Warning: General spoilers ahead
With the exception of the massacre of the Kingdom soldiers in episode 8.04 “Some Guy,” All Out War has really been moving in Rick’s favor. Everything was going as planned, and with the Sanctuary being surrounded by walkers and running low on food and supplies, it seems a surrender was all but inevitable. However, all of this hinged on all parties staying on script and not deviating from the plan. Unfortunately in Sunday’s episode, a couple characters (and one mega-idiot in particular!) decide they know better than Rick and everyone else and implement their own plan — with disastrous consequences. Yes, everyone, brace yourselves because this episode is a turning point, where everything starts to shift back to Negan’s favor.
As we may recall from last week’s episode, Daryl (Norman Reedus), Tara (Alanna Masterson), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Michonne (Danai Gurira) appear to have gone rogue and are planning their own attack on the Sanctuary. Now, the big question is do they actually risk everything and go through with it? Well, sort of. I mean they do but not all of them. Two characters out of this rogue group finally snap out of it, come to their senses and leave. One character that I will say remains is Daryl, and he is definitely leading this charge. He is reminded of the risk, of the consequences, but quite honestly, he doesn’t care. So, yes, Daryl does get to launch his little “revenge” mission, but how it plays out is not at all what was expected. We don’t get to see the full aftermath, but I have a strong suspicion that by next week’s mid-season finale, Daryl Dixon may be one of the most hated characters on the show.
That leads me to Eugene (Josh McDermitt) — or as Negan calls him, the “number two” at the Sanctuary. As we know, Eugene has been tasked to figure a way out of the Sanctuary’s walker problem, to the point where his life depends on it. No pressure, right? However, as we can see from the below sneak peek, Eugene now knows that Dwight is the traitor, and Dwight knows that he knows. So, every potential solution that Eugene comes up with is immediately shot down by Dwight (literally). So, things aren’t looking very good — well, until Daryl %&^** Dixon happens. No details here, but I will say it looks as if Daryl’s little stunt may have given Eugene an epiphany on how to get the Sanctuary out of this mess. The only good news that come out of this effed-up situation is while on the surface it appears that Eugene has 100% drank the Negan Kool-Aid, we do learn by the end of the episode that he’s struggling. Eugene has been boozing — and A LOT — and so much that he’s throwing up. For all the Eugene Porter fans out there, there’s your glimmer of hope that our formerly lovable geek may eventually flip and do the right thing.
Finally, what about Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the predicament he found himself in with the Scavengers at the end of last week’s episode? If his past experience with Jadis and her garbage people is any indication, I don’t think we really should worry. Instead, what we really should worry about it is what will happen when Rick learns what Daryl and his sidekicks did and how it may have jammed up everything.
Episode 8.07 of The Walking Dead is titled “Time For After” and airs Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.
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