By Carolina Gallardo (@carolgallardo)
We get to see before the credits even roll, an opening sequence of a day in the life of Michonne. We get to see that during the day, Michonne is fulfilling her daily obligations of working on a new government charter (remember, Michonne WAS a lawyer in her previous life), taking care of toddler Judith as well as general governing of Alexandria. This includes tending to the sick, breaking up petty squabbles and the like. But at night, we see a restless Michonne unable to sleep. It's at this point that she grabs her katana, goes outside (all unbeknownst to Rick) and unleashes her warrior self toward walkers that she purposely attracts. We've seen this from Michonne before when they FIRST arrived at Alexandria and she still felt the need to keep her fighting skills sharp (no pun intended) by battling walkers at night, behind everyone's back.
Now. My question is: Was THAT Lucille? Or was that another random bat that was left behind? Something to think about.
Back at the Hilltop, Maggie's informed that she's received another letter from Georgie. She quickly disregards and says that she'll read it later. She leaves baby Hershel with help and asks Jesus to watch over the community while she goes attend to some business (after she packs a crowbar in her knapsack). Jesus is no fool and knows EXACTLY where Maggie is headed and what her intentions are but as much as he pleads with her, Maggie's mind is set and she's off. Jesus then alerts the Calvary essentially, which results in Jerry contacting Rick to let him know that Maggie's on her way. And that's ALL that has to be said to understand what that means. Rick immediately radioed one the posts, stating that she is not allowed entry without permission and escorting. Unfortunately, that all falls on deaf ears since the post is manned by a member of Oceanside/a Maggie Sympathizer. She ignores his warning and goes back to her magazine (can you imagine reading an old magazine during the apocalypse? Talk about nostalgia). Daryl then of all people (red flag) offers to give Rick a ride to Alexandria, which Rick of course takes him up on. In the meantime, the river is rising and the bridge will likely not hold for much longer, especially in light of the incoming walker herds, according to Eugene.
Back at Alexandria however, Michonne is forced to have some one on one time with Negan. She's informed by one of the members of the community that Negan is on a hunger strike and is not eating. She visits his cell to ensure that he eats but what ends up happening is a discussion between these two warriors. Negan correctly identifies that Michonne IS a warrior and that this domestic goddess role is not who she truly is. They also confide in each other about their past: Negan's wife passing away from cancer without them ever being able to have a child of their own, something he always wanted. Michonne's own son Andre passing away when the Apocalypse hit, simply "not making it". This is company that Negan DEEPLY relishes, since he is basically relegated to solitary confinement (poor guy...yes, I am a Negan apologist). Eventually though, he hits a raw nerve with her, stating that it was probably for the best that his wife and her son passed away because they would've held them back from being strong. At this comment, Michonne bristles and storms out...only to eventually return and resume her conversations with Negan. She ensures him that she is not like him and she doesn't relish fighting but she wants to make the world better for her daughter (IE, Judith). He then begins to question her on the whereabouts of his Lucille, to which Michonne replies that she likely is still out there but she's not clear on her whereabouts. This sends Negan into a frenzy, wailing about wanting to be reunited with his "Lucille" (more likely his wife, then the bat itself). He then begins beating his head against the wall, in a sort of attempt to knock himself out, perhaps sadly even kill himself and put himself out of his own torture.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. I need to go fast.
Father Gabriel is left devastated and alone.
Unfortunately, Rick's plan falls apart when his horse is spooked by the trailing walkers, causing Rick to fall off and land on some concrete, in the process impaling him on a piece of rebar. UGH. To say that scene was uncomfortable to watch would be an understatement.
So that's where we leave off. Rick lying impaled on the floor, as the two massive herds slowly shuffle closer and closer. This. Does. Not. Look. Good.
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