Surprisingly, TWD S08E01 has somewhat mixed reviews. A week after the premiere, the episode falls to 7.5 / 10 on IMDB, despite answering many unanswered questions the snail’s pace Season 7 of the show.
Entitled “Mercy,” the new episode seems to have it all. Not only do we see every character (even Eugene, Jerry, and Enid), but we also get to see Rick Grimes get the first portion of his revenge on Negan.
TWD S08E01 was even directed by the iconic Greg Nicotero.
Something For Everyone In TWD S08E01
The official synopsis reads, “Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, band together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.” In the episode, this meant speeches, gunshots, and lots of zombies.
So far, we also haven’t lost any lives in Season 8 of the show. There were a lot of bullets fired, but none of the major characters were killed. In fact, it’s possible the only deaths were from Carol and Morgan’s trap.
But, Father Gabriel is trapped with Negan, so that could end poorly.
Rick Grimes, The Vindictive
Based on the complaints from Season 7, it seems like fans would love TWD S08E01 of the series. It showed every character, plus we got to see a slightly newer version of Rick Grimes that we’ve never seen before.
We’ve seen Rick the killer and Rick the leader, but there’s something different about Rick Grimes this season. Sure, he’s the ultimate leader when SHTF, but now he’s being something a little different.
There are two scenes when we see Rick Grimes, the Vindictive. First, he kills one of the Saviors lookouts, but he does it slowly. Daryl kills other, but quickly. Rick, instead, stabs the man and lets him talk. Then, he lets a walker eat him.
Later, when he can’t get a shot off on Negan, he picks up one of the Saviors’ Polaroid cameras and takes a photo. Andrew Lincoln said this will play out later, but it’s likely he will use it in the way Negan used photos to torture his victims.
Rick Grimes will become a more vindictive character this season.
What do you think of the new Rick Grimes in TWD S08E01?