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Only a couple of days are left until the midseason finale of The Walking Dead Season 8 hits the airwaves, and the stakes are as high as they've ever been for Rick and Co. Several of the biggest groups still left standing are poised to converge and conflict sooner rather than later, and not everybody may survive what's to come. Some of the stars have spoken out about what we should expect and prepare ourselves for in the big episode. Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron, had this to say:
It runs the gamut of human emotion. You're like, 'Whoa... whoa... whoa!' It's one revelation and one terrible, beautiful thing after another. It makes you realize why people tune into this show. It's relentless in its pursuit of all things human and all of the different types of feelings you can feel. You're going to feel all of that [when you watch] this show, and the finale is indicative of that.
It sounds like the Season 8 midseason finale will deliver some very high highs and some very low lows for the various characters still alive on the series. Rick was actually enjoying a few wins against Negan earlier in the Season 8, and the Sanctuary has been on the verge of falling thanks to the horde of zombies surrounding it. Unfortunately, Rick ran into some delays after an unpleasant encounter with Jadis and the Scavengers, and the vengeful Daryl worked with Tara on a rogue mission to try and take out Negan. Rick wasn't in the loop on Daryl's plan, which was crazy enough that Rosita and Michonne backed out instead of agreeing to help. Whatever happens in the midseason finale that Ross Marquand described as both beautiful and terrible, we can bet that there will be some emotional exchanges.
Judging by some of the recent events of The Walking Dead, those emotional exchanges may take place due to a big death or two. The show seems to have been trying to build suspense regarding Daryl's fate, and the latest episode may have revealed exactly what is going to get Dwight killed. Tara is probably in a fair amount of danger as well, as she joined Daryl on his insane quest for revenge. Throw in all the other characters who aren't exactly safe and Negan's intention to kill everybody as soon as he's free of the Sanctuary, and there could be a bloodbath on the way. Who knows? Maybe all the tension at Hilltop will finally boil over.
I really do think people are going to be shocked and surprised. I know those two things can seem similar, but I think they will be shocked at where the story goes and is going, and I think they're going to be surprised. This show in its eighth season is still taking risks.
The comments from Josh McDermitt make me wonder if there really might be something to the crazy theory that at least part of Season 8 has been in Rick's head. I can't think of a much bigger risk than dropping the bomb that the lead character has simply been dreaming/hallucinating a bunch of the plot twists of the first half of the season, and it would make a strange amount of sense. Then again, McDermitt could be referring to a gigantic change in the status quo that will leave fans dying for more during hiatus. We'll have to wait and see.
You can catch the midseason finale of The Walking Dead on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. If you're not up on some of the biggest premiere dates in the new year, take a look at our 2018 midseason TV guide. The Walking Dead shows no sign of stopping, but not all shows are quite so lucky, as you can see on our list of all the 2017 TV cancellations.