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We continue to see the "bond" if you will between Carol and Daryl, as he joins Carol in her pursuit of...well, that's not entirely clear. To Daryl, she says that she wants to do a sweep for the still missing Negan but we definitely get the impression that there's more to it than Negan. Nevertheless, Daryl will be damned if he allows her to venture off on her own and get herself killed so he goes along with her. It's during this outing that they have a bit of a heart to heart and Carol insinuates that she knows that there's something brewing between Daryl and Connie. Daryl, true to form, denies that there's anything there. Nevertheless, Carol advises him that even if he's not thinking about going that route, he SHOULD be considering it because he cannot live the rest of his life living like a recluse with dog as his only companion. Daryl considers it but agrees to nothing...at least not in this episode.
Ultimately, we end up finding out that Carol's adamant desire to venture out had nothing to do with Negan but everything to do with Alpha and trying to find her. When pressed, Carol tells Daryl that her goal was to come out and destroy Alpha's walker horde.
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At the same time, in a bit of a goofy blooper reel kind of format, Negan is the odd man out, trying to fit in with his captors at the Whisperer camp. Beta is clearly VERY threatened by Negan, all to Negan's amusement (which is awesome for OUR amusement of course). Alpha however, tells Beta that he needs to test him and ultimately, it's her word so...he obliges her.
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MOST MEN. Negan is clearly not MOST MEN and as a result, he strolls right through the Whisperers (in SUCH a freaking cool scene), in his leather jacket, covered in walker blood and walks right up to Alpha, ignoring Beta. He formally introduces himself to Alpha and pledges his undying allegiance to her and an offering of any information she wants on Alexandria and Hilltop.
So the question is: Is Negan serious? Or is he playing the LONG con? There is a part of me that thinks he is playing the long game however, a larger part of me thinks that they may play to the comic source a little by being all on board...until he perhaps gets a better glimpse to the type of abuse that Lydia was subject to by Alpha. Let's not forget that Negan's life was hanging in the balance because he rushed to protect Lydia from attackers at Alexandria. Therefore, if he gets wind of the kind of physical and mental abuse Lydia had to endure at the hands of her mother, that may turn the tide for him and he potentially COULD be the one to attack Alpha from the inside (as it occurred in the comic). But we'll need to see how this plays out further to determine that.
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Frankly, Eugene's segment was probably the most exciting for me purely because of the probability of what's to come down the line (most likely in the second half of this season), based on the comic lore. But, beyond that, the impression is definitely given that things are going to come to a head in the next two episodes, in major climatic fashion. It's at the very least on the horizon.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday night at 9:00pm on AMC.