The weekend sure sped by but at least we get a new episode of The Walking Dead to prepare us for the week ahead. The tension keeps building as Rick builds an army to fight Negan. Last week we got to see Eugene’s life at the Sanctuary but tonight we return to Alexandria. Will they be able to find enough guns to induce the Scavengers to join the fight? Will Negan catch wind of their plans? Will King Ezekiel finally come to his senses and get on the right side of history? Only time, and Greg Nicotero, can tell for sure.
Rick and Michonne are scavenging. They bust down doors. They collect canned goods. They have passionate sex. They clear walkers. They find a gun or two. They have more wild sex. It’s a honeymoon, apocalypse-style. Rick questions Michonne’s huge smile. They haven’t found anything of much value. But they found it together and that makes all the difference. And when duty calls them home, Rick delays. He knows a war is coming, and all that entails, but he’s not willing to give up this precious moment. It’s a fragile fantasy, two people in love without a care in the world, and he treasures it. So just two more days and then he’ll face reality again. Is that really so much to ask?
Tara goes to take out Rosita’s stitches but she already did it herself. Rosita doesn’t need anyone’s help with anything. Not anymore. She scoffs at Tara’s request for patience. She needs to find guns. She needs to fight Negan. She needs to do, do, do so she won’t be alone with her thoughts.
Rick and Michonne come across a carnival full of walkers in army fatigues. The ground is littered with shell casings. Something bad happened here. But if they can get their hands on the weapons involved, their troubles might be over. They fall through the roof of a building and land in a room full of carnival food. All they can do is laugh. This must be a sign. Guns. Food. As long as they’re together, they always win.
Rosita returns from an useless day of scavenging, angry and covered in blood. She blames Father Gabriel for ruining her plan to kill Negan. Because of him, Eugene is gone and Spencer and Olivia are dead. He lets her rant. He admits he told her to not sacrifice herself because they need her. If it’s his fault she’s alive, he’ll just have to live with that. But now the choice of what she does with that life is up to her.
Rick and Michonne share a candlelit dinner of macaroni and cheese and chili. Michonne wonders what they should do after they kill Negan. Negan ordered the world the way he wanted but they can change that. She thinks Rick can be the leader everyone needs. He’s hesitant. He doesn’t want to be a leader. He just wants to share his life with her.
Tara sits with Judith, lost in thought. She’s torn about whether she should tell anyone about Oceanside’s gun cache. So who better to discuss it with than a toddler that can’t talk? She won’t spill the beans. Tara knows that Oceanside is so scared of Negan they’d fight against Alexandria to protect their hiding spot. If she tells, lives will be lost. What makes their lives worth more than Oceanside’s? Because they’re fighting against someone who hurts other people? Who will continue to hurt other people? It’s a lose, lose situation no matter how she looks at it.
Fortified with food and sleep, Rick and Michonne take on the carnival. They decide to block a hole in the fence with a car so they can slowly work their way through the walkers. After Rick gets going, he realizes the brakes don’t work. He steers as best he can but he doesn’t have much control. One of the army walkers gets caught on some rebar and it triggers his gun. Michonne has no choice but to jump in the trunk of the car to avoid the hail of bullets. They end up outside the carnival fence, surrounded by walkers. It was a great plan but the execution left something to be desired.
Now they have to deal with all of the walkers at once. They go from ride to ride, game to game, taking out as many as they can before they get swarmed. It’s slow going but manageable. One by one the walkers fall. They separate to divide the walkers and Rick ends up at the Ferris Wheel alone. He spots the deer they had been chasing and decides to leave his post to get it. From his vantage point on the Ferris Wheel, he sees the walkers have also noticed the deer. It’s ten against one. Not the best odds. Then the Ferris Wheel crumbles and Rick falls to the ground. The deer-stalking walkers have a new target.
Michonne runs to save Rick but by the time she gets there the walkers are feasting. In a split second her world falls apart. She actually drops her Katana sword. Without Rick, life isn’t worth living. This world has finally broken Michonne. Walkers advance on her yet she remains frozen. Then Rick emerges from his hiding spot. Michonne doesn’t know if she can trust her eyes. He grabs her sword and tosses it to her. She wakes up and they take out the remaining walkers. The minute they’re safe, Michonne runs into Rick’s arms. She still has a reason to live.
They head back to Alexandria with guns and food. On paper the day was a success but Michonne is mourning. She always believed that if they worked together, they’d survive. Now she’s not so certain. Rick sees her pain and decides to connect with her by telling her his fears. He’s tormented by the loss of Glenn. Glenn saved his life and he wasn’t able to return the favor. He tells her that they have to fight Negan, even if it means losing each other. She cries. She doesn’t think she can survive losing him. He tells her she can. She showed him that life under Negan wasn’t really living. So it’s not about them anymore. It’s about a future. For Judith. For Glenn and Maggie’s child. And if he dies, she needs to lead them to the future. He knows she can do it. “Because you led me here.”
Rick gathers his core group and they bring the guns to the Scavengers. Jadis isn’t happy with only 63. They need nearly twice that amount to arm their community. Rosita wants to walk away from the whole deal but Rick gets it. He tells Jadis they’re keeping ten to protect themselves while they search for more. She counter offers nine, and she wants the cat back. Rick stares her down. His final offer is twenty guns, he keeps the cat, they get more guns and fight together. “Say yes.” Jadis smiles. She appreciates his negotiation skills. As the Scavengers unload their guns, Michonne tells Rick they’ll find more guns. She’s certain. And now he gets those extra days in the fantasy bubble that he was wishing for.
Back in Alexandria, Rick runs into Tara. He’s looking for Rosita. She didn’t show up for guard duty that morning and no one’s seen her. Tara says she’s probably just looking for guns but she needs to talk to Rick. She has something to tell him.
Rosita isn’t scavenging. She’s at the Hilltop. She finds Sasha at Abraham’s grave but she’s not there for him. She needs Sasha’s help. They stare at each for a long time. Without hearing the plan, Sasha accepts. As long as she gets to take the shot. Rosita smiles. Finally someone gets it! She hands Sasha a sniper rifle. “It’s a one way ticket for both of us,” Rosita explains. Sasha agrees. They’re ready to kill Negan even if it means dying.
Next week: Carol is back! Fired up and covered in walker blood, she confronts Morgan about the Saviors. And it looks like the Kingdom finally gets onboard and starts fighting back.