We’re going to split up our recap into six parts like the episode did. Let’s jump in.
Michonne and Rick mourn at Carl’s grave the morning after the incident. They clear out some walkers, try to extinguish the flames on the gazebo, and are finally forced to flee in their van as Alexandria burns behind them. Michonne finds a letter Carl wrote to Negan but Rick ignores it and suggests they try to recruit The Scavengers yet again to fight The Saviors. They venture to Jadis’ scrapyard and are immediately surrounded by walkers when they arrive.
At The Sanctuary Negan tells Simon how impressed he is with Carl’s escape plan from Alexandria (he obviously hasn’t learned of his fate yet). Simon tells him The Hilltop situation is under control and they should begin bullying other communities instead. Negan disagrees and says they still need to kill Rick. Suddenly, some of Negan’s top Saviors bring in the casket Maggie sent them with a message warning they have 38 more Saviors (at The Hilltop) and they should stand down. Simon recognizes the now zombified Savior as Dean, who he was in charge of at the Satellite outpost. Simon threatens to slaughter them all but Negan makes him stand down. He has other plans.
We catch back up with Enid and Aaron, who are being held hostage at Oceanside for killing their leader Natania. Cindy suggests a death sentence but Enid warns her people will wipe out Oceanside as a consequence. Cindy relents and escorts them out of the community, warning them not to return. Aaron suggests he stays to convince Oceanside to fight with them while Enid returns to The Hilltop. They agree and go their separate ways.
Simon and The Saviors show up at Jadis’ home to call them out on briefly siding with Rick. Jadis clarifies that she was bringing Rick to them and Simon calls bullshit. He demands they surrender their weapons in exchange for their loyalty, and Jadis agrees. Still, Simon wants more remorse. He shoots both of Jadis’ top Scavengers and she clocks him in the face. “There is remorse, you son of a bitch!” she yells down at him. Simon laughs and commands the Saviors to slaughter Jadis’ people. Later, Simon returns to The Sanctuary and tells Negan the job is done.
Rick and Michonne continue to fight back against the undead Scavengers. They locate Jadis, who forlornly sits on a trash pile in a night gown. She tells them (in regular speech) before the apocalypse she came here to make art, but when everything changed she saw the whole dump as a canvas. Rick, who realizes his mission is a lost cause, fashions a shield out of a car door and escapes with Michonne. Trapped, Jadis lures her undead comrades into a trash compactor and watches them grind up and she’s left with nothing.
On the road, Rick stops the truck and reads the letter Carl wrote to Negan. He then radios Negan to pass on the news of Carl’s passing along with the message he left behind. The news catches Negan off guard and makes him say, “That kid was the future.” He then uses the situation to his advantage and blames Rick for Carl’s death. He says he failed as a father and says, “Give up because you’ve already lost.”
What did you think of this episode? Did Simon make the right call? Will Oceanside ever side with Aaron? And what’s next for Jadis? Tell us in our comments!
So now we finally have the story/understanding on Jadis & her people. Knew we would… just only have to be patient & not so quick to think a reason would not come. The garbage grinder was DISGUSTING (ground hot dogs, anyone?)! I’d pitch a tent right next to that thing!
I can’t wait to see how Negan handles Simon after he discovers how he fucked up. Makes me sad because I’m not quite ready for Simon to die off.
I see Negan’s reaction to Carl’s death as “off” as Rick’s reaction.
Good ep. Not great, but good.
Oh & I felt honored to be depicted in that painting. 😛
Great episode, touched a lot of bases, can’t wait to see the final showdown at the Hilltop!
What a shitty season…I had high hopes for All Out War…I guess the silver lining is the trash people are dead and I will not have to hear the stupid way they talk anymore…
I thought this was a great episode. Just enough time spent with groups or individuals to find out what happened or what is going on. I do hope Simon gets killed and when he does I bet Negan will do it. He specifically told Simon to kill 1,not the entire group. I don’t think we have seen the last of Jadis,she will do something to deliver a significant blow to Negan. What I can’t figure out is how Aaron thinks he is going to win over Oceanside.
I was thinking out loud, “Aaron, you guys JUST convinced them to let you live. Now you’re gonna stake one of ’em out in the trees so you can try to reason with them to break their own peace. WHAT IS YOU THINKING?!!”
It was not many action in this episode. But it was very emotional. Im excited what will happen, when Negan finds out what Simon have done. Will he really kill him? What are the next steps belonging Oceanside? Are the Saviors planning to attack them? Or will they try to save their people and stay away from them? Maybe they cut a deal? Whats with Rick? Can he swallow his pride to respect Carls last wish? What about Jadis? Will Rick return to her to say sorry? Is she the reason how Negan experiences what happened with the scavengers? Maybe she plans to kill Simon? Will Negan and all others get their letters from Carl? What are their reactions? Many Questions. Cant await the next episodes.
So…the garbage people made up their own language as performance art? Yeah. Sure. Ok.
Simon is my new favorite character for erasing them from the show.
Jadis said they separated themselves from others & wanted to have their own thing. The language was obviously a part of that. They probably use this as a coping mechanism the same way Ezekiel does what he does (now that we have an explanation, it should be easier to accept, just like accepting Ezekiel).
A zombie apocalypse would change people in a lot more ways than being undead. Those who’ve survived this long have been strong all along but not without being affected & most likely, changed. It’s easier if you keep this in mind (will help with The Whisperers, if they make it onto the screen).
Weirdly enough when i was a teenager I kayaked out to an island in the ocean with a bunch of other teenagers and we invented nicknames and a language that was pretty similar…
Jadis is badass. I enjoy her. LONG LIVE JADIS!
A solid episode to get back into gear for the second half of the season. I like how Carl left a letter for Negan. I feel like I could have enjoyed Carl’s death story line if they had just shown him getting bit and not dragged his death out across the break. That actually bothered me more than the Negan cliffhanger because when we came back after that they delivered.