“How It’s Gotta Be”
Rick, Jadis, and the Scavengers arrive at The Sanctuary, where it’s clear Negan and his crew have escaped Suddenly, they come under fire and Jadis and her crew retreat. Carol and Jerry show up in the nick of time to save Rick. Meanwhile, we cut to another time where Carl argues with Rick to find a better way through the war. We then see Negan, who’s out of The Sanctuary and in his truck whistling cheerily.
Elsewhere, Enid audibles and drives her and Aaron to Oceanside. Aaron nearly gets killed but Enid kills Natania to save him. They get surrounded by Oceanside soldiers while Cyndie mourns her grandmother. back at Alexandria, Carl preps supplies for Siddiq and Michonne questions what he’s doing. Before he can explain they hear a banging at the gate. Negan’s voice rings out on a megaphone beyond the wall and warns them they have three minutes to open the gate before he starts ‘bombing’ them. Elsewhere, Rick and Carol speed back to Alexandria while Jerry gets blindsided on the road.
At The Kingdom, Ezekiel sits alone in his throne room reading a note from Jerry, who tells him they had to leave for Alexandria to watch them win. Suddenly, he hears a bang and hides as the Saviors crowd the room searching for him. Outside, Savior Gavin informs the Kingdom residents that the Saviors will be moving in now that The Sanctuary is overrun. Elsewhere, Maggie and Jesus get stopped by a tree roadblock as the Saviors show up behind them. They open the back of a truck where they’re holding Jerry hostage. Simon arrives and asks Maggie and Jesus to surrender their guns or Jerry gets shot.
Back in Alexandria, Carl quickly forms a plan to trick Negan into thinking they left. He then appears alone at the gate to inform Negan that Rick isn’t home and to not attack them because of the families and kids inside. “None of this shit’s fair, kid,” Negan responds. Carl asks Negan to kill him instead, and when Negan questions him Carl explains he’s going to die anyway. Suddenly, Rick and Daryl plow through a blockade. Dwight chases after them with a Convoy while a pissed off Negan instructs his people to fire grenades into Alexandria.
Carl injures his leg while hurrying down from the gate but limps away and sets off smoke grenades as he goes. He’s surrounded by explosions – the church, the car, everything seems to be burning. At The Kingdom, Gavin demands the people to give him Ezekiel or it’ll be “Negan’s way.” Back on the road – Simon reassures Maggie that The Hilltop will be kept intact to keep producing for the Saviors. To get her to agree, he kills the Hilltop blacksmith and threatens to kill Jerry. Maggie asks for the coffin he brought to bury the blacksmith, and Simon agrees.
Carl limps through Alexandria and stops at a house to take a breather. He clutches the JSS note, hears a noise, and then leaps from the balcony as the house explodes. Outside of the walls, Michonne, Daryl, Tara, and Rosita ambush Dwight and The Saviors. Dwight helps them by taking out some of the Saviors himself. All of the Saviors are dead except for him and Laura, who now realizes Dwight’s a traitor. She shoots him in the shoulder but the gunfire from Daryl forces her to run off.
Negan plows his truck through Alexandria’s gates and instructs his Saviors to bring him Carl alive while they continue burning the town to the ground. Some of the Saviors locate him but he sets off a smoke bomb and hides in the sewer. Back at The Sanctuary, Eugene gives Father Gabriel and Dr. Carson keys to an escape vehicle. Gabriel tries to get him back on their side, but Eugene refuses. At The Kingdom, Ezekiel sets off his own explosion and drives a bus into some Saviors. Carol arrives to find Ezekiel, who closes the gates on her and tells her to save his people.
Maggie and Jesus return to The Hilltop, where they pull a prisoner Savior from his pen. Maggie kills him and explains she did it as retribution for killing one of her own. She then instructs her people to fortify the gates and prepare for The Hilltop to make the last stand. On the road Dwight tells Daryl it was him who set this ambush up perfectly and vows not to go back to The Saviors. Daryl takes back his vest as Michonne, with the Saviors’ weapons in hand, tells them they need to get back to Alexandria. At The Kingdom Gavin beats up Ezekiel and tells him it didn’t have to be this way.
Back in Alexandria Daryl, Rosita, and Tara hide in the sewer while Michonne goes solo. Rick also returns and is blindsided by Negan in a house. They dance around each other, exchanging blows. Rick bludgeons him and tries to beat him with Lucille, but Negan throws him out of the window while Rick escapes. Meanwhile, Michonne slices through walkers and Saviors to find her family. One of the Saviors grabs her but she kills him and slices him over and over. Rick finally finds her and asks where everyone is.
Michonne takes Rick to the sewers, where they find their friends and soldiers hiding. Rick walks among them until he reaches Carl, who reveals he HAS BEEN BITTEN! NOOOOOOO!!!! Rick and Michonne are understandably in shock, but tend to him in his final moments.
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