[SPOILERS for those not caught up on The Walking Dead.]
Rick goes back to war in AMC's trailer for next week's The Walking Dead episode "The Lost and the Plunderers". Season 8B of Walking Dead already got emotional with Sunday night's episode "Honor," in which a zombie-bitten Carl met his tragic and inevitable fate. The episode also finally paid off the much-discussed "Old Man Rick" tease, revealing that the bearded Rick was part of Carl's vision of a peaceful future.
With Carl now gone and Alexandria in ruins, Rick must pull himself together quickly and lead his people to safety. In "Honor", we learned of the Alexandrians' plan to leave the safety of the sewers and make for the Hilltop. It seems the Hilltop is where the final stand against Negan will eventually take place. What we don't know, however, is how many of the other groups will make it to Hilltop for that fight. Ezekiel still lives after being rescued from Gavin by Morgan and Carol with an assist from Henry. But will Ezekiel choose to fight on, or will he stay in the Kingdom resigned to his fate? As for Morgan, it seems his long-awaited exit has been set up after his stunning outbreak of gut-ripping violence.
AMC's trailer for next week's episode "The Lost and the Plunderers" sets up the next phase of All Out War. See the trailer above. There's also an additional video clip showing Negan and Simon discussing what to do about the double-crossing Scavengers. See that clip below.
The synopsis for "The Lost and the Plunderers" gives us a perfectly vague picture of what's set to go on in the episode:
Groups unite their forces and converge on the Hilltop; Aaron and Enid search for allies; Simon takes matters into his own hands.
In the trailer, we see Maggie's message - a coffin containing a zombie Dean - arriving in Negan's favorite meeting room. Scrawled on the coffin are the words: "We have 38 more. Stand down." Will Negan take Maggie's warning to heart? First thing's first: Negan must deal with Jadis and the Scavengers, who reneged on their treaty with the Saviors and teamed up with Rick. Of course, when the guns started shooting, the Scavengers bailed out on Rick. But as we learn in the additional clip of Negan and Simon, Negan doesn't regard this "triple cross" as a mitigating factor. He wants Simon to send the Scavengers a message by killing only one person (cause Negan doesn't believe in wasting good human resources). Will Simon carry out Negan's orders? Or will his visit to the junkyard turn into a bloodbath?
Next week's episode also catches us up with Aaron and Enid, who are still on their mission to enlist Oceanside. That mission as you recall got off to a bad start when Enid shot Natania. Aaron will have to do some fast talking to smooth over that particular diplomatic faux pas. With The Walking Dead's season-long All Out War arc zooming toward some kind of massive climactic battle, the good guys will need all the allies they can get. Many questions remain for the back half of season 8. Perhaps the biggest is what will happen to Maggie now that Lauren Cohan has taken a role on a new show and might not be back for season 9.
The Walking Dead continues next Sunday, March 4 with "The lost and the Plunderers" on AMC.