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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Premiere and 100th Episode Review: ‘Mercy’

It’s been almost 7 months since we saw the season 7 finale of The Walking Dead.

In a mere couple weeks, Walking Dead fans will finally get to see the premiere of season 8. That includes us and we’ve been ready. But now? It’s a whole different story.

We had the opportunity to watch the season 8 premiere and 100th episode titled “Mercy”, and we can assure you it will bring an entirely different feeling than that of the season 7 premiere. The one that had Glenn and Abraham’s heads brutally destroyed at the hands of Negan, who was freshly serving up a whole new platter of evil.

Since that premiere, we’ve seen a lot too. Rick’s ups and downs with Negan. Daryl’s hostage situation and Sasha’s ultimate sacrifice. That was all leading up to how in the world Rick would get himself a leg up above this seemingly indestructible force. What we would need is for Alexandria, Hilltop and The Kingdom to join together for “All Out War.”

Credit: Gene Page/AMC

If the thought of that excites you, then you are going to love “Mercy”.

This is a milestone for the series, the perfect time for hope to be the string that holds the episode together. It’s not often we see that on this show. You can expect to see a pickup right where we left off, as the leaders try to instill that same hope into their followers as they prepare their master plan to take back their world.

Credit: Gene Page/AMC

This is also proven with various callbacks to previous seasons, which may be the most exciting and meaningful part of watching this show, since the beginning.

Rick is a driving force this episode, and his persistence and positivity will not let you down. From the first minute to the last, he leads his people and he does it in his best form.

We see this hope being passed down to each and every character, it’s obviously palpable. You will see your favorite character step up to the plate to do his or her part, however trivial. Carol and Daryl, Michonne and Carl, Ezekiel and Shiva all have some of the most inspired scenes I’ve seen on the show to date. Maggie stands out as one of the bright beacons of hope as well. You get it all here.

Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The “Old Man Rick” we see in the previews still holds some mystery, but you’ll see him explored more deeply and start to see why he matters, in the episode.

The intricacy of the final plan is quite amazing and I know that fans will be truly inspired seeing it all play out. You’ll be on the edge of your seat but you will also be sucked in by everything the episode sets up for you. For the fans!

Tune into the season 8 premiere and 100th episode of  The Walking Dead on October 22nd on AMC.

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