Show: The Walking Dead
Episode: 7 “Time for After”
Air Date: December 3, 2017
Summary: “Negan has to enlist the help of his lieutenants in solving a huge issue facing the Sanctuary; Rick and the group continue to enact the plan.”
* This Review Contains Spoilers. There, you’ve been warned, proceed with caution. *
Rick was captured by the trash can kids after paying the Garbage heap a visit; Episode 7 opens with semi-nude Rick being photographed by Jadis. Odd, right? Yes; Episode 7’s opening scene is quite odd, but
Eugene paces in his room, a notebook in hand; clearly, being in charge of the investigation has his worried, especially since he knows exactly who the traitor is…Dwight. Dwight points out to Eugene that Negan’s being is going to an end, and as far as we’ve seen, he’s right. While I’m all for seeing Rick and friends happy-go-lucky, Negan and the Saviors bring a tremendous amount of energy and conflict to the show. Dethroning Negan makes for good television, but I fear that a dethroned Negan will not…
Gabriel’s dying. Slowly but surely, thanks to an infection, he’s on his way to becoming a walker. Before he goes, however, he’s working on convincing Eugene to do the right thing. Last time Eugene tried to do the right thing and sacrifice himself he ended up getting captured by Negan, so, I don’t know if he’s the right man for the job.
Morgan, Michonne, Daryl, and Tara are about to get themselves killed. Rosita tried to point this out, but some of the group have lost their faith in Rick and are taking matters into their own hands. This being television and all, I’m not concerned about this little strike team getting hurt or killed, so this added drama doesn’t work well for me. We’ve had the group split and do their thing and cause more problems than they needed to so many times in the show’s history. These monkey wrenches are getting old. Thankfully, Michonne realizes the error of her ways and quits the suicide squad.
Eugene puts together a genius little contraption intending to lead the horde of walkers away from the Sanctuary, but his music=playing glider is quickly destroyed, and before long attention is directed back to Daryl and company as they drive a garbage truck into the Sanctuary and unleash the horde of walkers on the Saviors. The scene that follows this is both horrifying and satisfying.
Saying that Eugene is torn is an understatement. Josh McDermitt’s performance in this episode is quite impressive and as exciting as seeing a legion of walkers unleashed on the Sanctuary is, McDermitt steals the show and ultimately produces a performance that’s worth talking about.
And, when the hell are the garbage pail kids going to learn that they can’t fuck with Rick?! Every time he’s tested. he passes with ease and does in a way that makes for epic television. After his disply, the heapsters are in.
Overall, the first half of the episode was a bit of a bore-fest, which I honestly expected for the mid-season semi-finale. The chaos ensuing in the Sanctuary is interesting enough, but Josh McDermitt’s performance makes the episode worth watching. There were some solid monets, but not enough to earn this one a passing score.