The women of AMC's The Walking Dead take center stage in a new trailer for the second half of season 8, which will continue the "All-Out War" storyline that pits Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom against the Saviors. The trailer makes it clear that The Walking Dead has no shortage of compelling female characters.
After spending an entire season living under Negan's thumb, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the leaders of the other communities teamed up for a coordinated assault on the Saviors' headquarters in the explosive season 8 premiere. As the season went on, fans saw Rick and his group embrace a new feeling of optimism as they began to gain some measure of success in their war with the Saviors. What felt like impossible before now seemed to be within their grasp. During the midseason finale, however, Negan reminded us of how formidable an enemy he can be by striking back at all three communities.
AMC has released a new trailer for the back half of season 8 which highlights the female characters of the series, including Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Carol (Melissa McBride), Enid (Katelyn Nacon), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Tara (Alanna Masterson). In the trailer, Rosita struggles with a zombie in the water, Tara points a gun at Dwight's head, and Enid warns someone, presumably the people of Oceanside, that the Saviors will wipe them out. Carol says there's "no guarantees" for what comes next if they win the war, and points out that winning means you get just "one more night."
Based on the events of the midseason finale, Maggie, Carol, and the others may have to step up while Rick reels from the loss of Carl (Chandler Riggs), which we know is going to happen soon - even though creator Robert Kirkman is hinting that Carl may not die. If Carl's death affects Rick anywhere close to the way Lori's did in season 3, we can expect Rick to be in a bad place for quite some time.
That's why it may be important for Michonne, Carol, and Rosita to take charge in upcoming episodes. Meanwhile, Maggie will have her own problems while leading the Hilltop, keeping her prisoners in line, and continuing down a "path of vengeance" against Negan. Fans are even beginning to worry that Maggie may not make it to season 9.
The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9pm ET on AMC.