Negan finally made his way to Alexandria in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead. So far, this episode stayed closer to the comics than any other episode this season. Despite all of its similarities, there were also a lot of new storylines that came from the episode. We break down the comparisons and their meanings below:
COMICS: Negan arrives at the gates of Alexandria and is greeted first by Spencer, who asks who he is. Negan scoffs and asks him to find Rick. Meanwhile, he and The Saviors get attacked by a group of walkers, but easily take care of business. Rick shows up, reluctantly lets him in, Negan hands him Lucille to hold, and asks him to show them around.
SHOW: Spencer and Rosita prepare to embark on a supply run when Negan and The Saviors make an unexpected visit to Alexandria. Negan knocks on the gate, Spencer asks who Negan is, Negan scoffs, Rick shows up and lets him in (while reminding him he’s early). Negan makes Rick hold Lucille and tells his men to start raiding the place. Rick informs him they’ve already assembled a pile but Negan explains they’ll take the half they want to take.
COMICS: Carl warns Negan to leave Alexandria or else he and his men will pay the consequences. Amused, Negan threatens Carl back and sends him on a way. Shortly after, Heath yells for Rick and Negan to come quick. They discover Denise (who’s dead in the show) holding the Saviors at gunpoint and demanding they not take ALL of their medicine. Negan reassures her they took the half they wanted and Rick orders Denise to put her gun down. She complies and Rick allows them to take off with their supply.
SHOW: Negan and Rick hear a gunshot and discover Carl holding the Saviors at gunpoint. Carl’s upset they’re taking all, not half of the medicine. Rick tells Carl to put the gun down but Negan assured him he can handle this himself. The ensuing conversation is taken from the comic moment Negan had with Carl. This leads Negan to decide to take the remainder of their guns.
COMIC: As The Saviors loot Alexandria Negan pulls Rick aside to assure him he won’t take any of their food. Negan reminds Rick how reasonable he is and Rick shoots back, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
SHOW: As The Saviors loot the armory Negan pulls Rick aside to assure him he won’t take any of their food. Negan asks Rick if he’s cooperating and Rick shoots back, “What’s it look like?” Negan then asks Rick if all the guns are in the armory or if he’s hiding some. Rick assures him to the best of his knowledge they’re all there.
No Hidden Guns Plot
No Rosita & Spencer Adventure Either
What about Michonne’s Storyline?
Negan’s Parting Words
COMICS: After Negan and The Saviors leave Denise goes off on Rick for letting them take all of their things. Rick shoots back and reminds her and everyone else that Negan’s the leader now and anyone not OK with it can leave. He then tells them to prepare for more supply runs so they’re better prepared for Negan’s next visit. Shortly afterwards Carl goes missing…
SHOW: Here’s where we really start deviating. Rick watches as Negan, The Saviors, and Daryl drive away. He then confronts Spencer about hiding the guns and Spencer counters by saying the should have made a deal with The Saviors when they had the chance. He suggests Glenn and Abe might still be alive that way…which triggers Rick to warn him if he ever says anything like that again he’ll break his jaw. Shortly after, Rick gets Michonne on his side and tells her he knows Judith belongs to Shane. Later, Michonne discovers their mattresses getting burned on the side of the road while Rosita asks Eugene to make a bullet for her. None of this occurred in the comics.
What were YOUR favorite comic/show crossovers? Do you think Rick did the right thing? And what are Spencer and Rosita up to?? Tell us in the comments!
I hope the show’s portrayal of Negan helps clear up some of the misunderstanding some readers have about just how evil he is.
My TWD group is very upset about “weak Rick”. I think Rick showed great restraint. No self-control. I fully believe Rick is “faking” it until he can think things through and gather more information. Some question why he wouldn’t let Michonne in on it. I think he wants everyone to be truly afraid and angry when the time comes. He’s probably concerned about them being able to fake it. It’s reminiscent of the time when the Governor demanded Michonne and the conversation Rick had with Herschel. Also, it didn’t go unnoticed what the sign on the outside wall of Alexandria means and what Rick was thinking as he took a sideways glance at it. I can hardly wait for Rick to show his real resolve.
I loved the episode but I was kinda disappointed that Carl didn’t sneak in the back of a truck…. maybe next episode at the hilltop maybe? Please?
My favorite Carl moment in the comic. But I think show Carl is a little too old & handy with the gun in order for that to be effective. He may sneak in the compound but the helter skelter weapon discharge is out.
Good thing we saw Carl still at Alexandria in the preview or I’d have been worried he was burnt up under the pile of mattresses lol
I was surprised Negan’s last comment to Rick made it onto the TV show. Not complaining though, it was a great moment.
I think they screwed up killing glenn. the rateings are the lowest they have been since season 3.
very bad move. Now you’ve written in this person who has no mercy, and is teaching everyone to be bad. its not the zombies they need to fear. Now I suppose this guy will slowly kill off all people who actually make this show worth watching.