Written by Patti Pauley
Hard to fathom we’re just a mere two episodes away from the season seven finale of The Walking Dead, and it’s been one hell of an emotional ride for fans who have been invested in the AMC series since it’s premiere on Halloween back in 2010. Mostly due to the hardcore nature of the first episode of the season that had EVERYONE losing their shit. The series made one hell of a comeback after that bullshit cliffhanger they left us with at the end of season six; leaving us all to speculate who would meet their fate with Lucille. Show producer Scott Gimple said they would conclude that cliffhanger in the first episode, and he made good on that word. Even if it meant destroying us all.
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Yes sir, the past few episodes have been one mind-fuck after another it seems and this all leading up to an all-out war against Negan and the Saviors. We’ve got Carol pissed off ready to fight, King Ezekial ready to sick Sheeva on some bastards, Morgan losing his shit entirely (finally), and Rick calling on outsiders like ‘The Junkyard Gang’ and fellow tribes playing slave to the Saviors to prepare for a post-apocalyptic World War III. However, given last night’s episode, Sasha may not have only rung that war bell a little early, she may also have signed her death certificate as well.
WARNING SPOILERS IF YOU AREN”T CAUGHT UP*
Last night’s cringe-worthy episode entitled ‘The Other Side’, addressed lingering issues between Daryl and Maggie with Daryl still reeling over the guilt of Glenn’s death. However, the issues were clearly Daryl’s alone as Maggie firmly squashed the idea of resentfulness towards her apocalyptic comrade. “We need to be ready,” is her stance at the moment in regards to Negan and the Saviors. And while the Hilltop’s Maggie, Enid, and Jesus, who finally came out regarding his sexuality last night, are preparing the residents to take down their foes, Sasha and Rosita are one step ahead of them as the pair go off on their own in an attempt to end it all themselves to honor their fallen love, Abraham.
After some heartfelt moments between the women addressing the elephant in the room regarding the ladies’ feelings about their individual relationship with Abraham, the pair make their way to the Savior’s stomping grounds. Initially running into Eugene first, the pair cut the gate lock, urging their fellow Alexandria-ite to run to his freedom, but he refuses and takes off inside like the cowardly son of a bitch he is. Sorry not sorry, I’m a little salty at King Mullet right now.
The girls break in, Sasha leading the way but cockblocks Rosita’s entry into Negan’s sanctuary ordering her to return to the Hilltop and prepare for war. Sasha disappears guns blaring inside the enemy headquarters, while Rosita frustrated, angry, and emotionally distraught runs in the other direction. Stopping to catch her breath, a shadowy figure emerges and Rosita seems surprised. Daryl or Dwight? Guess we’ll find out soon enough!
The war has already begun folks. And we may be losing one, or two more cast members as this gritty showdown takes shape. Unlike last year, Gimple has promised an epic conclusion to the April 2, season seven finale that basically starts a new chapter for our heroes.
Scott Gimple to EW:
“I just think it’s everything. It is everything and the kitchen sink. It is exciting and it’s very emotional and I believe it’s funny in a couple of parts, and it builds and builds and builds and it explodes. And though it promises more — because there is a whole lot to get to — there is an ending. It really is just a huge episode inasmuch as it has all of the flavors of this season. It is taking your cup and going down each soda jet and taking a little from each one and then throwing in some hot sauce, a little bit of lime, and then maybe a tiny bit of tequila, as well.”
E! News recently caught up with the cast on the red carpet of the PalyFest Event and grilled the Walking Dead stars on what we could expect from the finale episode. Ross Marquand who portrays Aaron stated, “Now that we’ve gotten a chance to really get to know Negan and what makes him tick, I think the fans are going to really get to see this clashing of the two men that they’ve been waiting for all season. Rick and Negan have been doing this dance of trying to figure out how they could live together diplomatically, and it just hasn’t been working out. And now they’re going to see a different side of Rick and the gang.”
Check out what Marquand, Tom Payne (Jesus), and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) had to offer as far as a little insight on the finale courtesy of E! News.
Better not give me any more cliffhangers. I’m not so sure my blood pressure could handle that again! What are your predictions for the finale? Will Sasha make it out the Negan’s sanctuary alive? Will Rick give Negan his just desserts and make him his prisoner? Will it be pee pee pants city all over again? Sound off below! Let’s discuss!