Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 2, I realized that restoring a bridge is not just about connecting different places. While you may be able to get to point B easier from point A, it’s not that simple when it comes to building a bridge between groups of people, especially when these people do not agree on everything. So do you keep trying to build it anyway or do you sever the link before it becomes too much to handle? Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “The Bridge,” the communities attempt to work together to restore the bridge, but not everyone is on the same page. Meanwhile, Jesus and Michonne try to get through to Maggie and Daryl continues to clash with Rick. My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 2 are:
Even though everyone is trying to create a new beginning, one cannot ignore that the world is still filled with death and despair. Sometimes these episodes can get a bit heavy and Tara provides some much needed comic relief. Tara is the “eye in the sky” and tries to radio over to Rick when she sees a potential threat of walkers headed their way. Tara hilariously refers to Rick as “Mother Goose,” but he does not seem to be too fond of the code name. I like the code name; however, and it’s nice to see someone take a minute to have a good laugh. Thanks Tara!
“It’s about the small moments.”
During the episode, we continue to see some heartwarming moments between Carol and Ezekiel. Ezekiel reminds Carol that it’s about the small moments and that he is not giving up on their fairy-tale just yet. Even though Carol will be leaving his side for a while, Ezekiel understands that it is just “goodbye for now.” Later on, Carol asks Ezekiel if he still has the ring and agrees to wear it, but she doesn’t want him to make a big production. Ezekiel tries to get down on one knee and says that he has a speech prepared. Carol had me laughing out loud when she responds, “I’m sure you did and you can read it to me later.” Carol and Ezekiel are as different as they come, but there is something endearing about them so far, even though I’m still not shipping them just yet. However, the writers are making it difficult for me because these moments are heartwarming for sure.
“I think some decisions are too big for one person to make.”
We learn that it has been a little more than a month since Gregory was executed and Maggie is refusing to let the wife of the man who attacked her visit him in his cell. Michonne expresses her concerns again and Jesus tries to get through to Maggie, explaining that they need to have some kind of common law system in place. Jesus and Michonne think that Maggie is a good person, but Jesus makes an excellent point when he explains that “good people can disagree.” Maggie eventually has a change of heart after letting the man’s wife visit him and having a heart-to-heart talk with him as well. Later on, she tells Michonne that they can talk about common laws, but she will still do what she thinks is right by her people. When Michonne asks her what has changed, Maggie talks about her own father and says that he had a drinking problem too. He deserved a second chance, but she reminds Michonne that Gregory had way too many chances and she’s absolutely right. Maggie further explains, “Some people can be redeemed, but others can’t.” When Michonne asks her who gets to make that decision, Maggie says that they will need to figure that out. I’m glad to see that Maggie is willing to listen to the people around her while still maintaining her strong leadership and beliefs. I have a feeling that we will definitely see some more differences in opinions; however, and we will have to stay tuned to see how far that escalates.
“Are we though? On the same side?”
Tensions are continuing to run high, especially when some of the former Saviors get upset when they are told what to do. Daryl clashes with one in particular and Rick has to break up a fight to keep the peace going. Daryl has been trying to get through to Rick, but Rick has been trying so hard to keep his new world going. Does that mean that he is willing to sacrifice his friendship with Daryl, however? That doesn’t seem to be the case, as Rick is later confronted with the very same man after Aaron is severely injured because of this man’s negligence on the Walkie. Rick tells him that he has met men like him before when he was a cop and we finally get a glimpse of the bad-ass Rick Grimes that we all love so much. Rick tells him to leave the camp and warns him, “If I see your face again, stitches won’t fix what I do to you.” Rick stands up for Daryl here, but he also recognizes that not everyone is on board with the new world he is creating. While Rick doesn’t believe in executing others, he is willing to banish them to get his point across. While I appreciate what Rick is trying to build here in his community, he also needs to remember that not everyone has the best intentions and he has to protect the people around him. Don’t lose that edge just yet Rick.
“You’re not saving the world Rick. You’re just getting it ready for me.”
Rick has been talking to Negan about how they are building and growing as a community. He tells Negan that they had a bad day, but that they all came together at the end and that was their choice. In a previous moment, Aaron tells Rick that “it’s not the end of the world anymore” because Rick changed it and he’s glad to be a part of it. Aaron has just lost his arm and is still happy to be a part of the world that Rick is creating, giving Rick some hope and encouragement that he is doing the right thing. After Rick tells Negan about the day, Negan responds, “That’s a really pretty picture you paint there Rick.” Rick tells him that he will never see it and loses his temper when Negan brings up Carl. Negan reminds Rick that everything will eventually fall apart and he will be right there waiting in the wings. We know that there are still some Saviors who believe in Negan, but is there another threat present as well? At the end of the episode, the man who attacked Daryl is talking to someone on the road back and is attacked. Who is this new threat? We’ll have to wait and find out, but Rick needs to remember that he should never underestimate Negan, even if he is behind bars right now. Stay tuned!
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