The Survivors of Alexandria, Hilltop, and the Kingdom crossed the imposed border. The Whisperers are aware of their actions. Now, repercussions may be paid in the third episode of this season of The Walking Dead.
In the opening moments, the Survivors are battling back a horde of walkers at the gates. The battle goes on for an hour. Then two hours. Then six hours. Eventually, it is revealed that our protagonists have been fighting back the horde for over 48 hours. Michonne, Daryl, Carol, Rosita, Eugene, and others are up for most of that time battling back the horde—and the fatigue is setting in on some. After those 48 hours, the Survivors meet with Alpha and the Whisperers at the border, who accuse them of crossing the border on three occasions. Alpha threatens to impose stricter sanctions on them, which doesn’t settle well with Carol. After some antagonizing comments from Alpha, Carol nearly makes a chaotic decision.
The episode delves deeper into the certain mental and emotional states of the main characters. Michonne and Daryl debate Carol’s state of mind. Carol is having a difficult time differentiating between what is real and what is an illusion—most likely fueled by her continuous use of a prescription drug to keep her awake. Siddiq continues to battle his PTSD due to last season’s executions. Eugene finally realizes his relationship with Rosita will never go past platonic. And theme there’s Alpha, who basks in the authority she claims to have.
An interesting development in the episode was the relationship between Negan and Aaron. From the start, Aaron has legitimate anger toward Negan, given Negan’s actions in the past. Yet, with his alleged evolution since the middle of last season, there is the potential of Negan turning a new leaf—while still maintaining his sarcastic delivery. Animosity turns to a small level of trust when Negan makes a decision regarding Aaron’s fate as it falls in the hands of a few walkers.
Will Negan redeem himself? Is Carol losing it? Will Michonne go on the offensive with the Whisperers? When will Maggie return? Hopefully, all these questions will be answered this season.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC, and is available for streaming on the AMC app.
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