the room is a nursery the place a child named Gracie lies in a crib. Rick is compelled to face what he did, gazing his bloody self in a mirror with the information he simply orphaned the lady.
Morgan, in the meantime, is on a killing spree. He walks by means of the Savior outpost killing everybody he comes throughout with out hesitation. As he does so, he remembers the dialog he had with Rick earlier than Rick first led them towards what they thought was the Saviors’ important base in Season 6. Jesus and Tara have led the remainder of the group exterior and get the leap on the fleeing Saviors earlier than they’re able to escape. Jesus convinces them to put down their weapons and give up peacefully. Morgan comes upon the group and almost kills Jared (Jordan Woods-Robinson), the Savior who killed Benjamin in Season 7. Jesus is ready to persuade him to cease.
Carol and Ezekiel proceed on, coming ever nearer to discovering the Savior who escaped them earlier. Ezekiel runs forward however pauses. His tiger sense will need to have been tingling, for as quickly as Carol catches as much as Ezekiel Shiva pounces on the Savior, killing him.
Because the episode attracts to a detailed, Aaron’s group begins taking casualties. Aaron rushes to help Eric, discovering that Eric has taken a bullet to the abdomen. Ezekiel, with Shiva by his aspect, learns that Saviors are prepared for the group’s arrival by choosing up radio chatter. However moderately than retreat, Ezekiel guarantees to guide them into battle.
Rick retains searching for the weapons, however as he examines an image he finds tacked to a wall, a person with a gun tells Rick to show round slowly. Rick turns to seek out himself face-to-face with Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja), one of many authentic members of the Atlanta group who departed in Season 1 along with his spouse and kids for Birmingham moderately than be a part of Rick’s group that was headed to the CDC. Morales is now a Savior and tells Rick he has known as for reinforcements.