When walkers accost the convoy, Jared and a line of Saviors, who are tied up together, attempt to escape in the woods. Another line tries to follow, but one of them has the good sense not to run away from their heavily armed captors. Morgan gives chase and kills one of them, but when he turns his gun on Jared, Jesus comes up behind him to knock it away. The two have a heated exchange that leads to a physical fight. They’re faced again with this idea of “turning,” of losing oneself to this cruel world. Can you come back to yourself once you’ve embraced a darker nature? To be honest, I don’t so much care anymore for the answer because this has been hashed out many times over: Rick and Morgan lost themselves multiple times and came back.
Jesus is able to fend him off and, in the end, Morgan snaps out of it and admits he’s “not right” in the head. But that doesn’t inherently make his stance on the situation wrong. He declares he can’t be a part of this and walks off into the woods.
Another bad decision comes from Maggie. Gregory makes his way back to Hilltop, but the people won’t let him through the gates. Maggie confronts him about trying to sell them out to The Saviors, but she still lets him in after hearing him beg and plead. She tells Enid that Gregory is “not worth killing,” which — wake up, Maggie! — of course he is. What about the time the Saviors came and Gregory tried to lead them to the closet where she was hiding? What about every single time he gets scared for his own life and does something that royally screws everyone else? And the fact she somehow believes he drove there in Gabriel’s car without having any clue to Gabriel’s whereabouts is infuriating. He’s such a danger and will probably do something else to get someone killed.
As expected, when Jesus comes back with prisoners of war, Gregory is the first one to shout about how dangerous it would be to welcome them in. Fortunately, his opinion means little now. But still, he has a point. Maggie isn’t on Jesus’ side like he expected. There are families with children at Hilltop that will be put in danger if the Saviors stay there. Jesus suggests putting them in trailers out back under heavy watch. When he mentions that they surrendered, Maggie’s response was my own: “Jesus!” We’re left with Jesus standing his ground: “We can’t let them go and we can’t kill them.” So, it looks like they’re staying…?
Elsewhere, there’s another casualty of war. Aaron carries Eric away from the fighting to nurse his bullet wound, and they share a intimate moment as Eric commands his love to go back to the fighting. Though it’s difficult for him, Aaron does. But by the time he gets back, Eric is already hobbling toward a herd of walkers in the distance to join the dead. Ross Marquand sells the performance well, physically caving into himself as an ally carries him back to the others. (Head here for actor Jordan Woods-Robinson’s thoughts on Eric’s demise.) Rick and Daryl have to fight through the outpost after the Saviors Morales signaled came back. The guns they were looking for aren’t there. Rick carries out the baby, Gracie, and Aaron volunteers to bring her back to the Hilltop.
Rick now has to go make a pit stop to talk to “those a–holes” who told them the guns were at the outpost. Could it be Jadis and her junkyard colony? If so, I’ll turn you over to Maggie. (“Jesus!”) As they prepare to depart, a few gunshots are fired their way. Rick and Daryl take cover, coercing a young boy — the same guy who was being bullied by a Savior earlier at the outpost — to come out from behind the trees. Rick gives him his word he won’t kill him in exchange for information about the guns. The kid says they were here but were moved to Gavin’s outpost a day earlier, and Daryl promptly puts a bullet in the boy’s head as Rick looks on with disgust. But this is war, and he doesn’t have time to linger over what Morales said earlier about the men they turned into. It’s on to the next outpost.
The final scene goes to Ezekiel and Carol. The king celebrates how they didn’t lose a single life in their mission, which of course means something bad is about to happen. As Carol goes off to sweep the compound, Ezekiel spots a gunman stirring behind the building’s vents and shouts for everyone to scatter. A rain of bullets shower the scene as members of The Kingdom fall and soldiers throw their bullet-riddled bodies over Ezekiel to protect him.
Hey, at least it didn’t end with another speech.