The Walking Dead came back last night with the episode before the season finale and things are being staged for an epic showdown between sides.
We had a lot of different things happening this week with a lot of our favorite characters. The second half of the seventh season is definitely shaping itself into something way better than the first half and it’s been a long time coming. But we still have one more week before the showdown between Rick’s group and Negan. Until then, let’s recap what happened last night on “Something They Need,” in which Tara finally tells Rick about the Oceanside Community and Dwight meets his redemption arc.
Friends or Foe
We’ll start off in Oceanside, where some of the favorite scenes occurred.Tara finally feels like she needs to tell everyone that she knows where they can find guns. They found guns from that carnival a few weeks ago but that wasn’t enough for the Scavengers. I think the realization that Negan will never stop (especially after Denise, Spencer, and Olivia’s death) put into motion that Tara needs to just give it up and do the right thing.
So Rick and Michonne led the group to go and steal the guns of the Oceanside community. They know their not going to be able to convince this community to hand over their guns. But they also don’t want to kill any innocent people, so they devise a plan to use explosions and the only kind of brute force that is necessary. Along the way, things seem to keep going not as planned.
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
A horde of walkers shows up just in time to teach both sides of communities that they can work together and that they mean no harm. After taking down every last walker, the Oceanside community agrees to “lend” them their guns but the matriarch of the community won’t allow them to fight with them.
While this is happening in Oceanside, Gregory and Maggie are having their own discourse at Hilltop. I think Gregory is finally beginning to see that maybe Maggie isn’t so bad after all. Gregory doesn’t know how to kill walkers. He’s been behind the wall this entire time. He’s a terrible leader. Maggie on the other hand has been through the ringer and is shaping up to be the Rick Grimes of the Hilltop group.
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Xander Berkeley as Gregory – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
The most disappointing part of this season was that is completely skipped over how Sasha sacrificed herself to get into Camp Negan. That could’ve added so much meat to her character arc over the back half of S7 but that went wasted. The even more disappointing part of this season is that they’re trying to get me to like Negan right before Rick Grimes is going to attack him. The fact that he’s okay with throwing alive people into a fire is okay but once one of his men goes to rape a woman, it’s not okay? Don’t get me wrong- I appreciate the moral but it’s a little late for redemption.
Speaking of redemption- let’s talk Dwight and how he shows up to actually help the Alexandrians. I really hope they’re not trying to pull a quick one on me because this whole “Dwight switches over to the good side” story line they have got going on is one of the things I’m most excited for next week. This season has opened my eyes to his past and although he’s made some shitty decisions recently, how could he not when he went through the exact thing Daryl did?
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
A lot of people are about to face their demons next week and I just hope that those demons don’t get in the way of their common goal. Like when Daryl lost his cool when he saw Dwight. We have one common enemy and that’s Negan.
And from the preview for next week, it seems as though King Ezekiel is joining forces as well. Things are shaping up to be a pretty epic episode. But will it end like it did during the sixth season? Check out our next article below to find out.
The season 7 finale of The Walking Dead will air on Sunday, April 2 on AMC at 9/8c. This will be followed by the last episode of The Talking Dead until Fear the Walking Dead begins again in June. Be sure to come back on Monday morning to catch our recap and review right here on Culturess.