Trouble continues to brew between Rick’s people and Negan’s goons on ‘The Walking Dead.’ When our survivors try to take out his compound, they lose not one but TWO of their most important people.
On the March 6 episode of The Walking Dead, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) puts together a detailed plan of attack for Negan’s hideout. Unfortunately, there was no way Rick could have prepared for how The Saviors retaliate.
With this episode we get another bizarre opening scene, which shows us Carol (Melissa McBride) “food shopping” in the pantry as upbeat music plays in the background. When she doesn’t have everything she needs, she heads out into the woods to collect acorns. That is, of course, when we’re reminded that this is the apocalypse and their are dead bodies walking the earth trying to eat people. Carol uses a machete to kill the nightgown-clad walker that approaches and once it’s dead, she grumbles unhappily at the blood that has splattered all over her white shirt. It’s hilarious, if you think about it. When’s the last time this group truly cared about what they were wearing?
Once she’s showered and fully dressed, Carol heads to the kitchen and bakes up a batch of beet and acorn cookies. In the typical “nice old lady” persona she’s built inside Alexandria, Carol walks around the small town and hands out batches of cookies to her remaining neighbors and, especially, the kids. It shows how much she truly cares about keeping Alexandria safe, because she’s mixed a bunch of random ingredients to make some delicious cookies to feed everyone at a time where they are really, really low on food. Then, the RV filled with Rick and everyone else who visited The Hilltop returns.
When Rick pulls up he lets out Michonne (Danai Gurira), and the RV is met by Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Aaron (Ross Marquand). He tells them to get Olivia so she can inventory the food they have into the pantry, and Michonne tells them they have enough food for a month. However, she doesn’t seem very happy about it, which is strange. Then, Rick tells Sasha to gather everyone so they can meet in the church in an hour. When she asks why, he tells her they’ll talk about it later, but when Carol asks what’s going on he’s a little more blunt: “We have to fight.”
Rick pulls away and everyone except Carol disperses, which is when Morgan (Lennie James) comes out of nowhere and approaches her about what happened in the den. He’s wondering why no one, especially her, has told Rick that he was keeping a very dangerous man in the den. He clearly feels very guilty about the whole thing, but Carol tells him he needs to forget about it and move on because they all agreed to keep quiet. Personally, I think Carol knows that they need Morgan, and that Rick will overreact if they let him in on the major problem his morals caused.
When Morgan walks away, Carol walks in a different direction, and as the camera pans out we see that she was visiting Sam’s grave. In front of his makeshift headstone is one single, solitary cookie.
Rick Lets Alexandria Know What’s Up
Once everyone’s in the church, Rick tells the people of Alexandria about The Hilltop and the deal Maggie (Lauren Cohan) set for them. Then he tells them about The Saviors, how they almost killed Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham, and how if they come looking for trouble in Alexandria the town could be ambushed. In Rick’s mind, the only way they can remain safe is by taking out The Saviors before the group comes and takes them out. But, in a rare Ricktatorship move, he tells them it’s a group decision and allows a moment for objections.
It’s silent for a moment, but then everyone turns around in their seats to see Morgan standing in the back. Shocker. He tells Rick that if they can beat them that they should tell The Saviors that first and allow them a way out. It’s the most ridiculous thing he’s ever said, and Rick reacts very quickly by saying, “We have to come for them before they come for us.” Morgan obviously doesn’t understand. When Rick allows the group a chance to vote for Morgan, everyone remains silent except for Aaron who boldly takes Rick’s side. He announces that he won’t allow what happened in Alexandria to happen again, gives an if-looks-could-kill glare to Morgan, then takes his seat. No one else looks particularly thrilled about having to fight, but they obviously know that Rick is right — especially after everything they’ve been through.
Later that night, we see Carol laying in bed wide awake. She gets up and pulls a journal out of her drawer and turns to a page where she has listed how many people she’s killed. When she adds them up and writes the number 18 on the page, she puts her head in her hands and sighs deeply. This somehow leads her on a walk where she runs into Tobin (Jason Douglas), and the two sit on his porch and share a cigarette while talking about tomorrow. He’s not going, but he admits he’s worried about her. He tells her that she is able to fight so hard and do terrifying things because she’s a mom, especially to most of Alexandria. Then he admits that she’s “something else” to him, and the two lean in… for… a… kiss. A KISS!
Apparently, safety has made the people of Alexandria very horny.
Abraham Finally Gives Rosita The Boot
In a brief cut to Maggie and Glenn (Steven Yeun), she tells him she made the deal, she put everyone on this path, and because of that she has to go with them to fight The Saviors. Glenn is clearly unhappy about this, but he knows his wife won’t have it any other way.
Then we see Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) packing a bag in his and Rosita’s (Christian Serratos) bedroom. She walks in and makes a joke about how they are only going for a night or two, but he tells her that’s leaving her. For good. She’s stunned by this, but as we fans know he’s been struggling with his feelings for Sasha for quite some time now. When he was nearly killed at The Hilltop, it was Sasha’s voice he heard right before he was saved, which helped him finally make the decision to leave. Rosita refuses to let him go and demands an answer, physically throwing herself in his path and shoving him back into the room. He grabs her hands to stop her and then tells her that when he met her he thought she was the last woman on earth, but she’s not. Ouch.
Another couple, Denise (Merritt Wever) and Tara (Alanna Masterson), share a sweet moment while doing the dishes the night before they are set to leave. Tara tells Denise that she loves her, and that she wanted to tell her that before they left. Instead of saying it back Denise says she’ll tell her the same when she returns, but that’s when Tara tells Denise that she and Heath are leaving on their two week trip to find supplies right from The Saviors compound. Tara invites Denise but she reminds her that she’s the doctor now and that she can’t just up and leave for two weeks. Tara clearly understands, but she’s bummed.
Elsewhere, the guy they took from The Hilltop (Andy, not Jesus) is drawing what he remembers of The Saviors hideout. He doesn’t remember much, but he’s been there and he’s been inside, so they are picking his brain for anything he can put together. He thinks he may know where they keep their weapons, but there’s no way to be sure, so they are really shooting targets in the dark here. He also tells them that there’s no way they can get inside without waking everyone up, but Rick says they are going to welcome them in with open arms.
Rick’s plan: to bring them Gregory’s head. Except it won’t be Gregory’s head, obviously, it will be the head of a walker. Their first order of business? Finding a head that fits the description of Gregory, which means it’s walker hunting time!
Rick & The Group Raid Negan’s Compound
Once they have a head that works, the plan to roll out at midnight is set. Andy heads to The Saviors compound alone and when he arrives we see how equipped they are. Three massive, bright red lights flip on and give the guards a wide view of their surroundings. Once they know it’s Andy and he has Gregory’s head, they come outside to meet him. The head passes inspection after a nail-biting few moments in which Andy has likely pooped his pants, and then they agree to go get the guy they are holding hostage.
When one of the guards goes inside, Daryl comes out of nowhere and slices the other’s throat. Then, suddenly, Rick’s group swarms the compound to remove the guard’s body before going into hiding again. It’s probably one of their most incredible and tactical moves. The other guard finally returns with the hostage and before he can even speak, Michonne puts her sword through his chest from behind. Incredible! Once the body is removed and Andy gets the hostage to the car, the rest of the group swarms the inside of the compound armed with all of their scariest guns.
Now that they are inside they have to go room by room to find the armory, but that also means they need to check bedrooms, too. Rick takes the first room, quietly entering and using his knife to kill the sleeping man before he even wakes up. This is when something very important happens. Glenn and Heath head into the next room, and for the first time ever, Glenn takes a living, breathing human’s life. He hesitates, and his hands are shaky, but eventually he plunges the knife right into the man’s eye and deep into his brain to make sure he’s dead. Then, he quietly cries.
It’s also Heath’s first time killing someone, but before he can do it Glenn stops him and takes over, saving Heath the burden of taking a life. However, when Glenn looks up he finds a collage of polaroid photos showing people with their brains bashed in and splattered all over the ground. It’s horrifying, and it leaves him in shock.
The Saviors Finally Start To Fight Back
Outside the compound we get to check in on Father Gabriel and Tara who are in the car with Jesus, Andy, and the hostage they saved. Tara asks Father Gabriel if he’s still a priest and when he says yes, she confesses that she lied to Denise this morning — something I didn’t even catch. She admits that she’s done something like this before (when the Governor raided the prison). But both Father Gabriel and Jesus ask Tara if she really loves her girlfriend. When she says yes, Jesus tells her that she knows what she’s fighting for. It’s all that matters in this moment.
Back inside we see that Sasha and Abraham are searching a hallway together. When they come upon a locked door Abraham gets excited, and watches closely as Sasha picks the handle open. Unfortunately he’s not checking behind him which is where a door opens and one of The Saviors comes out holding a knife. He slashes Abraham, but Abraham fights back, as does Sasha. She stabs him in the chest a couple of times and he hits the wall, but before collapsing he pulls what looks like a fire alarm. Not. Good.
Outside on the perimeter we see Maggie and Carol with the RV, but when the alarm goes off they both go charging towards the compound. Carol stops Maggie though, telling her she shouldn’t be there, that she should be someone else. Carol demands that Maggie stay where she is, and, for once, Maggie doesn’t fight back.
In front of the compound Tara, Gabriel, and Jesus jump out of the car when the alarm goes off. Tara tells Jesus to bring his people back to The Hilltop so their deal is still on, but Jesus refuses to go and instead prepares to go inside and fight. Andy doesn’t hesitate to jump in the car and bounce though, which proves he’s pretty useless anyway.
Now that The Saviors are awake there’s no need not to use guns, so Rick fires an assault on a group of them who are just waking up and heading down a staircase. Once it’s clear he, Michonne, and Daryl go running down a hallway together. In another hallway Aaron dips into a room to hide as someone runs by, but he’s surprised when one of The Saviors attacks him with a broken bottle. Somehow he overpowers the large man, stabs him in the heart, and as the man dies in front of him he says, “If it wasn’t gonna be us, it was gonna be you.” Damn, Aaron, you’ve got a little Rick in you!
The Saviors Take Not One, But Two Of Rick’s Group
Unfortunately, The Saviors have guns, too. A lot of them. Now, this is where things get intense, because everyone is scattered and we’re jumping back and forth from where all of our different fighters are. Abraham and Aaron are trying to get two different locked doors open, while Glenn and Heath are being chased by a group of Saviors with very large guns. They get caught down a dead end hallway with one single door, and once inside they discover it’s the armory they’ve all been looking for. With the door closed the two of them turn their weapons on it and fire until they are out of ammo and it’s silent on the other side. They slowly open the door to find a pile of bodies, but one of the guys is still alive. He raises his handgun to shoot them but when you hear it fire, it turns out to be Jesus shooting the man dead. Phew.
When the gunfire stops, the group is somehow back together and has found a way out to where The Saviors keep their cars. They all seem to think that it’s over, that they’ve killed everyone inside, but then Michonne brings up a good point: which one of them was Negan?
Just then, as if on cue, we hear a motorcycle roar and a bald man rides it out of the very same door they came out of. Daryl completely flips out because it’s his bike, and once they shoot the man off of the bike Daryl beats him to a pulp asking where he got it from. He’s probably wondering what happened to the two people who stole it from him, especially because they were people he was planning on bringing to Alexandria.
You don’t notice the walkie talkie he was carrying until a woman’s voice speaks over it telling everyone to drop their guns. They don’t, but Rick picks up the walkie and asks to talk to the woman. She says they won’t be coming out to meet them, but that they do want to talk — because they have Carol and Maggie held hostage.
And that, my friends, is how this episode of The Walking Dead ends.
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