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– by Anthony Esteves

Courtesy of AMC

Courtesy of AMC

“One condition: I get to take the shot.”

In what is probably the happiest opening in recent time on the series, we are gifted with a montage of Rick and Michonne hunting, gathering and sharing some intimate moments with each other. Given the circumstances of the world are characters live in, this is easily the most romantic this series has presented the two. Between stabbing walkers and rummaging through rooms, the two are in each other’s arms, removing the other’s clothing.

This is the primary focus of this latest episode in the seventh season. We’re presented with the love of Rick and Michonne. If there was ever a belief that the two were simply “bed buddies”, that belief is thrown out by the raw moments between our two leads. There is definitely a fire that exists and a deep caring for the other’s well being.

Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC

Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC

After agreeing to push a little farther a couple more days, and unsuccessfully hunting down a deer, the two make their way to a carnival festival grounds, where they come across a large amount of supplies and food. However, the two are looking for firearms to present to their new allies in order to gain their assistance in fighting Negan. With the number of soldier walkers roaming the acreage, the two believe there should be many guns scattered across the field. 

Another moment together reveals how Michonne feels that Rick should take the lead in rebuilding the communities after they defeat Negan. Rick says he’d rather it be the two of them ruling side by side. Yeah. It’s love. These two are in for the real thing.Yet as night falls and Michonne is fast asleep, Rick sits up in bed, unable to fall asleep…

The next day, the two attempt to scour the land looking for guns, but need to find a way to distract the walkers. During the attempt, Rick is distracted by the deer Michonne saw earlier in the week, loses his balance and falls to the ground. Michonne runs to help him but is too late. The horror on her face, seeing a mob of walkers eat what has been given to them, is heartbreaking. Thankfully, she jumped to a conclusion. The walkers had been eating the deer. The joy on her face, as Rick comes barreling out of a structure and gets to hacking, is priceless. 

Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC

Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC

Having collected all the guns possible, Rick, Michonne and the other Survivors present their collection of firearms to their new allies. However, the allies feel there is not enough weapons for them and after Rick fights to keep twenty of the guns, he and Michonne happily agree to go looking for more guns starting the next day.

This episode also paid a bit of attention to Tara and Rosita. Rosita is impatient about the long wait of finding allies, supplies and firearms to battle Negan. Tara, although positive about Rick and Michonne’s mission, is battling internally about whether or not to tell Rick about the Oceanside community, where many firearms are located. Toward the end of the episode, back at Alexandria, as Rick approaches Tara to ask if she has seen Rosita, who is now late for her watch duty, Tara finally decides to let it out and tells Rick she has something to tell him.

In the final scene of this episode, we see that Rosita has made her way to Hilltop, where she meets Sasha at the graves of Glenn and Abraham. The two share a look toward each other and it is then that we learn why Rosita is there. Sahsa looks back at Rosita and says “one condition: I get to take the shot.” Rosita agrees and pulls out a sniper rifle from her bag. Rosita and Sasha have plans to sneak into the Savior stronghold and assassinate Negan on what seems to be a planned suicide mission.