The Walking Dead: Say Yes
It’s date night on The Walking Dead. For Rick and Michonne (“Richonne”), that means hanging out at a nearby fairground with Greg Nicotero and a bunch of extras in zombie make-up. Wacky, gory hi-jinks ensue. The show’s writers managed to milk an hour-long episode out of that thin premise. Let’s see if I can get a 500-word article out of it.
First, let’s talk about the fairground. It turns out its the mother-lode. Not only is there a stockpile of ready-to-eat meals just waiting to be loaded into a truck, there is also an army of zombie soldiers carrying around the firearms Rick needs to start his rebellion. This treasure trove of goods and weapons has been left undisturbed for a couple of years now despite the presence of at least five large communities scavenging the area for supplies.
Theoretically, the presence of a hundred or so zombies should pose some kind of threat. But by this point, we have seen the characters mow down walkers in much greater numbers. There are several ways Rick and Michonne could have retrieved the supplies with minimal risk to themselves, but they decide to rely on their “plot armor” which admittedly has never failed them in the past so why not?
Whenever an episode of The Walking Dead includes a deer, it’s never a good sign. In this case, the deer was of the CGI variety and it was less convincing than the army of talking gorillas that recently invaded Central City on the CW’s The Flash. Rick nearly gets himself killed trying to catch some venison for his girlfriend. Michonne, believing Rick to be dead, drops her sword and gives up the fight in despair.
What a massive disservice to the character! Michonne has always been shown to be a strong and practical woman. But her relationship with Rick has made her so dependent on him that she immediately gives up the ghost when she thinks he’s gone. Not only that, but Rick later lectures her on the need to carry on in the very likely event that something eventually happens to him. The once independent Michonne has become Robin to Rick’s Batman and it’s not a good look.
It should be noted that the death-fake-out is a complete cop-out. Much like Glenn’s impossible dumpster dive from last season, we are shown an angle that makes Rick’s death a foregone conclusion only to see him somehow emerge alive and well from under a box. How’d he get under that thing? Magic seems like the only logical explanation. When Rick popped up, he should have shouted “Ta-DA!” and all the zombies should have burst into spontaneous applause because that was some David Copperfield shit right there.
Naturally, Rick takes all of the guns to his new friends at the local garbage dump. After having listened to Michonne praise Rick for his leadership skills, he then demonstrates what a poor negotiator he is. After he delivers around sixty-plus guns to Jadis, she says that she needs twice that much before her people will be ready to fight the Saviors. Rick protests that the deal was for “a lot of guns” and by his definition sixty is “a lot”. Next time he might want to agree on an actual number before you start scavenging.
This is followed by Rick renegotiating the deal. He decides that he needs to keep some of the weapons for his group – something he should have considered before handing them all over in the first place. Why arm a group of strangers to fight on your behalf before arming your own group? Only Rick knows the answer to that one. Rick starts shouting out the number 10 and Jadis proves she’s not much better at negotiating by continuing to give Rick what he wants until he ends up with nearly a third of the weapons.
Where will Rick get the rest of the guns he needs? Conveniently, Tara decides to tell him about the Oceanside group. There was never really any doubt that she would eventually share this information. She just needed to wait until late enough in the season for that to happen.
Meanwhile, there’s a B-plot involving Rosita and Sasha. Rosita, like many a viewer, is frustrated with the show’s pacing. She wants revenge on Negan for killing the man who dumped her for a chance at love with a girl he barely knew. So Rosita ends up recruiting Sasha – the woman Abraham left her for – for a two-woman suicide mission with virtually no chance of success. Remember Rosita’s last attempt at vengeance? Apparently she doesn’t. She had a clear shot at Negan and she blew it. What makes her think she will fare better against Negan and his army on his home turf? It’s almost like her actions are being driven by the needs of the plot…
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