Key Points of The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 4 “The Obliged”

By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.

Rick and Daryl Make Up; We Have a Pretty Good Idea How Rick Will Die

Every prediction I made leading up to Rick’s demise is wrong. Rather than an internal conflict amongst Rick, Daryl, and Maggie being his downfall, it looks like Rick will die a more mundane death. He may get bit by one of the walkers in the merging herd but I think he will just ultimately succumb to the wound caused by that rebar that went through his midsection. It’s more than a little disappointing that the man who fought so many battles and bested so many foes will end up dying because he fell off of a horse. There are so many other ways he could have gone out. The writers could have paid off this mini-civil war they’ve been setting up, or they could have had him killed by the revolting Saviors, but instead, they had him fall off of a horse. It’s about the most anticlimactic death he could get and as you can tell, I have some feelings about it. I’ll see how things play out next week, but so far it looks like Rick’s death will be a rushed one.

I do like that Rick and Daryl made peace before this final episode. As interesting as it would be for Rick to be killed off by his own people, that’s not what I really want to see happen. Although they haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, Daryl has been with Rick since Atlanta and I don’t think there’s any way the writers could have gone through with this setup and had the audience ever like Daryl again. This way, things can end on a peaceful note and Daryl can take over the show in two weeks still being an audience-favorite.

The Saviors Finally Revolt

We got one scene between the Saviors and the other survivors, and it was a hell of a scene. We knew the moment the Saviors’ leader, I think his name is Jed, called Carol a weak woman that things would not end well for him. We didn’t get to see how things ended but the Saviors were surrounded so I’m sure most of them will be dead the next time we check in on them. We might find out next week but I’m sure that episode will focus mostly on Rick so I wouldn’t count on it.

Negan and Michonne

In this episode, we got to see some interaction between Negan and Michonne. While the content of these scenes was interesting, what really struck me was how Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Danai Gurira acted their asses off. Any scene involving Dean’s Negan is sure to grab your attention, but these moments just served to show us how criminally underused Michonne has been over the years. If this is how new showrunner Angela Kang plans on utilizing her moving forward then the chances of me sticking around after next week have dramatically increased.

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