By Contributing Writer, The Lady Cocotte
This is it. Now matter how much I’ve tried to pretend it’s not true, tonight really is the season finale of The Walking Dead. When Rick decided to start butchering Saviors, Maggie warned him it was going to cost something. Tonight is when they start paying, in blood. Just to prove how much the Alexandrians are up against, the show opens with the Saviors hunting someone through the woods. The man is bloody and terrified. As the Saviors chase him, they whistle their eerie song. They surround him and the leader asks, “Why the face? I hope you’re not putting this on us. We showed your people a way forward. We gave you rules. You broke the rules so folks had to die.” And they beat him. He begs for mercy but it’s too late. The Saviors don’t mess around.
After her collapse last episode, Maggie needs to see the Ob-Gyn at Hilltop. Rick, Abraham, Sasha and Eugene prepare the RV for their journey. Enid doesn’t want to be separated from Maggie. Even though he’s going, Carl thinks she should stay at Alexandria so he locks her in a closet. She’s not going anywhere. Um, excuse me. Why is no one paying attention to Carl? These are not the actions of a sane man. Aaron demands to join the party. “You’re just gonna have to punch me in the face and tie me up again,” Aaron explains to Rick. “Cuz that’s what it’s gonna take to stop me.” Rick likes his moxie and welcomes him onto the RV. Father Gabriel assures Rick that he can handle Alexandria’s defense. Spencer asks if they should try and make a deal with the Saviors when they come. “Tell them to wait,” Rick growls. “I got a deal for them.” With that, they head to Hilltop.
By Contributing Writer, The Lady Cocotte
Easter Sunday seems like a fitting time for a new episode of The Walking Dead (what with all the resurrection and everything). Last week Carol left Tobin (and all of Alexandria, really) a Dear John letter as she fled town. Before her escape is noticed, it seems like just another day in Alexandria. Carl skulks around the armory as one-eyed boys are wont do. Glenn and Maggie share a couple’s shower that turns somber when Glenn discovers the bruises Maggie received from the Savior women. Daryl sits on his bike, blaming himself for Dr Denise’s death. Rosita is forced to witness a loving moment between Abraham and Sasha. And Rick and Michonne share a post-coital apple. Life is good-ish. And then it’s not so good-ish. Despite everyone’s advice (and all good reason) Daryl heads out alone to find Dwight and make him pay. Glenn and Michonne jump in a van to chase after him. Abraham wants to join but Rosita pushes him out of the way. They need her. She knows where Daryl is going. And as if that’s not bad enough, Tobin informs Rick about Carol’s departure. Rick does his angry stride as he searches for clues. Morgan decides to go find her. Rick is torn. He knows Alexandria needs protection but he’s not alright with Carol being out there on her own. As he jumps in the car he warns the guards, “No one else leaves. Everyone stays ready for a fight.”
Carol cruises along in a car covered in rebar spikes. She’s certainly not being subtle. In the distance she sees another vehicle approaching. It’s an unusual and dangerous sight. As the truck passes, they shoot out her tires. Carol knows she’s screwed. The men in the truck force her out. She’s playing scared little mouse again. She promises that she only has the car and one knife but they’re not buying it. They recognize her spiked car and want her to bring them into Alexandria. Ah ha! They’re Saviors. Carol starts her hyperventilating trick. “It doesn’t have to be this way. You can turn back and go home,” she pleads. “Nobody has to get hurt.” But they don’t want to play her game. As the men start towards her, they’re mowed down by machine gun fire. Carol came prepared with a gun sewn into her jacket sleeve. She tried to warn you… The driver who survived the gunfire gets a spear shoved thru his chest. She uses his gun on the other survivor. So far Carol’s plan to leave Alexandria to avoid killing isn’t working out so well. Uh oh. There is one survivor that plays dead until she leaves. I guess her kill tally will soon be mounting.
By Contributing Writer, Lady Cocotte
As we near the season finale of The Walking Dead, tension is ramping up. The Alexandrians survived their attack on the Saviors. Carol and Maggie fought their way back home. Things have gone back to normal. People are back to their daily grind. Olivia open the supply shed. Father Gabriel walks through town with a gun slung over his back. Eugene takes his position at guard watch. Morgan does his stick exercises. Carol plays with her rosary as she smokes on her porch swing. The image blurs.
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Olivia open the supply shed. Father Gabriel walks through town with a gun slung over his back. Eugene takes his position at guard watch. Morgan does his stick exercises. Tobin kisses Carol goodbye as she smokes on her porch swing. Rosita gets out of bed and dresses. She’s upset with herself. We see why when Spencer rolls over. She’s not the first girl to beat herself up about rebound sex (and she won’t be the last). Daryl checks out his newly recovered motorcycle. He’s bitter. Carol joins him. They smoke and talk. Carol asks if he saved the people who subsequently stole his bike. “I should have killed them.” Carol doesn’t want to hear that. She gets up to leave but Daryl stops her. He can tell something’s not right. He asks what her captors did to her and Maggie. “To us? They didn’t do anything…” The image blurs.
The supply shed opens but we don’t see Olivia. We see the spot where Father Gabriel usually walks but we don’t see him. We see the stone walls of the jail Morgan built but no Morgan. We see Carol’s porch swing but no Carol. Continue reading
By Contributing Writer Lady Cocotte
Last week The Walking Dead ended on quite a cliffhanger. The Alexandrians’ victory party over the Saviors was rudely interrupted when they found out that a) they didn’t get ALL of the Saviors and b) those remaining Saviors had taken Maggie and Carol hostage. Big oops. Tonight we backtrack to when Maggie and Carol heard the alarm from the Savior compound. Maggie wants to run toward the noise (her friends need help!) but Carol won’t let her. Suddenly “kick ass Carol” thinks pregnant women are too frail to fight? I know she’s going through a whole mommy breakdown but still… Damn, I didn’t realize how serious Carol was. She has her gun pointed at Maggie. Not really. She’s pointing it at a Savior behind Maggie. He aims back at her so Carol shoots. Before she and Maggie can run, they’re surrounded by Saviors holding guns.
While one of them helps the guy Carol wounded, the leader zeros in on the Alexandrians through her binoculars. She makes contact with Rick over the walkie talkie by calling him a prick. Last week we saw this scene from the Alexandrians’ perspective. The Head Bitch In Charge demands to know Maggie and Carol’s names. Carol instantly hides inside her “weak woman” disguise so Maggie answers for both of them. Rick demands to speak to them. Carol sounds like a scared grandma. Maggie isn’t on the same page. She assures Rick, “We’re both ok. We’ll figure this out.” The HBIC isn’t impressed with Rick’s suggestion of a swap for Primo (the Savior on the motorcycle). The wounded guy is adamant they need Primo to patch him up but the HBIC isn’t budging. They flip Maggie and Carol’s coattails over their eyes and march them away. They can barely see where they’re walking but they hear plans being made to meet up with other Saviors. I think this group is a lot bigger than the Alexandrians realize. And they’re organized. They have codes and protocols. And safe houses.
By Guest Contributor The Lady Cocotte
On last week’s The Walking Dead, Jesus rudely interrupted Rick and Michonne’s post-coital snuggling. What kind of damage will he inflict tonight? He wanders around Rick’s house, touching stuff. He takes a moment to ponder some art and Carl points a gun at his head. “What the hell are you doing in our house?” Carl demands.
Jesus calmly tells him, “I’m sitting on the steps, looking at this painting, waiting for your mom and Dad to get dressed.” What? Don’t tell Carl about Rick and Michonne! Luckily, Carl is a smart kid and doesn’t let the news rattle him. Rick and Michonne run out of the bedroom, zipping up. “Carl, hey…um,” Rick stutters but before he can get an explanation out. Daryl, Abraham and Glenn race in, guns drawn. Word is out that Jesus got out of jail. They all sit down to talk. Jesus is vague about how he got free but it included a three story drop. This guy is impressive. He did some snooping before he woke Rick. He’s visited the armory and knows that their food provisions are low. “Look, we got off to a bad start,” Jesus tells Daryl. “But we’re on the same side: the living side.” He informs them that his job at his camp, the Hilltop, is to look for other settlements to trade with. He thinks they’re good people and he wants to work with them. Rick wants him to prove it so he offers to take them to his camp. Maggie notices a point that I missed. “You’re looking for more settlements?” she asks. “You mean you’re already trading with other groups?” Jesus smiles. “Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger.”
By Contributing Writer Lady Cocotte
The mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead is finally here! Best Valentine’s present ever! The last we saw our friends, they were under siege by hundreds of walkers. The gates of Alexandria were breached and anyone who was lucky enough to make it into a house was trapped. The wolf escaped his jail cell, dragging a reluctant Dr Denise with him. Rick and crew covered themselves in walker guts as camouflage and headed into the throng.
But since this is The Walking Dead, we can’t get right to the cliffhanger so we start with Daryl, Sasha and Abraham. The threesome is trying to make it home and keep running into roadblocks along the way. At the moment, they’re face to face with a gang of bikers with guns drawn. They’re informed that everything they have now belongs to Negan. First they’re disarmed. Abraham doesn’t want to give his gun up so he’s told, “If you have to eat shit, best not to nibble. Bite, chew, swallow, repeat. Goes quicker.” Then one of the bikers takes Daryl to the back of the truck to search for other weapons. Abraham won’t stop asking “who’s Negan?” This bothers the head biker. He’s about to shoot Abraham but Sasha intervenes. Now the biker wants to shoot both of them. Great plan, Sasha. As he takes aim, the whole biker gang erupts in flames. Daryl walks out holding the rocket launcher. As they climb back into their truck, Abraham looks back at a burning skull and tells it, “Nibble on that.”