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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 5: “Go Getters”
So… a lot has happened over the last 2 weeks. You know, the holiday that gives you all the food your stomach can handle and makes you grateful you’re not in the zombie apocalypse where all you get to eat is pudding and dried salted fish. Well, Thanksgiving and you know we have a new President but enough about the real world let’s talk about something way more fun.
Not a very action packed episode, except for the walker invasion on the Hilltop but lucky for those softies Maggie and Sasha were there to get the ball rolling on taking care of those things. Well, if they weren’t there the Saviors would for sure come and “cleaned up that mess”. But you know it’s kind of nice to have a slow burning story line after all the heartache we’ve been through the last 5 episodes. And it’s good to see baby Rhee is still going strong and Maggie is getting her groove back, she’s got that kind of authoritarian leadership that people want to follow and listen to, because if something happened to baby Rhee… I just couldn’t…
But this episode did have interesting things that happened.
1. The D**che that leads the Hilltop.
But seriously… why does Gregory have all the power? Even Jesus is questioning it, hell Jesus knows that Maggie has the right amount of politics and know how that she could just lead the Hilltop Community with more authority and grace than this joke of a guy. And she refuses to give up even when the odds are stacked against and she is bed ridden with child.
Speaking of with child… please Gregory tell us what you really think about Maggie’s pregnancy while she is mourning her dead husband at his unmarked grave. Oh right, you think it’s a mistake. But there is a second, after the Savior’s play their loud music and open the gates to the Hilltop that I feel sorry for Gregory. For a second. If Sasha and Maggie hadn’t have been there and been proactive in shutting that shit down… well all that would have happened was the Saviors would show up the next day taken down all those walkers and probably, you know showing why the Hilltop ‘needs’ the Saviors to protect them. But no, they took care of business like they always do and it seemed like Gregory was trying to protect them when the Saviors showed up and he demanded Jesus hide them. But I guess that should have been the first sign that something was up, Gregory just isn’t a nice guy or a guy that should ever be pitied because the first chance he got he tried to give the girls up. And then got all mad because they weren’t where he thought they would be and he had to give up all his alcohol instead. Most satisfying moment came when Maggie sucker punched him and took back her father/Glenn’s watch. You go girl!
I also feel like Kevin Smith brought up a good point on the Talking Dead, the interaction that Jesus and Gregory have with each other just seems like there could be something else to it. Maybe like a big brother little brother kind of thing going on? Maybe the Hilltop was their home, or just where Gregory lived and Jesus just wanted to go back to where he had family… even if it was Gregory you know there has to be something about being with your family when the whole world goes to sh*t. Maybe Jesus doesn’t stick around because it’s not really his home, or because he just can’t stand being around his brother that long cause I mean… who could really stand to be around Gregory that long. He’s kind of like that creepy uncle who drinks too much at the family party and then ogles your goods.
Last thought on Gregory. He is just one of those people that loves power but is too spineless to actually do what needs to be done, a real all for one and use everyone else to you benefit kind of guy. Sure he has seconds where he seems like he could have a redeeming moment but then he goes and tries to throw Maggie and Sasha under the bus. Well where did that get you Gregory, now you have no more scotch and you lost what little respect Jesus might have had for you.
Well Gregory… it’s clear your days in power are extremely limited, basically you’re just the face behind Maggie’s voice get in line or get out. I’m guessing you’re going to be getting out.
2. The dynamic group formally known as Grimes and Grimes.
Guess the cool sheriff hat isn’t enough to keep this father and son team together anymore. It’s clear by the aggressive way Carl is lopping those darts at the wall, or really just missing the dartboard (guess old one eye doesn’t have the aim he use to), that he is so not on board with the way Rick is handling this whole kneeling to the Savior thing. So really what’s going to make Rick take a stand against Negan first… a threat to his family/friends or Carl looking down and not so silently being a brooding teenager and reminding Rick of the fighters they use to be and the giant pansy he is being now. So Carl refuses to go on whatever walkabout Rick is planning, you know since he’s just going out there to find more stuff to just hand over to the saviors. I mean… it seems like Rick could be seconds away from another breakdown and snot bubble until Michone lays that big fat kiss on him.
But it isn’t just Carl not on board with Rick’s new way of thinking but Michone isn’t acting like a bratty kid about it. She stays behind to figure some things out and Carl gets all “He’s wrong, you know he is.” “Even if he is, I don’t know.” she tells him. Well, at least there is one level headed person in the house.
But let’s face it… it wouldn’t be Carl if he didn’t just go out and do something so Carl-like deciding he had to take care of Negan all on his own. Sure one eye, if your dart throwing skills are any indication of the scary threat you have… Oh Carl, just when you started to really make wise choices and not put your group in danger. I see nothing but awful things going down with this, who’s Carl going to get killed this time? I’m really starting to enjoy Jesus and I’m nervous because now he’s in the back of a Savior truck with Carl. Don’t Carl this up Carl, make sure Jesus gets back safely. Jesus finally picked a side (Hilltop vs Grimes group) And you have a girl waiting for you at the Hilltop.
3. Enid and Carl rolling down the street… K. I. S. S. I. N. G.
Ahhhh young love. The precious moments when you find 1970’s roller skates coincidentally on the side of the road and you decide to make the world your roller rink. You go get yours Carl!
But alas, Carl would rather go and try and take out the big bad wolf than stay behind with his lady love. Come on Carl, how many ladies are there in this world of an appropriate age for you who totally dig your look and can look past you Carl-ing everything up. She literally tells you she doesn’t want you to go and get hurt and you just ho hum her. I thought you getting your first kiss in would hold you back and you know knock some sense into that stubborn one-way thinking brain of yours but I guess you have a little too much time with Shane in your early apocalypse days.
4. There’s a new Sheriff in town!
Was it the fact that Gregory decided to give up Sasha and Maggie to the Saviors or the fact that he took Maggie/Hershel/Glenn’s watch off of Glenn’s grave. Well, whatever resulted in that nice face slug it defiantly feels like Maggie is on her way to controlling the Hillside. And what better way to really give it to the Savior’s than a surprise hit when they already think she’s dead.
Sasha’s quiet mourning and secret plans with Jesus have me worried about her end game and how it could end her game. It seems like Maggie is able to talk her off the ledge and reason with her but clearly that only goes so far. Sasha has given up a lot to be with Maggie and make sure she is taken care of, I mean really she has nothing else waiting for her she lost her brother her Bob and now Abraham. She didn’t have to watch her brother die, or Bob going to the Bob-e-q but Abe…The only thing she could have left is revenge. But just seeing the way Sasha has grown over the years and the impact that Abraham had on her she’s going to be way more sneaky in taking down Negan. All I can think is the decks are stacking to a lot of REALLY angry woman. I don’t think Negan’s sexy swagger and inappropriate humor is going to get him out of the lady rebellion coming his way. They do say nothing is worse than a woman scorned…
5. Enid and Maggie
We’ve seen this relationship blossom from ‘you’re not my mom’ to I have to find Maggie. I don’t know where Enid came from, I still refuse to believe she wasn’t a part of the Wolf’s or some other scary group and she’s on the run, but wherever she came from she really is becoming an important part to this group. And to Maggie for that matter. At a time when she has lost EVERYTHING Enid really comes at the perfect time. Kind of a replacement for Beth, a place for Maggie to lay all her Hershel knowledge down and get a practice for her baby. Really a much better person to practice on then that Carl character. Really who other than Michone is able to kind of real in that level of crazy.
This episode was a great way to rebuild Maggie after all the sorrow and loss she’s had to go through. Finally finding Beth only to lose her again, Hershel (sad whimper) and then Glen and almost baby Glen. Thinking back to when I first saw her the way she’s taking charge, and let’s face it she will own the Hilltop soon it, I feel like this was always Maggie’s destiny. She has always had that take charge, everyone listens to her, smart thinking personality that makes her perfect to lead a any group. And with Deana’s teachings it looks like the Hilltop might finally get a legit leader.
I wasn’t to sure of him when I first saw him way back when but dang… He is an amazing character on sooooo many levels. First, I have to address the elephant in the room. With that magical hair, those beautiful eyes and his movie star looks well… To top off all his dreaminess he is like a crazy ninja and like super smart, except that he let Gregory lead. Now that he’s finally chosen a side and is like a secret spy for Sasha could he end up being Sasha’s own personal Daryl Dixon. He’s got all the great makings to be a Daryl Dixon. Righteous, good looks, good with weapons and fighting, eyes you could get lost in, ability to adapt to his surroundings. Jesus is just a little cleaner and doesn’t have a belly full of dog food. And hopefully it stays that way.
And ‘That’s a Wrap’ for “Go Getters”. Now that Jesus in on his way to infiltrate the Savior camp and he’s got a stow away Carl on board with him, well let’s face it Carl doesn’t have the best track record with not messing things up, it makes me nervous for Jesus. And what is Negan going to do to this dynamic duo if he catches them, will Daryl try and protect Carl, maybe get a message back to Rick. Will the Hilltop people welcome Maggie as a new leader even though it’s not really her home? “This is our home now. And you’ll start calling me by my name. Maggie Rhee.”