Previously on The Walking Dead, “Rock in the Road”
This might have been the silliest episode of The Walking Dead ever.
The Saviors can’t pick up their produce from the Kingdom without being dicks, so Richard ends up getting in trouble with Ezekiel for yet another confrontation. This also puts an even bigger target on his back when it comes to the Saviors. Oh, and Morgan loses his stick.
Pissed off, Richard tries to recruit Daryl for a little payback in the hopes it will lead to the war Ezekiel wishes to avoid. Daryl is willing because he hasn’t learned a damn thing in seven seasons. Never mind that his family is out there recruiting for a surprise attack; Daryl is willing to go along with Richard’s plan that, should it fail, would certainly bring down Savior holy hellfire on Alexandria and The Kingdom. Well, that is until he learns Richard’s plan involves setting Carol up to be killed by the Saviors in order to push Ezekiel into the fight. Then he nopes out.
Using the excuse that he just happened to see her while visiting The Kingdom, Daryl drops by Carol’s house. He finally understands the toll killing has taken on Carol, and doesn’t tell her about the people they lost to keep her from getting involved. Later, Daryl admits to Morgan that he was right about Carol, but still isn’t impressed with Morgan’s refusal to talk Ezekiel into war. Then he leaves the Kingdom because he.hasn’t.learned.a.damn.thing.
The group who took Rick and crew treat the Alexandrians to a look at Kanye West’s new fashion line. Then their leader, Janis (but I’m calling her Bangs) explains that she’ll give them an opportunity to buy back their lives. She says all this using random words and unnatural pauses.
After Rick sees that Gabe is still alive, he tries to convince Bangs that robbing or killing them is really depriving the Saviors, who will come looking for their offerings. Bangs refuses to get involved, a fight breaks out, and Gabe takes one of the junkyard gang hostage.
He then turns into Alexandria’s hype man, impressing upon Bangs that Rick is a bad motherfucker and that helping them can only mean good things for her people. Bangs decides to test Rick by pushing him down a mound of garbage into a pit. He has to fight a goth walker in order to survive. Rick wins by burying the walker under trash, but I’m pretty sure he now has lockjaw.
Bangs is now a believer, so she says they’ll join the fight if Rick can bring them lots of guns. Hmm. If only someone in their group knew where to find lots of guns. *side-eyes Tara*
Bits & Pieces
Can we meet just one group of regular-ass people with regular-ass names and no gimmicks? No cannibals. No Trump Supporters following a homicidal psychopath with a bat. No Renn Faires. No Mad Max cosplayers who speak like they didn’t pass fourth grade. Just some regular-ass folks trying to survive by being regular-ass folks who might kill yo ass if you try to get cute.
No one in this new group had a “normal” name. The names we heard sounded like constellations, convenience stores, or computer viruses. This is supposed to be present-day; not some dystopian future where everyone who knew better died off. What are the odds that this entire group would be okay with being so damn… weird? Did they pick these new names? That’s stupid. And why the hell are they living in a junkyard and how come Negan hasn’t found them yet? Ugh. This entire thing was so damn dumb.
And what did the test actually prove? That Rick can pull down a mound of trash on a walker? Yeah, you know he and Aaron were creative enough to get the supplies off the riverboat, but what have they shown you that would make you think getting involved in a war with them would end well for you? Bangs wants lots of guns, but then they’ll end up using those guns (and the ammo) in a war that has nothing to do with her and her people. They must think Rick is going to find some guns already upgraded to Unlimited Ammo like Hershel’s season two shotgun.
Finally, I can’t believe they didn’t keep Gabe as insurance that Rick will hustle for these guns.
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The Walking Dead S7E10
"New Best Friends"
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Norman Reedus, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton