For some people, Valentine’s Day is all about flowers and chocolate. Me? I just want zombies. Well, I’m a lucky girl because it’s finally time for The Walking Dead mid-season premiere! To celebrate, AMC is running a marathon to get you prepped for Sunday. Or you can just reread the “best Walking Dead recaps on the web” right here, at TamaraTattles.com.
It’s been an intense, uncomfortable season so far. We started things off losing two of our favorite characters. Negan viciously killed Glenn and Abraham to gain control over Rick and the Alexandrians. And it worked. For the first time since the show began, our friends gave up all hope. It was a huge turning point for the show and many die-hard fans felt betrayed. While I understand the disappointment, and horror, it was clear the show was taking us on a journey and I, for one, was willing to go along. Almost as if to make up for the horror of the premiere, we next got a charming and humorous episode at the Kingdom. Morgan and a physically and psychologically wounded Carol met King Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva. Morgan loved the gentle community, and it’s wacky leader, but Carol wasn’t willing to care about people anymore. If you love someone, you’ll kill to protect them. And Carol was done killing. As a compromise, Carol moved just outside the Kingdom gates, the perfect place to be wooed by King Ezekiel.
Next we got to see what life was like at Negan’s Sanctuary. Dwight was the Big Man On Campus but his status hid the truth. Negan had stolen his wife and branded his face. He tried to convince himself he was happy but it was all a facade. Nevertheless, he tortured Daryl for Negan, feeding him dog food sandwiches and blaring sadistically upbeat music 24 hours a day. Eventually Negan decided to visit Alexandria and ransack their stores. Carl pointed a gun at Negan so he decided to take all of their weapons, including the ones Spencer hid. Rosita had other plans. She took a gun off a walker and found an empty shell casing. Knowing just what to do, Rosita visited Eugene. “Make me a bullet.” Maggie and Sasha were hiding out at the Hilltop, in close proximity to the OB-Gyn. Gregory, the Hilltop’s sleazy leader, wasn’t very happy about it. He tried to turn them over to Negan’s Saviors but Jesus outwitted him and the women stayed safe. When she saw Gregory had stolen Glenn’s watch, it was all too much for Maggie. She punched Gregory in the nose and Jesus realized who should really be running Hilltop. Enid arrived to watch over Maggie while Jesus and Carl hid in a Savior truck, headed for the Sanctuary.
Tara and Heath missed everything. They set out on a scavenger mission directly from the Savior bunker siege so they thought Negan was decimated. They got separated and Tara discovered a community of kick ass women. First they tried to kill her, then they tried to adopt her. When she turned them down, they tried to kill her again. It ends up they were also Negan’s victims and were terrified he’d find them again. Tara got away but only after promising to keep their location secret. Back at the Sanctuary, Carl attempted to kill Negan and failed. Instead of punishing him, Negan tried to turn him. He is quite fond of the “future serial killer.” Eventually Negan bought Carl home. Rick wasn’t there, but Judith was. Negan closed out the episode sitting on Rick’s porch with his daughter on his lap. You could tell he liked being Rick.
In the mid-season finale, all of the disparate stories started weaving together. Daryl escaped from the Sanctuary with help from Jesus. Rick and Aaron led a new enemy back to Alexandria. King Ezekiel’s top guy begged Morgan and Carol to help him convince the King to fight Negan. Michonne saw how big the Sanctuary was and realized she couldn’t take Negan on alone. Spencer tried to convince Negan to kill Rick and let him run Alexandria. Negan wasn’t interested in working with someone who was too scared to kill his own nemesis so he gutted him. Literally. Rosita shot at Negan but only hit Lucille so, in retaliation, a Savior shot Olivia in the face. Eugene admitted he made the bullet and Negan took him back to the Sanctuary. Michonne reunited with Rick and begged him to join her war. He finally agreed. They all headed off to the Hilltop where Rick told Maggie she was right; they had to fight. Daryl handed Rick a gun. The sheriff was back and done kneeling. Now they just need to build an army…
And now we’re caught up for the second half of season seven. Be sure to tune in Sunday for the Mid-season premiere and come back to read my recap. See you in the comments section!