Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘Knots Untie’
The entire point of this episode was to remind you that Gimple and co. don’t give a fuck about your feelings. Throughout the entire hour you were sure someone was going to die, and you knew it could be anyone except Rick. On top of that, even if you’ve not read the comics, you knew that any successes our group had would come back to bite them in the ass tenfold, because Negan.
Carol’s Cookies (Again Open for Business)
Carol is back to baking her famous cookies, with the secret ingredients being acorns, beets for sweetness, and a healthy dash of gives no fucks. She hands out Rubbermaid containers filled with her delicious treats, and you just know everyone will be returning her containers when they’re done because Carol kills people for less. She even leaves a cookie on Sam’s grave. She has no way of knowing her frightening threats contributed to his demise so I suspect this was done because she misses his annoying ass.
Morgan wants to talk about his feelings and we learn Carol hasn’t told Rick about Morgan’s Save-a-Hoe program. She also told the others not to snitch and so far they haven’t, because Carol.kills.people. It’s best to do as she says. Morgan thinks keeping the secret of what he did is akin to carrying the burden as if she played a part in it.
Hey, Morgan. You see that empty plastic container Carol is holding? Yeah, that was her collection of fucks. She’s fresh out.
Rick gathers everyone in the church to discuss taking on Negan’s crew. That’s how badass Rick is. He is straight up talking mass murder in the house of the Lord.
The plan is for the captive’s brother, Andy, to go to Negan’s under the guise of confirming that Gregory is dead. Rick and the others will ambush them, kill them, and steal their weapons.
Surprisingly, damn near everyone is down to fight. Unsurprisingly, the only one against the plan is Morgan. He wants to try diplomacy first, but Rick doesn’t want to give up the element of surprise. Also, Rick is not a bitch. No one wants to do Morgan’s plan and he takes a seat, as he should.
Later that night, Carol can’t sleep so she pulls out her journal where she tracks all the lives she has taken. You the know the answer is too damn many when you have to keep a log.
R, K&D, L, Terminus/Courtyard = 3, CandleWoman = 4, and Ws = 7
That’s 18 people.
Question: Who the hell is R? I got everyone else. Is she counting the time she had a realistic dream of killing Rick? Is she thinking of Lizzie and Mika’s dad? He was already dead when she did the knife in the back of the neck thing. Randall from season two? That was Shane’s kill. I’m so confused!
The Episode of a Thousand Ships
Maggie tells Glenn she needs to go on the mission since she brokered the deal. Girl, I guess. I’m so damn tired of one of them being in peril. It’s too the point now where every time they leave their camp you know one of them is going to wind up kidnapped or presumed dead. Enough.
Carol still can’t sleep so she goes for a walk to smoke a cigarette. Y’all done drove Carol to smoking! She chats with Tobin for a bit, and he admits he’s afraid for her. And maybe just a tad bit OF her, too. They kiss and I fist-pump the air since I called this romance way back in season five when Carol used him as a diversion in the pantry.
For some reason, Abraham decides to be a complete dingleberry when he breaks up with Rosita. No warning, no real explanation. When she’s all, “What the entire fuck?,” he says (and I quote), “When I first met you, I thought you were the only woman on Earth. You’re not.”
Things are less contentious, but no less dramatic at Tara’s as she tells Denise she loves her for the first time. She and Heath will be leaving for their two-week run immediately after the Negan mission, and she wants Denise to come with. Denise refuses, citing her medical duties, but promises to return Tara’s sentiment when she gets back.
And the entire audience gasped because that means Tara is definitely not coming back.
Armed with a crude map of the compound, the group heads out. Their first stop is to break off into smaller groups and find a male walker whose head could pass for Gregory’s.
Rick asks Gabe why he still wears his reverend clothes and Gabriel responds with an answer that would have earned all the side-eyes if a white person had said it. Rosita confronts Carol about their decision to keep Morgan’s secret. She doesn’t like that Morgan tried to talk everyone out of the mission. Carol defends Morgan distaste for killing, and though Rosita is still pissed, she agrees to keep her mouth shut. While Glenn and Heath hunt walkers, they both admit that they haven’t killed a person yet. Soooo, maybe we don’t pair these two for such a mission, yeah?
A head is chosen, Rick roughs it up a bit to help it pass the test, and they wait till midnight to make their move.
Rainbow Six: Alexandria
Some of our group stay behind to guard the perimeter while the others go in for the attack. After Andy gives the head to the guards, one goes to get his brother. While he’s gone, Daryl takes out the remaining guard and hides the body. When the other returns with Andy’s brother, Michonne takes him out.
Inside, the plan is to quietly kill everyone they find, and to locate the armory as soon as possible so they can control it. The problem is that they’re forced to search for it based on Andy’s educated guess – he’s not seen the entire compound.
Glenn makes his first human kill by standing over a sleeping man and weeping as he plunges his knife into the man’s head. Even though it tears him up, Glenn does it again to the other man sleeping in the room, all so Heath won’t have to. Before they leave, they stare in horror at Polaroid pictures of people with their skulls bashed in.
Abraham and Sasha are surprised by one of Negan’s men and they kill him, but not before he sounds an alarm. Outside, Carol refuses to let Maggie run in to help. Tara, understanding that getting Andy’s brother back to Hilltop holds up their end of the bargain, orders Jesus and Andy to head home. In the end, Andy leaves with his brother, but Jesus opts to go inside and help.
Each group inside races to find the armory while shooting their way through Negan’s men in the process. In the end, it’s Glenn and Heath who find it, moments before they would have surely been killed. Jesus appears for a last minute assist, and as Aaron kills a Savior he tells the man, “If it wasn’t going to be you, it was going to be us.”
Outside, Gabriel also kills a man who was making a run for it, but not before he drops a little scripture on the guy.
Everyone’s murder cherry was popped in this episode!
By the time they exit the compound it’s broad-ass daylight. Glenn asks Heath if he wants to go home for a bit before going on his run, but Heath opts to leave right away. He’s had enough of this murdering shit.
Michonne wonders which of the many men they killed was Negan. Before Rick can even speculate, a man on a motorcycle tries to escape. He doesn’t get far because Rosita is a beast. Daryl’s mid-beating that ass when the guy’s walkie-talkie chirps.
A woman orders Rick and everyone else to drop their weapons because she has Carol and Maggie.
The Walking Dead S6E12
Another great episode. Even if I didn’t know that Negan is a pretty big deal of a villain in the comic books, I suspect I’d have still felt like this plan of taking him on was a bad idea. But it’s a testament to how good the writing has been these past three episodes that I understand how the group could have come to the decision. The group has come a long way since their season two moral dilemma over Randall. They’ve also lost a lot since then.
I am tired of either Maggie or Glenn being in peril every time one of them steps foot outside the safety of their camp. That said, due to Steven Yuen’s wonderful performances more than anything else, I will still be devastated if something happens to Glenn.
As hardened as this group has become, it’s funny that they haven’t come up with a POW protocol. How insane would it have been if the woman over the walkie talkie was like, “We have Sheila and Cindy” and Rick replied, “Yeah, we don’t know any Sheilas or Cindys.”? Then we realize that Rick understands whoever the woman has from their group, they gave fake names as a way of saying, “Hey, don’t risk the mission for us.”
P.S. I’m saving all of my nit-picky questions for the podcast.