Every week, The Walking Dead’s very own Josh McDermitt, who plays Dr. Eugene Porter, is taking EW behind the scenes of the hit AMC horror series. For each episode, McDermitt will share his thoughts on what went down and what’s coming up, plus walk us through the ins and outs of the show. This week, McDermitt dives into the 14th episode of season 7, “The Other Side.”
We see some cracks in Rosita’s armor as she starts to let Sasha into her world. Directed by Michael Satrazemis, “The Other Side” sees the story split off into groups of two who are moving forward with their agendas. We got an insight into a little bit of Rosita’s history, and more importantly, what was going on under that rough, hardened exterior she flaunts so effortlessly. We know that Eugene “knows things” but I’ll be damned… so does Rosita! I loved catching a glimpse into her history where we find out what she’s been doing to survive. We find out why she knows how to hot-wire a car or disarm bombs. We learned a little bit more about her relationship with Abraham. As angry and pissed off as she can be in the aftermath of Negan’s atrocities, it’s nice to see a vulnerable side to her.
I thought Christian Serratos and Sonequa Martin-Green absolutely crushed this episode. And I love watching Rosita and Sasha interact. They’re both tremendous actors and portray these characters with such power and grace; their energy is definitely felt on set. I love working with them and I was excited I was able to for just a quick scene in this episode. And even though the scene was short-lived, it always felt like a bigger scene working with the two of them.
The necklace Sasha was wearing that Rosita gave Abraham was such a slap in the face for Rosita. I love that this tiny little moment from season 6 came back in a big way for these characters in this episode. I have to be honest… part of me loves the sweet badass Sasha stepping in front of the moving freight train known as Rosita. I love the snide remarks she makes toward Sasha. But something I’ve realized I love even more is seeing these two on the same page. I hate seeing members of Rick’s group fighting with each other. To see Rosita realize Sasha is willing to put herself on the line for a cause that Rosita started is cutting deep into this woman. Coming together for the same purpose is a great thing! Even if it is to kill Negan. Negan-Negan. Not Eugene-Negan. Man, I hope they can differentiate.
When I was reading the script and saw the part where Daryl and Maggie were hiding in the cellar, my heart started beating really fast. That scene, to read, was so well written. The suspense rarely jumps off the page for me as a reader, but that’s a testament to Angela Kang and what she wrote. The sad part about that scene was when the Savior left and Daryl broke down and said he was sorry because Glenn died. This broke my heart. This man must feel so much guilt for jumping up and punching Negan. Even though Negan is a nutbag and probably would’ve killed Glenn anyway (or anybody else for that matter), the emotional weight Daryl has been carrying around must have been so heavy on his shoulders. Props to Norman Reedus for such a layered and beautiful performance. I love that guy, even though he licks me every chance he gets.
And then we get to Gregory & Simon, my favorite new sitcom spinoff from The Walking Dead. Oh, Gregory, you evil bastard. You’re only out for yourself, aren’t you? Gregory continues to piss me off, and yet, I love it. I don’t know what is wrong with me. Any scene between him and Simon the Savior is something I will re-watch over and over again. It’s no wonder that Xander Berkeley and Steven Ogg have their own hashtag #XandOgg because the bromance is real. Michael Cudlitz (R.I.P. Abe) and I look upon them and get a little jealous. Steven Ogg is awesome as Simon. I hate Simon so much and yet find myself laughing at some of the things he says and does. Half the stuff Steven Ogg does is not in the script and that’s all Steven’s choices as an actor. He’s unhinged in a beautiful way. I love that he has the freedom to take risks within this character. It’s what makes him great and I love watching him in EVERYTHING he does. And he’s an amazing gentleman on top of that so bonus points for Mr. Ogg.
I can’t believe we only have two episodes left this season.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.