CLEVELAND, Ohio - After seven episodes of an All-Out War on "The Walking Dead," we're back where we started.
Sure, Rick and the gang struck some blows against the Saviors. But thanks to rogue Daryl and the mullet traitor Eugene, the Saviors are on the verge of striking back.
This sets up what's sure to be an eventful midseason finale (It's 88 minutes long after all) and a "shocking moment" to come. But before we get to that, let's recap Sunday night's episode titled "After."
Rick convinces Jadis and the junkyard gang to switch sides the best way he knows how - by beating the crap out of another wild looking walker and rubbing Jadis' face in it. (So much for "After").
A big portion of the episode focuses on Eugene, who proves himself to be the ultimate coward once again. Not only does he refuse to help Father Gabriel (who is extremely sick) get a doctor away from the Sanctuary. He also reveals to Dwight that Eugene knows he's the traitor.
Eugene is firmly with Negan, who's taken a liking to the mullet man. Eugene says he won't reveal Dwight is the traitor, if Dwight quits his Benedict Arnold activities. Dwight isn't really having any of it (and delivers quite the speech).
Meanwhile, Rosita and Michonne have second thoughts about going against Rick's plan by attacking the Sanctuary and head home. Rosita admits she learned her lesson after Sasha died. But Daryl and Tara are all-in.
With help from Morgan (Yep, he's back and in sniper mode), Daryl crashes a truck into the Sanctuary that allows walkers to get inside and eat several of the workers.
This sets Eugene off, who comes up with a plan to provide Negan and the Saviors a way out of the Sanctuary and more bullets to take down Rick and his allies.
As for Rick, he leads the junkyard crew to the Sanctuary only to discover the walkers are all gone and his snipers apparently dead (Did Morgan make it out alive?).
What does this all mean for the midseason finale? Well, you have to assume Negan and the Saviors' leaders have made it out alive and will be looking for revenge.
Negan has already revealed he'll go after Rick and the Safe-Zone. Rick is the key to everything.
The biggest problem is, Rick isn't at the Safe-Zone. He's dealing with trouble at the Sanctuary. That leaves Carl in charge of a Safe-Zone. That can't be good for Rick's son, daughter and the rest of the residents.
This is a war after all and what's a midseason finale without a major death? Expect one of those graves we saw in a flash-forward during the season premiere to be filled very soon.
Will Daryl or Tara pay for going rogue? Can Carl lead the Safe-Zone against the Saviors? Where does Morgan go from here? What's the status of the Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom? And who the heck is watching Judith during all of this?
Personally, I'm worried about Carl the most. I never like a character acting as a voice of reason on this show. It usually means off with their (Hershel) head. Maybe that's a reach.
But the teaser for the midseason finale shows the Safe-Zone in serious jeopardy. And supposedly, there's a shocking moment "everyone will be talking about."
Could a character as major as Carl die? That would certainly qualify as "shocking" and...utterly heartbreaking. Say it ain't so....Read more