Desperate housewife Carol has made a reappearance on The Walking Dead. Blissfully unaware of Rick and Maggie’s promise to kill Negan and the Saviors, she shops for food items no one else wants (water chestnuts, beets, etc). She collects acorns in the forest and tut tuts the walker blood on her blouse from a necessary kill. She even pulls out the librarian outfit she wore when she was trying to convince the Alexandrians that she was no threat. Who is she trying to hide from now? From the happy look on her face as she bakes tray after tray of cookies, I’d say she’s hiding from herself. Carol makes the rounds, passing out cookies to all of her neighbors. At Tobin’s house there is some interesting chemistry. They do a back and forth dance about her beet and acorn cookies but it’s just a cover for covert smiles and flirty looks. Their romantic comedy is interrupted by the return of the Rick and crew. There’s only so long they can forget the world they live in. “Rick, what’s going on?” Carol asks. “We’re going to have to fight,” he explains. And suddenly Carol remembers who she is. It’s not a happy reunion. She has one cookie left. She leaves it on Sam’s grave.
All of Alexandria convenes in the church to discuss the promise to Hilltop. Rick explains that eventually the Saviors will find them. Just like the wolves did. Just like Jesus did. Without the Hilltop food, Alexandria might not be strong enough to protect itself. “This is the only way to be sure. As sure as we can get that we win.” Morgan looks uncomfortable. Rick acknowledges that it has to be a group decision and asks if anyone objects. Morgan stands up. He suggests negotiating with the Saviors. “If we try and talk to the Saviors we give up our advantage, our safety,” Rick responds. “No! We have to come for them before they come for us. We can’t leave them alive.” Morgan tries again but Rick won’t budge. Instead of encouraging a peaceful solution, Morgan’s arguments seem to push everyone to Rick’s side. Finally Aaron stands up. “What happened here, we won’t let that happen again.” And that settles it. “We don’t all have to kill,” Rick summarizes. “But, people that are gonna stay here, they do have to accept it.” They’re going on the offensive.
Carol has a hard time sleeping. She pulls out her journal and updates the list of people she has killed. 18. It makes her cry. Since she can’t sleep, she takes a midnight stroll. She walks by Tobin’s house and finds him on his porch. Deciding to kill people has affected everyone’s sleep tonight. Tobin is worried about the next day. “You going?” Carol asks him. “No. You are.” He tells her that she can do things that terrify him. She wants to know if he understands her motivations. “You’re a mom…” he explains. “It’s not the cookies. Or the smiles. It’s the hard stuff. The scary stuff. It’s how you can do it. It’s strength.” He goes on to explain that she protect the town like a mother does her child. She asks if she’s his mom too. “No,” he answers. “You’re something else to me.” And they kiss. “Well, it’s not tomorrow yet,” she coyly tells him.