Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 4, I realized that everyone handles their loneliness in different ways. While some of us keep busy with a routine, others try and make a connection, desperately reaching out for someone to listen to us. But what happens when there is no one left to listen? Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “The Obliged,” the communities begin to divide even further, disrupting Rick’s vision for them to all live together in peace and harmony. Meanwhile, Jesus is concerned about Maggie’s actions, Negan requests an audience with Michonne, and Rick and Daryl clash even further after Rick’s “merry band of bridge builders” falls apart. My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 4 are:
“I’m gonna make things right.”
Maggie tells Jesus that she is going to make things right like they talked about and is ready to head off to Alexandria to see Negan. Jesus is very concerned about Maggie, as he wants to make sure that she is thinking clearly and doing things for the right reasons. While Maggie clearly has her mind made up, Jesus tries to intervene and contacts Rick, warning him about what she is about to potentially do. Is Maggie ready to finally face Negan? We’ll have to wait to find out, but it looks like she is not turning back now.
“But if anything gives me hope…it’s you.”
Rick is disappointed to see the communities falling apart despite his best effort to keep them all united. Rick has a touching moment with Carol, which we can now think of as a goodbye. Rick reveals that he’s not sure that they are doing the right thing, but that he has hope in Carol, who is ready to lead her people back to “The Kingdom.” Carol explains that she is just trying to figure things out like everybody else, but Carol is someone extraordinary. On the way back, Carol proves to be a leader and someone you do not want to mess with, reminding everyone around her that she is strong and fully capable of taking care of herself and her people.
“You’re the price of admission.”
We get some more screen time for Gabriel and Anne, as Anne explains that Gabriel is the “price of admission” into this mysterious new place she is headed to. Gabriel doesn’t give up here, even though Anne is about to sick a walker on him while he is tied up. Gabriel says, “You’re afraid but you don’t have to be.” He reminds Anne that she has changed and that he is a better person because of her. Gabriel further tells Anne that he thinks he failed her and that he forgives her. Just as the walker is about to devour Gabriel, Anne pulls it away, saving Gabriel’s life. Anne cannot go through with this and ends up knocking Gabriel out and leaving him behind. Gabriel is only left with a note and Anne explains, “If you want to go fast…go alone. I need to go fast.” Gabriel is completely heartbroken in this moment. It’s actually surprising that he is so upset, considering the fact that Anne almost turned him into an afternoon snack for the garbage walker. Gabriel clearly cares about Anne tremendously and has made an impact on her, as she was not able to hurt him. Perhaps she is better off alone, but will her time with Gabriel make her second question everything?
“We are not the same.”
Michonne’s daily routine is interrupted when she finds out that Negan has been refusing to eat. After paying him a visit, Negan requests to have a conversation with Michonne. Michonne reluctantly agrees and tells Negan that while they are rebuilding, he is continuing to rot in there. While Michonne handles things with action, Negan is a master of words, manipulating and impacting Michonne more than she could have ever anticipated. Negan opens up to Michonne about his wife dying from cancer and they even both speak about Carl. Michonne further opens up about her son, Andre, which is clearly difficult for her to talk about. Negan is desperately looking for any kind of connection, as anything is better than nothing and tries to tell Michonne that they are the same. Michonne refuses to admit this, but does Negan have a point? Negan escalates things further when he demands to see his beloved bat, “Lucille,” but Michonne says it isn’t there. But perhaps Negan has been getting in Michonne’s head for quite some time, as she continues to see his “bat” everywhere, even in Judith’s children’s book.
“Brother…take my hand.”
After Rick finds out about Maggie’s intentions, Daryl conveniently offers to give him a ride. Only Daryl has no intention of stopping Maggie. Rick quickly realizes what is going on and demands that Daryl pull over. The tension that has been building between these two finally erupts, as they begin fighting each other, ending up trapped in a ditch. Now that they are away from everyone, Rick and Daryl finally take a moment to talk about their feelings. Daryl tells him about what the Oceanside people did and asks Rick if he forgot that Glenn was the one who initially saved him. Rick explains that if Negan dies, he will become a martyr and then Carl died for nothing. Daryl says that he’d die for Rick and that he would have died for Carl too, but that Rick is chasing something for him that isn’t meant to be. Daryl begs Rick to let go of Carl, but is Rick really able to do so? When they hear cries from the camp, Rick and Daryl finally put their differences aside and work together to get out of the pit. Rick takes Daryl’s hand and calls him his brother, saving him. After seeing the horde of walkers quickly approaching, Rick gets on the horse to lead them away, bringing us full circle, as Rick was initially on a horse in the series premiere. Daryl tells him to “be safe,” but we all know what is coming next. The horse gets spooked and throws Rick off of him, as Rick hits his head and is injured severely, completely surrounded by oncoming walkers. There’s no way Rick is getting out of this one, but we’ll have to wait for next week to find out how it ends. Stay tuned for Rick’s last episode!
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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