Gene Page/AMC
Nick Romano
March 11, 2018 AT 10:08 PM EDT

The Walking Dead

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun
Drama, Horror, Thriller

We gave it a C+

The Saviors are out in full force. After receiving another impulsive call from Rick, Negan wants to know what happened to all those Alexandrians who magically vanished during their fire-bombing assault. Turns out, they’re literally right on top of them and didn’t even know it. Daryl, Tara, and Rosita are leading the group through the woods to Hilltop, while just overhead on a bridge is a group of Saviors getting a call about Dr. Carson and Father Gabriel, whom we saw escaping from The Sanctuary with a little help from an unseen friend.

Tara, the chosen problem child this week, isn’t all too concerned with the safety of the group or the mission at hand. She’s fuming over the fact that Dwight, the man who killed Denise, is now apparently on their side. Instead of just huffing and puffing, she throws a walker in his direction and waits on the sidelines for him to take care of it himself. For a group that’s proven to be a cohesive unit, they sure let grudges and resentments outweigh the true goals at hand.

Meanwhile, Carson and Gabriel are lost. The good father, going blind from the virus attacking his system, can’t read the map properly. His solution? Let God be their guide. Carson, however, isn’t so eager to let Jesus take the wheel just yet. Like a broken George Michael record, Gabriel teaches him you’ve gotta have faith, faith, faith — and he somehow is able to mystically know exactly where to go. Except maybe not.

He claims to hear a bell and leads Carson to a remote cabin surrounded by netting to keep out walkers, so you know it’s a place that’s likely guarded. Gabriel claims this could be their salvation. (Spoiler: It may seem that way, but it’s not. Whaddya know? I mean, Gabriel’s blind, but Carson has two eyes, right?)

At Hilltop, the death of Gavin still weighs on Morgan and Henry. The child sits by the Savior pen, trying to figure out which one of them killed his brother. Morgan is contemplating telling him, until Carol comes up to relieve them of watch duty. Good news for the Saviors, since the kid is creeping them out.

As we switch to Negan talking to Eugene about who could have possibly assisted Carson and Gabriel’s escape and commanding his bullet maker to do the job he enlisted him to do, the once shadowy, sinister villain has effectively lost his bite. Normally, a few well-placed words from Negan would send others whimpering with their tails between their legs, but now I don’t believe it. Since we’ve come to know man behind the curtain, if you will, Negan seems to have lost his bite. He tells Eugene to run his own outpost for the purpose of making bullets, and even the resident coward doesn’t seem to be as afraid of him anymore. But I digress…

The cabin Gabriel and Carson find is a radio post. It seems to have been for one lonely resident who was radioing hopeful messages into the void. (According to the radio log, he never got a signal.) They find the walker that used to be this person lying on a bedroom floor with a plastic bag over its head, one arm handcuffed to the bed frame, and pill bottles surrounding it. Daryl, Rosita, and Tara are still trying to navigate the woods while avoiding the Saviors boxing them in, when Dwight suggests they go through the place even Negan dare not tread: the swamp.

Tara is still distracted by the mere presence of Dwight, but it leads him to admit that he can’t go back to The Sanctuary because when he turned on Negan’s men there was one person who fled. So if he returns, Negan will know of his treachery and kill him — which makes the ending of this episode kind of annoying. Just another thing we’re gonna ignore at this juncture. Tara does have a good point, though: Why risk bringing their people, including baby Judith, through a walker-infested swamp?

The scene cuts from the Hilltop, to inform us food rations are dwindling at a faster-than-expected pace, to the cabin, to inform us those pill bottles are actually antibiotics that can help Gabriel, and back to the woodland trek, to inform us that Sherry was the one who let Daryl escape The Sanctuary before fleeing into the woods. She’s probably still out there. And by the way, Tara, Daryl isn’t so trusting of Dwight either — he refuses to give him a weapon while the rest go to clear out the swamp of walkers — but he at least recognizes that there’s a greater mission at hand.

Maggie’s conundrum with the Saviors is only getting worse. The nice one — a.k.a. the hot one (played by Callan McAuliffe, if you’re interested in Instagram stalking) — is asking for recreation time to stretch their legs outside the pen…for good behavior, of course. But food and Maggie’s patience are coming to an end, so that’s a no for now. And it’s a hard no for Gregory.
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