By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
A Plot: The Final Piece of the Puzzle (It’s More Guns)
Rick and the group going to the Oceanside colony was one of the most exciting moments of the season. As with every other moment this season building up to the fight against the Saviors, it was mostly Rick using his words and charm to convince people to go against Negan. Sure, there were bombs and guns involved, but Rick was never going to hurt those people. As ruthless as Rick has been in the past, he’s never been one to hurt innocent people and he wasn’t going to start now. Back in season three, there were parallels to be drawn between Rick and the Governor; that is not the case with Rick and Negan. The ends will always justify the means for Rick, but there has to be a limit to those means or Rick can no longer be Rick. That means his group had to do the minimum necessary to achieve their goals which meant they to get the guns and maybe recruit some more people for his fight against the Saviors, nothing more. It was the right move both in-universe for the characters and for the writers.
B Plot: Sasha’s Predicament
We learned that Sasha was captured off-camera and put in one of the Saviors’ holding cells. It was either going to end that way or with her death. This still remains the weakest part of the story, but it was interesting tonight to see her struggling with whether or not to attack Negan or pretend to play his game (there’s no way she was ever going to consider actually joining the Saviors). I have no clue where her story goes from here, but I can’t imagine how it ends with anything but her death. As we saw towards the end of this episode, she’s still hell-bent on completing her suicide mission to kill Negan, but she has no way to actually do it right now. I think she’ll revert back to her original plan to play along until the opportunity presents itself to make her move. She’ll fail, but she’ll die trying to take Negan out. I’ll be surprised if she makes it out of next week’s finale.
C Plot: Gregory’s Conniving Ways
Gregory sure is a bastard. As I wrote last week, he doesn’t really care about his people, he’s only out to save himself. Now it looks like he’s going to take Simon up on his offer to visit the Sanctuary. That can only mean bad things for Maggie. I think his end is coming, and if you know the comic then you know how it happens (I won’t spoil it for you if you don’t). I think it will happen differently on the show, but I think it will happen next week. However it happens, I’ll be happy when it does.
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