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'The Walking Dead' Returns with a Refreshing Lack of Negan

By Brian Richards | The Walking Dead | February 14, 2017 | Comments ()

By Brian Richards | The Walking Dead | February 14, 2017 |


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Previously on The Walking Dead: Rick and company reunited with Maggie and Sasha and decided to finally do something about the Saviors, even if it involves joining forces with the Beyhive and asking them for help so they’d have something to do other than declaring war on Adele.

THE STORY SO FAR:

Gabriel abandons his post at Alexandria, takes all the food he can carry, and drives as far away as possible. Rick and company attempt to convince Gregory to help them go up against Negan and when that doesn’t work, they make the same offer to King Ezekiel. They come across a boobytrap set up by The Saviors wired with many an explosive device, which they decide to disconnect and take for themselves. And The Saviors make it very clear that they want Daryl back and will kill anyone who is giving him shelter.



WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

No speeches from Negan. So that’s a start.

Jesus forgetting to tell Rick and company about Shiva.

Rick and Michonne using the steel wire from The Saviors’ boobytrap in opposite cars to take out an entire group of Walkers.

Gregory reminding us all that he’s still very much deserving of being fed to a horde of Walkers face-first. But not before being punched in said face. Preferably by Maggie or Sasha.

Rick being surrounded and ambushed by a mysterious group at episode’s end and smiling as if he just found himself in the Playboy Mansion.

That’s all I’ve got.

WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

A familiar tune when it comes to The Walking Dead, especially this season: This did not need to be an extra-long episode.

“You and I just slept with the same dead guy, Sasha. Doesn’t make us friends.” Rosita … you’re not exactly lying, but the last thing you need to be doing right now is going out of your way to be even more unlikable. Especially considering that you had a perfect opportunity to take out Negan with the one bullet you had (you know, with him standing no more than ten feet in front of you) and you completely threw away your shot. Even Batman shook his head at you, and he missed every damn shot he took at The Joker with the Batwing back in 1989.

DOES NEGAN KILL ANYONE ELSE?: No.

IS DARYL STILL ALIVE? BECAUSE IF HE’S NOT, THEN WE RIOT: Yes he is, and also not hesitating to call Gregory out on his shit when he’s not eager to kick some Savior ass.

ANY TIME-TRAVELING ALIENS IN THIS EPISODE?: No, they’re too busy heading over to the year 2018 so they don’t have to wait all this time for the season premiere of Atlanta to finally drop.

TO SUM IT ALL UP: Clearly, steps are being taken for the season-ending battle between Rick and company vs. Negan and the Saviors (or at least, I hope that’s how the season ends, because I don’t need this shit dragged out for a season-and-a-half like Rick vs. The Governor in order to be resolved), but with The Walking Dead being The Walking Dead, it is guaranteed to take its sweet ……………. ass …………….. time in getting to that point, as well as making us check our watches more often that we should in wondering when things will start getting really interesting.

But until that happens, we’ll just be counting down until the next time we see Negan monologuing at Rick and company once again and dipping his hip while doing so.

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