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The filler-threatener was of course Carol, and granted I have missed my Carol fix over the last few episodes, it would have been a bummer to have a nothing story after such a high these last few weeks. Again, just putting it out there, when did TWD become a show about who's getting busy with who? I get that people need to move on, but man, they're really throwing it in our face. Carol's settling down, Abraham's calling it quits. I can't keep up.
Interestingly enough, Carol seems to have felt the loss of little Sam. Remember him, that annoying kid that got eaten? Carol has taken a step back to look at the flowers that are no longer there, recounting in her diary exactly how many lives she has taken. She's softer than she once was and not entirely on board with the team's new plan.
However slow Carol's initial scenes and our exposure to her new love life with Tobin were, the episode moves on in glorious form to the one main objective the Apocandrians now have: Destroy Negan.
Their best chance at survival in this new world is to take down the new threat on their doorstep which is of course, Negan's crew, the saviours. After meeting Hilltop last week, our team have now established that they can take down this threat and get supplies as a side bonus, which is of course the crux of this episode. Rick delivers a beautifully worded (if you like that kind of thing) speech while standing in front of a cross on the church's stained glass window. Metaphor anyone? And I'm not suggesting he's a saviour ... you know where I'm going with this.
Jesus and that other guy from Hilltop, Andy, take the team to Negan's supply station. After a not so exciting take down of the two guards manning the station, the team head inside to perform what could possibly be the most reality-check moment of the Apocandrians post-apocalyptic experience so far: Kill them as they sleep.
So this is the part of the episode I really wanted to get to for many reasons, but none more so than that of the murderous rampage we embark upon. That other Hilltop guy tells Rick, "The 'Saviours' are scary, but they have nothing on you" right after Rick beats the crap out of a severed zombie head as if it's just any regular day. But that's not the end of it.
In the supply station, the team take down each sleeping saviour by slowly pressing a knife into their scull, as not to wake them because no one wants that. I don't know about you, but this was the moment I went from 'excited about the prospect of a killing spree' to 'what the hell are they doing?'. The new world is certainly just that, and it's not pretty. This is how we survive. How we live. Hilltop may or may not have been telling the truth, even though we technically know they are from the graphic novel series, and they just slaughtered people in their sleep because someone said they were mean.
Easter Egg Alert - Yes, I do believe that photo was supposed to look like Glenn with his head bashed in. Ah, writers, destroyers of so many hearts.
Back to Carol, and back to an earlier moment in the episode where she questioned Maggie's decision to accompany the team on this killing spree. Let's not forget, she's pregnant. Don't worry, they keep reminding us so we don't forget. Out of everyone, including Glenn, Carol was the only one with enough guts to question her. Fat luck of good that got them. They end up captured, the team end up in the field for slaughter, and we are left with an almighty cliff hanger, that quite frankly, is the most excited I've been about what lies ahead in a long time.
Before I wrap this up, I'll touch on another major event in the last forty five minutes. Gabriel, the slimy, annoying priest, is now a bad-ass. Fully formed. Well trained. Part of the team. Bad ass.
The Walking Dead, you were incredible.