Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘Not Tomorrow Yet’
Maggie and Carol’s debate about going to help is interrupted by a man with a gun, who Carol chooses to shoot in the arm instead of taking the kill shot. This, and Maggie’s decision to finish him off, find them both gripped up by three Saviors: Paula, Molls (Molly), and ‘Chelle. Oh, and One-Armed Donnie, the man Carol shot.
We see their side of the walkie-talkie conversation with Rick, and at the end, Paula decides to take Carol and Maggie hostage in a factory elsewhere while they wait for reinforcements. Once the two are bound and gagged, the Saviors leave Maggie and Carol alone long enough for Carol to pocket a rosary and for Maggie to start working on the tape around her wrists.
When the Saviors return, Carol puts on her Scared Housewife act and begins to hyperventilate. This gets their gags removed and gives Carol an opportunity to add Woman of Faith to her act as she caresses the rosary.
Carol also reveals Maggie is pregnant, which gives their captors pause, but only so Paula and ‘Chelle can mock Maggie’s life choices. Carol lays it on even thicker when she asks Molls not to smoke around Maggie. When ‘Chelle also agrees, this shows Maggie that ‘Chelle is someone who might be swayed later.
One-Armed Donnie’s not doing well and he wants to make the trade – Maggie and Carol for their guy, Primo – so Primo can tend to his arm. Paula wants to wait for the scout crew she called in, but they are 30 minutes out and Maggie puts fear into One-Armed Donnie saying he doesn’t have that long to live without medical treatment.
One-Armed Donnie is petty as fuck and decides to take out his grief on their hostages, mainly the one who shot him: Carol. When Paula won’t let him, he hits her and begins to attack Carol. Maggie interferes, head-butts him, and gets knocked down. He’s kicking the crap out of Carol when Paula finally knocks him out. She orders ‘Chelle to take Maggie into another room to interrogate her.
Maggie’s interrogation is basically a conversation between her and ‘Chelle where she warns Maggie isn’t with the good guys. Carol tries to appeal to Paula as one domestic abuse victim to another, but Paula ain’t having it. She doesn’t give a shit about One-Armed Donnie. In fact, she describes herself much the way the audience imagined Carol to be: a wife and mother who lost her family in the zombie apocalypse and has now become hardened after killing so many people.
Maggie is learning that she and ‘Chelle might also be a lot alike. ‘Chelle was once pregnant, but lost her baby. She was out looking for her boyfriend – one of the men blown up by Daryl. Maggie is smart enough to keep that detail to herself. Although, it doesn’t seem like ‘Chelle is all that broken up. She described the boyfriend as a dick she barely knew.
Rick radios in, ignoring Paula’s orders to wait to be contacted. She’s still not ready to negotiate, though. She asks Carol about their attack at “The Savior” and Carol says they were defending themselves against members of their group who tried to take everything they had. This is T’s group (the ones Daryl killed), which explains their deaths, but Paula knows this doesn’t explain their attack on the compound. Carol admits they were hoping to find Negan, who T. had described as a monster who wouldn’t leave them alone.
Molls says, “Honey, we’re all Negan.”
Carol wants to know what that means, but Molls got some coughing up blood to do.
Later, Carol puffs on a cigarette, too, while Paula tells her life story. She looks down on Carol because this world made her stronger, and Carol weaker. Still feeling the Morgan Effect, Carol pleads with Paula to work this out with Rick. Otherwise, she’ll die.
Paula radios Rick with a location to make the trade, but she suspects something is up when he quickly agrees. Also, the lack of static on the radio tells her Rick is closer than he was the last time they spoke. Maggie and Carol are left alone as the Saviors prepare for the arrival of their backup. Carol gets loose, frees Maggie, and suggests they run for it. Maggie insists on ending it.
First, she lets One-Armed Donnie bleed out, but he’s already dead and in the process of turning. They tie him to the wall near the door so that when Molls enters, he attacks and bites her. After Molls kills One-Armed Walker Donnie, Maggie overkills Molls.
That’ll teach her to call Maggie “Magnolia.”
Carol and Maggie discover an obstacle course walkers meant to keep them from escaping and their group from rescuing them. They’re cornered there by Paula, who wastes all her damn bullets. When a walker gets loose, Carol shoots and grazes Paula. ‘Chelle arrives and fights with Maggie, almost slicing Maggie’s stomach open. Carol finally starts acting like Carol and puts a hot one in ‘Chelle’s head.
Paula isn’t dead and challenges Carol. If Carol was capable of all this, why was she pretending to be afraid before? Carol was afraid of having to kill again, and suddenly starts acting like Morgan again, giving Paula yet another opportunity to almost kill her. This time, Paula dies for good (well, until she turns) when she’s impaled on a pipe near the walker trap and gets her face eaten off.
Paula’s kind enough to stop her death rattle in time for her extremely annoying vocal fry to pay off: Carol mimics Paula on the walkie-talkie and tells the incoming crew to meet them on The Kill Floor. While they wait, Carol blames herself for their situation because she didn’t kill Donnie in the woods (true). She’s already killed 20 people and Carol doesn’t seem to be too keen on killing any more. Maggie is like, “Too.damn.bad. We’re not done.”
Maggie was basically like:
When the other Saviors arrive, Carol sets the room they’re in on fire and locks them in.
Rick and crew arrive. Maggie and Glenn are reunited and she tells him she can’t do it anymore. Good, because I’m sick of these two being separated every three damn episodes.
Carol straight up admits she’s not okay to Daryl, who gives her a hug like a son would. She hugs him back, maternally.
Rick wants to know if Negan was at the first location or if he’s there now. Both, says Primo. He’s Negan and he wants to talk. Rick is all, talk to this bullet in yo forehead.
Carol grips the rosary so tightly that her hand bleeds.
The Walking Dead S6E13
Another great episode, even if some things were a little too on-the-nose. We would have gotten the parallels between the two sets of women without so much heavy-handed dialogue.
It seems like we’re being asked to question whether or not the Saviors are actually good people. They’re clearly not all good because we’ve seen and heard enough to prove that false (the men all seem to be abusive assholes and then there’s the collage of bashed skulls), but both ‘Chelle and Paula kept touting the “just doing what’s necessary to survive” speeches. Molls refers to T’s group as putting on a show. And while I’m sure their group isn’t made up entirely of assholes, I don’t think Carol or Maggie should lose any sleep over their actions here. Though, it appears as though Carol will.
There’s something odd about the Savior men/women relationships we’ve witnessed. Assuming the trio Daryl met were running from the Saviors (and it is likely that they were due to the whole stealing/losing a finger for stealing bit), they were overheard to say that he (Negan?) prefers his women willing. Paula was sleeping with One-Armed Donnie, who spoke to her like shit and hit her. ‘Chelle described her boyfriend as a dick she barely knew. Not sure what to make of it yet. Doesn’t seem like the women are slaves or forced to do things against their will because Paula had a lot of authority. Curious to see more of the Saviors.
They also appear to be living in/operating out of several locations. Paula referred to as the first compound as Savior. The location they used to hold Maggie and Carol was called the safehouse, though Molls pointed out it had been awhile since anyone had checked it: their food and weapon supplies are gone and there are “growlers” roaming the halls. Still, they are plenty organized with impressive procedures and protocols. Our group has had a few wins, but I still believe they’re in over their heads.