Rick’s group catches a break in the penultimate episode, which means no one else does.
Here’s what went down in Episode 15 (entitled “Something They Need”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Tara (Alanna Masterson) is feeling shitty about telling Rick (Andrew Lincoln) about Oceanside. This lasts for about a minute and a half until Rick gives a motivational speech that gets me wondering how Rick can still keep giving these speeches and how people can still keep believing them even though he rarely gets it right.
CF: Rick Grimes, the World’s Shittyist Motivational Speaker in the Zombie Apocalypse. His motivational speech was a lot more, “No, you can do that,” type bullshit than it being truly motivational. We gotta remember, at this point we’re pretty much dealing with Crazy Rick and his motivations are understood only by him.
So, they arrive at Oceanside and totally manage to sneak Tara in, where she takes Natania (Deborah May) and Cyndie (Sydney Park) hostage. Tara gives a pretty good spiel about how they will be able to defeat the Saviors, but only with the assistance of Oceanside’s guns.
Do they have a choice in the matter when it comes ot Rick’s group taking their guns? Yeah sure. You can let them take the guns, or, you can let them take the guns and help Alexandria fight Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
Before Natania and Cyndie can nut out their choice (Natania is against fighting Negan, Cyndie is for), their time is up and Rick is blowing shit up before storming the place.
CF: The one thing that surprises me during this whole sequence is how wasteful the Alexandria people are. Instead of saving all the shit they need for the coming war, Rick is setting off explosives in the woods to scare the shit out of people. Why? Well, because, AMC thinks it looks cool. It’s a complete waste of resources, but it’s fucking cool. Seriously, if everyone went along with Rick’s idea on wasting explosives just to make a point, the Alexandria people are as much a cult as The Saviors. The whole blow shit up and scare people thing scene was just a waste of time.
RT: I agree. And, let’s face it, Rick’s group know how hard it is to find explosives in the zombie apocalypse, otherwise they would have come in handy when they had the quarry-o-walkers problem.
CF: And now that we know Rosita can handle explosive, blowing up the entryways to the quarry would have been easy if they’d looked for explosives. Which they didn’t, because a zombie fun run was much better.Natania fakes a stiff leg and ends up taking Tara hostage, which is a great bargaining tool.
For about sixty seconds until Cyndie gets sick of her shit and knocks grandma out.
CF: Is it my imagination, or does Alanna Masterson look bored out of her fucking mind in that above promo shot? It’s almost like she’s thinking, “Pull the trigger and get the shit over with.” Or maybe she know she’s necking to be on the show any longer and feels like she’s wasting any moments she has on this weak-ass shit.
RT: Haha! She sure does look over the whole situation. But, so are we, Tara, so are we.
Then a herd of walkers turn up to see what all the noise was about. Rick’s group takes charge (with Oceanside’s weapons, of course) and take out those walkers, needing little help from anyone else, effectively saving the day. Rick is high on his momentum and Cyndie must be too because she is totally thanking Tara for taking their weapons and fighting on their behalf against the Saviors.
CF: Saving the day and wasting a lot of ammunition that could be used to kill The Saviors. But what do I know?
RT: I was thinking this too. Why did everyone feel the need to use guns to take out the walkers? Other than reminding Oceanside how handy guns are. And, if this were the case, Oceanside should have stood right up and taken those guns back.
CF: Which gets one thinking: would Rick have killed everyone to take those guns? I’m gonna say yes. I think he would have killed a lot of the Oceanside people to get what he wanted. Let’s face it: Rick hasn’t been the good guy in a long time and murdering these people wouldn’t have been out of the question.
RT: That awkward moment when Rick is just the same as Negan.
While Oceanside is being relieved of its weapons in Episode 15 of The Walking Dead, back at Hilltop, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is gardening. One guy calls her “boss lady” and they are probably lucky Gregory (Xander Berkeley) wasn’t around to hear that.
He is, however, around when Maggie is outside Hilltop digging up a wild blueberry bush to replant inside the walls of Hilltop. Maggie won’t take his shit and tells him they need to look united. She then asks him to stay there and keep a watch out while she finishes up removing the bush. Gregory watches for about a second before considering killing Maggie with his knife. He doesn’t though, which is a good thing because Maggie totally has to save his arse from walkers.
It seems he is indebted to Maggie now.
Except maybe he is a cunt about it instead because when he gets back to Hilltop he announces he needs a ride — and it will be an overnight trip. Is he running to Negan perhaps?
CF: There was that moment when he was back in his office where he looked as if he completely regretted not knifing Maggie. Which, of course, would’ve been a big mistake, as she would’ve gutted him like a fish and then left them for the zombies to chew on.
The more I think about it the less I think Gregory is running off to see Negan. I’m going to go with the idea they Gregory is going off to see the Thunderdome Emo Kids. By now he should know how to get to The Sanctuary, otherwise I don’t think Simon would’ve asked him to come over and visit if he didn’t. And if he knows how to get there, why pull out a map? Then again, maybe it’s just too obvious a thing that Gregory is going over there to snitch out Maggie, because I think doing that would actually get Gregory killed as well.
RT: I completely believe Gregory going to Negan is a bad idea, especially since Negan seems to already know something is going on with Rick’s group. Telling Negan about Rick’s plan after Negan already knows is a sure way to get yourself killed.
CF: It’s likely Gregory will tell Negan and that sets up him getting kicked out of his office. But they could still kill him. Who knows right now?
So, I guess you want to hear all about Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green)? Well, she is currently residing in a cell in the Sanctuary. It isn’t long before she is nearly raped by a guy named David (Joel Martinez). Negan steps in and saves the day. Well, sort of. He stabs Rapey Dave through the throat and gives Sasha the knife and a couple of options in regard to her future. Instead of stabbing Negan, Sasha waits. Which is totally the wrong decision she decides later on.It doesn’t take Sasha long to work out she has fucked up and Negan is taking shit when he says she can join his team. She starts figuring out a Plan B. This involves Eugene (Josh McDermitt), what could possibly go wrong? She asks Eugene for find her a weapon so she can kill herself. Except Sasha is just bunging on an act, really she wants a weapon so she can kill Negan. Eugene, surprisingly, does come through — but with one of his death pills he made back in Episode 11. Sasha knows she is screwed, because she knows Negan will be able to use her dead just as well as alive and Eugene’s pills will make her dead, and then undead.
CF: The one thing you can count on with Eugene is that if you ask him for something to use to kill yourself, he’s going to give you something that you can use to kill yourself easily. And that’s what he did. She’s been around Eugene long enough to know the guy is rather literal, and she should’ve kept that in mind.
Back at Alexandria, we find Rosita (Christian Serratos) has returned, minus Sasha. She did bring a friend though. While it looked like she had seen Daryl (Norman Reedus) back at the Sanctuary at the end of Episode 14 of The Walking Dead, it turns out it was actually Dwight (Austin Amelio). He is playing at being on Team Rick now, which he totally could be, but after Negan’s comment about knowing Rick was up to something, perhaps he is just snooping around trying to find out what is going on.
CF: And poor Dwight, he doesn’t know it’s Crazy Rick he’s talking to, so expect to get up gun jammed in your face and told to get on your knees, with the odds being pretty much even up that he’s going to shoot you the moment you look at him funny. Except, I don’t believe Rick will shoot him, because of the following comic at this point, Dwight really does become a rather big deal with the Alexandria people in the future. Then again, who knows of The Walking Dead is ever going to get to that future.
Carl and Enid
Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) get all of two lines in Episode 15 of The Walking Dead. Except, to me, they sound completely like foreshadowing because their conversation literally has nothing to do with anything going on in this episode. Basically, their conversation revolves around discussing whether they ever thought about those they had killed. Carl brings up the fact he also thinks about those he didn’t kill. Hmmm…
CF: Maybe the person Carl is thinking about that he didn’t kill his Negan. Which means, does Negan kill someone close to Carl, which causes Carl to become something of a hermit and stay offstage most of the time while, in reality, he’s off to Uni? Please don’t kill Enid. Please. I like Enid and I think Carl and she should have a relationship. But again, what do I know? I don’t work for Gimple. If I did, I’d be asking why the Alexandria people are blowing up shit for no reason. And then I’d be out of a job. But at least they get to tell Gimple he was being an asshole.
RT: Oh, really good idea there Cassidy! I forgot to factor in the fact Chandler is going to college this year. I hope Enid survives too.
CF: I’ve always been a bit sad that Sophia died and they never showed the relationship growing between Carl and her. I really want to see that happen here, but I know I’m asking for too much.
What did you think of Episode 15 of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 7? Let us know by commenting below!
The Season 7 finale, Episode 16 (entitled “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”), of AMC’s The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, April 2 at 9 PM ET. The official synopsis for Episode 16 is below.
“The stakes continue to grow higher as paths cross; the group enacts an intricate plan.”
[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]