Saviors Plant Bloodied Time Bombs Among The Walking Dead Hilltop Survivors

Maggie's in top form even if Morgan is losing his mind, homicidal Henry is on the loose, and the Saviors have unleashed an infection on the Hilltop.

by | March 25, 2018 | Comments

Austin Amelio as Dwight, Steven Ogg as Simon - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
After last week’s action-packed battle between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Sunday’s The Walking Dead episode, “Do Not Send Us Astray,” shifted its attention back on the people of the Hilltop and the incoming attack by the Saviors, with sociopath Simon (Steven Ogg) leading the charge. Simon’s murderous strategy put Maggie’s (Lauren Cohan) leadership to the test, ending with a gory game-changer none of our heroes saw coming.


“Do Not Send Us Astray” continued to plumb our heroes’ deep well of grief. While Maggie and Rick have directed their loss on one mission — taking out Negan at whatever cost — Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride) are dealt some unfair hands as more loved ones parish during the bloody attack. Heading into the final three episodes of the season, all eyes are on Morgan, who is literally seeing dead people. All signs are pointing to Henry’s (Macsen Lintz) homicidal behavior as the catalyst to Morgan completely separating himself from the group. He’s got to leave eventually. After all, there’s more zombie fighting to do once he joins the Fear the Walking Dead crew. Is Morgan’s emotional baggage what ultimately drives him away from the Hilltop?

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Lennie James as Morgan Jones - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Morgan’s been losing his mind for a while, now. This dates all the way back to that watershed moment when Duane, Morgan’s son, failed at putting a bullet in Morgan’s undead wife. The first time we really got a glimpse at his mental instability was in “Here Not Here,” the fourth episode of season 6, when Morgan continually argued with an apparition we couldn’t see. Henry’s dark murderous turn has once again awakened Morgan’s demons, this time in the form of ghost Gavin. He couldn’t save his family and now Henry’s bloody victim is haunting him — and his resemblance to Victor Pascow (Brad Greenquist) from Pet Sematary is uncanny!


As much as Simon wants to be the new Negan, he and the Saviors seriously underestimated the Hilltop. The survivors under Maggie’s leadership really gave Simon and crew a pummeling. The Saviors came with bloody weapons and the intention of infecting and turning folks. And while that definitely happened, the action sometimes felt like it lacked teamwork without Negan leading the way. Negan’s not the best dude, but he’s way better at motivational team-building than Simon. And now we’re faced with an odd question: Who’s worse: Simon or Negan?


It seems like Carol can’t ever catch a break. Tobin (Jason Douglas) turned after being stabbed by one of the Saviors’ tainted weapons. While it became obvious things were being set up for Carol to save the day and put her former lover down, watching Tobin become a ravenous Walker was a punch to the gut. He was always a good, upstanding dude. Still, it’s been a while since audiences have seen a hero turn, and that was a nice reminder that the stakes are high in the zombie apocalypse. Literally anyone can die at any time, and without a blade to the brain, the results can be catastrophic.


Austin Amelio as Dwight, Steven Ogg as Simon - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Greg Nicotero has made a habit of paying homage to zombie films of yore throughout The Walking Dead’s eight seasons. He’s not just a huge fan of the genre, he’s given many nods to the works of the undead grandmaster, George A. Romero — even if Romero disliked The Walking Dead. With that said, it’s hard not to see the blatant shout out to Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead in Sunday’s episode. Once Tobin turned, and introduced a handful of other survivors to the zombie lifestyle, hungry Walkers invaded the main house. It’s been a while since The Walking Dead has presented such bloody zombie action, and with the help of Romero’s influence, the nail-biting scene made the episode a must-watch.


Macsen Lintz as Henry, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

What is it with unruly kids in the zombie apocalypse? Now that Carl (Chandler Riggs) is out of the picture, The Walking Dead has turned its attention to another misguided child. Henry has been seeking vengeance for his brother’s death for some time now. Unfortunate events, sparked by a missing melon, led Gavin to kill Henry’s brother Benjamin in season 6. Even after Morgan tried to put the boy’s mind at ease, while trying not to see his own Gavin hallucinations, Henry’s continued on this mission. In the process, he set the prisoners free and disappeared soon after. If Morgan doesn’t find the boy soon, something tells us Carol may send him off to look at the flowers.

What did you think about the episode? Tell us in the comments.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8C on AMC.

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