December 03, 2017 at 10:04 PM EST

The Walking Dead

TV Show
Drama, Horror, Thriller
run date
Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus
We gave it a B-

As Eugene is walking down a dim hallway — half lit, the other half covered in shadow — Harlan, the doctor from Hilltop, calls him into the medical room to look after Gabriel, who’s on a bed suffering from an infection. Harlan pities Gabriel’s condition and wishes they had more medicine, but Eugene wishes Gabriel didn’t conspire to put them in their current situation in the first place. The doctor leaves them to go find herbs for some Eastern medicinal treatment. As Gabriel struggles to lift his glass of water, Eugene helps him, though forcefully so — mirroring his inner conflict, caring for Gabriel but hating him for his part in AHK’s uprising.

As they chat, Gabriel implores Eugene to “do the right thing,” though he says “the right thing” could be “right for some and damn near horrific for others.” Taking his hand, Gabriel points to the near-Biblical phenomena of the dead rising again and argues that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he will know what the right thing is when it presents itself. Eugene is left with a blotch of blood lingering on his thumb when Morgan, keeping watch on the Sanctuary from his sniper’s post, catches sight of Daryl pulling up in a truck.

Tanya, one of Negan’s wives, goes to meet Eugene in his room. They made a deal: If he fixed her stereo, she’d pay in wine. He hasn’t been able to complete the repairs in light of the stress of walkers on their doorstep, but she says she’s always been trapped so she hasn’t thought much of being physically trapped — proving that at the end of the day, Eugene’s logic on all this is still horse crap. While he admitted aloud to Gabriel that he is a very selfish person who’s only looking out for himself, his actions still suggest he’s trying to do right. His implication is that AHK’s way is worse for everyone involved, yet he forgets about all the women who are forced to marry and have sex with Negan through blackmail, all the people who are run weary working for Negan and his generals, all those who’ve been ruthlessly executed for wanting out, and all those who’ve been brutalized day in and day out.

Before she leaves, Eugene asks Tanya if he could still have the second bottle of wine to help him sleep. She reminds him that he could have helped her and Frankie before when they asked him for something to kill Negan, but instead he looked out for himself, and now that’s weighing on him. She leaves him with his own guilt (and the wine) when Laura comes to summon Eugene to Negan.

While all this is going on, Daryl and Tara are getting ready to screw everything up. Dwight mentioned to Eugene earlier that all he has to do to ensure AKH’s victory is just be patient and let the plan play out. These folks can’t do that. With Michonne and Rosita by their side, they’re planning to plow a truck straight through the Sanctuary walls to let the walkers flood in. They assume the workers are on the other side of the compound, so they should be okay.

Michonne and Rosita both question why they can’t just wait things out when so many things could potentially go wrong by acting in haste. Tara mentions the truck with the speakers and how something like that could happen again, and Daryl adds that they don’t have the Kingdom’s forces anymore. But Rosita reminds him that Rick is off trying to get the Scavengers to fight with them. (Speaking of which: What’s going to happen if Rick rolls up with Jadis, and Daryl and Tara have already acted?) It’s an argument that goes around and around in circles, with Daryl and Tara unwilling to listen to reason. Morgan walks up to offer his aid with sniping, as well, so Rosita decides she’s pulling herself out of the situation and reminds Michonne about Sasha’s death — about what can happen when they jump the gun. (Recap continues on the next page)

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