Fear It!: Season 3, Episode 3 – TEOTWAWKI

Well played, Fear the Walking Dead. Thanks to you, we now have a clever phrase to use when we are talking about that great R.E.M. hit from 1987. And by clever phrase, I mean something that looks silly when typed out, and somehow sounds even sillier when said out loud. Thanks, though, for letting us know how the Otto family was able to be so prepared for the end times. Makes you wonder why any character from the original series that would’ve started out near there would have decided that Washington was the better bet. After all, the way that VHS video was packaged, it certainly seemed like Jeremiah and his family knew what was up. They even included the prerequisite scenes of utter destruction, while slamming the national government as being complicit. It really works on the one level that those types of videos need to work.

So that’s great. It didn’t start with an earthquake, or birds, snakes or aeroplanes, but it did start with a massive amount of people not using more caution around the recently reanimated dead. We’ll have to wait to hear how Lenny Bruce feels, but we’re guessing that he isn’t all that afraid. After all, it is TEOTWAWKI, and we feel fine.

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Willful use of the lyrics above aside, this week we got to witness some more of this show’s trademark “huh?” moments, so let’s run them down.

5. Vernon

Vernon is angry. He wants to get revenge on whoever took down the helicopter, leading to Charlene’s death. Truthfully, his anger is completely justified. But Vernon is missing a key detail; the ranchers don’t know  single thing about what brought the chopper down other than gunfire. Heck, for all they (and, truthfully, we) know, it could have been Troy ordering some of his men to remove that pesky brother from his side. Instead of sending a raiding party out with no information, Vernon should instead be pushing to get all of those details.

4. Jake

Look, brotherly connections are great. Family is important, especially in a post-apocalyptic world. But Jake needs to start understanding that Troy may just not be redeemable. We know about Troy’s “experiments”, and there have definitely been hints that this isn’t the first time. Heck, Jake even points out that the ranch wouldn’t accept Troy if they knew what he truly did. There comes a point where you have to question why he keeps covering for him, unless Jake has an even darker secret to hide.

3. Strand

Strand thinks he has his next move all worked out. He’s going to visit with his old friend and business partner, and the two of them are going to ensure each other’s safety. Except Strand seems to have forgotten that most of the things he did while working with Dante are not necessarily the most moral of activities. There’s literally no reason why Strand should simply assume that Dante will want to work with him, knowing what he’s capable of. Even when Dante is tossing the other criminal off of the side of the dam, Strand seems to believe that his charm and previous working relationship will see him through. Strand may have changed thanks to his time with the Clark family, but he never should assume that Dante has had a similar, benevolent influence.

2. Alicia

So, Alicia gets invited to a bible study, but the ranch’s local rebellious teen gang. They even promise she’ll get to meet “Jeff” if she goes. For some reason, the character that has been becoming more cautious and guarded now decides to throw that caution to the wind, go along with these other kids she has literally only spoken to for 30 seconds, and even willingly is the first one to enter their secret study lair. It’s all good, though, because they’re just going to sit around, get high and drunk, and “talk” to a reanimated head they call “Jeff”. Yup, just another day in TEOTWAWKI. Oh, and the sister of the drug addict didn’t even take a moment to question what might be in the pipe? Sure, weed is likely, but there’s no guarantee.

1. Daniel

NO! You were free! You had escaped any further obligations to this show, and the other characters! Why did you come back?! Of course, now this means we might get our buddy comedy The Walking Dead: Open Road, showing Daniel and Strand kicking butt and showing complete disregard for anyone not them as they drive across the country, hoping to make it to Portland in time to hit the most awesome flea markets, so it isn’t all bad.

That wraps up this week’s episode. Next week is already looming on the horizon, so let’s just get wrap this up and prepare ourselves. And realize we only have a short time before we start getting our Preacher palate cleanser.

 

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The Walking Dumb: Season 7, Episode 16 – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

That’s it, folks. Seven seasons in the bag. 99 episodes of zombie mayhem. This season began with a huge emotional impact, and then sort of meandered its way to the finale, feeding us a few extra-long episodes along the way. In many ways, season seven was all about setting the stage for what comes next. Now that war is coming to The Walking Dead, there are definitely indications that the eighth season will be bigger, louder, and messier than seasons past.

As for the finale itself, we got taken on a bit of an emotional journey over the course of it. That journey? We got to follow along with Sasha’s personal voyage, including flashbacks to her conversation with Abraham before the fateful trip to bring Maggie to the Hilltop doctor. It was nice to give Sasha such a high-impact send-off, but the way that the narrative cut back and forth between Sasha’s quieter moments and the action at Alexandria definitely slowed the story down. Also, let’s be honest. Sasha, while taking a bigger role over this season, was still truly a second-rank character. Crafting The First Day of the Rest of Your Life in such a way means that we’re bound to have a full season long goodbye should we ever see Rick, Daryl, Michonne, or a few of the others put on the chopping block. Or was this an attempt to make up for what they did to Glenn?

Please don’t be mistaken. Sasha’s final story was a great one. The episode being cut the way it did made the pacing weird, but man, is there another character who would have gone to the lengths that Sasha did, just to try and get that last shot at Negan? It may not have worked out the way she planned, but you can’t say that she didn’t eventually go out on her own terms.

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5. Jadis

“I lay with him after”. Listen, Jadis, even if it wasn’t for the fact that you were totally planning on switching sides, and helping the Saviors, that just isn’t something you say to Michonne about Rick.  In fact, you don’t say that about anyone, ever. Even if they’re into it. Because it’s weird, and unsettling. Maybe you should have just said that to Farron in private, or at least sotto voce, so we could pretend Rick and Michonne were freaked out over nothing.

4. The Saviors

Guys, there’s a tiger loose on the battlefield. Sure, you didn’t know that Shiva was there before she jumped in to save Carl, but you’d think that, once you know about the fierce animal, you’d spend at least part of your focus keeping an idea of where she’d gone off to. But alas, Shiva got to make a couple of the antagonists into a quick lunch. It does go to show that Ezekiel makes some pretty good friends.

3. Morgan

I get it. You’ve basically watched as the entire creed you’ve been living by has been trashed, all because of some bad choices by others in The Kingdom. You’re angry, and you’ve turned your staff into a spear. But none of that means that you should throw everything away in a suicide mission (especially since other characters followed that same route, and did it better). Setting an ambush is a smart idea, but you know that The Kingdom has some capable fighters, and they just got tougher with Carol returning to the fold. Be a little more tactical next time, because not only did you almost get yourself killed, and The Kingdom directly attacked, but you ensured that your companions had to waste extra time, almost making them too late to make the Alexandria rescue.

2. Daryl

You’ve got Dwight at knife-point. Nobody trusts him. Tara, one of the more level-headed of your group (generally speaking) wants you to finish him off. Even Rick and Michonne seem content to sit back and let you do the dirty work. And then Dwight spins a little story about how much he wants to see Negan eliminated, which saves him? Um, okay. Look, Daryl, you have absolutely no reason to trust him, and you’ve seen with your own eyes how willing Dwight is to say and do whatever to save his own skin. Maybe this isn’t the best time to put your faith in what he’s saying.

1. Rick

Speaking of putting your faith in the wrong people, Rick is so convinced that he proved to Jadis and the rest of her people the value of his plan, that he trusts them completely. He even makes sure that his people and her people basically work in tandem. Rick is on the battlements with Jadis, and Michonne is on a rooftop with Farron. Not even the comment of “I lay with him after” gave you any sort of pause. If it hadn’t been for walkerSasha kicking everything into a chaotic gear, the saga of Rick would have been over. I mean, they forced you to fight an armored, bladed walker just for the chance to bring them guns. Why would you trust them so much? I get that you needed numbers, but that doesn’t mean you should be so willing to hinge your entire plan on a group of people that you barely know, and have already had to struggle against just to be heard.

That does it for this season. Fear the Walking Dead is just around the corner, so we’ll get to be reminded about characters that we actively root against the entire time. It’ll give us something else to do until October, when the big show returns for to break the century mark, with episode 100. See you around.

The Walking Dumb: Season 7, Episode 15 – Something They Need

If you’re going to have a big, bloody mess of a season finale, you can’t really do that without getting all of the pieces together. For The Walking Dead, it means making sure that all of the characters are starting to gather together into their different factions, and that those factions are properly armed. That was exactly what was being set up with this week’s episode, as we got to see Rick and his group take a visit towards the beach, getting the guns they desperately need to fight back against Negan. We also had a couple of side trips to the Hilltop community, to remind us all that there’s still a lot of angst between Gregory and Maggie. Oh, and the big reveal about who found Rosita at the end of the last episode? It was clearly meant to be more shocking, except it’s been telegraphed ever since Dwight took Daryl’s stuff the first time.

So how does the episode stand up, overall? Well, it was just another episode moving us towards SOMETHING happening. Sure, we got to see the Alexandrians and the Oceansiders team up to take out the threat of the water-logged walkers, and we did get to hear Negan drop the line “beach ball-sized lady nuts” a few times (because someone had to take over for Abraham’s strange turns of phrase), but it was just place-setting. After much of this season moving at a relatively slow pace, partially because of the limitations of having so many different set pieces, we should be in for an action-packed finale. Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s what we’re going to get, but it’s clearly Something They Need to do, to hopefully avoid the frustrations within the fanbase they had last season.

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5. Negan

Alright, clearly the big boss man behind the Saviors has a plan, and it’s actually worked in his favor with regards to Eugene. But man, there’s just something that seems extremely foolish about not only taking Sasha captive, but also giving her a weapon, no matter how short of a time. This is a man who doesn’t take kindly to offenses against him, and trying to storm his stronghold completely alone, while displaying those “lady nuts”, is also a pretty big affront.

4. Carl

Our little Romeo-wannabe got asked by Enid if he’s ever thinks about the people he’s killed. Much later, Carl replies that he also thinks about the people he didn’t. I know the kid is messed up thanks to everything he’s seen and done, but at some point, we would have hoped he’d picked up a little bit of the skill of how to small talk with a love interest from his dad. I mean, there’s awkward teenager, and then there’s Carl. This is why he should’ve stayed in the house all those years ago.

3. Sasha

You’ve got a knife, thanks to Negan. You’ve learned that, no matter how evil Negan might be, there are certain acts that even he cannot tolerate. Because of that bit of knowledge, you’re also locked in a darkened room, with a body that is bound to reanimate unless you do something. Knowing that Sasha is not the type to roll over without a fight, why did she let David start to reanimate in the slightest? Heck, if she is planning on getting closer to Negan to later try and take him out, wouldn’t dropping the knife into David’s skull right away have been a better course of action? But no, take the risk that you end up not being able to find his head in the complete dark. Good plan.

2. Rick

First, Rick attempts to absolve Tara of her guilt about revealing the Oceansiders existence by taking the “greater good” route, only really successfully making it clear that the greater good is whatever serves Rick and his whims. Even that can be excusable, though, as Rick truly does believe that his plan to fight back against the Saviors will make the entire area, and the world by extension, a safer place. It’s his plan with regards to the Oceansiders that rings hollow. No, he doesn’t want to hurt them, but he certainly isn’t above scaring them, and possibly allowing some collateral damage to occur. The explosions are definitely the type to draw attention to the community that has successfully remained hidden, as was evidenced by the barnacle-encrusted walkers. But maybe give Tara more than five minutes to try and convince Natania that Rick’s group is in the right. Nobody from Alexandria is THAT convincing.

1. Gregory

Truth be told, this spot almost went to David, because he made a point of attempting to break one of Negan’s rules, without taking any precaution to keep Negan from finding out. But no, this belongs entirely to the current leader of the Hilltop. After all, this is a man who is so concerned with losing his power, he’s willing to sell out his community at the drop of a hat. In this episode, seeing Maggie outside of the walls, Gregory even made it clear that a large part of him really wanted to eliminate the woman he views, rightly so, as competition. When the walkers came upon the two of them, that was a great chance for Gregory to at least try to let that particular loose end get tied up, without having to get his hands dirty. Instead, it only served to prove just how much more capable Maggie is, and the fact that it was witnessed by members of the Hilltop just made it that much worse for him. Clearly the only thing he truly did right was to rope Kal into his planned voyage to the Savior compound.

Next week is an extra-long season finale. It needs to be extra long to tie up as many loose ends from this season as possible. It also could be the time where we say goodbye to a few of our friends from the past few seasons. Oh, and Gregory. But we can’t call him a friend. He’s just a jerk that we’ve put up with.

The Walking Dumb: Season 7, Episode 14 – The Other Side

Maybe it was just me, but the first few minutes of this week’s episode really had me wishing that The Walking Dead would do an entire episode without any dialogue. The opening scenes actually carried with them a certain tension, and emotion was not in short supply. Unfortunately, we couldn’t be treated to a zombie-infested version of Hush, instead being forced back into characters speaking, even in situations where those words were completely unnecessary. Alas, we’ll only have those few minutes of relative silence, and they included what certainly appeared to be a “blink and you’ll miss it” joke of sorts with Maggie’s t-shirt, as she brings Daryl food. Yes, it really does look like she’s wearing a shirt that reads “Mom’s Diner” on it.

So how did the rest of the episode play out? Well, we got to watch Gregory be even more of a general piece of garbage than we’ve seen before. Sure, he’s trying to hold on to his power and control but he has to realize how quickly things are spiraling against him. We finally got our reconciliation moment between Daryl and Maggie, where Maggie lied because it really was for the greater good. And we got to spend time with Sasha and Rosita on their grand adventure, in moments that both redeemed them as characters while conveniently (for me) making them be pretty stupid. Turns out that Rosita may not actually have any military training, instead banging her way to all of her knowledge. No, seriously, she admitted to Sasha that, with the exception of Abraham, she dated and slept with guys partially because it conveniently allowed her to learn all sorts of survival skills. Man, I’d hate to see what might have been left on The Other Side.

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5. Jesus

“It’s a long life, and then it isn’t”. Look, man, I get that your nickname is taken from a man whom an entire religion is based around. However, you really aren’t the type of person who should be trying to sound deep while in conversation with someone else, especially as any sort of way to dissuade them from their potentially suicidal plans. Maybe it was this exact moment that helped Sasha decide that she needed to carry through with her mission.

4. Simon

Maybe this is all part of a convoluted trap, where you’re testing how much Gregory can be trusted (hint: only as long as the Saviors are the toughest group of survivors out there), but it just seems incredibly foolish to give the man your home address. I’m fully expecting that we’ll learn that Simon didn’t actually give Gregory what he claimed, but, until that reveal, we need to accept that Gregory was given a free pass into the Savior compound, which is about the worst thing to give to someone as spineless as Gregory is. And that’s without having any knowledge that people are starting to rally around the idea of eliminating the Saviors.

3. Gregory

Oh, you incredible suck-up. Sure, you’ve now got Simon’s note, and a sweet crate full of aspirin, but you have to be aware that any control you once held is being whittled away by the mere presence of Maggie and the others. You’re just going to keep making it worse by trying to assert small levels of control over the rest of the Hilltop community. But you think it’s all going to be fine, as was proven by your threat to Jesus. Except it wasn’t a threat. Because you just enacted Schrodinger’s Douchebag.

2. Daryl

Count your blessings that you and Maggie were able to get into the root cellar before the Saviors found you. This moment of survival allowed you and Maggie to finally have a heart-to-heart about Glenn, where you apologized, she pretended it wasn’t your fault so that she could actually move on and keep you as an ally, and then you hugged it out. Oh, but remember when Roy came down into the root cellar? When the two of you were incredibly well hidden from barely prying eyes? If it hadn’t been for Maggie being in the cellar with you, there would have been a dead Savior, and a whole lot of dead Hilltop residents. Good thing she stayed your hand, because it was about to get extra bloody.

1. Sasha

What point does Sasha get dinged for? The random car fire? The moment where she and Rosita completely bailed on Maggie, despite stating that Maggie was incredibly important for the Hilltop? Not taking the shot at Negan when she actually had a relatively clear one? Her sacrifice, after failing to spring Eugene from the Saviors’ grasp? Or how about the “everybody get just BARELY more than an arm’s length away from each other as we practice knife fighting”? Really, this was not a shining episode for Sasha, even if it was one where she was finally given moments to flesh out her current character. At least she had Enid admitting that she was going to give Sasha only 10 minutes before letting Maggie know that she was going after Negan.

That does it for this week. Only two more episodes to go before we bid a fond farewell to this group of survivors, and have to return to hate-watching Fear the Walking Dead. Maybe this will be the season where Nick finally snaps, kills off everyone, and the big reveal is that Strand and Daniel have been living peacefully in Tijuana. Hey, I can have hope, right?

The Walking Dumb: Season 7, Episode 13 – Bury Me Here

Not going to lie to you, folks. I was waiting for this episode. Well, not necessarily THIS episode, exactly, but I was waiting for an episode where more happened than just a slow progression of character-driven story. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy being able to learn more about the motivations behind these characters, but this is a show that has never really handled the quieter moments well. It was nice to see a return to form, as now there’s actual momentum pushing things forward, with people that we’ve known for slightly longer than a blink.

That doesn’t mean that the momentum spoken of wasn’t created thanks to moments fraught with stupidity. After all, we’re still talking about The Walking Dead here, and they just can’t escape completely from trying, and failing, to be clever. This episode finally gave the Kingdom the push that they needed to really start moving against the Saviors, and caused a total flip in action between Morgan and Carol. Maybe Richard was really the smartest one of them all (spoiler alert, he wasn’t). If you need to ask someone to Bury Me Here, there’s certainly other options to get there.

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5. Jerry

Dude, it’s a cobbler. And people in the Kingdom seem to be pretty respectful. Just ask literally any of them to keep an eye on your cobbler while you’re gone on your delivery trip. You’ll come back, and get to finish. Or, in case you don’t come back, bam. Someone else gets half of a free cobbler. But that’s going to get all over the truck if you bring it with.

4. Gavin

Yes, as the leader of this particular recovery team of Saviors, you have to prove a point. The delivery you requested (seriously, one dozen cantaloupe? You’re going to blow through that much gas for just a little bit of fruit?) was shorted, and you can’t let this affront go by. However, instead of letting Jared shoot someone of his choosing, why not have him use the staff you stole from Morgan and just hit someone with it a few times? Jared is clearly looking to make others hurt, and, if he hadn’t shot Benjamin, maybe the line in the sand wouldn’t have been drawn. Instead, you let this situation unfold, and now the Kingdom has their backs against the proverbial wall.

3. Ezekiel

When Morgan is lashing out against Richard, there is LITERALLY no reason why he shouldn’t be trying to send members of the Kingdom to break up the fight. Sure, it can be assumed that, maybe, Gavin and his crew had trained firearms on any of the Kingdom looking to stop what was happening, but that takes a bit of a leap, and wasn’t explicitly shown. Keep in mind that, at this point, nobody but Morgan knows what Richard did. Richard has been a loyal member of Ezekiel’s guard for a longer time. Morgan is still relatively new, and his biggest contribution, aside from a staff taken by Gavin, has been to teach Benjamin how to fight, and bringing Carol to the Kingdom just so she can stay away. And yet Ezekiel sits back and not only watches, but condones Morgan’s attack on Richard. That’s the kind of action that could seriously imperil a King’s standing within his community, tiger or no.

2. Morgan

Our man with a plan is kind of all over the place in this episode, and that’s before he realizes what Richard’s done. He is visited by Carol, and first decides to keep the truth about Alexandria from her, because it isn’t his place, but then suggests that the two head to Alexandria together, so she can find out for herself. He seems conflicted in general, and, when he is getting the confession out of Richard, he even tries to sound as though he isn’t going to sway from his “no killing” rule, only to then lash out and attack Richard during the exchange of the single melon. Sure, it’s clear that, by this point, Morgan is having a bit of a breakdown, but even before that he’s making some really bad choices. Oh, and let’s not forget his proclamations against anyone heading outside of safety alone, so that he can then go it alone himself. All told, though, why wouldn’t he have taken some time to pull Ezekiel aside earlier, and tell him what happened? Why risk it all in the first place?

1. Richard

Poor Richard. Ultimately, this guy may actually have realized exactly what needed to happen to make sure that the Kingdom decided to take up arms against the Saviors. It certainly seems like his plan that Morgan is now pushing forward. But he spurred it all on by randomly stealing one melon, and then making sure that he looked supremely guilty the entire time that there was a confrontation over said missing melon? I get that nobody in the world of The Walking Dead has any ability to read facial expressions, but surely someone other than just Morgan had to see what Richard was telegraphing. Also, Richard clearly has no comprehension of the term “collateral damage”. Yes, you’ve stepped up and made yourself a target for Jared, but why on earth would you think the Savior would go for the obvious route? That isn’t how your opponents operate, and you had to know that someone else was going to take the fall for what you did. But hey, now that you’re gone, Morgan has told Carol the truth, she’s spurred into action to help mobilize the Kingdom, and Ezekiel seems open to joining forces with Rick’s group. If only there had been literally any other way to enact this plan, like, oh, finding out what happened with Negan and the people of Alexandria, and telling Carol yourself.

That wraps up another week. We’re inching towards the finale, and, at this rate, we’re probably looking at one of the bloodiest finales in a while. The big question is going to be whether or not the people behind the show learned from the outrage they received after trying to give the audience a cliffhanger, like they did last season. Just as long as they make SOMETHING happen, they’ll probably get at least a little bit of a pass.

The Walking Dumb: Season 7, Episode 12 – Say Yes

This season, thanks to the gang being split up and sent in all sorts of different directions, has enforced a storytelling style where we see little pieces of story happening concurrently with other little pieces of story. The timeline is being moved forward, ever so slightly it seems, but we can’t precisely tell what’s happening when, because we’re getting a Daryl episode, followed by a Eugene episode, followed by a Rick episode, and all of these things are theoretically happening at the same time. This week specifically asked us to follow along with the voyage of Rick and Michonne while they were scavenging to find the Junkrats some guns, while also giving us glimpses of Rosita and Tara. The biggest problem with this particular episode? We’re being expected to accept that all of the action contained within takes the same amount of time, and it seems highly unlikely that the scenes in Alexandria would have taken anywhere near as long as the scavenging mission, especially given that we KNOW the scavenging took days.

All told, though, that’s kind of a minor gripe. The episode did some good character building for the main four featured within it, even if not all of their choices made good sense. Plus, we got to see what happens when a Walker dies while it was still carrying it’s military-issued firearm. Zombies with guns? Why, I do believe that I will Say Yes.

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5. Tara

Tara is clearly having an internal crisis right now, trying to decide whether or not she should tell Rick about the Oceanside survivors. She unloads her thoughts on Judith, the Lil’ Ass Kicker, while watching her for the day. Over the course of her word dump, Tara lets some inappropriate-for-kids language fly, which is understandable in the situation, but now it means that Judith is going to end up running around Alexandria just saying “ass” over and over again. Unless she ends up being that one kid ever who doesn’t repeat the bad words they hear.

4. Michonne

Standing on top of the supply-loaded school, Michonne and Rick see a carnival set up. At this point, they don’t know that the school has more goods than they can possibly carry at this point, but they do know that they have slowly been scavenging guns and ammo, so taking a moment to fire at some bottles, which could attract walkers and is definitely a waste of bullets, seems like a poor choice. That said, she was able to knock the bottles down, so maybe she can get Rick a nice stuffed elephant or something.

3. Rosita

It seems like Rosita has been broken down to one defining character trait, and everything else is being thrown out the window. Rosita wants revenge against Negan for what he did to Glenn and Abraham. There is nothing else, and anyone who suggests that maybe Rosita slow down, take a breath, and formulate a plan, is an enemy. This raises it’s head twice, once with Tara, and once with Gabriel. Again, we’ve seen indications that Rosita clearly has some sort of military experience and training, so the sheer insistence on not planning a proper mission makes it seem like either she wasn’t that useful of a soldier, or that there’s something much bigger at play that the writers haven’t clued us in to yet.

2. Rick

Staying out longer than Michonne suggested. Chasing after the deer by climbing the Ferris wheel. Tossing Michonne’s unsheathed sword to her. Hunkering down in the car and allowing it to get surrounded, instead of bailing out when numbers were on his side, and it was clear things had gone wrong. Rick is seemingly being driven on pure instinct, in much the same way that a small child can be largely instinct. There’s a shiny thing, and I want to see it. I’m doing this, and I refuse to accept that there are barriers. Here, catch. And this is the guy Michonne thinks should become some sort of uniter for the disparate survivor communities?

1. Sasha

It could always be worse than Rick, though. It could be Sasha. Admittedly, Sasha has been largely fighting against a self-destructive urge ever since Tyreese and Bob were removed from the equation, and Abraham’s death clearly hit her hard, but that doesn’t explain why she’s so completely willing to go along with Rosita’s suicide mission. Sasha has to know that, if she’s gone, Maggie’s position at Hilltop is weakened, and that both her and Rosita are far more valuable as part of a larger group, not a duo trying to strike out and take down one domino. And yet she’s just flatly going to go along with Rosita’s plan. Even odder, she’s demanding that she be the one to take the shot, which has the side effect of weakening the potential of the mission, and increasing the likelihood that something goes wrong and it gets worse for all of their friends. If only one of these women would talk to literally ANYONE with a cooler head. Like, oh, Maggie. Or even Enid.

That does it for this week. Are Sasha and Rosita going to enact their plan next week? Are the Oceansiders being brought back into the story, and potentially the fold? Will Rick relent and allow himself to become the benevolent Ricktator that Michonne seemingly wants him to be? And who’s going to get sexy time next week? We’ll just have to wait for those answers to come to light. See you then.

The Walking Dumb: Season 7, Episode 11 – Hostiles and Calamities

Welcome back into the fold, Eugene. You were definitely missed. Well, maybe your mullet was missed. Or maybe it was just the fact that we needed a little bit of closure for one of our recurring characters after you were taken by the Saviors at the end of the first half of this season. Either way, welcome back.

Yes, this week showed us the next part in Eugene’s personal saga, as he is now living with the Saviors. However, unlike Daryl, Eugene isn’t a prisoner. He’s becoming a valued member of the community, and is definitely showcasing some of his intelligence. There’s a lurking question as to whether or not he’s doing something similar to what he did when he first hooked up with Abraham, by exaggerating what he can actually do to make himself more invaluable, but you can’t argue with the results, as of yet. It’s certainly kept him alive this far, and he definitely knows at least enough to make his stories believable.

Speaking of believable, this episode also spent a lot of time focusing on Dwight, who you knew was going to find himself in no small amount of trouble after Daryl’s escape. While we see Eugene making plays to keep himself alive, we’re seeing just how cold-blooded Dwight has become when it comes to his own self-preservation. Yes, he did work to save someone else, in a situation that will almost undoubtedly come back to bite him in the ass, but that’s the danger of living in a world with so many Hostiles and Calamities. Maybe everyone needs a protective coating of metal.

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5. Eugene

For the first time in a long time, Eugene finds himself surrounded by women who are attractive AND admiring him for his intelligence. Much like with Rosita, Eugene knows that he honestly doesn’t have a chance, given that these women are some of Negan’s wives, but he still allows himself to get suckered in a bit by their flattery. But that’s not Eugene’s biggest goof. No, that sits with him asking Laura for lobster. Yes, the Saviors have more and better food than almost anywhere, but they’re still a good distance away from Maine. And don’t even get me started on Alaska.

4. Negan

Everything that Negan does is calculated, and he knows what’s expendable, and what isn’t. However, in the conflict between Dwight and Doctor Carson, Negan decides to stick with his right-hand man, instead of the man who could help heal everyone’s right hand. Negan may believe that Eugene is a perfect replacement for the good doctor, but that’s like assuming that a brain surgeon should be the one to remove a burst appendix. Even more to the point, Negan HAS to know that Dwight is lying to him, so unless he’s working a long con that will result in Dwight being put into even more dangerous situations just because he owes Negan, this seems like a truly odd choice.

3. Doctor Carson

You’ve been part of the Saviors for quite some time. You know Dwight is lying. You also know what happens to those that show weakness. Negan doesn’t take kindly to it, and you’ve been a good soldier for apparently a long time, so why would you think that Negan would go easy on you? As much as it might have sucked, maybe you should have gone ahead and gotten your face burned. Oh, you did. That’s right. Along with the rest of you.

2. Dwight

Dwight is playing an incredibly dangerous game right now, and he’s clearly going to take down anyone who might know the truth. That said, as mentioned above, Negan has to be aware of at least partial truth, which means that Dwight now has a target painted on him. He was in a bad situation with regards to Sherry, and he was clearly going to try and protect her, despite the fact that she’s vanished so quickly after Daryl’s escape, and that Dwight recognized her handwriting on the note. As for everything that happens to Dwight over the course of the episode, a lot of it comes down to one simple choice, and that choice put Dwight immediately at odds with his boss. Think of how much grief he could have saved himself by bringing the information about Daryl’s escape to Negan, instead of trying to hold it for a while.

1. Tanya, Frankie, and Amber

Because Eugene is proving himself to be so invaluable, Negan decides to reward him with some social time with a few of his wives. The ladies, more specifically Tanya and Frankie, do a good job buttering Eugene up, feigning interest in his video games, and getting him to spill some of his knowledge regarding bombs and drugs. They even are able to successfully convince him to craft them a poison, under the guise of giving Amber a quick and easy way out. However, they made the first mistake of asking for a double dose, which would serve to tip of Eugene that either Amber wasn’t the intended target, or that they didn’t actually trust his intelligence. Neither plan was set to work well, especially after Eugene witnessed what happens to those who betray the leader of the Saviors (or, at least, are perceived to have done so). They then double down by calling Eugene a coward, almost as if they believe that will sway him back to their side. Listen, Eugene knows he’s a coward. He actively embraces that aspect of his personality. And he’s still survived this far into the apocalypse. You aren’t going to sway him by calling out the trait that’s quite possibly kept him alive.

That closes out the eleventh episode of this season. Clearly next week will send us back to the grizzled arms of Rick and his crew, because we aren’t allowed to be away from them for too long, lest we forget about the driving force behind a lot of the bad decisions being made all over the place. In the meantime, we’ll be sitting on Easy Street with Doctor Smartypants. Who knew that song would come back to haunt us, and yet carry a different sort of haunting feel?