Previously on The Walking Dead: Sasha decided to pull a Leeroy Jenkins and storm the home base of The Saviors by her lonesome in order to kill Negan.
THE STORY SO FAR: For some unknown and offscreen reason, Tara decides to break her promise to the Oceanside community and tell Rick and company about who they are, where they are, and the fact that they have plenty of guns that can be used in their battle against Negan and The Saviors. Sasha is still alive and being held captive in the same room that Daryl and Dwight were once held captive in. Negan decides to make her an offer she can’t refuse and asks her to come on over and join the winning team. Eugene gives in to Sasha’s pleas for help and brings her one of his custom-made suicide pills instead of a gun, knife, or even a candlestick. And it turns out that it wasn’t Daryl who appeared to confront Rosita at the end of last week’s episode, but Dwight, who is willing to offer his services to Rick and company in order to take down Negan.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THE EPISODE: Sasha refusing to take any shit as she head-butts her attempted rapist. Carl actually reminds us that he still exists by showing up in this episode. Gregory proving once and for all that he truly ain’t shit when it comes to running the Hilltop, literally trying to stab Maggie in the back, and failing to kill a lone Walker all by himself. Maggie once again reminding us how awesome and capable she is by doing everything that Gregory can’t, and for also saving his life and killing the Walker that he failed to kill.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE: The fact that this entire storyline with Rick and company vs. the Oceanside community feels overly rushed and almost dropped in our laps out of nowhere with very little groundwork, all so that we can finally see them get all the guns and allies they need in order to get this All-Out War started. Which is what many of us have wanted, but there were better ways to get to this point, and all without making Rick look like an Internet troll jumping into someone’s Twitter mentions and demanding to be seen and heard because his way is the right way.
IS NEGAN IN THIS EPISODE?: Yes, he is, dipping hips and all.
DOES NEGAN KILL ANYONE ELSE?: Yes, he does. All to remind us that rape is not tolerated and he refuses to be the kind of leader who allows it to be tolerated. So if you like seeing attempted rapists get stabbed through the throat with very large military-issue knives, then this is the episode for you.
IS DARYL STILL ALIVE? BECAUSE IF HE’S NOT, THEN WE RIOT: Yes, he’s still alive.
ANY TIME-TRAVELING ALIENS IN THIS EPISODE?: None whatsoever.
TO SUM IT ALL UP: At this point, I’m just breathing a sigh of relief that the season finale is almost here. As long as we actually see Rick and all of his allies go to war with Negan and The Saviors (and have it be entertaining to watch, obviously) and not stretch this shit out until next season like what happened with Rick vs. The Governor, I’ll be happy and so will many other viewers. And if they don’t…well…AMC and The Powers That Be over at The Walking Dead have dealt with an infuriated fanbase before and I’m sure they’ll know how to handle dealing with one again if things get to that point.
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