Flaming Barbed Wire Deathmatch.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode under.
Actually, the one factor that spoiled this episode, “The Key,” just a little bit, was the truth that all of us knew neither Rick or Negan was dying. Regardless of their ferocious battle – that included Rick swinging a FREAKIN’ FLAMING BARBED WIRE BAT! – nobody was happening.
No, that sort of massive second is occurring within the season finale and truthfully, the truth that we type of figured that again on the very begin of the season has labored to harm and hinder this run perhaps greater than anything – the concept that nothing will actually get resolved till Episode 16.
That being mentioned, the Negan/Rick confrontation this week – although additional showcasing simply how inept Rick is at attempting to kill Negan – was fairly rattling enjoyable. Largely as a result of, effectively, we have seen Rick get the crap knocked out of him numerous occasions but it surely’s a uncommon factor to look at Negan get examined bodily. It is occurred just a few occasions, however this was probably the most prolonged sequence and probably the most dire. It is a slight disgrace that the center a part of it became an prolonged whistling-in-the-dark dialog between the 2 of them, since a whole lot of what they mentioned was a rehash, however the upside right here was that Negan discovered in regards to the Scavengers all being lifeless.
On the identical time, as fortune would have it, Simon noticed an opportunity to make his massive play for the throne. Because it seems, Negan’s bioweapon plan, to make use of the walker blood to scare the Hilltoppers into submission, was a non-starter. It did not make a lot sense to start with, however I assume it actually did not should because it by no means obtained put into play. For an enormous second (that speech closed out final week’s episode), all it turned out to be was a plot level to additional drive a wedge between Negan and Simon.
Simon additionally discovered himself, unknowingly, saddling as much as a traitor already of their midst, within the type of Dwight. Dwight had to determine how you can play this one exactly, as a result of he could not be over-eager when agreeing to Negan’s demise. He needed to act like he was mulling it over. Honestly, he was most likely taking part in a little bit of psychological checkers to seek out the most effective path typically since with out Negan, who – sure – was capable of rein in everybody’s worst instincts and behaviors, the Saviors would go on a warpath with no quarter given to anybody they battled.
The motion in “The Key” was prime notch. No, we did not get to see Rick and Negan’s automobiles truly crash, however we obtained an enormous chase after which a very enjoyable toe-to-toe scrap involving machine weapons, hatchets, and walkers. Once more, it was just a little irritating that nothing larger got here from a melee this malicious and pushed, but it surely was nonetheless enjoyable. It additionally represented a really pointedly darkish choice on Rick’s half, to only drive on the market and crash into Negan, attempting to take him out personally. Mainly, he was sacrificing himself. As a result of there is not any method he might have identified that each one the Saviors in that envoy would not instantly chase after him and attempt to save their boss. He was simply fortunate Simon ordered them to remain put.
At this level, I would recognize a full Negan backstory. I would not even thoughts it taking on an entire episode. There are nonetheless just a few episodes left earlier than the tip and if we’ll spend a few of that point twiddling our thumbs I would moderately simply get taken out of the present happenings utterly. Additionally, we all know Negan loves Lucille however he was REALLY adamant about Rick not dealing with her this week. It was his most weak decree ever. So let’s hear the entire story. He is injured, reeling, and with Jadis now. No higher time.
Again on the Hilltop, Maggie and some of the opposite girls stumbled throughout the titular “Key” after assembly a curious lady named Georgie. How Georgie and her two dimwit cronies, Hilda and Midge, survived this lengthy out within the zombie hellscape we’ll by no means know, however she’s one of many “good ones.” Not only a good useful peace-loving chap like Siddiq, however somebody who’s actively serious about the complete rebuilding of society. In fact, she nonetheless got here off barely like a feminine model of Eugene. Which simply furthers the thriller behind her survival. She arrogantly presumes a whole lot of issues, throughout preliminary interactions with strangers, and that makes it simple to think about some horrible individual getting immediately irritated along with her and taking pictures away.
There was a component to her precision and confidence that felt a bit too manufactured, and that in flip made her appear much more like a deus ex machine gadget that miraculously confirmed as much as ship plans for a working medieval society on Maggie’s doorstep, however no less than the episode used her look to mull over how you can cope with strangers now, post-Carl. Carl’s message would have you ever deal with everybody with kindness, however Carl’s actuality was that he died following his personal message. So it’s kind of murky and Enid was having a tough time piecing it collectively. Ultimately, no actual choice was made. I believe she and Michonne nonetheless simply agreed to – – belief your intestine. Combat when it’s a must to, belief when you’ll be able to afford to. All that jazz.
“The Key” featured a knock-down, drag-out battle between Rick and Negan that paired properly (and moderately happily for Rick) with Simon’s present disapproval of Negan’s mercy ways. Due to this Negan was left to fend for himself and their battle might final. It is simply too dangerous all this vitality was spent on one other draw.