In the latest episode of The Walking Dead, Rick and the gang take on the Saviors.
Looks like the women of Alexandria are finally getting a slice of happiness (except for Rosita, poor thing), Carol being the latest to see some action. Although she’s usually pretty tough, she’s been feeling a bit emotional and it’s taking a toll. The episode begins with her gathering ingredients to make cookies for the residents, who are low on supplies. She makes a batch of acorn beet cookies (ummm, ok) and takes them to her very grateful neighbors, particularly Tobin. The two of them flirt it up a bit before she delivers one last cookie. Before she does, Morgan stops to talk. He’s still on that we-shouldn’t-kill kick, but he wonders why Carol hasn’t told Rick about the Wolf he held captive. She claims she just wants to move on, but something’s going on with her under the surface and it’s threatening to blow. Done with Morgan, Carol makes her last cookie drop-off. It’s at poor Sam’s grave, who was recently killed by walkers during the herd invasion.
When Rick and the rest come back from the Hilltop, he meets with the core group to discuss the deal they made with Gregory to kill Negan and the Saviors. Morgan stands up and asks if they need to kill them. This again? Dude, if you knew what I know, the answer would be a huge FUCK YES! The rest of the group agrees with Rick, even though they all seem a bit nervous about the plan.
Later, Carol can’t sleep so she grabs a cigarette and takes a walk. She runs into Tobin, who can’t seem to sleep either. They talk for a bit and end up sharing a kiss. I’m sure after her horrible husband, Tobin is a very welcome gift for Carol.
As for Rosita, she gets dumped by Abraham in the worst way. He just starts packing his stuff and says, “I’m leaving.” Really? After everything, that’s what you tell her? Come on, Red! I thought you were better than that. Rosita does not take it well (why would she?) and demands a real reason for his departure. He says, “I thought you were the last woman on Earth. You’re not.” Wow! Talk about harsh as fuck. Big Red leaves a devastated Rosita alone in that giant house with Eugene for company. Classy.
Elsewhere, Rick, Michonne, Daryl, Glenn and Maggie work with Andy to gauge the Saviors’ defenses. Everyone but Rick seems to be nervous about this attack. He comes up with a way to get into the Saviors’ compound, which includes the walkers.
The next day, the group heads out so they can find walkers who look similar to Gregory. The plan is to use one of their heads as a decoy to trick Negan into thinking Gregory was killed, as requested. While roaming through the woods, Glenn and Heath discuss the fact that they’ll have to kill people, which neither one has done so far. Glenn admits that he’s nervous about that as well as the entire plan. Carol seems nervous as well, and confronts Rick about Maggie. She wants to know why Maggie is even out there with them since she’s pregnant. Rick tells her that it was Maggie’s choice but Carol says she’s going to stay with her as a backup.
The plan starts to come together, as 3 heads are displayed for inspection. One looks close enough, except for the nose. Rick actually picks up the head, gives it a few good punches, and then seems satisfied with the result. Andy tells Rick that the Saviors may be scary but they’ve got nothing on him. Andy, you have no idea.
When night falls, the group makes its way to the Saviors’ compound. Andy drives up with the severed head and red lights automatically come on over the building. A voice demands his exit from the vehicle and it is a tense few minutes as the guards examine the head. When it (barely) passes muster, one of the guards goes in to get Craig. The other guard starts whistling the “Happy Birthday” song until Daryl cuts his throat and ends that irritating sound. The rest of the group swoop in, grab the dead guard and make him disappear before the other one comes out. Once the battered Craig is brought out, Michonne sticks the other guard and the group enters the compound. You would think they had been a Special Ops team the way they were moving.
Rick is the first to find a sleeping Savior and he sticks his knife into him without a sound. Glenn and Heath find the next room, with two sleeping Saviors in that one. Both are terrified about killing the slumbering men, but it has to be done. Glenn goes first, almost losing it as the knife goes into the Savior. Heath gets ready to do it, as well, but Glenn stops him. No need for both of them to become killers so he does it for his friend. No turning back now. Before they move on to the next room, they notice a bunch of Polaroids on a corkboard. They’re all of dead people with their heads bashed in to bloody messes. I’m scared.
The quiet turns into chaos when a Savior, who attacks Abraham and Sasha before he is wounded, sounds the alarm. The whole place turns into a shooting gallery and the group goes full on Special Ops. By the time the shooting stops, every one of the Saviors is dead, including the one shot by Father Gabriel.
After the fighting is done, Heath and Tara leave for their two-week scouting trip. The group gets ready to leave until they hear a motorcycle. What the deuce? A surviving Savior comes out of the compound on Daryl’s bike, but Rosita clips him. Daryl tackles the guy and starts beating his ass before a voice comes over the walkie talkie telling them all to stand down. Rick tells the voice to come out so they can talk, but that ain’t gonna happen. The voice says they’ve got Maggie and Carol so now things are really fucked. Looks like the Saviors are more formidable than Rick imagined. But where is Negan?
The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.