Is this what we can expect for the rest of season seven of The Walking Dead?
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After begging his father, Rick to let him tag along on a scavenger mission, Carl begins his normal ritual of sulking until he sees Edith climbing the barrier of Alexandria. The two exchange awkward and almost, unscripted lines as Carl seems - to but doesn't quite - convince Edith to stay. The silence lingers between interactions, possibly for dramatic effect however, it is lost in odd dialogue. Not even the cinematography could save this scene which was just plain frustrating.
This begs the question: Is there too much emphasis on the drama of developing character and story lines? Are the writers trying to make us feel something other than the devastation of a zombie apocalypse and simply, not?
Yet, it wasn't the most cringe-worthy scene in this episode. Firstly, Michonne tried very hard to prove she and Rick do in fact share chemistry - failing miserably - and Carl and Enid shared a somewhat, less than sweet peck on the lips. Not to mention the scene of the lone walker walking across the highway to the sound of tense music. A walker 'scary' enough to terrify Enid who has walked alone in the wilderness hundreds of times. This scene was purely set up so Carl could mow the walker down with a car.
A perfectly good, running car.
After two attempts to kill the 'scary' walker, the car is a write-off and I finally realise why Rick doesn't want Carl coming on the scavenge. He's reckless with the equipment and basically just a pain in the ass.
As Carl and Edith's story progresses, Carl just happens to find a back pack with two pairs of roller skates inside. Success! They are the perfect size for the love birds! #lucky
Give me a break. I mean really, you just happen to find roller skates and they just happen to be the right size and suddenly you and your new beau are playing roller-rink in the middle of the highway?
Didn't Carl just say his only motivation now was to kill Negan? If that's the case, He better get his feet out of those skates and his lips away from that girl and get crackin'!
Once Gregory made a creepy pass at Sasha, I knew the writer's were clutching at straws. It's too late to make him tough or bad or scary. He'll never be any of those things, so just kill him off for the sake of all of our sanity.
Maggie and Sasha grab themselves a trailer, yet are woken in the middle of the night by a trap set by Negan's crew - a locked up car playing loud music to attract walkers and open gates to let them in. Maggie, who has been ordered to rest, mows down a heap of walkers in what is the best walker killing scene this season, and Jesus and Sasha team up to take down a few themselves - parkour style.
And are we witnessing yet another budding romance?
But the focus of Hilltop is of the leadership, directly relating of course to Gregory. This storyline confuses me greatly, and always has. How has someone so cowardly ended up in power?
Luckily for us, Negan comes to Hilltop in the form of Simon (plays by Stephen Ogg) who really plays the bad guy well. His character was perhaps the most convincing this episode, and evoked the only emotion out of me within the sixty minutes: Laughter.
Similar to Negan-Negan, Simon-Negan is so nasty it becomes comical.
When the Negan crew leave, Carl follows them and so does Jesus, tying in the two storylines of this episode in anticipation that something is finally going to happen. However, this is The Walking Dead and we have four other storylines to get through before we return to Carl's, so don't get too excited.
This episode was very much about moving on from Glenn, even though none of us are ready. However, even Maggie's grief was forced which was disappointing. A gentle touch of her hand on her stomach wasn't necessary. We know she's pregnant. We all know her husband was brutally murdered. We all understand the devastation of the situation, so why does it need to be shoved under our noses?
Another filler, another reminder that this whole season is just that.
Bring on the last episode where something might actually happen.