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Review – The Walking Dead S07E15: Something They Need

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The Walking Dead S07E15 – Something They Need

So, was anyone surprised by Eugene last week?  Not many were.  He’s pretty much a kept man now and why would he give up that level of luxury?  Sasha apparently sacrifices herself by storming The Savior’s compound, locking Rosita out to spare her.  It was a pretty emotional and intense episode, which leads us into this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.

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Sasha, Negan and Rapey Davie

As Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and other others prepare for the confrontation with The Saviors, we find out that Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and her “beach ball sized lady nuts” did indeed survive the assault on the compound.  She and Negan have a little chat about joining “the cause”.  And how awesome was it to see Negan onscreen again?  As crazy as that sounds, it was a thrill.  In spite of his character’s bat-shit crazy ways, Jeffery Dean Morgan is an amazing actor and watching him at work is worth the body count, and there was a body count.

 

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Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Xander Berkeley as Gregory

It’s probably unnecessary to point out just how spineless Gregory (Xander Berkeley) is.  Someone who couldn’t manage to kill a walker thought he had the stones to kill Maggie (Lauren Cohan) in cold blood.  Going out on a limb to say he probably won’t survive the season is likely a safe bet.  With time running out, in more ways than one, Gregory is about to make a horrible decision.

Rick makes the questionable decision to take the Oceanside community.  It may be a decision he might later regret and could come back to bite him and the others.  But in spite of how bad the situation could have turned out, it did have a satisfactory turnout.  As you watched the events unfold, it makes you think of how the Alexandrians were becoming no better than The Saviors.  Actions, however, speak volumes as Rick, true to his word manages to make the absolute best out of what could have been a bloody situation.  The assault was executed with precision to avoid anyone being hurt and might have gained some much-needed allies.

This was a pretty emotionally charged episode, like always.  The Walking Dead just wouldn’t be what it is without the intense, emotionally driven stories we’re given every week.  This episode seemed more like filler than anything else, to set up what’s to come in the season finale.  Although it was brief, it was good to see some of the other cast members used this week.  Carl, (Chandler Riggs) Enid, (Katelyn Nacon) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) all got some screen time this week. 

Walker - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
One of the barnacle walkers

So we’re left with a number of questions, the biggest of all is who is the little birdie passing information to Negan about Rick’s plans.  With so many different players involved, it could be anyone.  There is a good argument that Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) is working for The Saviors or might even be managing one of their “outposts”.  So little is known about her and her group of rather unusual people that Rick is taking a big chance by trusting them so easily.  

What will Sasha do to keep Negan from using her against her friends?  Eugene (Josh McDermitt) is easily manipulated, but her plan went a little too well.  Will she take her own life, or find a way to undermine Negan’s plans from within?

Then in a surprise move, we have Dwight coming to Alexandria, apparently to switch sides and join the fight against The Saviors.  Will Rick and especially Daryl (Norman Reedus) trust him?  Will they be able to get anything useful out of him before it is too late?  Should Rick even trust him?  Until now, Dwight has done nothing to deserve anyone’s trust.  But his wife Sherry is still out there somewhere, is this his chance to find her and rebuild their lives?  Odds are that Dwight won’t make it through the season finale, but anything can happen. 

Next week the season seven finale will be extended, which generally means something big is going down.  But of course something big is going down, but just how will it end?  Will the war be settled by the end of the episode, leaving us with a hopeful future to look forward to next season?  Or will we get a dramatic cliffhanger that leaves Rick or one of the other major characters in peril?  The Walking Dead has never been known for happy endings, so one can only guess just how things will end up.

 

Now settle a bet for us…does Austin Amelio look even the tiniest bit like Christian Bale?

The Walking Dead S07E15 - Something They Need


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