REVIEW: The Walking Dead, S7 Ep7 – Sing Me A Song

This week on The Walking Dead, we follow Carl’s quest for revenge against Negan and, like Carl, we find some unexpected results to his rash actions. But Negan is not one to let things go unpunished, and I fear that worse things are ahead for our one-eyed hero.

More Negan. Oh joy.

The Walking Dead, S7 Ep7 – Sing Me A SongAfter exploring the workings of the Savior community in the Daryl-centric episode, we return to that dismal place after Carl kills two of Negan’s men but fails in his goal of murdering the chatty tyrant. Surprisingly, Negan doesn’t kill or maim him on the spot but makes him endure some psychological torture all throughout the episode, including forcing him to give the saddest rendition of “You are My Sunshine.”

Not much new to discover about the compound other than its being the pit of hell, as The Walking Dead loves to remind us. Carl gets a glimpse of Negan’s “harem” of harassed, tearful wives, among whom Shelley stays, exchanging unreadable glances with Dwight. I don’t know what those two are up to but there’s definitely something there. We witness (unnecessarily, I think, considering all the horrors we’ve already seen on The Walking Dead) a man being burned in the face with an iron for breaking Negan’s sacred rules.

The Walking Dead, S7 Ep7 – Sing Me A SongLater on, Negan rides back with Carl to Alexandria, terrorizes Olivia, and is seen at the end, playfully cuddling Judith. Wait till Rick gets back from scavenging, only to see two of the people he loves the most, sitting on the porch with Negan. The nightmare continues. And I’m sure that Negan has some pretty terrible things planned for Carl once he stops being so amused by the kid’s pluck and courage.

Honestly, at this point, there’s no need to emphasize the point. Negan’s the worst thing to happen to the world since the zombie apocalypse. And it’s clear that he needs to be stopped. And there are a number of forces already planning his downfall, though how successful they are going to be is another question.

Jesus is still at large (and I still find it really strange to describe this character’s actions), and he was cautious enough to remain undetected during the whole ordeal. What he plans to do and what he can even achieve at this point remain mysteries, but if anyone is going to take down Negan, they are going to need some serious numbers. If anything, Negan’s horribleness has given many of The Walking Dead minor characters some solid story arcs this season.

The Walking Dead, S7 Ep7 – Sing Me A SongRosita and Eugene seem to be on a different path, and now she has a bullet. And Michonne is also determined to go solo (or at least that’s what it looks like, but she is way smarter than that so I’m betting she has a plan.) Daryl’s also poised to make his escape. And we know there’s some discontent in the other communities terrorized by the Saviors, including the Kingdom (which reminds me, we haven’t checked in on Carol and Morgan in a while, what gives?)

But it’s the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, and surely all these separate story lines will find some point of intersection. I’m not sure that everything and everyone is quite in place for Negan’s fall, and surely Rick will have some involvement in that once he gets out of his funk, but something big has to go down next week or else we’ve all been spending this season devastated by the season premiere’s carnage and not doing much else.