BWW Recap: Okay, Ladies, Now Let's Get In Formation on THE WALKING DEAD
Anyone else feeling gutted? (Don't chuckle, don't reward that.) Yes, THE WALKING DEAD sure wasn't going to leave us hanging without a few more deaths, God forbid, but at least they left us with some hope too. How are we at mid-season already?
Yes, we haven't seen Carol nor Morgan nor the Kingdom since Episode two, so it was nice to know that everyone over there is surviving. Carol and Morgan's relationship is still strained, to say the least, but they are civil. As the main guard, Richard, comes to visit them and inform them of the deal they made with Negan. He is very worried they will renege on the deal and attack them and he would really like them to convince Ezekiel to attack first. Carol and Morgan both seem skeptical, and Morgan has to give his same old spiel about not killing people yada yada yada, but I have this weird feeling they are going to reconsider. #psychic
On the Hunt
Michonne comes in contact with reality as her hostage gives her a small glimpse of how vast the Sanctuary and the Saviors are.
Aaron and Rick are able to infiltrate the houseboat after a treacherous trip across the lake which almost gets Aaron killed. They load up on supplies and do not notice someone watching them from the woods. (Spoiler Alert - Said stranger shows up at Alexandria later...)
On what appears to be Jesus' tip, Daryl is able to escape his prison cell at the Sanctuary (with unexpected ease, I might add). Outside, he runs into Fat Joey and even though he makes no attempt to stop him, Daryl brutally kills him. On his body, Daryl finds Rick's gun and he and Jesus escape back to Hilltop.
As Negan is settling into Rick's house waiting for him to return, Olivia nervously observes. Spencer returns and offers all of his findings to the Saviors who are pleased with him. Spencer sees this as an opportunity and presents himself to Negan. He tells Negan about Rick's failure as a leader and suggests that Negan appoint Spencer as leader. Negan sees right through him and sees he is a coward and quite literally guts him in the middle of the street. (RIP Monroe Family) Rosita takes this opportunity to attempt her assassination, but hits Lucille instead. After some initial anger, Negan is only interested in the homemade bullet Rosita used to try and kill him.
As Rick and Aaron return and the guards acquire their goods, they give Aaron a healthy beating before they head to see Negan. Negan threatens Rosita to tell him who made the bullet which she claims she did. He kills Olivia to prove a point and Eugene comes clean. Negan and the Saviors take Eugene with them and leave Alexandria. Spencer begins to reanimate as a walker and Rick kills him. Michonne returns and tells Rick what she saw and that she still believes they can defeat the Sanctuary if they just all pull together. Rick finally concedes.
Maggie is already better liked and more respected than Gregory which drives him crazy. No one informs her that Jesus left to rescue Daryl, but Sasha insists it is for her protection. Upon her perch, Maggie is thrilled to open the gates to see Rick, Michonne, Tara, Carl and Rosita arrive. Rick apologizes for not trusting her instincts about Negan and tells her he is ready to listen. Rick notices Daryl and two friends have an emotional reunion. (I did NOT tear up at this point, YOU DID!) Daryl presents Rick with his gun he retrieved from Fat Joey. #thepython Reunited and motivated, the group silently agree it is time to come together to plan their attack. The band is back together!!!
No word from the Oceanside ladies, but I sure hope that Tara involves them at some point. I feel they would need their firepower. After a brutal season, it was nice to leave on a high note that maybe, just maybe, Rick got some of his mojo back. And you know why? Because he's ready to listen to the ladies. That's right, I'm pulling the lady card. It's the gals that are going to get this stuff done. Michonne is the one who finally gets through to Rick, Maggie is going to lead, Carol is going to convince Ezekiel and lead the Kingdom and the Oceanside ladies are going to bring up the rear. Who runs the world? GIRLS!
The season premiere was the most brutal in the history of this show and I have heard a lot of complaints since then that the show lost it's way after that. I could not disagree more. Not only was the episode great at playing "full circle" beginning and ending with Maggie at Glenn's grave, but the season also had similar impressive bookends. In the premiere, Negan had everyone on their knees ready to die with no hope. In the finale, Negan had everyone on their feet, still in control mind you, but this time, he inspired them to come together to fight. The frightened and helpless became the empowered and that is when he truly has something to fear.
So then, until February...
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