Welcome back to Walking Dead Weekly, it’s been a long time coming. I didn’t write about last week’s 2nd half premiere, but I might sound off on it at some point. Last night’s episode, “The Lost and the Plunderers” was an excellent installment. There is a lot to talk about. Before we get into that,
The episode was uniquely broken up into segments with headers of different characters. It’s something they have done before, to a lesser degree. So, I will be writing this up the same way, for the most part.
Michonne: Her segment focused on Alexandria, and the aftermath of it burning down, and Carl’s departure from the living realm. This was probably my least favorite segment, although I did love the music. It brought up some questions like, why did they try and extinguish the gezeebo that was on fire? I think Michonne mentioned something about Carl sitting on top of the roof. OK, that’s great. He’s dead, and Alexandria is infested with walkers again. She also tried to close a gate (it did not look like the previous gate). Why do this unless you were going to come back. Is Alexandria savable? We did see Rick and Michonne’s house was OK. How many others were?
Negan: Negan’s segment was outstanding of course. It featured Simon, and how he started questioning Negan and his plan(s) of action. It also showed a delivery of Dean from Maggie and the Hilltop. I was hoping to see him die at the hands of Morgan, since he was the ahole who taunted him and Richard, and also killed Benjamin. Negan sends Simon to the junkyard to deal with the garbage people, and make them understand their deal is still on.
Enid: Somehow Enid and Aaron got to Oceanside. Either I fell asleep last week or they didn’t show it. At any rate there they are. I didn’t care for this segment either, but it has possibilities and implications for the future. Mainly: Enid is stepping up to be a leader/Maggie’s right hand. It’s cool to see. At the end of the segment, Aaron is pretty much trying to get himself killed. Is it a risk he needs to take? Or do they just want to kill off his character? They have numbers the group needs, but they are not really trained fighters.
Simon: We see Rick and Michonne enter the junkyard and then it cuts away. Rick is audibly upset at something. It then goes to Simon and his group entering. He lets Jadis know the deal is still on. She tries to tell him that they held up their deal, as Rick was brought to the Sanctuary. This is when Simon snaps and starts killing garbage people. At segment’s end, Jadis is left bloodied, and shaken.
Jadis: We then see Rick and Michonne handling some walkers. After some quick thinking, Rick grabs a car door and uses it as a shield. I’m thinking the whole time, “Why is Rick not using his hatchet or a knife?” They have been up against worse, with less. At any rate, Rick and Michonne make it back to the entrance. During this time, Jadis reveals that the junkyard use to be flat, basically a scrapyard that she could use as her “canvas” to change the world to something different. Some very fine acting and storytelling here. This was one of my favorite segments. Jadis asks for Rick’s help–just to get out. He doesn’t exactly help, but fires his gun in the air. Jadis gets out.
Zombie Kill of the Week: We then see Jadis atop a structure, but cleverly standing behind some form of grinder. She taps a metal staff on the base of the grinder so that the walkers are drawn in. The walkers come, and fall one by one into the compacter. Soylent green is all I can think of as the walkers are ground into a red-pulpy consistency. I won’t be eating chili any time soon–or sloppy Joes. This is probably only second to Carol’s explosion at Terminus back in the season 5 premiere. /tips cap.
Rick: Rick’s segment is the smallest, but maybe the strongest of the bunch. No surprise it involves Negan. Rick pulls the van over and tells Michonne he needs a minute. He takes the notes Carl wrote. He starts with Negan’s and shortly after calls for him on the walkie talkie. Rick let’s Negan know Carl has expired. Negan appears to be visibly upset and this, shows how much Carl affected him. It also shows, how even though he and Rick don’t see eye to eye, neither one might not be able to kill the other. Rick voices his anger, and will to get his revenge on Negan, and Negan blames Rick for Carl’s death. It is a fantastic Dynamic that plays out, and no doubt sets the stage for their ultimate confrontation at some point in the back half of season 8.
Questions: As I asked at the top, will Alexandria be restored? It has walls. It had power. Perhaps this is further down the road. So many things went sideways with Carl departing. I’ll have to address this later, or after the season.
Will Enid and Arron make it back to Hillside? Will Aaron convince Cynthia to take up arms? I think Cynthia wants to, but she doesn’t want to abandon/lose Oceanside. For that matter, if they defeat the saviors, will they bring back their guns?
What will Jadis do? She’s free of the responsibility to her garbage buddies. Can she be trusted? I don’t think this will be the last we see of her. Maybe she goes to the Sanctuary and lets Negan know what Simon did. She could also go to Hillside and beg for forgiveness. Without her gang, she might not be viewed as that much of a threat.
What will Simon do? Negan is no dummy, and is already inquiring about how things went down at the trash dump. He’s good at reading people, and probably already has an idea Simon is lying. All he has to do is ask one of the men who went on the mission. Will Simon try to get rid of Negan and take over as leader of the Saviors? Eugene might be the person to persuade/be bullied into it.
What will Negan do? What will he do when he finds out Simon says all garbage people must die? I can’t expect him to be happy. Will he see this as a cue to change? Carl’s death tells us all bets are off.
Rick is gonna be Rick, but will he soften up to Carl’s dying wish that the Saviors and former residents of Alexandira cease-fire? So far, this season is diverting from the comics in some pretty big ways. I can’t say much more without writing an entire spoiler post. It will be interesting to see how the rest plays out.
This episode is one of my new favorites. It has a lot of facets, and as I said, implications and possibilities. The Lost and the Plunderers, is the episode we should have got for the second half premier.