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By James Bullock Oct 19, 2017 - 3:42 PM print


Since the series’ second season, the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic book has embraced separating an entire season perfectly in half; unusually bridging the two “parts” with a moment that changes the very course of the show’s lead characters. Following the events of season five, the group of protagonists led by a former cop were looked upon as invaders of a foreign land by taking residence in a town barricaded from the world destroyed by an unknown disease that would eventually draw the attention of a ravenous band of men & women simply known as “The Saviors” under the lead of the enigmatic Negan. Lets find out what occurred during the second half of “The Walking Dead” season seven. (Part 1/Season's First Half)

Call to Arms (Episode 9 – “Rock in the Road”; Episode 10 – “New Best Friends”; Episode 12 – “Say Yes”)


The mid-season seven finale ended with Rick Grimes and the rest of Alexandria witnessing the son of the town’s original leader being sliced open & gutted in the street by Negan. It was a moment of realization for Rick that no matter what Negan said, no matter how many supplies he gathered, no matter how subservient he was to Negan Alexandria wouldn’t last for long if they didn’t fight back. But to Rick’s surprise, Alexandria and another colony known as “The Hilltop” (an area stationed by Jesus, Maggie Rhee, Sasha Williams & Daryl Dixon – the latter escaping the confines of Negan & The Sanctuary during the season’s first half) weren’t the only ones hindered by Negan’s spreading reign. Ironically enough, there was a king whose own kingdom was submissive to the ultra-powerful gang known as The Saviors. Under the advice of Jesus, Rick had the opportunity to enter The Kingdom and interact with King Ezekiel (and the awesome tiger Shiva). Though Rick & crew were reunited with Morgan Jones & Carol Peletier – two people who spoke highly of Rick’s successful wars against men like Negan including The Governor – King Ezekiel proved apprehensive about butting heads with The Saviors for the same reason as the leader of The Hilltop Gregory stated: their current financial sacrifices were not worth the lives of their townspeople.

But The Kingdom was losing on the good graces of The Saviors with each passing gathering of supplies thanks to the simple fact everything is so finite in the post-apocalyptic world (and even a little sabotage from the king’s own in hopes of proving The Kingdom needed to go to war alongside Alexandria). While King Ezekiel had an epiphany in regards to whether or not he should join Alexandria & fight or stay subservient, Rick & his best backup headed into the unknown in search for Father Gabriel after the latter decided to search for a lone boat surrounded by walkers apparently containing a great amount of supplies (both food & weapons). When approaching their destination, a group eventually revealing themselves as “The Scavengers” put Alexandria’s leader in a do or die situation that results in Rick doing what he does best: surviving in a fatal situation – in this case burying a metal-encased walker in a mountain of trash to avoid being killed in the middle of a garbage pit. With Rick proving his worth – and by that the worth of his people – The Scavengers’ leader Jadis agreed to fight alongside Alexandria against Negan if they could produce at least a third of The Saviors’ weapons and some of Alexandria’s supplies.

To accomplish the promise Rick made to The Scavengers, Tara did what she said she wouldn’t earlier in the season by revealing the location of a settlement solely inhabited by gun-totting women, Oceanside. The confrontation between Rick and Oceanside’s Natania didn’t go as smoothly as planned when a hoard of walkers overheard the situation and was drawn in to be cut down. With Natania subdued following the team battle and many of her people willing to fight for their opportunity to no longer live in seclusion to avoid Negan tyrannical reign, Rick took the weapons and even recruited a few Oceanside inhabitants for what was surely to be an all-out war.

Questioning Your Place in Life (Episode 11 – “Hostiles and Calamities”)


Over the course of the seventh season, two men greatly associated with their respective sides in this potential brewing war between Alexandria and The Saviors found themselves questioning whether or not the side they were fighting for all this time really had their best interests. Dwight of The Saviors was put in charge of a pretty hefty task: break Daryl Dixon and make him a willing participant in Negan’s experiment in crafting a new world order under his leather jacket-wearing rule. But Dwight’s failed mission was only the tip of the iceberg for him because after Dixon made a harrowing escape, Negan’s concubine Sherry had escaped – Dwight’s ex-wife who sacrificed her freedom to save Dwight’s life when they tried to escape. In an effort to prove he didn’t help Sherry get free and prove his worth after failing to break Daryl, Dwight went on the hunt for his old love while contemplating if being a part of Negan’s order was worth it in the end. When Dwight returned to the place he & his wife once called home and discovered nothing but a note from Sherry that explained she not only came there recently, but also freed Daryl he found himself disgusted with how his life turned out. Rather than take a stand and try to go out on his own like his ex-wife did, Dwight returned back to The Saviors’ Sanctuary to save his own skin by planting evidence to get the only doctor in the facility blamed for Sherry’s escape. But it was becoming obvious to Dwight that his current situation wasn’t one made for living a long time.

Without a doctor in The Sanctuary and knowing that someone in Alexandria figured out how to make bullets, Negan headed back to the home of Rick Grimes & crew to take one Eugene Porter back with him to The Sanctuary. Eugene’s initial escorted movement through The Sanctuary was frightful as he believed his demise was near just like Glenn & Abraham before him. Negan had other plans for Eugene – get The Sanctuary up to par by fixing their defenses by fortifying walkers to the front gate, taking care of potential injuries, and entertaining Negan’s wives with an evening of video games & food. Though the luxuries were much more profound than what Eugene had experienced under the leadership of Rick, it was the power given to him courtesy of Negan that changed his thinking completely about his current situation. For Eugene, a man who spent a majority of his time being found out about as a liar who used extravagant stories to get by while stronger people protected him, to have someone invest belief & confidence in his abilities convinced him The Sanctuary was now his home; and he was Negan just like every subservient Savior who unshackled themselves from the names of their past.

Gearing up for War (Episode 14 – “The Other Side”; Episode 15 – “Something They Need”; Episode 16 – “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”)


A majority of the seventh season showed the experiences of various people & groups in standalone episodes including members of The Kingdom growing tired of being underneath Negan’s thumb, Dwight’s dissatisfaction with being a Savior to the point he secretly offers his help to Alexandria in their quest to stop Negan, Carol’s seclusion being happily broken by the arrival of Daryl (leading to her physically helping The Kingdom when going into battle or fixing the wounded), Morgan’s continuous struggle with sustaining the preciousness of life in a not-so-precious world, Eugene joining The Saviors, the power struggle between Gregory & Maggie at The Hilltop (culminating in Maggie saving his life when Gregory couldn’t kill a single walker with a knife she gave to him to watch her back that he contemplated using on her). But what appeared to be one of the most inconsequential consistent interactions had to be whenever Sasha Williams and Rosita Espinosa were onscreen together. Negan & Lucille cut the budding love connection between Abraham and Sasha short at the season’s premiere. Before it was all about Abraham & Sasha having the most innocent moments between two people in love seen since Glenn awkwardly “courted” Maggie, the show’s minor romantic relationship was Rosita & Abraham. Ironically enough, during the time Abraham & Rosita were frolicking Sasha was going through a broken emotional state. Though Sasha understood why Rosita had major problems with her as the seventh season commenced, she couldn’t sit idly by and watch one of her own self-destruct like she almost did following the death of Tyreese.

Eventually Sasha & Rosita found themselves at a crossroads where vengeance met redemption with or without the approval of Rick, Maggie, Jesus or anyone else but them. As the season progressed, Sasha & Rosita decided that waiting for everyone to come up with a plot that would take down Negan wasn’t worth it and they had to cut the head off the snake even if it meant entering The Sanctuary itself by themselves. Waiting until nightfall, the pair snuck through The Sanctuary’s outer perimeter until they spotted Eugene actually working with The Saviors. Disgusted with the sight of a turncoat, Sasha sprinted forward and left Rosita behind in a one-man army effort to strike down Negan – it was in vain as Sasha was easily outnumbered & captured. Stuck in Negan’s confines, Sasha was forced to save her life from an attempted rapist (a man eventually slain by Negan for breaking a Sanctuary rule of no sexual assault), negotiate with Negan for the lives of her people, and even pleaded with Eugene to help her escape; with the latter being her means to truly assist the cause she had in mind. Thanks to handmade suicide pills Eugene crafted with the intent of helping Negan’s concubines that he eventually chose not to give them as it would kill Negan and thus disrupt his new, much appreciated lifestyle, the series’ master of lies offered death in one of its easiest forms to Sasha. But why – why would Sasha want to die when she’s fought so hard to live over the last few seasons?

Sasha’s plan became more apparent as the season finale started wrapping up. Enclosed in a casket, Sasha is convinced by Negan to become a bargaining chip that would hopefully get Alexandria in line while only sacrificing one person from the town. Unbeknownst to Negan when he strolled into Alexandria with Sasha in her temporary tomb was the fact that Williams had already offered herself as the lone sacrifice by ingesting the suicide pill with the intent of dying, turning & attacking Negan when he opened the casket. But like so many plans crafted by Rick & his crew in the past, Sasha’s plan went awry as the animalistic nature of being a walker consumed undead Williams as she was pulled off of Negan by a Savior that she eventually killed while leaving herself open for the true death by her original task. Unbeknownst to undead Sasha her sacrifice wasn’t in vain as Williams coming out of the casket & causing so much chaos interrupted a tense situation caused by The Scavengers turning on Alexandria when they revealed that Negan had given them a sweeter offer. Alexandria, thanks to Sasha attacking Negan, had the chance to fight back; starting with Carl shooting his potential executioner. Fights were breaking out everywhere; culminating in another confrontation between Rick – who had been shot by Jadis – & Negan with Grimes and his son on their knees before Negan & Lucille, unbroken.

Negan’s plan was simple: slaughter Carl in front of his father prior to taking Rick’s hands with some well-placed baseball bat swings. It seemed like fate’s misfortune had finally shown on Rick for the last time when Shiva came leaping onto the screen to devour a Savior. The Kingdom had arrived with Carol & King Ezekiel leading the charge. Maggie & The Hilltop followed suite – giving Negan a glimpse of a woman he believed dead in Glenn’s widow. Rick’s work – the work of his townspeople both home & afar – had finally paid off as The Saviors were now retreating for their lives (The Scavengers as well). A new day had risen in a world meant for the strong & selfish, not the selfless & human. Though to rid the world of The Saviors it was obvious copious amounts of blood will be spilled before a winner is declared.



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