What a terrific episode! Definitely one of the best this season; I loved the format with the named sections. Great idea, hope they do this again.
|The handprints discovered by Michonne as she packed to leave|
|'This is the beginning...'|
But back to the present ~ how much do you love that Negan doesn't know that 'perpetually-pissed-off' Gavin and his gang are all dead? A group has already been sent out to see what's afoot at the Kingdom. So good to see the main man out of the loop for once, and with only the arrival of Maggie's '38 more' boxed gift giving a hint that his army might be failing. I suspect that the newly rebellious Simon is soon for the chop, or certainly will be when Negan discovers that he offed the Scavengers rather than implementing standard measures. Talking of which....
|Simon shows Jadis and Tamiel who's boss|
|The Walker Scavengers about to fall into the Super-Mega-Zombie Masher|
... I have never liked or been that interested in that particular group, but I so enjoyed seeing the 'real' Jadis and finding out what she was before, why she was there, etc. Yeah, it wouldn't have hurt Rick to take her with him, but you can see why he didn't. Maybe he might have done if he'd known about her Super-Mega-Zombie Masher ~ let's hope Negan doesn't discover it first, as I am sure it must have another part to play, it's too good a bit of kit to only show once. Wasn't there something a bit pathetic about Simon still talking the talk to Jadis and her crew? Even though he killed them all, you got the feeling it was a last, desperate show of strength.
Meanwhile, Aaron and Enid are still with that other not-very-interesting group, Oceanside, knowing nothing of the latest events back home. I had to smile; once again the lovely Aaron tried to discuss matters in a reasonable, middle class and intelligent fashion, only to discover himself chained up and threatened, just like in S5:11 The Distance, when Rick wouldn't listen to him, either. I note that Saviour-in-Waiting Rachel was eager to kill both him and Enid; I'm sure Negan can make use of her.
|'Why won't Cindy listen to my perfectly reasonable proposal?'|
'Um, Aaron, I killed her grandmother.'
And so Rick and Negan talk. Yes, the latter did seem truly sorry about Carl, but we must not be swayed ~ if ever you think he's starting to seem more human, remember how he smiled and made jokes when he killed Abraham and Glenn.
...and ditto when he killed Spencer!
I think Andrew Lincoln has excelled himself since Carl's death. The despair on his face is so convincing. I wonder when we're going to get to hear the contents of all Carl's letters?
Incidentally (for TWD obsessives only!), I love that thing they did in this ~ showing a scene, i.e., Rick and Michonne turning up at the junkyard to find no one but undead Scavengers, and Rick stepping in the blue paint, then turning back the clock to show how it all came to be. They did this in S4:10 Inmates, when Daryl and Beth are making their way through the woods after the fall of the prison, and find lots of clues as to what might have occurred along their path before. We're then taken back a few hours to show how Tyreese, Lizzie and Mica trod on the grapes, left fresh blood on foliage, saw a guy get bitten, etc.
Such a good episode ~ I felt we're getting near to some resolution at last, and hopefully on to the next phase in Rick and co's lives; maybe even the odd happy day when things start to work out, before the next foe appears?
After the credits I watched the excerpts for next week, which looks like an absolute belter - Daryl, Rosita, Dwight and co on the road to the Hilltop, with dangerous Walker-filled watery crossings, Tara pointing a gun at Dwight (my guess is that she won't do it just yet), a feverish Gabriel and Dr Carson on their own journey, Maggie starving her prisoners, Enid crying (why?) and Eugene making a bullet ~ who for? I really don't like to wish away my days, but...!