The dangerous information is, a minor-but-beloved character died on this week’s episode of The Strolling Useless. The more severe information is, it appears to be like like he’s not going to be the one one.
In an episode titled “Monsters,” numerous members of the Grimes Gang grappled with the everlasting query — to kill or to not kill — whereas the Saviors confirmed no such ambivalence. The outcome was a gratuitous in-group forest struggle and a heartbreaking loss for the great guys, as proof continued to pile up that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) has a mole in his ranks. Right here’s all the things that occurred on Sunday, November 5, in zombie city.
What Occurred to Eric?
After being shot within the stomach final week, it regarded like Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) may nonetheless pull via to struggle one other day. Beneath a tree away from the firefight, Aaron (Ross Marquand) examined his husband’s wound and expressed optimism that he’d survive. However when Eric urged Aaron to go away him and return to the struggle, their emotional goodbye turned out to be their final. When all was stated and carried out, Aaron got here again to a bloodstained tree, an deserted gun, and no signal of Eric — till he regarded to the horizon, the place a distant shambling member of the undead reduce an awfully acquainted silhouette. Aaron by no means caught as much as the zombie, which suggests that you could, if you wish to, invoke the “He Isn’t Useless Till We See a Physique” clause of your viewership contract to remain hopeful … however realistically, Eric isn’t coming again. RIP, Eric.
Taking pictures the Hostages
In the meantime, Tara (Alanna Masterson), Morgan (Lennie James), and Jesus (Tom Payne) tied up their hostage Saviors with a clothesline and began perp strolling them again to the Hilltop — an operation that predictably went pear-shaped as quickly as a herd of zombies rolled down a hill into their midst. (Who knew the strolling lifeless had been such good tumblers?) One tied group, led by the Rat-Confronted Prick who killed Benjamin final season, fled into the woods with Morgan in pursuit. However when he took purpose to kill them, Jesus intervened but once more, resulting in yet one more altercation (actually? should we?!) about whether or not the Saviors ought to or shouldn’t be shot. By the point the lads had been carried out punching one another, their hostages had escaped to who-knows-where. What number of occasions does this need to occur earlier than Jesus will get over his Savior complicated?
What Does Negan Know?
Once we final noticed Rick, he was staring down the barrel of a gun held by Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) — and as this episode kicked off, not a lot had modified. Morales was largely unmoved by reconnecting along with his fellow survivor; the belief that “the Widow” main the rebellion was Glenn’s pregnant spouse was the one half that appeared to offer him pause. However Morales received’t be making any future appearances on this collection; Daryl (Norman Reedus) overhead the person’s villainous monologuing and dispatched him with out hesitation — regardless that he, too, knew Morales again within the day.
“I do know who it was,” Daryl stated. “Don’t matter. Not one little bit.”
After capturing their method out of the complicated and handing off the constructing’s solely survivor (final week’s Savior child) to a freshly widowed Aaron, Rick and Daryl ended up alone — and right here, the plot thickens. Earlier on this identical episode, Gregory (Xander Berkeley) made his method again to the Hilltop and begged to be let in, which was largely a pathetic spectacle however did embody one ominous revelation: Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) knew what Rick was planning even earlier than Gregory confirmed up. And people weapons that Rick and Daryl had been supposed to search out? In response to a stranded Savior (a.okay.a. One Tree Hill‘s Lee Norris), they had been moved to a different compound. Somebody knew they had been coming, and that’s dangerous information — significantly for a sure melodramatic monarch of the apocalypse.
A Dangerous Day to Be the King
All episode lengthy, King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) led his troops via the forest, advancing on the Saviors’ compound and gleefully declaring that not one in all his individuals would die on this collection of skirmishes. And for about 55 minutes of this The Strolling Useless hour, he was proper! …Till he wasn’t, at which level Zeke and his topics realized an essential lesson about not prematurely celebrating your victory in an open area the place you’ll be like fish in a barrel on your surprisingly well-armed enemies. That’s case closed on the thriller of the lacking weapons; the large query now could be whether or not any of the Kingdom’s individuals survived that stunning showdown.
The Strolling Useless airs on AMC Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.
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