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Recap / The Walking Dead S 08 E 06 The King The Widow And Rick

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Season 8, Episode 6

The weight of the war begins to really hit the allied forces as they begin to follow their own individual agendas.

  • Action Survivor: Even moreso than your typical The Walking Dead protagonist is Siddiq, whose MO for dispatching Walkers is to lure them into improvised booby traps and then dispatch them with his knife.
  • Badass in Distress: Rick is imprisoned by Jadis and the Scavengers.
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  • BFG: Rosita pulls a damn rocket launcher on Leo of the Saviors. He snidely acts like Rosita wouldn't actually shoot him with it. He clearly doesn't know Rosita Espinosa very well, and is vaporized for it.
  • Breather Episode: Despite some action here and there, this episode largely depicts a lull in the war and dealing with the fallout of the opening attacks of the season.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Jadis and her lieutenants appear for the first time since the season 7 finale.
    • Rosita first appears after her brief cameo in the season premiere.
  • Call-Back:
    • Rosita, Michonne, and Carl all stayed behind at Alexandria at the onset of the war in "Mercy", the former two due to their healing from their injuries in the season 7 finale.
    • The Kingdom suffered the loss of all of their fighters in "Monsters" and "Some Guy".
    • Jesus brought the captured Saviors back to Hilltop in "Monsters".
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    • The shipping container Rick is held in gets marked with an "A" just as the boxcar holding cell in Terminus was.
    • Carl sets out, and finds, the lone survivor, named Siddiq, from the season premier in order to give him some more food and water.
  • Car Fu: When Zia is escaping, Daryl and Tara violently ram into her fleeing vehicle. If that didn't kill her, Daryl makes sure to double tap her.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Scavengers betrayed Rick to the Saviors in the season 7 finale.
    • Maggie knows all too well Aaron's grief over the death of his lover.
    • Carol questions why Ezekiel kept coming to see her in her cottage in Season 7.
    • Zia and Leo had the RPG that Abraham scavenged in Season 6's "Always Accountable", which was claimed by the Saviors in Season 7's "Service".
    • Carl recalls that his mother advised him to always do the right thing, and that the right thing is usually the difficult decision.
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    • Carl asks Siddiq the three questions that the group always asks new survivors in order to find out if their trustworthy enough to be brought into the group.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ezekiel is unwilling and unable to rouse himself from his sorry state following the loss of Shiva and his soldiers. Aaron isn't doing much better after Eric's death, either, although he's able to function to a better level than Ezekiel.
  • Dirty Coward: Jesus notices that Gregory is already trying to suck up to the other Saviors after being imprisoned with them.
  • Discretion Shot: We don't actually see Daryl kill Zia.
  • Evil Chancellor: Gregory tries to be one for Maggie, despite her initially agreeing with him on executing the captured Saviors it doesn't get Gregory very far.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The two walkers that Carl and Siddiq put down make a 'W' together on the ground.
  • Hero of Another Story: While Rick and friends have been building communities and waging wars, Siddiq has racked up an impressive 237 Walker kills singlehandedly by setting clever traps and ambushes, all as part of a personal quest to honor his late mother who believed putting the undead out of their misery freed their trapped souls.
  • It's Personal: Tara, Daryl, and Aaron all set out into the war zone with the goal of settling personal scores.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Maggie continues to agree with Gregory's point that they can't let the Saviors live. She also agrees with his "wolf among sheep" line... and has him thrown in the prison yard she had built for the Saviors.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Gregory finally gets completely removed from his position of power in the Hilltop when Maggie has him incarcerated with the Saviors. By episode end, Gregory is laying in the cell pen bloody, beaten and dejected.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Maggie has Gregory thrown in the fenced cage with the other Saviors. She also butts Jared in the face with her rifle. Twice.
  • No Body Left Behind: There aren't even falling guts when Rosita shoots Leo with a Grenade Launcher.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Alden recognizes himself as such.
  • Reality Ensues: Stalwart Action Girl Michonne can barely fend off Savior Zia due to still being in pain from the No Holds Barred Beat Down she received in the season 7 finale.
  • Ship Tease: Ezekiel tells Carol that he kept coming to see her in her cottage because she made him feel "real".
  • Tempting Fate: Leo, when facing down a rocket launcher-toting Rosita, claims that she wouldn't actually shoot him. He's quite wrong.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Rosita answers Leo's taunts that he won't kill her with an RPG to the stomach.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Jared refuses food from Jesus and as expected tries to find any way out of his imprisonment.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Daryl and Tara feel this way toward Dwight, setting out to take their revenge upon him now that his role in the attack on the Sanctuary is complete.


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