Previously on The Walking Dead: Richard’s incredibly stupid plan to get The Kingdom and The Saviors to go to war with each other only resulted in Benjamin getting killed, and Morgan getting in touch with his inner Wayne Brady and choking Richard to death.
THE STORY SO FAR Sasha and Rosita go through with their plan to invade the home base of The Saviors and kill Negan. The Saviors, on the other hand, pay a visit to The Hilltop much earlier than expected and force both Daryl and Maggie into hiding, despite their overwhelming desire to kill every Savior in sight.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THE EPISODE: Rosita finally deciding to stop being an asshole towards Sasha and explaining both her backstory (she, much like Sarah Connor did between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, linked up with survivalist types with specific skill sets and eventually became much better at their skill sets than they did) as well as her anger towards her and Abraham.
Daryl and Maggie consoling each other over what happened to Glenn.
Say what you will about Simon as a character, but Steven Ogg plays the shit out of him in every scene he appears in, and he’s very reminiscent of Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder on Justified. I loved the scene of him trying to wordlessly answer Dr. Carson’s question of why they need two doctors and Dr. Carson failing to get the hint until Simon finally uses his words to tell him.
Sasha leaving Rosita behind to go after Negan herself (and then travel several hundred years into the future to become a lieutenant commander with Starfleet) and telling her “It’s not your time.” If you had said that last week, I would’ve strongly disagreed and told you to bring along Rosita’s annoying ass to take care of this and possibly get shot so we no longer have to deal with her. But Rosita seems like she’s on the road to not getting on everyone’s last nerve, so I’ll show some faith in Sasha’s judgment.
And it looks like Rosita will have Dwight (with his trusty crossbow) as backup, so all is not lost.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE: Rosita being headstrong and annoying as usual throughout most of the episode.
Gregory deciding to go “Hold my tequila” and top Rosita in being even more annoying by sucking up to Simon and the Saviors and then threatening Jesus near episode’s end as if he still has any authority whatsoever. Man, I hope he gets jump-kicked in the face by Jesus in the season finale.
Oh yeah, and Eugene is barking orders at others and enjoying the authority that comes with being Negan’s Chief Engineer, but when Sasha and Rosita come through to rescue him before busting many a cap in many a Savior’s ass, he refuses to go. I’m guessing he must really enjoy the perks of sandwiches, fresh produce, and attractive women watching him play on the Atari 2600.
IS NEGAN IN THIS EPISODE?: Yes, but he’s seen at a distance and you don’t hear anything he says. So no hip-dipping monologues this week!
DOES NEGAN KILL ANYONE ELSE?: No.
IS DARYL STILL ALIVE? BECAUSE IF HE’S NOT, THEN WE RIOT: Yes, he’s still alive and as previously mentioned, he appears ready, willing, and able to help Rosita and Sasha take down some Saviors, and not just with an arrow to the knee.
ANY TIME-TRAVELING ALIENS IN THIS EPISODE?: No.
TO SUM IT ALL UP: This episode does a good job in setting up how and why the All-Out War kicks off and how The Saviors eventually striking back with also eventually lead to Rick and company/The Kingdom/Jadis and the Not-At-All-Affiliated-With-Bill Cosby Junkyard Gang having to rise up (you know, like it says on the posters) and finally defend themselves, consequences be damned. It’s also a good way of setting up Sonequa Martin-Green’s eventual exit from The Walking Dead and actually giving Sasha a potentially awesome way to go out (here’s hoping her final words before dying aren’t “I smell bread”)
And the sooner that Daryl puts an arrow into each of Jared’s eyes, the happier I’ll be. Getting jump-kicked in the face by Jesus is far too merciful.
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