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


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Episode Info

Every story and battle comes crashing together.


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 How It's Gotta Be

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.

December 11, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

December 11, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

July 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.

December 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.

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

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