By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
A Plot: Maggie’s Gambit
If there was any doubt left who was running the Hilltop Maggie removed it. Negan called it last week (or at the beginning of the season if you’re trying to follow the story chronologically) when he doubted that Gregory had any power left in his community. He did try to make one last desperate attempt to retain some semblance of control over the situation but Maggie saw right through that and threw his ass into the makeshift prison. No one gets one over on her.
The other part of the Hilltop arc involved the Savior prisoners and their current fate. Jesus wanted to spare them and Gregory wanted to execute them. It seemed like a black and white issue but Maggie found a way towards some middle ground. She spared them for now but only as a bargaining chip to get her own people released. She made it pretty clear that they’ll only remain alive as long as they’re useful. This seems like a harsh position to take and I honestly don’t know how I feel about right now. We’ve only been given insight into two of the Savior prisoners. One of them is definitely not to be trusted and the other seems to be on the fence. If we’re to assume that they represent all the prisoners then Maggie is making the right decision. If they’re not representing the rest of the prisoners then Maggie may alienate any future potential surrendering Saviors.
B Plot: Michonne and Rosita’s Wild Adventure
Michonne and Rosita decided to leave Alexandria and go in search of the Saviors compound. I’ll admit I found this plot a little confusing but it resulted in stopping two Saviors from drawing the walkers away from the Sanctuary so it all worked out. I don’t understand what the writers are trying to do with Rosita. We haven’t seen her since the season premiere and when she does come back she goes on a senseless journey outside the walls of Alexandria. I probably wouldn’t feel so strongly about this but it’s the second Rosita-centered story in a row where I’m spending every second of her screentime questioning her motives, sanity, and intelligence. When she first arrived back in season four I thought she was a great character who was written in a way that made her strong and capable. Now it’s as if the writers have run out of ideas for her so they’re just giving her something to do but they’re not devoting enough time to making those things consistent with the character’s development. Rosita deserves more than what she’s getting.
C Plot: Carl’s Good Nature
Carl managed to seek out and find Saddiq, who we briefly met in the season eight premiere. This is a character from the comic but I won’t spoil anything about him. On the show, I found myself wondering if he was a Savior plant. It seems a little convenient that Carl just found him presumably close to the Alexandria Safe-Zone and Saddiq was able to talk his way into the compound. He said all the right things to Carl and didn’t abandon him when the walkers attacked but that could just all be an act to get into the good graces of Rick. We shall see.
D Plot: The King is Dead, Long Live the King
We spent a brief amount of time in the Kingdom and saw that Ezekial is not in a good place. I think Carol was able to talk him off the ledge but we were left wondering. I know Carol told him to put on the act until it felt real again but I hope we see Ezekial abandon the role and just lead his people as Ezekial. Two weeks ago we saw his identity stripped from him as his people and his tiger were all killed. It’s only fitting that the identity remains dead and only Ezekial is left.
E Plot: Rick and the Heapsters
Rick went to the junkyard and tried to make another deal with Jadis and the trash people. It did not end well for Rick. He’s currently sitting naked in a shipping container. What stood out to me was Jadis marking the shipping container with an “A” like the people at Terminus from seasons four and five. I didn’t really know what else to make of this but I hope Rick gets his clothes back and the Heapsters get what’s coming to them.
Thanks for reading!