By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
A Plot: Eugene’s Big Moment
Even though this episode checked in with most of the main characters it still felt like a Eugene episode and I’m fine with that. It’s not that I’m a huge Eugene fan; I think the character is getting old and I’m ready for his story to end along with the Saviors’ story. It’s not that I’m rooting for him; I think he’s kind of a weasel and I hope his end comes at the hands of Rick in the most satisfying way. It’s just that the focus on Eugene did such a good job of telling us the rest of the story happening in the Sanctuary that I couldn’t help but appreciate it. We got to see that Dwight is close to getting caught. If Eugene doesn’t out him then someone else will eventually catch him and report back to Negan. We got to see that Negan is as close to losing hope as we’ve ever seen him (but he’s confident he won’t die). And we got to see that life is just sort of going on for the others like the woman who just wanted Eugene to fix her boom box. That all of this was happening through the eyes of Eugene actually made him feel like an important character for the first time in a long time. If he gets used in this way more often, assuming he doesn’t die next week, then he might actually start to grow on me.
B Plot: Daryl’s Crazy Scheme
Apparently, Rick can’t leave his people alone for a day without them going completely off the rails and messing everything up. I know virtually every show in the history of television is guilty of this but I feel like this is just an example of characters becoming conveniently dumb in order to provide suspense and to further the story. It would be easier to take if it weren’t for the fact that it was Daryl making the monumentally dumb decision. I would understand if it were Tara because as capable as she is she hasn’t been written in a way to make that unbelievable. I would even understand if it were Rosita because, although I just complained last week that I’m over the writers having her make senseless decisions, it would be consistent with how she’s been written the last couple of seasons. Having Daryl do this doesn’t make much sense to me right now and I think it will have drastic effects on his character (more on that in a minute).
C Plot: Rick’s Time With the Heapsters
We only got two scenes with Rick and the Heapsters but they were good ones. I thought maybe Jadis and the gang’s time would come to a sudden end this week but that didn’t happen. Instead, Rick had to fight one of their walker weapons and he used it as an opportunity to get the upper hand on everyone. As things stand now, Rick and Jadis have renewed their partnership but we know that won’t last for long. I give it until the end of the mid-season finale before Rick starts fighting them again.
That Big Tease For Next Week
A “shocking” moment was teased for next week and I have a feeling this isn’t just good marketing. I’m predicting Rick and Daryl will have an irreconcilable falling out because of Daryl’s massive screw up this week. I might even go so far as to say Rick might kill Daryl. It’s unlikely but it could happen.
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