By The Lady Cocotte
It felt like an eternity but it’s finally time for The Walking Dead season 7 premiere! The last we saw the Alexandrians, they had been captured by the Saviors, forced to kneel in front of Negan (that’s kind of his thing) and been informed they now worked for him. To make his point perfectly clear, he pulled out Lucille (his baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire) and beat someone to death. Since this is The Walking Dead, they decided to make us wait six and a half months to find out who died. So why am I excited for tonight? Sometimes my love for this show confuses me. And the scary part is I’ve been warned that finding out who got Eeny Meeny Miny Moe-ed won’t be the most heart wrenching event of the evening. Sigh. If this show wasn’t so good I’d walk away right now. We all know that isn’t going to happen so let’s jump right in (well, as soon as I get my emotional support dog firmly in place).
Rick is dazed with a streak of blood across his cheek. He looks the most scared I’ve ever seen him. It’s not fun being powerless in the face of pure evil. But he hasn’t given up yet. “I’m gonna kill you,” he rasps. Negan can’t believe what he heard so Rick repeats it, louder. “Not today. Not tomorrow. But I’m gonna kill you.” I’d say he’s just being cocky but he made the same promise to Gareth in season six (red handled machete, anyone?) and he followed through shortly after. But Negan isn’t worried. He has a plan. He asks for Rick’s weapon (this time an axe) and drags Rick into the RV. On the way, we get a gratuitous close-up of the as yet unnamed pool of blood (don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten). Negan throws Rick to the floor, stabs the ax into the table and starts the RV. He taunts Rick that his only chance is to grab the axe and take him out now. “Grab the damn axe!” Rick does but Negan pulls a gun on him. “Drop it.” Negan seems to be an expert at mind games. Give them hope and take it away. Wash and repeat. As they start to drive away, Negan instructs him, “I want you to think about what could have happened. Think about what happened. And think about what can still happen.”
It’s finally time for season seven of The Walking Dead! All of you, um, dead heads?, are dying to know who is going to die. That makes it a very good time to read back through the recaps from last season for clues and to refresh your memory. We haven’t had an episode since April! I can’t remember lunch.
Luckily, The Lady Cocotte has done a magnificent job of recapping them for you. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter and show her some love. Let’s start back in October.
The First Time Again
Wolves At The Door?
He’s Not Here
Start to Finish
And that takes you to the midseason break!
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.