Saturday, April 1, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 7, Episode 15 “Something They Need” (B)

There are some episodes of this show which recently have given us intimate insight into Negan as a character, not menacing people from afar and using his power to terrorize the masses. With Sasha captured by the Saviors, she got to experience Negan one-on-one, showing up to decry that one of his minions was about to rape her, even though what he does to men and women alike through the power of intimidation and fear is no better. He’s also very fond of giving people weapons to dare them to try to use them against him, only to further torment them by showing them the futility of such an effort. I’m getting tired of this cycle, and of course Eugene’s weapon of choice for Sasha to end her life was poison rather than something she could actually use to take Negan out. I think the most fitting resolution would be for Eugene to use that same poison against Negan when he thought he was the most submissive servant, but I’m not sure that’s how things are going to go. With Tara’s help, our friends were able to conquer another group – with only mild and pretty much singular resistance – and finally arm themselves to go after the Saviors. Dwight’s defection couldn’t come at a more opportune time, and it seems that Rick, no longer content to take abuse from anyone, is perfectly willing to stoop to Negan’s level to ensure that those who get his protection fully earn it. Let’s hope for a solid and productive finale.