How It's Gotta Be
The Walking Dead Season 8



Critic Ratings: 28
Critics Consensus

Few surprises and far too many dumb decisions -- is this really "How It's Gotta Be?"

Episode Info

Every story and battle comes crashing together.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Lincoln
Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
Daryl Dixon
Lauren Cohan
Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs
Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
Melissa McBride
Carol Peletier
Alanna Masterson
Josh McDermitt
Dr. Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos
Rosita Espinosa
Seth Gilliam
Gabriel Stokes
Austin Amelio
Tom Payne
Frank Darabont
Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman
Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd
Executive Producer
David Alpert
Executive Producer
Greg Nicotero
Executive Producer
Tom Luse
Executive Producer
Scott M. Gimple
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for How It's Gotta Be

This is all just characters acting dumb for no reason, and it's all too much for this episode to bear, especially when it plays out so slowly over 90 minutes.

Dec 11, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

While this has been one the more energetic episodes this year, it's the small preview of the back half of season 8 that looks far more exciting and enticing than what we've seen so far this season.

Dec 11, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The stakes in the finale didn't feel nearly as high as they needed to. It's hard to invest emotionally in characters when they seem to be running around toting assault rifles / bin lorries etc to no clear purpose.

Dec 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Every season, people predict that Carl will die. Even though in the comic books, Carl is very much alive. Chandler Riggs has literally grown up on this show. So to see his character die this way is heartbreaking.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

I've gotta say, tonight's episode was pretty good. It felt like retribution for a severely lackluster season.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

But, at the same time, it felt like an imitation of the pathos and tragedy The Walking Dead used to produce so effectively. We think Carl deserved a little better.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

I had some reservations about "How It's Gotta Be" going in, mainly because I've enjoyed season eight so far, and I was seriously worried the show wouldn't be able to stick the landing.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

It's Sad This Is "How It's Gotta Be" On 'The Walking Dead'. This mid-season finale was an insult, a joke and heartbreaking.

Jan 23, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

On Sunday, The Walking Dead demonstrated that it can still surprise us, if only because it's conditioned us to set our sights so low. Maybe this wasn't the last welcome development up Season 8's sleeve.

Dec 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Oh joy, a 90 minute long mid-season finale. You know what that means...more waiting around for a plot to arrive.

Dec 11, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's difficult to tell a story when it's difficult to see just what is going on. Not helping the confusion is the fact that How It's Gotta Be jumps between any one of two dozen characters at any point.

Dec 11, 2017 | Full Review…

"How It's Gotta Be" is an episode that is very much concerned with exploring the significance of children, their relationship to their parents, and what they mean to society in general.

Dec 11, 2017 | Full Review…

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