The Walking Dead - Season 8, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: "Mercy" mixes mysterious time-hopping sequences with explosive action to create a more hopeful premiere than previous seasons of The Walking Dead.

Episode Info

This year, Rick brings 'All Out War' to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless - but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive. As with any battle, there will be losses.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Avi Nash
as Strange Traveler
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Critic reviews for Mercy

As the show's producers promised, plenty of firepower was on display.

October 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Yes, things happen this episode, it's just the way they happen range from "by the numbers" to "pretty dumb."

October 22, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

For once, things are actually not all horrible, sad and depressing on The Walking Dead. It's pretty exciting.

October 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Longtime fans of the series hoping for the glory days of the show will be very pleased with what they see.

October 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

'Mercy,' Season 8's premiere episode, was underwhelming, especially following last season's opener, the unignorable 'The Day Will Come When You Won't Be,' which resulted in brutal, gruesome character deaths we still haven't recovered from.

August 15, 2018 | Full Review…

I mostly liked this episode. It got off to a slow start, but then the war part began and I was sold.

July 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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