CF: Given how much of a circus The Walking Dead has been of late, it’s not surprising these two ended up here.
RT: Good point Cassidy!
Here’s what went down in Episode 12 (entitled “Say Yes”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) are driving the countryside looking for weapons. Now, we know they are far from home because they keep talking about going back. But, we have no idea how far away they really are as AMC have been incredibly vague of late when it comes to pinpointing exactly where everyone is on the map when they are scavenging. And that’s because they want the audience to think Rick and Michonne are currently miles and miles away from anywhere they have ever explored rather than have us question why all these new places have never been found before by Heath’s (Corey Hawkins) supply runs.
CF: The reason they don’t talk about where they are is, I believe, because they don’t want you noticing that the scenery in Virginia looks incredibly a lot like the scenery in Georgia. That’s because most of the scenes for this episode were filmed about ten miles/seventeen kilometers south of Senoia. The scenery in Virginia is a lot different than what they have in Georgia and the majority of people watching the show know they’re not in Virginia, so the more nebulous they are about where exactly they are looking for stuff, the more people like me don’t look for things to call them out on.
One quick bit of trivia: the scenes of Rick and Michonne driving in the van were filmed about a kilometer away from the intersection where Rick and Shane stop to have their first conversation in the Season 2 episode 18 Miles Out, and that intersection is located next to the field where the famous “suit zombie” was seen walking in that episode and is still seen in the opening credits today.
RT: I love Suit Walker, he’s one of my faves. I’m so glad he’s in the credits. And, thank you for finding all this out Cassidy 😀
CF: I just love finding out the stuff. If I ever get down to Georgia I am going to visit all these places and get my picture taken by them. And maybe get video of me saying “Coral” a lot.
RT: Haha! That would be awesome 😀
If you make all these assumptions, it’s no surprise when Rick and Michonne happen upon a military base in Episode 12 of The Walking Dead Season 7.
Rick and Michonne work out pretty quickly that there is likely to be a shitload of guns here and immediately get cocky about it all. Which is the first sign bad stuff is about to happen.Next, they are out on the roof of the facility, checking out the carnival right next door. Now, I’m not sure if the military base was set up during the outbreak to secure the carnival of walkers or whether the carnival was a badly timed reward for the guys at the base. Interesting to note, though, is the large amount of walkers with their hands tied. Either way, there is certainly a shitload of guns to be had there.
Finding a cache of weapons when they most need it should have been Rick and Michonne’s second clue shit was about to go down.
Falling through the roof, landing on a conveniently placed mattress and finding pallets of food should have been the moment when they took a step back and waited for all the bad shit to happen.But, of course, they didn’t. Instead, they eat a crapload of food and plan for a future that involves Rick and Michonne ruling the world.
CF: This looks like a staging point that was set up by the military at the start of the outbreak, and since this was a school, it’s possible there was some sort of fun carnival going on in the back and the military decided to seal off the area as a safe spot. Considering the zombies who have their hands tied, it’s possible that order broke down and in the process of taking prisoners a riot broke out and everything went tits up.
The actual filming location is an abandoned school located on Georgia Highway 74/85, located almost midway between Alvaton and Gay. A couple of miles down the road from the site was the location where Michonne saw Glenn and Maggie being taken by Merle–it’s like they film all over the place! You can’t see the school very well from the Road, which makes it a nice place to film during the day. Here’s a picture of the site as seen on Google Maps:
RT: Oh, you had me at “abandoned school!”
The next morning, they decide to check out the carnival of walkers and discover only one teeny little gap is all that is between them and a secure site.
“Let’s make a plan,” says Rick. Because nothing bad has ever come from Rick making a plan…
CF: Rick hasn’t had a good plan in like, well, fucking ever. You’d think by now everyone would be telling Rick to shut the hell up and stop making plans, because each one of his plans suck and end up getting people in deep shit and/or killed. Michonne should know better than to listen to one of Rick’s plans. It is entirely possible, based upon shit we see later, that she is going along with him because she’s being blinded by love. I mean, it’s pretty apparent she’s completely down with Rick’s plan of screwing in the van every night, so why not another one of his plans?
RT: I completely agree about hte level of stupid in Michonne being directly related to her hormones.
CF: One of the things I’ve noticed about The Walking Dead is the minute the women get into any sort of relationship, they start acting goofy as shit. The guys tend to keep it together, but the women just go completely fucking loony and they can’t seem to think straight. It happened with Andrea, it’s happened with Carol, and now it’s happening to Michonne. And in a way, it’s happening with Rosita, who is being driven by her affection for Abraham to just commit suicide while taking Negan with her. Though we did get Crazy Rick and Angry Tyreese, but that doesn’t quite level the field as much as what’s happening with the women.
RT: It’s also happening with Sasha. Although she started to lose it before Abraham, I guess. Perhaps Lori was okay before Rick then?
So they do. And it goes really well with Michonne taking out a pile of walkers while Rick gets to the conveniently placed car they plan to fill the gap with.
But then Michonne decides to not kill that stray walker. After all, he is heading straight for some rebar anyway. He can maim himself is what she is probably thinking.Except, right around the time Rick and Michonne realise the car has no breaks and they are on the wrong side of the carnival fence, rebar walker manages to get stabbed through the trigger of his rapid-fire gun. This results in all of the walkers arriving to check out the noise. Rick and Michonne secure themselves in the car, but they need to escape somehow.
CF: As a former police officer Rick should’ve known all he needed to do was pull the emergency brake to slow and/or stop the car. Or why not throw the goddamn thing into gear and just force it to a stop? I guess when you’re too busy getting laid these sort of things slip your mind.
RT: Yep, the stupid is strong in this episode.
CF: It’s incredibly strong and it shouldn’t be. Not with these two. And one thing I should point out now: Rick’s little comments about how they could stay out a day or two or three more–is it just me, or does it seem like Rick only wanted to stay out so he could just keep fucking Michonne? I mean, he really didn’t seem to give much of a shit that they weren’t finding a lot, but man he sure enjoyed those nights.
RT: By the end of the episode, I was wondering why they called it “Say Yes,” and not,”Two More Days,” or “Just Another Day or Two.” But, I guess if you account his carnal urges, “Say Yes,” is appropriate 😉
They do so via the conveniently located sunroof of the car and jump into the conveniently located fenced rides. While these fences are not strong enough to hold the walkers for long, it is long enough for another plan to be devised. They split up to share the load and try to take out all of the walkers this way.
But, then Rick gets distracted by a deer and the Ferris wheel gets knocked, meaning Rick is now centre stage when it comes to being Walker Chow™.CF: Allow me to take a moment to say a few words about what is likely the most laughable scene The Walking Dead has ever done. They are there to kill zombies and collect guns and food, but while standing behind some really shitty defenses so he could kill zombies as quickly as possible, Rick spots the deer and decides that he needs to kill this motherfucker right there and then because he promised Michonne a deer. So he climbs up on the Ferris wheel while zombies are starting to swarm the base and gets ready to draw down on the deer–
And for about twenty seconds we are subjected to what is by far the worst CGI that has ever appeared on The Walking Dead. Fortunately for you, I have a screen capture of this bullshit:
Meet the most laughably bad goddamn deer ever rendered. Seriously, I told Rachel earlier this is the sort of shit you do on your laptop with some freeware downloaded off the Internet so you can put your rendered deer in a family video later. I mean, geez, it’s just goddamn horrible. I’m sure Gimpel looked at the final rendering of this and thought, “Fuck it, who cares if the fans think it sucks? I got money to make–I mean, a show to present!” Compared to this, the renderings of Shiva the Tiger are absolutely Oscar worthy.
RT: Urgh, that deer. I can’t believe it looks ever WORSE in the screen capture. Seriously AMC, maybe you need to do a budget check because I think someone is cutting corners here and pocketing the change.
CF: What really bothers me about that shot are the shadows coming off the deer. Based on the shadows of the other objects, it’s pretty obvious that the deer was rendered with the sun in a completely different position. And the shadows off the back legs are driving me nuts. I’ve seen teenagers working in Blender do better rendering than this.
RT: Hell, I have used Blender better than this! LOL. And that shadow is the best bit about the deer…
Michonne fights her way through and discovers walkers eating something. Not knowing it is the deer, she assumes the worst and drops her sword. Freaking the fuck out nearly gets Michonne killed until Rick comes back onto the scene and kills the walkers, returning her katana to her in the process.
This, invariably, puts a damper on the whole trip and collecting the guns isn’t nearly as fun as it should be now that Michonne is all sappy about nearly losing Rick.
They have a heart to heart and decide they have to go on, regardless if they should lose each other in the all-out war against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
CF: I had some serious reservations about the heart clenching, suddenly weepy Michonne. One might think that if she realized she had lost Rick she’d go all crazy on the walkers and just hack them all to pieces–after all, it’s not as if she hasn’t done this before. I can understand her not wanting to lose Rick: we never want to lose anyone we love. But it just didn’t seem that she’d be the sort of person who would just want to die in that moment.
I guess when the sort of thing happens to Rick we find it somewhat amusing that he completely loses his shit, because deep down inside we know Rick Grimes has never really had his shit together. We’ve seen Rick change his moods and his attitudes as often as many of us change our underwear, but if he lost Michonne, you could bet he get that weepy look on his face for about two seconds before he goes into complete berserker mode and kills every walker in sight. I would think, I would hope, that Michonne would do the same.
And let’s say it now: TWD is setting us up for the possibility that Rick or Michonne, or both, are going to face a grisly death at some point in the future. They are pulling the same foreshadowing bullshit they pulled with Glenn because they want the fans to worry that we’re going to lose one of these two. If they follow the comic storyline there will come a moment when it appears that Michonne has died and Rick does lose his shit, but that doesn’t happen for a while. So let’s just get ready for the feeling that Rickchonne are living on borrowed time.
RT: I really think AMC are going out of character for Michonne at hte moment. Yes, I think she would be sad at the thought of losing Rick, but she is also a survivor first.
The guns are delivered to the Thunderdome, but, hey, that’s not enough guns. So they have to collect some more. Gee, I wonder if anyone else knows where they can get some more weapons?
Tara (Alanna Masterson) sure knows a place, but she has a heart to heart with Judith about why she shouldn’t tell Rick about Oceanside. When Thunderdome want more guns, though, she finally caves.CF: The one time when you want Rick to kill everyone in sight–in this case the Thunderdome Emos–he doesn’t. And you know he’s going to have to at some point. We all know that somewhere further down the storyline these cunts are going to have to be put down and Rick’s going to be the one to put them down. I’m telling you, these guys are going to become The Whisperers. And once again it’s all due to one of–say it with me now–Rick’s Plans™.
RT: Yeah, I think this could go either way. If they don’t become the Whisperers and truly are a made up group, now would be as good a time as any to start calling them the Red Shirt Group…
CF: I wonder if Rick’s Plans™ are going to come back and bite him on the ass because you know Michonne and he killed those two Saviors who were playing golf. I’m sure we’ll hear something about it later.
And I just want to say something about one other thing that’s bugging the shit out of me: I hate that the show is continuing to keep Alanna Masterson dressed up in heavy clothing because they want to keep hiding her baby body. Come on, AMC. You’re not disguising anything: we all know she had a baby a few months ago. Given everything else is going on throughout the show, no one’s really going to give a shit if we see Alanna with a few extra pounds on her frame. It’s usually what happens to women after childbirth, you know?
RT: I agree about poor Alanna who is having to lug around baby pounds AND heavy clothing in Georgia 😦
Rosita (Christian Serratos) spends the entire episode being a mopey pants as she looks for guns but only finds fakes and what appears to be the well walker in drag. She blames Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) for all her woes before he gives her a stern talking to and she takes off for Hilltop to join forces with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) in a kamikaze mission to take out Negan by themselves.
CF: I’m ready to jump into the story and kill Rosita myself. She didn’t act like this in the comic, but–as I’ve told Rachel–I think this is leading up to the Holly storyline, which means it’s likely that Sasha is going to die at the hands of Negan, and this is somehow going to come back to Alexandria and it’s going to get Tara killed. Because, let’s face it: the show doesn’t know what to do with these two women, so the sooner they kill them, the sooner the show can get back to concentrating on the main characters.
Oh, and now we know that if you have a child during the zombie apocalypse she ages really goddamn fast! Damn, but Judith is getting big. I half expect her first words to be, “Dad, your plans suck.” We can only hope…
RT: Judith looked old enough to tell Rick all about Oceanside herself. I completely agree on the direction Sasha, Rosita and Tara are going too.
What did you think of Episode 12 of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 7? Let us know by commenting below!
Episode 13, (entitled “Bury Me Here”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, March 12 at 9 PM ET. The official synopsis for Episode 13 is below.
“Things do not go as planned when a group of Kingdommers delivers goods to the Saviors during a routine supply drop-off.”
[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]