Warning – this article contains spoilers for season eight, episode ten of The Walking Dead!
Episode ten of The Walking Dead’s eighth season continued on the same pace from the 8B premiere last week. There was more gore, and more signs of fissures throughout The Saviors’ hierarchy.
Titled “The Lost and the Plunderers” based off the sign outside the main characters’ home in Alexandria, it continued promoting themes of relationships and world-building – with the consequences of backstabbing becoming shockingly apparent by the end.
With the death of Carl still fresh in everyone’s minds, the letters he had written prior to his demise played a big part in this episode. The recipients’ names were used as title cards, and it was even revealed Carl had written letters in hopes of reaching out to some of his former antagonists in his final hours.
Carl’s letters played a big part, but Maggie’s package delivery of a zombified Savior really set things in motion. After revealing she had over 30 more Saviors captive at the Hilltop, she appeared to drive a wedge (or expand an existing one) between Negan and his right-hand man, Simon.
Negan’s philosophy all throughout the show has always been the people are resources, to be used to their maximum potential. He ordered Simon to confront Jadis, the leader of an oddball group known as The Scavengers who live in a trash heap and seem to speak their own unique variation of English.
Jadis and her people had originally been enlisted by Rick and his people to help fight The Saviors. However, they double-crossed them and nearly cost them their lives. Later, Rick gave them one more chance and they tried to help him bring the fight to Negan and The Saviors in exchange for a portion of their remaining resources – a decision Negan was not pleased with.
Simon and his crew confiscated The Scavengers’ weapons and demanded an apology. Despite being ordered by Negan to kill one person at the most, Simon killed Brion and Tamiel, the people Jadis was closest to in an attempt to make her feel remorse.
When she struck him in anger, he ordered the execution of all the remaining Scavengers. Rick and Michonne, who had originally gone to the area to try and work out another deal, had to elude the now-zombified Scavengers in a frantic escape-scene.
Jadis begged to come along with them, but Rick recalled her previous betrayal and elected to leave her behind. She ended up destroying her former friends and family by luring them into a trash-shredding machine in one of the goriest scenes in the show’s history.
Also in the episode, Aaron and Enid were shown mercy from Cyndie of Ocenaside after they’d killed her grandmother and the camp’s leader, Natania. Rick and Negan had a chat near the end, with Rick expressing Carl’s last wish that they both stop fighting – but also acknowledging it may be too late for peace.