Great Hershel Moments
I'd like to start with saying how fitting it was, that on the day we heard about the death of dear Scott Wilson, we saw that Maggie's baby is named Hershel after his most loved character. RIP, Scott and Hershel Greene.
Now: a big thank you, AMC, for giving us our show back. It's what we want: the people, the survival and the Walkers. A great start, giving an overview of what life is like in all the communities now; I loved the new opening graphics. This is the real recovery, learning how to live again, not just get up, fight walkers, rinse and repeat (to slightly misquote Abraham). A year or so since Season 8, Rick, brought back to the man he used to be by Carl's letter and maybe Morgan's last comments to him, too, believes he can build a Utopia.
But human nature isn't going to let him....
In any primitive society, it's always going to come down to food. When Maggie said that she's fulfilled her obligation to the Saviors by not killing them, and that she doesn't have to feed them as well, I kind of agreed with her. They don't have to live in the Sanctuary; they can go and get themselves a farm. As Daryl pointed out, it's a factory. They can't grow enough food there, by definition. Why did Negan go out demanding meat and veg with menaces in the first place?
But just when I was starting to think, yes, Maggie's got her head screwed on, she displays shades of Negan by executing Gregory in public. In an echo of the Big Man, she was saying: 'Mess with me, and this is what happens to you'. Gregory could have been despatched, quietly, but Maggie wanted to make a statement, one I think she might come to regret. In the words of the late, great Joe Strummer: He who fucks nuns will later join the church. Don't continue down this road, Maggie. Don't defeat the tyrant only to take his place. What would Glenn and Hershel have said?
By doing what she has done, so publicly, she is instilling fear, as did Negan. Depends how you want to lead, I guess.....
I saw an echo of Season 2, when Rick's group faced their first serious dilemma in the newly lawless society - do they murder to keep themselves safe, or do they stay humane? As before, children turned up unexpectedly, as Carl did just as Rick was about to execute Randall.
Then, it was enough to jolt Rick back to his senses. This time, when Michonne called out that there were Hilltop kids present, Maggie went ahead and did the deed. Perhaps the memory of how they used to be is too long ago, now.
Talking of the old gang, I'd like to shake Daryl's hand. 'There ain't no us anymore. Everyone's everywhere. That small group we had in the beginning ~ that was right'. They were all on the same page; they got this thing. Now, there are too many to manage, spread too thinly. Our main gang (Rick, Carol, Daryl, Michonne, Maggie, Rosita, Eugene, Tara, and possibly Gabriel, Aaron, Enid and Jesus too, as they have now earned their place in the main title credits) should be together. I totally get Daryl ~ 'Thing is, you changed it, Rick'. Like I said, Deanna-like idealism...
As for Ezekiel and Carol.... and I am sure that lovely scene with Daryl and Carol will give all #Caryl fans hope for the future!
- How come pre-zombie apocalypse Health and Safety allowed that dodgy glass floor/ceiling in the museum in the first place?
- How come Jesus has transformed from cool, snarky guy into Mr Sensitive with a man bun? (No, Aaron; you can do better)
- When will one of the Saviors say, hey, how about we go and live somewhere that isn't all concrete, so we can grow some spuds and shit like that?
...a special mention for the 'de-evolution of man' in the museum, and the evidence that there were once people camping there who, presumably, became the Walkers within. Also, the way Carol saved the day for the 199th time, by overhearing Daryl telling Rick that he wasn't happy managing the Sanctuary, and offering to take over. Now, excuse me while I go and watch it again....
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