The Walking Dead war is becoming quite a feat for Rick and our heroes. Rick has a plan that some people want to stray from. Others are trying their best to make the right decisions for their people and those they capture. And of course there are some who want to kill them all and be done with it.
In “The King, the Widow, and Rick,” the alliance moves on to phase two of the plan. The three communities update one another through letters.
Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) receive letters from Maggie (Lauren Cohen), Carol (Melissa McBride), and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) updating them on the status of their communities. Rick adds much needed encouragement. He is walking to the Scavengers camp and picks up his letter from an abandoned microwave.
Maggie receives letters from Aaron (Ross Marquand). Aaron also introduces her to Gracie. Maggie’s letter says they won their battle. Jesus (Tom Payne)brought the survivors to the Hilltop. They sit outside of the Hilltop gates until she decides what to do with them.
Carol watches the Kingdom create a memorial for their fallen. She receives two letters as well. Her letter tells everyone that they took the outpost bit by bit and thought they had it. But they were ambushed. Ezekiel (Khary Peyton), Jerry (Cooper Andrews) and herself are the only ones who made it back.
Rick says they are winning. They lost some brave people. And when it was over, there were no Saviors left standing. He says it’s scary. The sacrifices they made are real and they have to make it right for them. They are ready to move to phase two of the plan. The Sanctuary is surrounded by walkers. And if the Saviors open a door, Rick has placed snipers to fire upon them. They are trapped and their resources will run out soon. They will meet at the Sanctuary in two days to win it all.
Rosita (Christian Serratos) catches Michonne leaving Alexandria. She reminds her that she is still healing. Michonne says she needs to see it for herself. Rosita gets in the car. Michonne tells her that she is still healing from a gunshot. Rosita says she’s been worse and tells Michonne to drive.
Daryl returns to Alexandria looking for Tara (Alanna Masterson). She tells him he was right for not killing Dwight (Austin Amelio). He has proven useful. But at the end of the war, she will kill him. Daryl says that could work together to kill him…and not wait to do it.
Jesus is handing out turnips to the Saviors. Maggie comes out and tells him to stop giving away their food. Gregory (Xander Berkeley) is right behind her, telling her to kill the Saviors. Maggie tells him to go away. Maggie is frustrated with Jesus for putting them in this situation. Jesus is shocked that Maggie is considering killing the Saviors. He asks what they are fighting for. Maggie says they have to end this and end Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Jesus say they will win, but they need to make sure what is left is worth what they lost.
Gregory is talking Maggie about how hard leading is. He says it’s not easy. She says it’s easy not to sell out the community to Negan. He says his intentions were pure. Gregory knows what she is going through. He wants to help and he’s already in the room. She says he’s in there with her so she can keep an eye on him. Gregory says she needs someone to tell her that it’s okay to kill the prisoners. Jesus is trying to make her feel bad about it. He says she can’t have wolves wandering around the sheep.
Later that night, Jesus watches over the Saviors as the Hilltoppers build something inside. One of the Saviors Dillion (Callan McAuliffe) tries to talk to Jesus. He tells him he only wanted a safe place. Dillion says he found a place and they kept changing leaders. He didn’t pay attention because he was safe. And now here he is, with his life in the hand of the lady in charge. Jesus says he doesn’t get to pretend that he’s innocent. Dillion says he’s no angel. There’s no such thing.
Carol attempts to speak to Ezekiel. Jerry tells her the King is not receiving visitors. She bangs on the door of the auditorium saying they promised Rick they would meet him. Jerry says Ezekiel told him to go away. And he didn’t need to stand for him anymore. But that’s what Jerry does. Carol storms off and Henry (Macsen Lintz) runs after her. He says he will fight. Carol tells him no and not to follow her.
Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) is sitting in the nude making art. There is a knock at the gates. Two guards open the door. Rick is escorted to Jadis. She shot him; she trusted him. Rick says she grazed him. They killed each other people, but he’s still there. The Scavengers think Rick is tricking them. Rick says they wanted the same thing before Negan’s deal. He tells Jadis they need each other.
Jadis thinks they need the Scavengers to beat the Saviors. He say they don’t. The Savior outposts have been destroyed. Negan and his people are trapped by walkers until they surrender. He is ready to make a new deal. Rick promises his people will win. He tells her to forget Negan and switch sides again. Rick invites them to the next world that their communities will build together. Or they will destroy the Scavengers. Jadis says no. The guards take him away. Jadis says he talks too much.
THE NEXT DAY!
Michonne and Rosita are driving along. Michonne tells Rosita that she has an alarm going off inside her head. She thinks if she sees the Sanctuary for herself, it will go off. Michonne hears music and tells Rosita to stop the car. Rosita hears it too. They cut through the woods and hear the music coming from an abandoned building.
Carl walks into the woods and sees a walker pinned to a spike. The man from the gas station walks up and kills the walker. Carl calls out to him and explains that his dad only shot warning shots. The man’s name is Siddiq (Avi Nash). Carl gives him food and water. Siddiq asks why. Carl says it’s because of something Siddiq said about helping people. His mom told him the same…to do what’s right.
Carl asks him the three questions. How many walkers has he killed? 237…give or take a few. How many people has he killed? One. Why? The dead tried to kill him but they didn’t. Carl asks about the walker traps that Siddiq makes. Siddiq says he is killing the walker because of his mom. She believed that killing them released their souls. Carl asks if it makes things harder for Siddiq. He says you have to honor your parents. Carl says if he honored his dad, he wouldn’t be talking to Siddiq. And he wouldn’t take Siddiq back to the community.
Henry is fighting off walkers in the woods. Carol finds him and shoots two walkers. She yells at him for following her. She says kids get lost in the woods and come back as monsters. Henry says he’s not scared. He wants to fight and kill the guys who killed his brother. Carol gives him a gun and tells him to stay close.
Enid tells Jesus that Maggie has ordered the Saviors to be brought inside. They built a holding area for them. Maggie says they will be kept there. They will be fed and won’t be mistreated. She tells them they won’t accept anything less than cooperation. Gregory tells her they shouldn’t have people at the Hilltop that they can’t trust. Maggie agrees. She tells him she grew up on a farm and she knows all about sheep and wolves. Eduardo (Peter Zimmerman) and Kal (James Chen) grab Gregory and put him in the prison with the Saviors. Gregory cries as he goes in.
Jared (Joshua Mikel) gets close to the exit and tries to make a run for it, but Maggie strikes him with her gun. He tells her she will get everyone killed. Maggie hits him again. Dillion thanks Maggie. She tells him not to make her regret it or he will.
Carl and Siddiq make their way to Alexandria and come across a handful of walkers eating a horse. The guys move in on the walkers and are surrounded by more walkers. Siddiq tells Carl to go. Carl has to pull his gun to regain control. Siddiq is grateful but asks why Carl didn’t leave. Carl says he’s responsible for Siddiq now, that’s how it works. Siddiq says his dad didn’t want anything to do with him. Carl says sometimes kids have to find their own way to show their parents the way.
Michonne and Rosita enter the building and find two Saviors standing next to a truck with huge speakers on the back. The Saviors talk about the ‘Fat Lady’ saying Rick doesn’t know what’s coming.
Michonne moves around to get a better shooting angle. She accidentally kicks a ball toward the Saviors. They see Rosita and start shooting. Rosita runs and loses her gun. She starts digging through boxes looking for a weapon. The lady Savior whistles while she looks for Rosita. Rosita throws a hot glue gun to throw off the Savior. The Savior runs into Michonne instead and the two start fighting. Michonne is still hurt from her last fight and is having a hard time fighting.
The lady Savior yells to the other Savior to get to the Sanctuary. Michonne yells to Rosita to stop him. Rosita finds him and points an RPG at him. He doesn’t think she will use it and Rosita shoots him. The Savior lady gets into the truck and drives away, blaring the music. A garbage truck hits the truck and Daryl gets out to shoot the driver.
Michonne tells Daryl and Tara that these two Saviors were scavenging when they attacked the Sanctuary. They rigged up the speakers to drive to the Sanctuary to lead the walkers away. Tara asks why they are out there. They say they want to see the Sanctuary. Rosita asks why they are out there. Daryl says they have a lot more work to do.
Carol returns to the Kingdom and tells Jerry to stand next to Henry. She pulls her gun intending to shoot the auditorium door down. Jerry stops her and tells her the door is unlocked. Carol goes inside and finds Ezekiel sitting next to the throne. He knows what she wants from him and says he can’t do it. Carol says the people out there need him. He’s their king.
Ezekiel says he was just playing a part. He knew it and he smiled. He can’t be what the people need. Ezekiel asks Carol to leave him alone. Carol starts to leave, but walks back and asks why he kept visiting her. He says it was his duty to make sure she was okay. She knows there was another reason. Ezekiel says Carol makes him feel real.
Carol tells him that he is real to her and the kingdom. The people need their king to lead them. Ezekiel says Carol could lead them. She says it has to be him. He inspired them to build the Kingdom and to believe in something. He has to help them grieve and to believe in something. She say he owes them closure. If he can’t be the king, then play the part. Carol says she has to act everyday. It’s who she is and she is still standing. She acts like everything’s normal until it is. That’s what he needs to give them. Ezekiel says he can’t.
At the Hilltop, Jared has a rock in his hands trying to free himself from his ropes. Dillion knocks the rock out of his hands and says Jared is going to get them killed. Gregory overhears Jared say that soon they will take over the place. Aaron confides in Maggie and Enid about losing Eric. He says he is still expecting Eric to show up and then remembers he won’t ever be able to talk to him again. Maggie says she knows the feeling and it doesn’t get any easier. It helps to do something about it. Jesus comes in and reports that Gregory is fine and is sucking up to the Saviors now. He thanks Maggie for doing the right thing. Maggie says the Saviors are bargaining chips. They may need them to trade for their own people. If they don’t need them, she can’t let them live.
Aaron gets up to leave and Enid follows him. She asks where he’s going. He says to make sure they win. She asks to go with him. He agrees.
Daryl parks the truck on a hill in front of the Sanctuary. He lets Michonne see for herself what has happened. Rosita asks what they need them for. Daryl says to end this thing right now.
At the junkyard, Jadis marks a trailer with an A. Rick is inside the trailer. He has been stripped of his clothes and is sweating.
I wonder if being captured was a part of Rick’s plan. He had to know that the Scavengers wouldn’t let him walk in and walk out. Now that he’s locked up, he has no idea what Daryl and Tara are up to. I have a feeling a huge death is coming.
I’m glad they gave Aaron a little bit of time to grief for Eric. Maggie knows all too well how Aaron is feeling right now. He should have stayed at the Hilltop a little longer to heal.
What will it take for Ezekiel to find his courage to lead again? Carol is right. The Kingdom needs Ezekiel. They have followed him this long and trusted his decisions. On the other hand, he has kept the deal with the Saviors a secret for a long time. But they don’t know Carol. She could lead them, but it wouldn’t be with the same loyalty and trust.
Carl is such a good person. I hope that this new friendship is a good thing. I’m like Rick. It’s hard to trust new people. But Siddiq seems like a good person…I hope.
ROSITA! Nice kill! She gets the MVP of the week. The Saviors have definitely underestimated the women of Alexandria, The Kingdom and Hilltop. They only know about Maggie, the Widow; they don’t know about these other ladies. These ladies can be more relentless than the men sometimes.
And we started a new day FINALLY! Day one lasted so long and so much has happened. Everyone was due for some rest…including me. I keep thinking that Day 2 won’t be as successful as Day 1. And Day 3 will be the finale of this war. But seriously…how many episodes will Day 2 span across?
Two more episodes until the mid season finale. Ugh! I’m scared!
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