Sunday night’s episode, The Other Side, was full of activity. We saw Hilltop prepping for war, and a couple of our favorite characters going out on a “secret” mission. Before we get into that,
We start off seeing some knife training going on. Maggie was also getting another ultrasound for the baby. Maybe her last one! She also was working on a list of items Hilltop needs. Jesus completed his map of Sanctuary for Sasha. At the end of the first segment, Rosita arrives.
Even if it doesn’t last: Maggie and Jesus have a nice conversation. We get to find out a little more detail about him leading up to him meeting Maggie and the crew. He is growing more and more invested in the community. Maggie urges him to open up to someone on a personal level. She said it’s worth it even if it doesn’t last. Considering all her family, and husband were no longer with her, that is a telling statement.
Bullets in a box: Sasha finds Jesus’ stash of bullets in a hollowed out bible. He comes in with Enid and sees her holding it. Jesus said she could have them. He also asks her to wait before going on her mission to kill Negan. Her conversation with Enid is pretty awesome. She tells Enid that Maggie needs her and that they both are the future of Hilltop. Enid responds with telling Sasha she has “two minutes before she tells Maggie what’s up”. Sasha smiles, seeing the young woman take her role seriously.
Saviors are coming: Sasha and Rosita make it out just as the Saviors arrive, unannounced. Daryl, Maggie, and Enid cannot make it to the secret tunnel Sasha, and Rosita sneaked out of. Daryle and Maggie end up going into a storage cellar. Enid goes off to get some veggies to give to a Savior who eventually ends up going into the storage cellar.
Simon Says: Simon says Negan wants Dr. Carson. Simon usually gets his way! I really like Simon among all the Saviors. He’s a bad guy, but he’s got such a great smile. I’m torn on wanting him to die or not. I can see him becoming a leader of a community. He tells Gregory he is there for a “certain someone” that needs to become Negan’s “certain someone”. I’m sure we all think he’s after Daryl. It turns out to be the good Dr. Carson. We know the other Dr. was killed, we find out he was Dr. Carson’s brother. I wished I would have paid attention to his name.
I’m not here to play “get to know you”: Rosita shows off more of her stunning personality and she and Sasha journey to The Sanctuary. They eventually pick up a car and hole up just outside the complex. My desire for Rosita to die is bubbling over.
Cheap scare: Minor peeve. The Savior going into the cellar where Daryl and Maggie are hiding looks around and eventually takes some stuff. He leaves without incident. I think the show is beyond cheap scare tactics. Evidently they disagree.
Shenanigans afoot: Gregory pulls Simon aside for a private conversation. He makes his concern be known that he’s afraid of someone else taking over Hilltop, he then squirrels his way out of mentioning a specific name. Simon tells him if he wants to talk more about it, he can come visit him at the Sanctuary, and writes something down on a card. Simon lets Gregory know he will leave word with the guard for them to let him in. Pretty much setting the stage for Gregory to betray Hilltop. The interesting part in the scene is: the last part is viewed from a side perspective. Could mean someone saw the conversation taking place. Jesus perhaps?
One of the good things in this world: Maggie stops Daryl to talk to him after the Savior leaves the cellar. It leads to Daryl apologizing for Glenn dying. Then Maggie says she doesn’t blame Daryl and he is “one of the good things in the world”, so was Glenn. I almost lost it. Maggie asks Daryl to help her win. All I can say is, Maggie is going to get a lot of people fired up. She already has the respect and support from her group from Alexandria. Most of Hilltop seems to like her a lot. Hell, she might end up winning over some of the Scavengers. Should be a good fight.
Paging Dr. Carson: With Simon taking Dr. Carson back to the Sanctuary, the collective health is not looking good for Hilltop. Most notably, Maggie and her unborn child. It also makes the Saviors strong again. On the flipside, if Eugene and Dr. Carson get to talking, that could be two powerful allies on the inside. Eugene still has his poison capsules.
Knots unite: No, I am not dyslexic. Sasha sees Rosita working on some knots and asks if she could teach it to her. At first Rosita is all like, “it won’t matter soon”. Then finally talks to Sasha as a person. It was actually a nice scene. Rosita teaches Sasha the knot and tells her a lot about her background before they met.
No shot: Rosita and Sasha see Dr. Carson being brought into the Sanctuary, and Negan comes out to see his new Dr. Sasha can’t take the shot though because Eugene and the Dr. are too close to Negan. They listen on the walkie talkie that Jesus recovered and hear Eugene giving out orders.
Did you just threaten me?: Gregory might have tipped his hand with a veiled threat to Jesus. Was he the one watching Gregory and Simon talk in private? Jesus is too smart to come at him strong like that. All of a sudden Gregory has some flunky getting him tequila. He tells the flunky to see Jesus out. Daryl meets up with Jesus as he is making his way back to his trailer. He asks him where Sasha and Rosita are. Kind of an odd scene on it’s own. I’m thinking it’s there to confuse.
Change of plans: Sasha and Rosita shoot a guard when they see Eugene, but he does not want to go with them as they are cutting the fence open. Eugene runs back into the complex. Sasha gets the fence open and quickly binds it shut behind her, leaving Rosita out. Sasha then shoots a couple guards as they come out, and Rosita has to pick up her gear and run away before she is shot. After Rosita stops running, she looks up and sees a familiar silhouette in the distance…we are made to believe it could be Daryl.
Questions: Yeah, there were a few good ones. I’ll start with the last one. Is that Daryl? Who else has a crossbow and shoulder length hair? Dwighty boy! What was Dwight doing down there? (if it was him) What will he do with Rosita? They do have some history. Keep in mind, the last time we saw him, he was searching for his ex-wife Sherry. He has probably had lots of time to process the fact that she’s not coming back, and if she does, she will either be killed, tortured, or both. Or Dwight might be, to punish Sherry. You never know with Negan. Is there any of Dwight’s former self left in him?
Why did Sasha take initiative and close the fence behind Rosita? It could be that she feels she is less emotional. It could be she is more willing to sacrifice herself when Eugene runs back into the complex. I suppose it could be she simply thinks she is the best chance at getting to Negan, but that seems like a longshot the way things went down. The complex will be on high alert now.
Will Eugene and Dr. Carson team up? It doesn’t seem like Eugene wants to go back to Alexandria. He did start acting all scared and almost crying routine. He seemed really comfortable commanding Negan’s men to work on the walker area, and fetch him supplies. Is this part of the act to get closer to Negan? Eugene, is that smart, and we know he does have a little cojones when backed into a wall. Don’t forget he offered to drive the RV into a certain trap. Can’t wait to see how this plays out.
Zombie kill of the week: There were a couple really average zombie kills this week. Sasha and Rosita killing two at the same time? Sure. I guess.