Here we are: another week, another group getting the spotlight. Based on the photos for today's episode on the AMC press site, it looks like we're visiting Jesus and The Hilltop and catching up with Maggie, as well as seeing Enid get in to some trouble. She appears to have taken Andrea's role as the "only here to make bad decisions" character. Carl's at the end of his rope with her, if last week's preview is to be believed. Let's dive in to this week's episode of The Walking Dead, "Go Getters," shall we?
Recap: "Go Getters"
We get our first glimpse of Maggie straight off the bat. The Hilltop doctor tells her that she is suffering from something that causes the placenta to detach from the uterus, which is why she's been so sick -- but she didn't lose the baby, and the heartbeat is strong. He does, however, believe she needs to rest for several days and stay at The Hilltop for the duration of her pregnancy to ensure he's there if she needs him.
She's just so relieved to have not lost Glenn's baby that she is glowing, despite her heartbreak and trauma.
She asks Sasha to take her to Glenn and Abraham's graves to feel close to her love. She and Sasha grieve together over their makeshift graves.
Maggie has now lost her mother (years ago); Hershel, her dad; Beth, her sister; and now Glenn. I honestly don't know how she gets up in the morning.
Sasha tells Maggie they will stay until the baby is born to make sure they're both strong, when Jesus comes up with flowers. As they're all being friendly together, Gregory, the leader of The Hilltop comes up and tells them that they need to get out, stat. The doctor has no authority to invite them to stay, Maggie's potentially problematic pregnancy be damned. Jesus tries to advocate for them, but Gregory's mind is made up. They can stay the night and leave at first light. He cannot risk that Negan and the Saviors will come and associate The Hilltop with Rick and his murderous crew.
Carl is working on on his aim with darts -- and doing a piss-poor job of it, I might add. Rick tells him they need to go get supplies to fulfill Negan's requirements, and Carl asks if this is how it's going to be now. Rick answers in a very resounding, "Yes, it is." He has made no bones about the fact that he is ready to submit to Negan's wishes fully if it means protecting everyone from suffering the same fate as Glenn and Abraham.
He's leaving Michonne and Carl behind with Judith. Carl asks why Michonne doesn't go with Rick, and she tells him she needs to figure some things out. She leaves Carl in the house to go and have some "me time" and work out how to save them all. 'Cuz if anyone is going to do it, it's going to be Michonne, obviously.
Carl is going for a walk when he sees Enid working to climb the wall and leave Alexandria so she can go see Maggie at The Hilltop. He tries to talk her out of it, but, when he realizes that there's no stopping her, he tells her that he's not saving her anymore. She gets all angsty and finishes climbing the fence and goes on her way.
Jesus and Sasha are chatting in Sasha's room, and she is not impressed with how he is cowering to Gregory. He tells her that other people need him here, and he can't just bounce, and she tells him it's time to step up and do more as a leader -- though he swears he's not one. He gives Sasha a necklace that Abraham had left behind, and she gets all weepy again.
Maggie enters the room, and Jesus leaves them for the evening. Obviously, this means Negan and his Saviors will be showing up soon to collect their supplies, right? Maggie tells Sasha they need to sleep on it and try and figure out how to stay in the morning, and we shoot to Enid.
She comes to the spot where Glenn and Abraham were found, and a walker comes up quickly behind her. Carl saves the day, even though he said he wasn't going to, by running the walker over. Sucker.
Sasha and Maggie are fast asleep when some music blaring closely rouses them abruptly. A look out the window shows them that there are fires burning in the yard, and the music is coming from a car radio. Oh ... and the gates are open. Sasha leaps into action to try and turn the music off since it will obviously attract walkers, but she sees that it already has. A horde is walking through the wide open gate.
Sasha breaks out of the storage container she and Maggie are sleeping in to try and save the day. Maggie hollers orders at everyone to go and help Sasha, and, suddenly, I realize that perhaps they're setting her up to take over for Gregory. Jesus runs up to try and break into the armored freaking car that the music is blaring from, and we see Maggie in a huge piece of farm equipment running over walkers left and right and finally smashing the car where the music is coming from.
Also, Jesus and his ninja skills make me happier every time I see them. What blessing he is to all of us.
Also, Maggie should be the leader of The Hilltop. Gregory's an idiot, and Jesus is resistant to the role, but Maggie -- she could whip those weak ass bitches into shape real quick.
Jesus is trying to plead his case for Sasha and Maggie to stay, but Gregory is holding fast. Sasha and Maggie burst into Gregory's office to try and help convince Gregory to let them stay when some of the Saviors show up.
Gregory tells Sasha and Maggie to get into the closet, keep still and shut up, and maybe they'll make it out of there alive.
Carl and Enid are walking to the Hilltop when they find an abandoned pack on the side of the road that contains roller skates, of all things. The idiot children proceed to actually put them on and roll down the street together.
SERIOUSLY?! Seriously. Roller skates? It's hard enough killing walkers in sneakers, and you want to add wheels under your feet to the equation?
Negan's henchman have shuffled into Gregory's home, and the dude in charge is creepy just like every other Savior we've met. Anyway, he tells them about the dead Saviors and that they need to talk and suggests they go chat alone in Gregory's study, since the house is literally overflowing with people at this point.
Mr. Mustache here is really interested in the painting in Gregory's study. Gregory tells Mustache that the message from last night was heard loud and clear (the car/music). Mustache tells Gregory that it was their way of leading by example. Honestly, I don't know what the Saviors' agenda really is.
Every time they say anything, they veer off and end up killing someone. Basically, I just like to sit back and wait and see the end result. My assumption is that Mustache is going to kill Gregory, or Gregory is going to give up Maggie and Sasha.
NOPE. He gives Mustache some scotch, and Mustache is super stoked about it. Negan is going to love it, and Mustache intends to take full credit for it. The Saviors are thrown into action and are instructed to take half of everything, including Gregory's beloved painting. But before mustache will go anywhere, he must have a kneel from Gregory. Greg obliges.
Carl and Enid see the Saviors packing up The Hillside supplies, and Enid realizes that Carl is here with his own agenda -- to kill Negan and end it all. Good luck with that, Coral.
Enid leaves him to enter The Hillside and find Maggie.
Looks like Jesus found his spine and hid Maggie and Sasha in a closet, but not the one Gregory planned on. He DID want to give them up, but Jesus is too smart for Gregory.
Jesus tells Gregory that he's not going to be in charge anymore, and, when G-Money tries to reason with "Marsha," she punches him in the face, retrieves Glenn's watch from his pocket, and tells him this is their home now, and he will start calling her by her name. Not Marsha, not dear, not honey. Maggie. Maggie Rhee.
Jesus tells Maggie what we're all thinking: she needs to take over for Gregory. I also feel like maybe he loves her? I spotted something in his eyes, for sure. She couldn't be any less interested, though, and who can blame her?
Sasha asks Jesus if he really wants to make it up to her, and, if so, can he find where Negan lives? He tells her that, yes, he can, and they also agree not to tell Maggie about it quite yet.
Maggie finds Enid by Glenn's grave and they go into Maggie's apartment to hang and have some food. Sasha comes in and acts like it's not really all that weird that Enid is here, and they eat their dinner.
Maggie gives Enid Glenn's watch because they don't need anything to remember him by because they have each other.
I really think Marvel and others need to take a hard look at how The Walking Dead does women. They have beautiful relationships with each other and are honestly the most badass characters of any show I watch. Between this and Game of Thrones, you'd think there would be enough material for these other yahoos to figure it out.
Jesus leaps onto the back of one of the Saviors' trucks to find Negan's bunker and finds that Carl is also hitching a ride to the Savior's stronghold.
And that's the end of the episode.
I actually really enjoyed this episode. Despite us not seeing Carol or Daryl and getting only a quick, passing glance of Rick and company, I was so relieved to visit with Maggie and see her thriving and being her badass self with Sasha alongside her. With those two working together, anything is possible.
Until next week, Deadheads!