This episode opens to Carol preparing to go out on what she says is her attempt to locate Negan. Watching her every move, Daryl decides to tag along with her, concerned with what her mindset is nowadays. By her side the entire time, Daryl tries to break through the wall Carol has put up since returning from the boat and attempting to kill Alpha at the border. Things get a little tense when the two approach a walker herd, looking for potential Whisperers.
With Rosita dealing with an illness, Siddiq takes her to see Doctor Dante, only to find that numerous more people are ill. Siddiq transfers into medical mode and shouts orders to Dante, doing what he can to cure their ailment–while still facing his own personal demons that have been resting in his mind since the end of season nine. Additionally, Eugene has made a connection with a woman from another community over the radio. In order to keep her trust, Eugene agrees to keep their conversations to themselves, at least until more trust is gained between the two.
Standing out once again this episode is the trials of Negan, as he has made his way into the hands of the Whisperers. Negan attempts to profess his allegiance to the clan, but Beta isn’t having any of it. Negan is quickly put through the wringer of Whisperer 101, skinning corpses, hunting, and more. Negan succeeds through this obstacles, all the while antagonizing Beta every chance he can get. All that antagonizing leads to Beta leading Negan out at night with a herd–and leaving him to defend himself when he kills a walker, causing the rest of the herd to come after Negan.
Back at the Whisperer camp, Beta informs Alpha that Began was weak and unable to complete the training. However, much to their surprise, a figure is walking through the camp. The figure is boisterous, wearing a leather jacket, and carrying a long, bloody stump of wood. Negan stops before Alpha, drops the log, and kneels before her, appearing to be in full allegiance with the Whisperers.
Is Negan legitimately joining this crew of skin-walkers, or is he playing the long game and waiting for the right time to turn on them? Leave your comments below!
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