AMC’s The Walking Dead
Season 8, Episode 7: “Time for After”
Directed by Larry Teng
Written by Matthew Negrete & Corey Reed
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “The King, the Widow, and Rick” – click here
* For a recap & review of the mid-season finale, “How It’s Gotta Be” – click here
Stuck in that canister, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) sweats it out. I wonder if he’ll be able to finally convince Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and the nihilist garbage dwellers to join him in fighting Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) after all. “It‘s not too late for you,” he tells her. Jadis takes a picture of him, from the front and the back. An artist draws him. Why? He’ll be sculpted, after something; what exactly, she doesn’t say.
Now THAT is fucking creepy.
At the Sanctuary, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) is weighing the pros and the cons of his situation. He’s a logical guy, even when that logic must lead him into some morally questionable places. He and Dwight (Austin Amelio) have a confrontation, he knows the latter is the one working with Rick and his people. He says he won’t tell Negan if he stops. But Dwight lets him know, everything is “finished.” Things have changed, irreparably. He tells Eugene soon enough, if he stays with Negan, the Saviors, he will be changed, too. He will have to do terrible things. Just an inescapable fact that Eugene doesn’t understand. Not yet.
Poor Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) has an infection, it’s killing his organs. If he doesn’t get proper medication to fight it, they’ll go, one by one. The doc is trying some “Eastern medicine” in lieu. Eugene is left at the priest’s bedside. Awkward. It’s also like a meeting of science and faith, a man of the cloth versus Eugene and his scientific brain. While I don’t believe in any religion, any gods, Gabriel makes a good point: until a while back, nobody would’ve known the dead was going to walk the Earth.
“Right for some can be damn right horrific for others, and knowing that has kept me vertical when so many have gone horizontal.”
Morgan (Lennie James) is somewhere along the perimeter, watching with a sniper rifle. Elsewhere, not far, Michonne (Danai Gurira), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Tara (Alanna MAsterson), and Daryl (Norman Reedus) are weighing their options. Soon, Morgan joins them. They’re all thinking different things. “I believe in Rick Grimes,” Rosita tells them, deciding she’ll leave: “Sometimes you just have to wait.” Tara and Daryl are adamant on going in.
Out at the table, Negan calls Eugene in for a chat. He’s worried, for his people, that soon the walkers will overrun the place. So, what’s the solution? How are they going to solve the problem? The bat wielding leader trusts in Eugene and his “spectacular mullet,” though he does want results. Negan doesn’t even have to threaten somebody and he’s still threatening them, with his presence, how he holds himself. A scary performance, at all times, from JDM.
Eugene is looking around and comes across the casket, the one Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) was kept in, looking for the iPod inside. It’s a tough moment, and one he could’ve helped avoid. Or he could’ve at least TRIED, even if it didn’t help. He didn’t do shit.
Now his former buddies are outside – Daryl, Tara, Michonne, Morgan – and they’re ready to go with their little rebel army apart from the larger group. Yet Michonne can’t bring herself to go ahead with them. She trusts in what was already planned.
Well, Daryl’s got other things on his mind, the torture he endured while kept in that room, and Tara is blinded by wanting to avenge the woman she began loving before Dwight put an arrow through her brain. “We can do this,” she tells him. And though he responds positively, he doesn’t exactly look convinced of his own words.
On the roof, Eugene is taken by surprise at gunpoint when Dwight finds him. Mullethead says he’s trying to save people, but Dwight doesn’t want him to risk Rick and everybody else’s lives. Dwight can’t manage to pull the trigger and Eugene lets his little flyer go with the music playing; the former shoots it down in the air. Right as Tara and Daryl begin their assault. GOD! DAMN! Our motorcycle riding archer puts the garbage truck he’s driving through a wall, letting the dead pile through inside. Full-on chaos. People getting bitten and shot everywhere. Eugene nearly has a complete breakdown, but it only furthers the lengths to which he’ll go in betraying his old “travelling companions.” His mental state is definitely deteriorating, though.
The garbage folk have finally brought Rick out of his can. Then they bring out a zombie, its head strapped with a handle to lead. He’s nearly bitten before he starts kicking ass, wielding the zombie himself, twisting and turning the thing until its head comes off. He fights everyone off and holds Jadis next to the biting face, a gun to her head. He makes sure everybody knows he’s going home. Jadis calls her people off. This is the SECOND TIME he’s made it out alive after one of their games. Now this has Jadis wondering if Rick might actually be able to defeat Negan. They’ve got a deal, and Rick gets his clothes back.
However, Rick is shocked when they get to the Sanctuary finding a hole in the wall, and no walkers outside whatsoever. He knows some of his people have gone ahead without him.
Personally loved this episode. Nice bit of action, and I always love seeing Rick kick a bit of ass like he did at the end. I’m anticipating something big for the mid-season finale. Not sure what, really. But something big. We’ll see!
“How It’s Gotta Be” comes next week.