|"The Lost and the Plunderers"|
|The Walking Dead episode|
|Directed by||David Boyd|
|Original air date||March 4, 2018|
|Running time||46 minutes|
"The Lost and the Plunderers" is the tenth episode of the eighth season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on March 4, 2018. It was written by Angela Kang, Channing Powell and Corey Reed, and directed by David Boyd.
After burying Carl, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) gather their remaining supplies from Alexandria and abandon the community as walkers overrun it; Michonne tries to stop a fire from overtaking a gazebo Carl enjoyed, but Rick convinces her to let it go. On the road, Rick considers what Carl told him, and from his advice, heads to see Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and the Scavengers, who had witnessed what happened at the Saviors' Sanctuary. Elsewhere, Enid (Katelyn Nacon) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) are taken to the Oceanside community as prisoners for killing their leader, Natania. Natania's granddaughter Cyndie (Sydney Park), after hearing Enid's pleas, decides to let the two live, but orders them to never return. Once escorted outside Oceanside, Aaron insists Enid get back to the Hilltop to let them know what happened while he will try to go back to Oceanside and convince them to help.
Meanwhile, at the Sanctuary, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) orders his men to seek out the Alexandria residents and instructs Simon (Steven Ogg) to go to the Scavengers with his "standard offer", to kill one of them to bring the rest in line, reminding him that he values the people as resources to be saved otherwise. Just then, they receive a box sent by the Hilltop community with the message to "stand down", containing the reanimated body of Dean (Adam Fristoe), one of Simon's men. Simon, not pleased with Negan's approach and knowing the Hilltop has the rest of his 38 men in captivity, goes to the Scavengers' junkyard and accuses Jadis of going back on their deal with the Saviors, but gives her Negan's offer of returning to the original terms of their deal and giving over all their guns. Jadis agrees, but Simon does not believe Jadis is showing enough remorse and kills her two lieutenants, Tamiel (Sabrina Gennarino) and Brion (Thomas Francis Murphy), in cold blood. She punches him, causing Simon to then order his men to kill the rest of the Scavengers. After, Simon reports back to Negan that all went well, though he spots paint on his shoe from the scuffle with Jadis.
By the time Rick and Michonne arrive at the junkyard, all of the Scavengers but Jadis have reanimated. They find Jadis alone, having dropped her aloof nature. She explains that she had been an artist before the outbreak, having used the junkyard for materials, but afterwards, she and the Scavengers saw the junkyard as a way to keep themselves isolated from the rest of the world while using the entire yard as their canvas. Rick, tired of Jadis' double-crosses, decides to abandon her as he and Michonne escape. Jadis lures the remaining walkers into an industrial shredder to protect herself, crying to herself as she watches her former friends be destroyed. As they drive away, Rick takes a moment to stop and read Carl's letters, including one he wrote to Negan. Inclined to contact Negan over walkie-talkie, Rick decides to inform him that Carl is dead and that his son wrote a letter to Negan, asking him to stop fighting. Negan receives the news, but Rick vows to keep fighting and kill Negan. Deeply saddened by Carl's death, Negan retorts that it was Rick's intense focus on his war with Negan that led to it and that Rick failed as both a leader and father.
The episode received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an 81% with an average rating of 6.71 out of 10, based on 21 reviews. The site's consensus reads: ""The Lost and the Plunderers" takes a segmented approach to focus on individual characters -- albeit with mixed results."
The episode drew a total viewership of 6.82 million with a 2.9 rating in adults aged 18-49. This marked the series' lowest adults 18-49 rating since season one and its smallest audience since the season two episode "Judge, Jury, Executioner", which had 6.77 million viewers.
- Davis, Brandon (March 4, 2018). "'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Episode 10: The Lost And The Plunderers". Comic Book. http://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2018/03/04/the-walking-dead-810-lost-plunderers-watch-online-/. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
- "The Lost and the Plunderers". Rotten Tomatoes. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/the_walking_dead/s08/e10. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- Porter, Rick (March 6, 2018). "Sunday cable ratings: ‘The Walking Dead’ at lowest point since Season 1". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/sunday-cable-ratings-march-4-2018/. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
- "The Lost and the Plunderers" at AMC
- "The Lost and the Plunderers" at the Internet Movie Database
- "The Lost and the Plunderers" at TV.com