Morales could have been such a great addition to the storyline! It made sense that betrayal lurked but was answered by swift and terrible violence.
The Walking Dead is back, and so far a serious improvement over Season Seven, though the Negan-in-the-room still remains - 4/5 stars. Rick has already lost Judith's mom, Lori, and come to terms with the fact that Judith could well be Shane's daughter instead of his.
The Ezekiel and Carol portion of the episode presents the war with a completely different tone. Comically, just moments later, Gregory is appalled when Jesus arrives wanting to let other Saviors into the compound. Rick convinces a Savior to surrender, assuring the man's safety if he complies.
Morales' return on The Walking Dead was literally short-lived when Daryl barged into the conversation between the old friend and Rick Grimes, so why bring the character back at all? And he's apparently off to do his own thing again.
After everybody else leaves, Rick and Daryl prepare to head out when someone fires a shot in their general direction and misses wide. But I'm not sure he can at this point-who could try and help him do that? Although he admitted that the otherwise abrupt death of Eric on the show had left no parting words for the lovers, he hinted that the event might be used by Aaron as an inspiration to fight stronger for the cause of the group.
As Season 8 of The Walking Dead moves closer to the conclusion of "All Out War", more obstacles are presenting themselves. Eric assures Aaron that he loves him and he'll be okay. Morales claims that all Saviors are under orders to take Rick alive, which is awfully convenient.
The hunger for revenge is likely driven by the humiliating and torturous experiences Daryl was forced into by the group. And the Saviors found him and thought he was worth a damn.
Either way you slice it, people died when they were not a threat. He starts executing. Jesus saves the prisoners by knocking the rifle from Morgan's hands. Jared has some of his tied up buddies run away. Morgan chases after them and shoots one prisoner dead. He plans on shooting Jared until Jesus takes his gun away. While they had a tense discussion, Daryl managed to sneak up behind them. Jesus said they (mainly, Maggie) will find another way.
Jesus, u really wanna come after Morgan?
Seriously, didn't it seem like Tom Payne was playing the scene like it was supposed to be funny? "Right?" And again, Daryl kills him on the spot. Not only that, but the episode, 'Mercy', also doubles as the show's 100 episode.
Meanwhile, Morales and Rick are still catching up. Daryl has become twisted due to the many losses he's suffered over the span of seven seasons. They turn their guns from Rick's people to defend their flank.
And that's our survival rule of the week!
That yelling for Eric... omg my heart!
Sooooo this is it for #Morales? The Satellite Station group is marching their hostages back to Hilltop when a walker attack and then a fight between Jesus and Morgan delays them, ending in Morgan leaving. The question is, should Rick really be that shocked by Daryl's decision? You can find treatises about the series in Psychology Today magazine, for heaven's sake.
Back at the Hilltop, Gregory arrives first. Maggie yells at him for selling the Hilltop out. He apologizes to Maggie his behavior and asks for mercy. Just then, we see Jesus has returned with the prisoners.
In both cases, the comparison stemmed from Morales/Morgan claiming their groups did whatever it took to win and survive. His death at least shows that not EVERYONE is safe this season. Some of those people are in the same crowd of those wondering why Daryl killed Morales and the young man at the end of the episode.