Synopsis: Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, band together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.
Can you believe we reached 100 episodes. We survived 100 nights of pacing, screaming at our TVs, throwing ourselves on our sofas as we grieved the beloved characters (Still missing Glenn!) we lost and countless weeks of trying to figure out what was happening with our friends, family and coworkers.
It seems like we are not getting a break. Not even a moment to just take a breath. Nope. That is not how Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman run this ship.
We are witnessing a war.
The war has been carefully planned by Rick, Ezekiel, and everyone else that has a reason for wanting to kill Negan.
The goal, ultimately, is to live a life where no one is afraid. This is evident in the old man Rick sequence. We see him and his family living happily in a peaceful society.
But we also see footage of a bedraggled Rick as he utters, “My mercy prevails over my wrath.” What does that mean? Well, it does not bode well. Does it?
Initially, the plan to take down Negan goes off without a hitch. Mind you, I am not quite sure why they just did not get one shot in while Negan and Rick exchanged their little dialogue.
Just take him out!
What we see is Rick and everyone else kind of funnel Negan and his people into hiding out in a trailer. How? Bombs, Walkers, and Bullets.
How many bullets did they waste? I know it was to direct the Walkers to Negan’s hideout, but still.
So, it works. However, there is a problem. Of course, there is a problem. Gabriel tries to be the better man, as a man of God should be, and he attempts to save Gregory.
After constantly telling Rick that this situation that they are in is not about him, he decides to try to save this guy that could care less about his own people at the Hilltop. Makes no sense.
Of course, Gregory takes this act of mercy as a way to escape and leave Gabriel behind to fend for himself against the walkers that have swarmed Negan’s hideout. So, he does what anyone else would do. He goes into the one place that is not locked. The very trailer that Negan is hiding in.
Negan: I hope you’ve got your shitting pants on.
Father Gabriel: …
Negan: Your shitting pants. Because you’re going to shit your pants knowing you’re stuck in here with me. That’s why I said I hope you have your shitting pants on. Because I’m here. So you should be shitting your pants right now.
Gabriel, you did this to yourself.
If you survive and you turn on your friends or are used as leverage by Negan, I will once again stop watching this show. They need to stop doing this every season. Just kill Gabriel and let’s get on with the war.
The highlight of the episode were the women. We see them all calm and cool as they lead and assist to get this plan going.
From Tara and Carole keeping tabs on the Walkers that they, Daryl, and Morgan funneled to Negan’s to Maggie saying she was going to fight well into her second trimester, and finally Michonne knowing that it was best to stay behind and take care of those left behind.
These ladies are a force to be reckoned with and I cannot wait to see what they will do in this season.
Next: The Damned – The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds; As Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.