[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 11, Episode 7, “Promises Broken.”]
For as a lot as Maggie (Lauren Cohan) despises former villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), she has to at the very least admit he’s turn out to be useful. Finally, it’s his tactic that in the end offers Maggie her finest likelihood but at taking down the Reapers.
In the meantime, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Leah (Lynn Collins) go on a mission collectively, Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) meets a Reaper with whom he has one thing in frequent, and issues go dangerous on the Commonwealth as one other acquainted (and aggravating) comics character makes the soar to TV.
Maggie and the workforce are heading for Meridian, however they don’t have a lot of a plan of assault. That’s the place Negan steps in — he realizes he could make Whisperer masks for the group, they usually can spherical up walkers to create their very own horde, which they will then information to Meridian. Sound good? At first Maggie’s reluctant — “I’m not chopping up anybody I do know,” she says of the useless on the outskirts of the group — however in the long run, Negan’s ways show efficient and he or she discovers methods to stroll with the walkers. She even will get a Whisperer masks!
After that, Negan and Maggie speak in regards to the one factor they’ve in frequent: Management. Negan reminds Maggie that his misdeeds have been justified, from a sure perspective — he had folks, good folks, who have been seeking to him to make decisions that may hold them alive. And in the long run, he failed. So, like Maggie, he is aware of “how a lot it sucks” to see his folks become walkers. And since he is aware of that ache, if he might do the notorious lineup another time… he says he would kill each single one among them. “Why would you inform me that?” Maggie asks, aghast. However it’s clear why Negan says it; he doesn’t need her to point out mercy to any of the Reapers, lest they arrive again to destroy her the way in which Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group destroyed all the pieces for Negan.
Whereas all of that is occurring, Father Gabriel goes forward to scout at Meridian. He guarantees Maggie that if he has a transparent shot at a Reaper, he’ll take it — however he breaks his phrase when he finds the Reaper equal of a priest asking God for assist on the graves of his fallen friends. For just a few moments, it looks as if Gabe would possibly even step out of the bushes and speak to the man, however as an alternative, he settles for letting him stay. Since that is The Strolling Useless, that’ll most likely come again to chew him later.
Elsewhere, Daryl and Leah exit to look the woods for Maggie and her folks. Whereas they’re on the market, they run right into a random man who claims he’s not with them and he’s not spying on Meridian: He’s simply making an attempt to assist his little one and his spouse, who’s gravely injured. Leah asks him to show it, so he takes them to his shelter, the place they do, certainly, discover his little one and his dying spouse.
Upon seeing that, Leah’s stony exterior begins to crumble. Moderately than killing the man, which is what she instructed Pope she’d do if she got here throughout anybody within the woods, she tells the person and his child to get out of there and by no means come again. They are saying goodbye to their dying member of the family and depart, leaving Leah and Daryl with the disagreeable activity of mercy-killing her. “I’m prepared,” she says, seeming at peace, however Leah isn’t. She cries as she raises her gun, and in the long run, it’s Daryl who fires the killing shot together with his crossbow.
On the Commonwealth, issues go from dangerous to worse for poor Eugene (Josh McDermitt). He’s been assigned to clear blocks for the group, that means that he and his mates kill walkers so the Commonwealth can take over the buildings and such. Throughout this process, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) has a coughing match and Princess (Paola Lázaro) urges him to go to a health care provider. Apparently, that is no drawback for the Commonwealth, and he does get to see a doctor. Since he returns with lollipops, it appears to go effectively.
What doesn’t go effectively is Eugene’s run-in with the whiny, boastful Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olson), who comics readers will know is Pamela Milton’s son. At Lance Hornsby’s route, Eugene clears a bunch of walkers from a discipline the place Sebastian and his girlfriend have been on a date. He’s saved their lives, however all Sebastian does is demean and insult him. Rightfully angered, he punches him within the face… which lands him in Commonwealth jail, and the one method out is to disclose the situation of his group. Appears like a setup, huh?
And he’s not the one one in sizzling water; Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), who virtually bought to fulfill Pamela this episode, is pressured to observe in horror as troopers drag her brother away. It’s laborious to not assume that is someway tied to him hiding his previous as a surgeon from the group, which Yumiko did inadvertently reveal in her interviews.
Because the episode ends, Father Gabriel reunites with the workforce they usually all head for Meridian, releasing a crowd of trapped walkers inside a constructing as they go. This leads to a heartbreaking second for Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari), whose sister, we study on this episode, had been trapped at Meridian when the Reapers descended. As he walks in the midst of the horde, he sees his zombified sibling, however in fact, he can’t put her down and even cry, lest the walkers understand he’s not one among them. Sensing his anguish, Maggie holds his hand as they descend on Meridian.
- I’m questioning if Father Gabriel isn’t subsequent week’s shock loss of life. Alden appears the plain alternative since we haven’t seen him or heard something about him and he very effectively could possibly be hanging from that cross… however Father Gabriel made a option to hold that Reaper alive, and Negan simply lectured Maggie on the pitfalls of mercy.
- Additionally on my “loss of life checklist” for subsequent week is Leah. Perhaps she makes it out, however I extremely doubt Maggie could be okay along with her residing with the group given what the Reapers did to her folks (she had a tough sufficient time with Negan!). So, both Leah survives the autumn of Meridian and walks away, or she dies in Daryl’s arms. I’m leaning towards the latter.
- Maggie studying methods to be a Whisperer was fairly darn cool, I’ve to say. I’d by no means a lot thought-about the mechanics of it — how the characters must stroll, their posture, and so on. — so it was neat to get these snippets of Negan educating her.
- Sebastian is the worst. Absolutely the worst. I don’t know if I’ve ever wished a personality to get torn aside by walkers this shortly, however… he deserves it. Good for Eugene for punching him, although!
The Strolling Useless, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC
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