The Walking Dead, Season 6 – Knots Untie

In the latest episode of The Walking Dead, Jesus, Rick and the gang traveled to the Hilltop.

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene and Xander Berkeley as Gregory – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

In past seasons of The Walking Dead, whenever new characters were introduced to the show, it usually meant trouble was not far behind.  In the latest episode, the feeling of foreboding I had has become much worse.  When Jesus escaped from the makeshift prison at Alexandria, he was surrounded by Carl, Darryl and a few others, guns drawn, which was the perfect time for Rick and Michonne to come running out half naked.  Once everything calmed down, they all sat down with Jesus who tried to convince Rick & Co to visit his camp called Hilltop.  The group was flabbergasted that there are other camps out there that have been trading with each other.  Jesus asked them to come to his camp so he could show them how things operate at his camp.

As they all got ready, Carl and Rick awkwardly discussed Rick’s new relationship.  Carl, being the man-child that he is, was cool with it.  He also wasn’t ready to face the outside world just yet and decided to stay put, which was so weird to hear.  Carl is usually pretty eager to get out there and shoot something, but his injury had him feeling some kind of way about himself.  I hope he gets over it because that kid gives me life.

Meanwhile, Abraham had Sasha on the brain something bad.  When the pair came in from their morning patrol, joking and laughing as always, Sasha messed up Big Red’s world when she revealed her new patrol assignment.  She knew how Abraham felt about her, but no way was she playing second to his relationship with Rosita (who’s getting a raw deal with Big Red’s indecisiveness, by the way).  The look on Abraham’s face was telling, because he looked like he was going to fall down and start blubbering.  But you can’t have it both ways, Red.  Make a decision already!

While on the road, Rick and Michonne were busy making googly eyes at each other, which was nice to see since those two were always on high alert.  In the back, Abraham asked Glenn about Maggie’s pregnancy.  His biggest concern was how they could even consider having a child (or “making pancakes” as he so eloquently put it) in the world they lived in now.  Glenn told Red that they’re trying to build something, which included having a baby.  Abraham didn’t seem convinced.  Before he could think on it some more, the group stopped after seeing a recent crash on the road.  Jesus told them it was one of Hilltop’s vehicles and that just made everyone feel like they were walking into a trap.  Jesus once again had guns in his face as the gang looked for crash survivors.  Once they were all found, they got back on the road and finally made it to Hilltop Colony.

Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, and Tom Payne as Jesus – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Well what do you know?  Hilltop seemed pretty nice!  There were crops, livestock, even a blacksmith!  But how?  Jesus took the group to meet the leader of Hilltop, a man named Gregory (played by Xander Berkeley).  Gregory made sure everyone knew he was the boss, especially Rick.  Yeah, he’s a real prick.  Before Rick could go all savage on him, Maggie was tasked with negotiating a trade between the two camps.  That proved difficult at first, since Gregory wanted to do was get into Maggie’s pants.  Again, a real prick.

But all of that changed when some of Hilltop’s people came back from meeting with the mysterious Negan and his Saviors.  Only Ethan (Justin Kucsulain), Crystal (Kimberly Leemans) and Andy (Jeremy Palko) made it back, with Ethan’s brother Craig held hostage.  Apparently, Hilltop was light on its delivery to Negan and he had to teach them a lesson.  He also told them to kill Gregory, as evidenced by the knife Ethan plunged into his belly.  Rick and the rest sprung into action, which resulted in Ethan’s quick (and bloody) death.  Jesus finally fessed up and told Rick the deal Hilltop made with Negan.  This gave Maggie the leverage she needed to negotiate with Gregory, which she did and used to the group’s advantage.  Rick and the group agreed to rescue Craig and kill Negan, but will they be successful?  Negan sounds like a nasty piece of work and may be hard for the group to best.  Before they left, Rick and Michonne discussed the rescue attempt.  Rick said that they would win, but before he got in the RV he hesitated for just a bit, which made me worry about the group.  I guess we’ll finally meet Negan and the Saviors next week to know for sure if my worries were justified.

The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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