Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 7: “What Makes Us Stronger”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 7, we were left with more unanswered questions, as we approach the mid-season finale next Sunday.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Stradivarius,” Rosita is found near Hilltop and is clearly traumatized after dealing with some rather motivated walkers.  Meanwhile, Daryl now has a dog named “Dog” and Michonne eliminates a violin that was looking shifty.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 7 are:


“You’re just gonna have to trust me.”

In the beginning of the episode, Michonne continues to lead the new characters to Hilltop, but they are a little hesitant about trusting her.  Michonne clearly still has her guard up, even though she is fulfilling her promise to Judith.  The new characters seem like they have good intentions and even show off just how useful they can be when they help take out the surrounding walkers.  We know that trust is not always earned so easily, however.


“I left him.”

Rosita shows up near the Hilltop camp and is injured and traumatized.  She explains that Eugene is still out there and that she left him in some kind of barn.  We know that Eugene had hurt his leg, but we have no idea what is going on where he is.  The walkers are getting smarter, but will they be able to find Eugene in his hiding spot?  We’ll have to wait to find out, but it looks like we will get to witness some more of the evolution of the walkers in next week’s mid-season finale.


“You could at least pretend to be happy.”

Meanwhile, we learn that Jesus is now the leader of Hilltop, but he does receive a letter from Maggie, which means she is safe.  I was a little confused about where she was and thought perhaps I missed something until Michonne also asked about her whereabouts.  We get a vague answer about her taking Hershel with her to help build some other community, but when will we see her again?  We know that Lauren Cohan plans to leave after this season, but is this supposed to be her exit or will we get something more concrete?


“This is the one thing that separates us from the animals.”

As we get to know the new characters more, Michonne demonstrates just how little she trusts them when she eliminates Luke’s violin.  Michonne assumed that Luke had a weapon, but Luke tries to explain the importance of music and art to her.  Luke feels like it’s what separates us from the animals and I have to say that he’s right, as he almost takes a page out of Fear the Walking Dead’s book.  Bringing people together sounds a lot like Rick’s vision, but is Michonne finally ready to get back to that?


“After a while it just got easier to stay out here.”

Carol takes her son to go visit Daryl and we learn that Daryl has a new best friend…named Dog.  I guess Daryl didn’t really see the point of naming him, but I was happy to see that he at least had someone keeping him company.  In a touching moment, Carol gives Daryl a much needed haircut and they talk about how they never found Rick’s body.  Daryl has clearly not given up on Rick, but he found it easier to stay out on his own.  After a close call with some walkers, Daryl and Dog are OK and he agrees to escort Carol to Hilltop.  After finding out about Eugene, Daryl is ready to go out and track him, proving that perhaps he is finally ready to be around people again.  It’s also important to note that Daryl has the same “X” mark as Michonne, which is only increasing my curiosity.  While I’m not sure we will find out about it in next week’s mid-season finale, it’s definitely something that needs to be explored soon.  Overall, this episode felt very much like a place holder for next week’s mid-season finale, but it did have some redeeming moments.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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3 thoughts on “Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 7: “What Makes Us Stronger””

  1. Carol cuts Daryl’s hair… one step closer to hosing him down with a shower? One can only hope. This did feel like a placeholder though and every time an animal is introduced I keep waiting for the worst. Good picks for the top five!

    1. LOL I was thinking the same thing! I was also really nervous about the dog so I hope he will be OK because I get traumatized when the animals get attacked. Looking forward to the mid-season finale next week and hoping to get some more answers on the “X” scars. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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