10:15am PT by Josh Wigler
'Walking Dead' Midseason Finale Preview Provides Glenn-Level Flashbacks
[Warning: this story contains spoilers through season eight, episode seven of AMC's The Walking Dead, "Time For After," as well as preview material from the upcoming midseason finale.]
It wasn't long ago that Walking Dead fans spent an entire summer wondering which one of the show's many main characters was about to meet their demise at the business end of a barbed-wired baseball bat named Lucille. Sure, they could have read up on what happens in the comics, which would have provided an answer of sorts, but not the whole picture — not the full impact of losing both Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) in what would be best described as "one fell swoop," if that phrase didn't clean up the messy effort involved in caving both of their brains in.
Given the nightmarish memories involved with both of those characters' cruel fates at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), it's forgivable if fans forgot how Glenn and Abraham reached their horrible fates. The double homicide only occurred after a painstaking season six finale, in which Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies attempted to bring an ailing Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) to the Hilltop, in order to visit the good Doctor Harlan Carson (R. Keith Harris) about problems with her pregnancy. Along the way, Rick's RV was stopped at multiple points by blockades on the way, created by the menacing Simon (Steven Ogg) and the rest of the Saviors. Turn after turn, road after road, it was the same story: barricades and Saviors at every turn, a grim end to the last day on earth for two of the most fan-favorite characters on the show.
Well, to borrow a phrase from another nightmarish show that had a resurgence of its own this past year: "It is happening again." Watch the sneak peek of the upcoming Walking Dead midseason finale below to see for yourself.
In the clip, Maggie and Jesus (Tom Payne) drive along a dark road, debating whether or not they believe the Saviors will actually surrender, leading to the end of "All-Out War." Along the way, Maggie senses a disturbance in the force: a fallen tree in the middle of the road. Jesus reasons that it could be nothing more than an act of nature, but Maggie knows better. Not unlike Spider-Man, Maggie's "Glenn-sense" is tingling, a haunting echo of the worst night of her life — and given what we know about the Saviors' current situation, viewers should very much share Maggie's concern.
After solving the Sanctuary's zombie problem, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) has effectively foiled Rick and the gang's carefully laid plan to defeat Negan once and for all — though, really, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and his rebellious contingent should take a long look in the mirror to own their role in the inevitable violence heading toward Alexandria and the other communities. That panic is in full effect in the full trailer for the coming midseason finale, called "How It's Gotta Be," which sees Rick and Garbage Queen Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) working alongside each other in a firefight at the Sanctuary, while Carl (Chandler Riggs) tries to hold the fort down at Alexandria as the war looks set to hit directly at home.
Watch the midseason finale preview below in full:
Do you think another character is about to get the Glenn treatment, based on the sneak peek? If so, who? Sound off with your theories in the comments section below, and keep checking THR.com/WalkingDead for more coverage of season eight.