For the first time in Season 7 of The Walking Dead, we finally get an episode that isn’t quite so dismal. Surprisingly, it involves Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), so it should really be filled to the brim with misery. Except, strangely, it isn’t. AMC also manage to lighten the mood with some well placed humour. Please AMC, please continue on in this vein. less Negan bludgeoning us with Lucille and more of people trying to cope in the post apocalyptic world.
CF: After all the Negan crap we needed (1) to lighten up a bit, and (2) to see how much of a spineless twat Gregory is. For once AMC pulled it off without having to jerk us around for an additional twenty minutes.
RT: Even with Simon showing up at hilltop, AMC toned it right back. We were reminded of Negan’s control over everything, but it wasn’t forced down our throats for once *phew*So, we finally find out the fate of Maggie and her unborn child. Turns out her and the baby are fine but they will need to hang around Hilltop indefinitely because her placenta may choose to separate at any time. Gregory (Xander Berkeley) gives zero fucks about this and insists Maggie and Sasha leave immediately. Jesus (Tom Payne) manages to talk him down a bit and the women can stay over night.
CF: Even though I know what happens to Gregory (I won’t tell) you know Sasha wanted to gut his ass a couple of times during this episode.
RT: You and me both 😉
Lucky for them, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) decides to issue a message to Hilltop via a midnight showing of loud music and walkers. Maggie and Sasha fix that shit right up and then Jesus is wondering if maybe the women should just take over Hilltop altogether. For Maggie and Sasha though, it is enough toe-room for them to try and negotiate with Gregory.
CF: At the start of the episode, when the tractor was shown, I thought, “Hummm… I’ll bet we see that tractor used.” And I was right! I’ll bet Maggie is hell with a monster truck.Gregory, however, obviously got the same welcoming party Rick did and is now officially a pussy. He does still have enough balls left, though, to suggest sex might sweeten the deal. Maggie says no.
Then the Saviors arrive and Gregory tells Jesus to put Maggie and Sasha in a cupboard, because Negan’s minion, Simon (Steven Ogg), would not be impressed they were harbouring any of Rick’s group, especially one that has been reported as dead.
CF: I can’t look at Steven Ogg without thinking the show is about to turn into Grand Theft Zombie. Is he at least gonna kill a hooker? Maybe once?
RT: Hahaha! My son walked into the room while I was taking notes. “Oh, look, there’s Trevor,” he says before walking out again.
CF: I love that a lot of reviewers are saying that Simon is outshining Negan and Dwight and that’s because Steven is such a natural at playing this sort of person. I wonder if he’s gonna go Crazy Trevor on us at some point ’cause that would be great.
RT: I completely agree with this. He is more understated than Negan, although, maybe his character works better because Negan has done hte hard work, I don’t know, but I would rather watch Simon over Negan. Which is sad, because I totally wanted to love-hate TV Negan 😦Simon comes in like he owns the place reminding Gregory that they own his balls and asking if there is anything Gregory would like to fess up about. And that arsehole totally dobs Maggie and Sasha in. Mother fucker!
CF: Gregory is played to perfection by Xander Berkeley. Even his body language shows you this guy is nothing but a worthless cunt.
RT: I seriously love to hate Gregory for this reason.
Except Jesus hid them in the wrong cupboard and it is lucky there is scotch to offer Simon in there otherwise Gregory would be in some serious trouble from Negan’s group.
Gregory loses all his alcohol but still has to deal with Maggie and Sasha after the Saviors loot the place. But that’s okay because Maggie tells him how it will be going down. They will stay and he will just have to put up with it.
Then she punches Gregory in the face and I think I just fell in love with Maggie.
CF: This is the start of the Maggielution at Hilltop. Get ready for it.
RT: I seriously can’t wait!
Meanwhile, Jesus and Sasha are deciding they need to know exactly where Negan lives and Jesus decides he will stow away after them as they leave.
While Hilltop is happening, we also get to find out what is happening in Alexandria. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is leaving with Aaron (Ross Marquand) to find supplies for Negan. Michonne (Danai Gurira) decides to stay home and Carl (Chandler Riggs) questions her about this. This scene establishes that Michonne is on the fence about Rick’s decision to pander to Negan’s will and Carl has left the house entirely on his father’s opinion.Carl then sees Enid (Katelyn Nacon) climbing the walls and escaping Alexandria. He decides to follow. Enid is not at all impressed and wants to travel to Hilltop to see Maggie by herself. Carl obliges for once.
So, Enid is walking along and a walker appears out of nowhere. Lucky for her Carl turns up right then to plow that fucker down for her. Surprise! Carl did leave the house, and now he and Enid are going on a walking road trip.
CF: I was actually laughing my ass off when Carl rolled up in the car and fucked up the zombie. I half expected him to slightly turn his head toward Enid and go, “‘Sup,” like it’s no big deal. It was also telling me something else about these two…
RT: Pick up lines, they’re still the same even with the zombies 😉
CF: “Hey, babe: you need a lift?” Carl is in the shitty position of never having a chance to try them out.
Actually, scrap that, a rollerskating road trip. Because Carl conveniently found two pairs of roller skates on the side of the road and they fit them perfectly. I’m pretty sure it is the first time ever I have seen Enid smile!
CF: I love her smile–both of them smiling! Really, this is a scene I’ve waited a long time to see, ’cause Enid’s really the Sophia avatar at this point and Carl was pretty close to Sophia by this time. And Chandler isn’t having to play the moody death dealer he’s been of late, but instead he’s a teenage boy out having fun with a teenage girl. We fucking needed to see this.
CF: The twat on io9 said this part was stupid. I say let these two have whatever moment they can, ’cause they could both be dead tomorrow. Stop letting all the adults have the nice romantic moments.
RT: Urg! *shakes her fist at i09*So Carl and Enid arrive at Hilltop just as the Saviors are getting ready to leave. It gives the pair just enough time to have a little chat about how Carl would like to kill Negan. Turns out Enid is not on the same page as Carl so they kiss it out and Enid goes on to Hilltop by herself.
CF: Kissing! I was like, “Yassss, do that thing!” And it’s the first time Enid admits she has feelings for him. Loving it so much…
It’s a happy reunion between Enid, Maggie and Sasha, they chat about Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and have a little prayer circle.
So, you know how Jesus was going to find out where Negan lived? Well, Episode 5 of The Walking Dead ends with Jesus jumping on board one of the Saviors trucks as they are leaving. As he is tipping out the scotch, he realises Carl is also stowed away in the truck as well.
I can’t WAIT to see Carl and Jesus fuck things up!
CF: This episode covers things that happened in a couple of issues, mainly Maggie leaving Alexandria because she’s pissed at Rick and, oh yeah, he pulled a gun on her as well, and Sophia going with her and leaving Carl somewhat heartbroken by the decision. It also look like Maggie will get to fight The Saviors while sporting a baby bump as she did in several issues of the comic.
I also think this is gonna help set up Negan’s backstory because part of the story in the comic involves Carl showing up at The Sanctuary–The Savior’s base–and confronting Negan, who eventually takes him back to the ASZ. Like I said before, Negan has a soft spot for Carl and I can see that leading into why Negan is the person we see now.
RT: Oh yes, we have a Negan backstory episode to look forward to, I forgot about that! Judging by the synopsis and trailer for Episode 6, I really don’t think it will happen next week. Although the episode is titled “Swear”…
CF: Probably not. We need some bullshit filler first and a little Tara and Heath action first.
RT: After doing my preview on Episode 6, it looks like they (or Rick and Aaron) will find another community. So that will take up at least an episode.
What did you think of Episode 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 7? Let us know by commenting below!
Episode 6, (entitled “Swear”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, November 27 at 9PM ET. The official synopsis for Episode 6 is below.
“A new community is discovered.”
[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]