Grab your katana, because it will be all-out war in the midseason finale of “The Walking Dead.” Season 5, episode 8, will pick up where AMC viewers last left off – with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) attempting to make an exchange with Dawn (Christine Woods) in order to get Beth (Emily Kinney) and Carol (Melissa McBride) back. And while Rick is entering the situation with the intention of not getting entangled in a fight, he may be forced to fight back.
The synopsis for the midseason finale, “Coda,” teases that the latest enemies to affect the survivors will “disregard rules and morals.” This will be a big problem for Rick and the others since they drew up a plan hoping for a peaceful resolution. “Walking Dead” viewers will remember that Rick initially wanted to enter the building with guns blazing, but Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) wanted an alternative to the bloodshed. Rick had argued that his plan was guaranteed to work, but Daryl (Norman Reedus) sided with Tyreese. In the end they agreed to take hostages in order to make an exchange for Beth and Carol … but now that plan isn’t looking so hot.
The episode 8 description continues that “although Rick wants to find a peaceful agreement, the enemies seem to prefer a more violent resolution.” Could the violence be Dawn’s doing? “Walking Dead” fans have seen her abusive behavior towards Beth. On top of that, Dawn appears to have a need to prove herself to the cops working for her. While returning Beth and Carol doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, the move could potentially ruin Dawn’s stance as leader of her people.
A showdown between Rick’s group and Dawn’s people is the only teaser from the episode description, but “The Walking Dead” still has a couple of other storylines to follow up on in the midseason finale. Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) fled the church in episode 7 while Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) were distracted with baby Judith. The priest went into the woods injured and without any weapons. Will he survive? Will he return? Will Michonne go after him?
Fans can’t ignore the Washington, D.C., plot either. Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) plan to deliver Eugene (Josh McDermitt) hit a roadblock when the “scientist” revealed that he was a fraud. After learning the truth, Abraham knocked Eugene unconscious. Glenn (Steven Yeun), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) were forced to remain on the side of the road, unable to move Eugene for fear of hurting him even more. Now that he’s awake, will the group return to the church?
“Walking Dead” viewers can watch the midseason finale drama unfold when Season 5, episode 8 airs on AMC on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m. EST.