- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 33
- Genre: Horror & Thriller,Serial Drama,Zombie Apocalypse
- Starring: Andrew Lincoln,Jon Bernthal
- Studio: AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment
- Release Date: 2017
What’s it about
It¡¯s difficult to assess an episode like ¡°Do Not Send Us Astray,¡± because it¡¯s more like two separate installments back to back. There¡¯s the first part, which is arguably the most entertaining and purely kinetic sequence of the back half of season eight, and then there¡¯s what happens after, which is a forehead-slapping stupid-fest.
It¡¯s always a relief to realize the Walking Dead episode you¡¯re watching has actual stakes and moves the story forward in a tangible way, and the Saviors¡¯ assault on Hilltop is nothing if not a definitive shake-up of the status quo. With plentiful loss of life on both sides, including a few minor characters of note eating it (well, just Tobin really, and even with him I had to go back and look up his name again), the Hilltop manor gets transformed into a walker feeding frenzy. The entire pen of Savior prisoners either escapes or joins the Hilltop team, it¡¯s firmly established that Simon has control of the House That Negan Built, and our protagonists have finally realized that walker blood has other uses than simply makeup when you need to pass through somewhere unnoticed by the undead. Sure, it requires forgetting all those times the blood did nothing (e.g., Daryl licking his arrowheads clean), but given the unevenness of this season, let¡¯s borrow a page from Maggie¡¯s book, and claim a win wherever we can take it.