Previously on The Walking Dead:I honestly couldn’t tell you since I was house-sitting and dog-sitting last week for two of my friends who are also cord-cutters, so other than being painfully reminded as to what dog farts smell like and me looking through my friends’ wardrobes and unfortunately not being able to say “SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS! IT’S NOT EVEN LEATHER!” in a thick Staten Island accent, all I know about last week’s episode is what Dustin told me when I told him that I was unable to recap, and that it was boring/pointless.
THE STORY SO FAR: Eugene is still struggling with the fact that he’s providing his services and intelligence to Negan and the Saviors, while also warning Dwight that he knows about him working with Rick behind Negan’s back, and that whatever he’s planning had better not result in any Saviors getting killed. Elsewhere, Gabriel, who is still held captive and whose health is declining as a result of the “Let’s rub Walker blood and guts all over myself to keep other Walkers from eating me” approach, is trying to convince Eugene to let him take Dr. Carson over to see Maggie. Daryl, Michonne, Rosita, and Tara are debating whether to go through with an attack on the Saviors that could result in more deaths than intended, and Rick is still held captive by Jadis and the Not-At-All-Affiliated-to-Bill Cosby Junkyard Gang.
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE: Josh McDermitt’s work as Eugene and his handling of his unique and memorable dialogue, reminding me once again that he really is Boyd Crowder from Justified with all of the intelligence and almost none of the charm or social skills.
If you like seeing Andrew Lincoln sweaty and wearing only boxer shorts while fighting for his life against yet another armored Walker, and having Jadis once again make no attempt whatsoever at hiding her very understandable thirst for Rick (all while taking pictures of him and having a Junkyard Gang member sketch drawings of him so he can be sculpted later…and no, I am not making this shit up), this is the episode for you.
WHAT’S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT THIS EPISODE: If seeing an entire episode focused primarily on Eugene and his internal struggle to keep supporting the killers of his friends (or ‘former traveling companions’ as he repeatedly calls them) if only because his cowardice won’t allow him to do anything else, and seeing all of this take place a week before the mid-season finale when shit supposedly pops off, is not your brand of whiskey and holds no appeal for you whatsoever, this is definitely not the episode for you.
IS NEGAN IN THIS EPISODE?: He is, and much to my amazement, he doesn’t do (dips) much (dips) hip-dipping, but he does go out of his way to compliment Eugene on his bullet-farming abilities and making it possible to use that additional ammunition (which both sides keep wasting in their needlessly prolonged gunfights anyway, due to their constant need to use their assault rifles and machine guns as if they’re water hoses) strike back at Rick and company. He does have one funny moment in which he offers his hand to Eugene to shake, which Eugene misinterprets as a ‘kiss the ring’ gesture. Though to be fair, it really didn’t look like he was offering his hand to be shaken, so I see Eugene’s point.
HOW ABOUT MICHONNE?: Yes, she is.
JUDITH? Like you give a shit.
MORGAN: Surprisingly, yes, and on sniper duty as he helps Daryl, Michonne, Rosita, and Tara
DOES NEGAN KILL ANYONE IN THIS EPISODE?: No.
IS DARYL STILL ALIVE? BECAUSE IF HE’S NOT, THEN WE RIOT: He’s still alive and getting his Captain Ahab on in his determination to destroy every last one of The Saviors, regardless of whether there is anyone amongst their ranks who is non-violent and not deserving of the same vitriol and punishment as Negan. Michonne and Rosita both end up making it clear that as much as they want The Saviors to go down, they aren’t willing to be as merciless about it as Daryl.
HAVE YOU SEEN ANY NEW MOVIES LATELY?: Uhh…well, other than Justice League, I haven’t seen anything new, but considering that my local theater is showing Three Billboards, Lady Bird, and The Shape Of Water, my December is looking to keep me and my moviegoing habits very active.
WHAT ABOUT STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI?: Ask me a serious question, Nameless Reader Who Isn’t Actually Asking Me Anything. Of course I’m going to go see The Last Jedi.
TO SUM IT ALL UP: Other than Rick tearing off the head of the armored Walker and beating the shit out of Jadis and two of her Junkyard Gang members, there really wasn’t much about this episode that held my attention. The fact that Rick is once again willing to strike a deal with Jadis to go up against Negan and the Saviors only causes me to think of this…
And the fact that next week’s mid-season finale is going to be ninety fucking minutes long had me like this in my apartment when I found out…
And mind you, I was watching this episode at 1 in the morning, so that didn’t help.
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