Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 2: “You’re not Saving the World Rick. You’re just Getting it Ready for Me”

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:

5

“Mother Goose?”

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!

4

“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.

3

“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.

2

“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.

1

“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!

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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 1 season premiere: “The Famous Rick Grimes”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 1 season premiere, I learned that a new beginning doesn’t necessarily mean that the past is left behind entirely.  Even though change is possible, there is always something or someone threatening to bring the old ways back.  So what do we do when that happens?  Do we erase the warning signs and pretend like it doesn’t exist or do we stand up and make a point to show that we mean business?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “A New Beginning,” the group heads out on a field trip to the state capital.  Meanwhile, Maggie quickly begins to realize that being the leader is not easy, Daryl wants a change in scenery, and Rick finally feels happy and lucky to have Michonne by his side.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“Put that thing away.”

Well Carol definitely deserves a king of sorts, especially since her former husband, Ed, was one of the worst people on the planet.  During the episode, we learn that Carol and Ezekiel are together romantically, but this was almost put on hold when Ezekiel was skating on thin ice at the capital museum.  Luckily he made it out OK and will live to see another day.  Ezekiel asks Carol to marry him and she is beyond shocked.  She hilariously tells him to put the ring away and further explains that “this is not happening on a horse.”  Ezekiel is fully supportive of Carol and tells her that he will keep it until she is ready.  While I’m not necessarily on board for these two just yet, I do think that Carol absolutely deserves a chance at happiness, but there is someone else I am rooting for instead.  Team “Caryl” anyone?

4

“We are still Negan.”

During the episode, we learn that Daryl is in charge of leading The Sanctuary and that Rick has made quite an impression on everyone there.  Rick has been showing up with food and supplies and is trying to keep everyone happy, which is a difficult job to do.  Even though everyone seems happy and one man even says, “Bless you Rick Grimes,” a resistance may still be brewing within the factory walls.  Rick notices that someone wrote, “We are still Negan” on the wall and they want it painted over.  While I understand that they want to keep this type of messaging out of here, I’m not sure that painting over it like it doesn’t exist will make the threat go away.  Daryl further tells Rick that he doesn’t want to be the one leading these people anymore and feels that he is better out in the open.  Rick reminds Daryl of his importance there, but Daryl is not buying it any longer.  Daryl tells Rick that “everyone’s everywhere” and that there is “no us anymore” and maybe he’s right.  Daryl much prefers the idea of a small group and says it’s what he knows, but that’s also what Daryl understands as his family and purpose.  While this disagreement between Rick and Daryl definitely foreshadows a possible divide, one cannot ignore the threat that “The Saviors” might be waiting in the wings to take advantage of any sign of weakness from Rick’s group.

3

“If anyone deserves to be happy, it’s you.”

Swoon!  I have been missing these absolutely beautiful moments between Daryl and Carol and this was a great one for sure.  Daryl truly cares for Carol and just wants her to be happy, but he does say that he doesn’t like not seeing her.  Carol agrees to take over for Daryl for a little while even though that means leaving Ezekiel behind, but she recognizes that it is something she needs to do for her great friend and to support the group.  Carol opens up to Daryl and explains that even though Ezekiel is corny, “Corny is nice after Ed.”  Daryl is someone that Carol can always trust and count on, but I have to admit that I am still shipping these two together and hope that they can make it work somehow.  No offense your majesty.

2

“How’d I get so lucky finding you?”

“The famous Rick Grimes” is back, but we know that it is only a matter of time before we say goodbye to him forever.  I’m not ready to cry just yet; however, and I love the fact that Rick is finally embracing the people around him even after losing Carl.  There is a beautiful moment when Rick is watching his daughter, Judith, painting a picture of her and Carl while Michonne helps.  Rick, Michonne, and Judith have really become a watercolor painting of a beautiful family and it seems like everything is almost too perfect to be true.  Rick recognizes how lucky he is and Michonne tells him that it’s time they both won a little and I couldn’t agree more.  However, we know that happiness is often short-lived on TWD and I am not looking forward to seeing this happy family separated forever.  I guess ignorance is bliss for now.

1

“I made this decision but this is not the beginning of something.”

During the episode, we learn that Maggie was voted the leader of Hilltop over Gregory and we meet her beautiful son, Hershel.  It seems like everything is going well, but Maggie quickly realizes that being a leader is no easy task and she has to deal with the consequences that come her way.  During their run, Maggie loses Ken and his parents are absolutely devastated.  Maggie clearly feels awful, but understands that this is probably not the last time that something like this will happen.  Gregory takes this opportunity to plant a seed and tries to manipulate Ken’s father by bribing this sober man with alcohol.  If that wasn’t bad enough, Gregory tells Maggie that he saw someone defacing Glenn’s grave to catch her off guard.  Maggie is attacked by a man in a hood and I was horrified when the baby carriage turned over and her son was on the ground screaming.  Seriously this was absolutely horrible to watch.  With the help of some of her people, Maggie is able to get away OK and we learn that the hooded man was Ken’s father, but Maggie quickly realizes that the man behind the curtain is Gregory.  Maggie confronts Gregory and tells him “you tried to have me killed because you’re too chicken shit to do it yourself.”  Gregory tries to attack Maggie, but when she turns the tables on him, there is fear written all over his face.  Rick later goes to see Maggie and clearly feels bad about what happened, but asks if she will consider giving more food to The Sanctuary.  Maggie wants something in return and reminds Rick, “I survived worse but it has to stop.”  Maggie makes the decision to have Gregory hung for his betrayal in front of the group.  She takes complete ownership of her decision, but also tells her people that she doesn’t want this to continue.  Maggie has given Gregory so many chances and he continued to try and betray her and I think that some sort of punishment is fitting, although I’m not sure that we want to resort back to the days of public hangings.  Especially when some of the children witness what is going on, it really puts things into perspective.

While the group needs to start over, that doesn’t mean that they get to decide who lives and who dies and even Michonne recognizes that they all need to have some rules and agreements put in place before all hell breaks loose and she is absolutely right.  That being said, Maggie is a pillar of strength and is one to watch for sure.  She could have been broken and defeated after being attacked, but she chose to stay strong and make a point to her people.  Whether it was the right call or not, I’m not sad to see Gregory go.  It will be interesting to see how these three groups work together and how long it will take before they are divided again when they don’t agree on something.  Either way, I’m looking forward to see how it all unfolds.  Stay tuned!

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