The second episode of Season 9 of The Walking Dead is all about bridges...literally, figuratively, in every which way. Hence the title "The Bridge" which continues to ask the question: Can people truly come together? Or will there always be conflict? At least between Saviors & Non-Saviors? Can a bridge between these once warring parties ever truly be created?
We start off the episode with a voice over from Rick discussing how they are evolving, building and growing. We see the fruits of his labor in terms of various members of the community going about their day to day tasks and responsibilities, romantic relationships, all illustrating a sense of normalcy in this dangerous world. We even see young Henry kiss Carol before running off to his own errands, as she and Ezekiel look on proudly (awww). We come to realize eventually that this Rick voice over is because this is all being explained to Negan (yes, he's still very much alive, lest you forget) by Rick, as he visits his jail cell. Rick greatly advocates on how it is in people's nature to come together while it is obvious that Negan greatly disagrees and believes that it is in people's nature to DISAGREE and to engage in conflict. Rick's annoyance with Negan's disapproval almost gives off the impression that he WANTS to convince Negan of his way, that he CARES what he thinks. These jail cell conversations will likely continue in the episodes to come (especially you're at all familiar with the comics *ahem*).
This point comes up again in a conversation between Alden and Rick regarding worker Saviors, therefore we can quickly infer that SOMETHING is going on that these Saviors are being picked off (particularly in light of how the episode ends). But we'll revisit this topic at the end.
Also, it is worth noting that apparently Georgie (the woman who gave Maggie the handbook "The Key to the Future") has been in regular contact with Maggie on the progress at the communities and has tried to convince Maggie to come and JOIN her. But, join her...where? Well, if you're a comic book fan, you likely have an idea where Georgie's from but only time will tell if that's accurate.
The question then becomes, who has the RIGHT to make that call? On who is redeemable and who isn't? That's still left to be determined.
On another note, we see a romantic/lustful relationship blossom between Anne/Jadis and Father Gabriel. Anne seems to have a closer friendship with him than with anyone else and even works on a portrait sketch, based on Gabriel's recollection. Turns out that this was a sketch of his church organist who he happened to have strong feelings for. Finally during his night watch, while sitting on a bench, Anne finally makes a sexual move on Gabriel (damn, pretty aggressive Anne), who FULLY reciprocates after he explains that he's Episcopalian, meaning no celibacy for him (damn Gabriel with the smooth words).
What is the MOST interesting however, is what happens AFTER their little stolen moment: As Anne now stands in now as apparently the Watch (holding one of her little wire creatures, I may add), she looks up...and notices the black helicopter flying overhead, causing her eyes to widen as large as saucers.
Clearly this helicopter is always hovering nearby in some sort of regular observation. But who is manning it? Georgie's group? Someone else altogether? I have a feeling that we'll finally get a firm answer to these questions this season.
But the focal aspect of this episode all revolves around the bridge, and the repairs needed to be completed in order to unify the areas and also be ready for when a potential roaming hoard eventually comes there way. We see that both Saviors and Non-Saviors are working on the bridge but the tensions are very high between both sides. Things come to a head when Justin (one of the Saviors) decides to push young Henry aside in order to gulp up more water than he should, since one cup is being rationed to each person. Henry decides to take it upon himself to knock Justin down with his stick, something that he does not take lightly. As he goes to attack Henry, Daryl stops him which becomes an all out brawl between the two men, only to be broken up by Rick. In a tent scene very reminiscent of a scene out of M*A*S*H (actually, all of the tent episodes felt like scenes from M*A*S*H), Daryl very clearly expresses how he feels that The Saviors are all past redemption.
So who this person that is apparently picking off Saviors left and right? And who's way is right and who's way is wrong? How can a "more perfect union" be achieved after a war? And how do we govern moving forward? It seems that this will continue to be a focus at least in the front half of the season. The war's over...now what? That was the easy part but what comes next? Well, that's decidedly more complicated.
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