REVIEW: The Walking Dead, S7 Ep5 – Go Getters

We finally catch up with Maggie and Sasha at the Hilltop community in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead. They’re both still grieving the loss of their loved ones and struggling to move on. But they are not broken, and are, even now, already preparing for revenge.

It looks like the ladies are gearing up for action, with Rosita and Michonne showing their grim determination last week, and now Maggie and Sasha. The ladies of The Walking Dead don’t back down from a fight but they are also wise enough to choose their moments with care. With Rick down for the count, for the time being, it’s the fierce females who will be getting their vengeance against the vicious Negan.

Another person is being pro-active in the fight against the tyrant and it turns out to be Carl. He already showed his defiance when Negan showed up at Alexandria last week, and it turns out, he is a young man on a mission. 

The Walking Dead, S7 Ep5 – Go GettersThe visit to the Hilltop brought back some characters introduced last season like the cowardly leader, Gregory, and the capable Jesus. Gregory refused to let Maggie and Sasha stay and were it not for Jesus’ fast thinking, Gregory would have even given up the two ladies to the Saviors.

Simon, and as one reviewer pointed out, his impressive facial hair, was the Negan stand-in for this episode, as he and his men barged into the Hilltop and bullied Gregory into submission. It seems that, like King Ezekiel, Gregory is keeping his dealings with the Saviors a secret from his community, to prevent potential rebellions. How effective this strategy will be in the long run remains to be seen.

The most thrilling part of an otherwise dull episode was the mysterious walker attack on the camp, with classical music blaring and fires set all over the hill top. Maggie and Sasha proved their awesomeness by jumping in and saving the day, with the help of Jesus and his crazy martial arts skills. They made short work of the walkers and proved themselves a true asset to the community.

I still don’t get why Jesus didn’t just take over from Gregory, especially since he was in the perfect position to do so. But it was extremely satisfying to see Maggie talk him down (as she did when they first met) and proudly use Glenn’s last name.

The Walking Dead, S7 Ep5 – Go GettersThis episode was not without its sweet moments, a rarity in The Walking Dead. There were the green balloons hanging over the graves of Abraham and Glenn. Maggie placing an heirloom on Glenn’s grave. And then, Enid and Carl’s first kiss after their short round of roller skating.

Carl and Sasha are hell-bent on getting revenge on Negan and the former manages to stow away on the Saviors’ truck, and hopefully he has a plan. How terrible would it be for Rick to lose yet another loved one? And on the truck as well is Jesus, and it will be interesting to see the kind of dynamic these two will have as they join forces to bring down Negan.