The big war against Negan is on the horizon, but it probably won’t really get going until The Walking Dead Season 8.
Clearly, The Walking Dead Season 7’s back half of episodes have been about getting the various factions together and setting the pieces into place before the big game can really tip off.
At times it’s felt like we’ve been treading water, just waiting for the pregame to be over and the real one to start.
Luckily, there was a sense of urgency and movement with the start of The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 15.
Things slowed down, however, but at least it felt like there were important moments taking place that would affect both the season finale and characters’ futures going forward.
The most interesting one, which was short but capped everything off, was Dwight’s choice to come seek Rick and the Alexandrians to help them out.
It was pretty obvious that seeing Daryl on the Oceanside raid meant that wasn’t him standing in the shadows on The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 14, but with that episode refusing to show his face, I should have been much more clued into knowing it probably was Dwight instead.
Still, the prospect of Dwight changing teams — whether it’s moving to Alexandria or playing a double agent and staying in the Sanctuary — could be a fascinating story arc to watch.
We’ve seen him have to deal with Negan, and despite the many horrible things he’s done, the show has been able to reveal that more human side to him.
It will be interesting to hear what really sparked him to want to find Rick and the others, to make this bold move now.
And it was a pretty cool shot of Rick pointing his gun with the others standing behind him before the show ended.
Unfortunately, Eugene’s switch of sides isn’t quite as compelling, but it makes sense for his character. He’s all about surviving, and frankly, the Sanctuary and Negan can do that for him.
Though, will him choosing to help Sasha backfire on him?
I still don’t get Sasha’s choice to go on the suicide mission, and it wasn’t surprising at all that she was captured.
It was interesting that Negan offered her to join his side, after a really unnecessary almost rape scene, but I’ve just grown tired of Sasha’s story of late.
I wouldn’t be surprised if she takes Eugene’s poison and then tries to go on one last mission of destruction before dying.
But it’s still frustrating that she even got herself in this place in the first place.
However, it was good to see Negan had some knowledge of Rick working on an uprising. That could put a real wrench in Rick’s plans, even with all the guns.
And really, as much as things were getting set into place, Rick getting the guns he needed, etc., most of it just felt predictable.
It’s the same way we all knew Ezekiel and the Kingdom would eventually join in the fight. We knew Oceanside and the guns would come into play and Dwight would want to go against Negan.
Then there’s Gregory, who really isn’t a fan of Maggie taking over Hilltop, and is ready to go find Simon.
Also predictable, but to the point where it’s shocking that no one has bothered dealing with Gregory’s antics before. He hasn’t been subtle his feelings for Maggie and the others.
Heck, he’s even tried giving them up before.
There’s a fox in the hen house, and that could be an even bigger problem in the finale.
This was a decent setup-type of an episode, and it was good to get some real movement from some of the characters. But so much of it was just plain predictable, and that really takes some of the excitement away.
Ultimately, it’s good knowing that the pieces should be in place to get the war going and the story can stop spinning its wheels.
And Dwight's move might be what really shifts the tides in Rick and Alexandria's favor.
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