'TWD' Season 8, Episode 9: Details you might have missed

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Given that the phrase was first uttered by Siddiq ("May my mercy prevail over my wrath" in the season premiere), and will eventually be uttered by Rick at some point in the future, it seems fair to guess that these two men will have a conversation at some point in the next batch of Walking Dead episodes. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) sits beneath a tree with stained glass windows hanging from its boughs.

"Honour" is one of those languorous episodes of television you'll carry with you long after the credits roll, one where you know what's going to happen and nearly find it too unbearable to watch. Carl dies but leaves a heavy print for his father and the others while the show perpetuates a clever piece of narrative.

Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead, season 8, episode 9. It just probably isn't going to happen yet. With that in mind, there is at least a certain degree of confidence that you can have that Rick is staying put in some capacity.

Biggest question: There's a good chance that numerous people watching this episode felt uncomfortable when Eugene and Negan appeared in Carl's dream, both cheerfully talking to Judith as if neither of them had ever been part of the savage group that destroyed her home.

I don't expect that. I've said from the very beginning that no one is safe. That show is dead for me. There's certainly a lot of story to tell without that central character. Thankfully, "Honor" handles one of The Walking Dead's biggest character deaths to date with elegance and sensitivity. "You have to give the heroes hope sometimes", another moaned. This moment reveals that it has been through Carl's eyes that we see the older Rick and Michonne living together in peace with the others. He lies in a sewer with Saddiq and Rick and his group as he dies. And even if Negan really did want to jump into [a cease-fire], he is someone who is very conscious of optics... and his image, so that makes it harder for him to make a deal with the wrong people... or who are maybe looked upon as the wrong people.

Nevertheless, EP Scott Gimple persisted in claiming that there's a plan for all of this.

I wouldn't say if he was dying and I would be racing away from that topic.

It was a powerful moment when Carl grabbed the gun and told Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) that he would take his own life, rather than either of them having to do it. In the case of Carl's death, I'm not entirely sure there is. In the comics, Rick diffuses the violence by directly confronting Negan in front of the full gathered forces of both armies.

'Norman's character [Daryl] never existed in the comic books, Melissa's character [Carol] is long gone, so as much as we're allowed those characters who outlive their comic book existence, every now and then we're going to take out a character before they're finished in the comic books.

There are a variety of reasons why Negan would appear in Carl's visions of the future.

For starters, we get to actually witness the event that cost him his future, which hadn't been shown in previous episodes.

Of course, the sickness eventually sets in, and soon we're right back where we started: Rick and Michonne taking in the sight of Carl's gash and resulting pale skin and realising what's about to happen to the boy they've been fighting to protect for so long.

Will Rick Grimes' mercy prevail over his wrath?