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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 10: Recap & Discussion

New Best Friends

The Saviors visit Ezekiel and his people to collect, which leads to another standoff between Richard and Gerald. Morgan and Benjamin get involved, which results in Morgan losing his staff. They return to The Kingdom and Daryl scolds Morgan for laying down to The Saviors. He argues if Carol were here she would seek revenge. Daryl FINALLY GETS A CROSSBOW AGAIN as Richard tells him he’ll need his help.

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Richard spells out his plan to lure the Saviors to a woman Ezekiel’s close to in order to get The Kingdom involved in the fight. Daryl gets him to admit he’s talking about Carol and he warns Richard against attacking her. The Saviors come and go as Daryl foils his plan and tackles Richard to the ground, squandering their plan to attack. Richard reasons sacrifice is necessary to get The Kingdom involved in the fight. Daryl promises if anything happens to Carol he’ll kill him. Richard admits he’d die for The Kingdom, and Daryl counters, “Why don’t you?” (Burn).

Meanwhile, Rick and his group get introduced to the leader of a junkyard, Jadis, who’s holding Gabriel hostage. Rick proposes she and her group join them in the fight against The Saviors but she declines until Rick can prove his worth. This leads to Rick getting thrown into a fighting ring with a gladiator-like walker wearing a metal helmet with metal spikes protruding through its body. Rick stabs his hand through a helmet spike to stop its movement but becomes trapped. Michonne yells out to use the walls of trash, which he utilizes to finish it once and for all. After proving himself, Rick and Jadis agree Rick will give them guns in exchange for help in battling The Saviors. She and the group leave as Father Gabriel is returned to his people.

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Gabriel tells Rick how Jadis forced him to pack up their supplies and leave. Rick grabs a wooden cat statue as a trophy and leaves the junkyard with his group. Later, Daryl visits Carol at her new home and they spend the day together. Overcome with emotion, she asks if The Saviors hurt anyone from their group and Daryl lies and tells her everyone’s all right. They dine together and Daryl leaves.

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Back at The Kingdom, Daryl warns Morgan they need The Kingdom for the upcoming fight. Morgan claims it can’t be him to convince Ezekiel and Daryl tells him to wake up. Morgan points out the two of them are alike because Daryl ALSO didn’t tell Carol about what the Saviors did. “We’re all holding on to something,” he says. Daryl leaves for The Hilltop the next morning to “get ready.”

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What did YOU think of the action-packed episode of The Walking Dead? Discuss it with us in the comments!

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  1. seanmathews1 February 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Another pretty good episode. So we’ve met “the scavengers”. Interesting. Not really down with how Jadis talks. Kind of uneccessrily far fetched but whatever. It’s almost the the wolves but wiereder. At any rate, more people to the fight and Rick is back to his bad ass self. Again with the bloody hand loss teases, lol. Carol is slowly coming back in my good graces and it was nice seeing the reunion with Daryl. Rosita is really really starting to grate on my nerves. Her tough girl I’m pissed off act is highly annoying. Hope they pull a Holly with her. At any rate, things are building up nicely. I imagine All Out War will kick off next season, but that’s fine with me. Good start to 7B so far.

  2. BASTET. February 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Most. Badass. Walker. EV-ER! I need an action figure!
    Harry & Lloyd would be proud of Jadis’s haircut.
    Jerry.

  3. mattbeef February 19, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Yeah, forgetting how to speak English already? Bit much. Scavengers seem more like a bad random Star Trek next generation alien than anything from twd universe. And I know post apocalyptic junkyard mad max stuff is hip right now, but this episode felt out of place to me. It was just weird. Not hating twd, I’m a huge fan. Just not of this episode.

    • sliusarek February 20, 2017 at 12:43 am - Reply

      There’s no information where they come from. Maybe they are not originally from the English-spoken country. That’s one. And two is that a lot of time has passed since the start and living with dead people walking around you is quite… thrilling. It changes a lot in peoples mind-set, allows them to release what weird wills they might have had.
      This community is not in the comic book, but I am glad it was added. It suits TWD universe.

      If you didn’t like it, I’d recommend packing things up, because this is how it is going to be from now on – the world will change even more, the communities will be even weirder.

      • sevenofnine February 21, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

        I agree with mattbeef, they are weird and do kind of reflect the worlds of Star Trek & Mad Max. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it though. My thought is these people were kids (maybe 12-14 when things began) who’ve been living w/o adults all this time. This could explain their limited vocabulary and the references from which they created their environment.

        • Nihcki February 21, 2017 at 11:06 am - Reply

          In the TV show’s universe, the timeline is approximately 3 1/2 years post-apocalypse. Thes junkyard dwellers we not kids when civilization collapsed. It gets confusing because of the number of seasons, but in their world, it’s only been 3 1/2 years. Makes you wonder why Carl, who was 7-8 years old when it began, is now like 18, in only 3+ years, and nobody seems to notice. Judith isn’t walking/talking at age 3. I could shred so much more, but won’t. Just remember: a TV season doesn’t equal a year or more in their timeline. Some seasons cover a couple months in their world, where churches magically appear in housing communities that had to make a garage into a chapel.

  4. LOLWUTAREYOUDOIN February 19, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Do the writers even know where they want to take Carol anymore? This was a great opportunity to do the emotional reveal of the deaths of Glenn and Abe. But because the writers need to keep Carol in this stupid state of limbo where nobody really knows where she stands, we get cock blocked from a potentially great scene once again. It’s like the writers continue to miss these potentially great moments over and over again.

    The fight between Richard and Daryl was pointless. I like the idea of the moral conundrum of “false flagging” someone in order to generate a retaliation from the Saviors so that Ezekiel will act. But the fact that Richard wanted to do it with Carol made it so that it would never get off the ground in the first place and thus there was never a chance of it being a morally questionable issue in the first place.

    I’ll also comment that the background of the junk yard (when Rick is standing on top of the pile) looked so fake. It literally looked greenscreened as hell. However, the gladiator fight with the armored zombie was pretty cool, albeit too short.

    I’m not picky at all, and I’m pretty easy to please with my entertainment, but I’m starting to get annoyed with this season again, because it’s getting back to that old feeling of stuff being drawn out for no reason. I get that they don’t want to rush stuff, but so much of the ongoings on screen just feels like it’s being thrown in to fill time.

    • BASTET. February 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      I think the writers know exactly what they’re doing with Carol & they’re keeping her story moving well. People are starting to learn where she stands & we’re seeing story continue to develop around that. The scene with her & Daryl set up for bigger & better things instead of just dropping a feels on us that will lead to predictable action & less of something unpredictable to look forward to. Carol’s gonna eventually learn about the deaths… aside from what we know that will bring, we’ll also have her reaction to Daryl lying. To me, twists & turns & variances in emotions make it realistic & great. Besides, if she wasn’t in the state of mind she’s currently in, there’d be an extremely short run of Negan and the Saviors. We don’t want that.

      • sevenofnine February 20, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

        Agreed. They’re purposely waiting for the reveal for a bigger payoff and some major moments. I don’t think she’ll have too much issue w/Daryl’s deception though, she as much as told him she couldn’t handle news like that… yet.

        • BASTET. February 20, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

          I don’t think Carol will go all off on Daryl when she finds out he lied. She might get a little put off at first, but if anything, she’ll understand he did it solely for her & there will be those gushy feelings that melt people like butter.

          • sevenofnine February 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

            Definitely, although we may not see that scene immediately. Depends on how they handle the reveal… will she break down or get quite and walk off or explode and arm up for battle. Can’t wait to see what they do with it.

    • SerbanG February 20, 2017 at 12:18 am - Reply

      I think there will still be a good moment when she finds out about Glenn and Abe and we will get a bonus because she will find out Daryl lied to her and I am really curious about how she is going to react to that. This show is about to get wild.

    • sliusarek February 20, 2017 at 12:46 am - Reply

      You really need to stop pointing fingers and thinking about damn writers. Seriously, are you watching your favorite show or are you reading the god damn script? I don’t understand you, people, who watch the show and think they are better than the actual writers.

      Wait for the season to end, wait for the story-lines to wrap up and have their conclusion and then think and talk about writing. It’s such a bad trend all those Reddits and other internet communities are furthering with this “writing thinking”.

    • allyssabrittney February 21, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

      I am very disappointed in the scene between Daryl and Carol… i think it could have been an amazing scene/chance for some real heavy emotion. Now she is going to find out in some mediocre way that isnt going to give justice to their deaths. This is what i was most looking forward to in the second half of the season, Even the way they told Morgan was disappointing.

  5. ronnyhaze February 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I like the smiling hopeful Rick!! Bad ass Spike Walker NEEDS to be a figure, statue, something…. (If not already in development haha) So glad Father Gabriel is getting some shine!! Rositas a bitch…

    • sliusarek February 20, 2017 at 12:47 am - Reply

      Usually, McFarlane Toys does not have any inside information about what kind of walkers will appear in the show or which characters are going to be lighted out. So, Todd McFarlane needs to see this episode and I am pretty sure he’ll make a figure out of it. He likes walkers. <3

  6. sliusarek February 20, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    A pretty good episode.

    Rick has gone a little crazy, smiling with his all mouth, lol. I can understand him, tough. He’s getting back his mojo of a “king-shit” that Negan took in E1. More hand-teasing. By the way, he might have an infection from that walker, who knows what kind of stuff was spiked by that spiky-walker… I believe, this season Rick is going to loose his hand for sure.

    The new community is really-really good! When they were all lining up and we could see their faces, I immediately thought about elves. They look like them! That’s kind of cool that every community is so unique: Alexandria – just the old way west-style of life; Hilltop – just some third-world country that provides food; The Junkyard – elves; The Kingdom – Medieval; The Saviors – something like Nilfgaard from The Witcher 3.

    The leader of The Junkyard is very fun to watch, she’s quite a bad-ass. Negan would like her. :3

    The kid from the Kingdom annoys me. I hope, he is going to be the sacrifice Richard was talking about. No, I mean, is he a hardcore smoker or what? It’s like his voice is modified to sound “crispier”.

    Jerry needs a little more normal talking. I mean, I like the way he is and I understand that he’s just the guy that likes to take everything positively, but you can’t just joke all the time! Richard had some time to grow as a character in this episode, I hope Jerry will, too, because he is pretty important in the stories to come….

    The green-screen of junk looked off. The budget problem, I guess. Still, I’d prefer them not showing that moment rather than showing how it looked. AMC really needs to stop sitting on their asses and thinking that they can avoid increasing their budget for the show.

    Overall, a decent episode. Next one is about the Saviors and Daryl going to the Hilltop.

  7. Ewillsen February 20, 2017 at 4:57 am - Reply

    Can we all just agree that Jerry is the best character ever

  8. ArealSpirit February 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Disappointing episode. While there was lots of good stuff in it, the disrespect Daryl showed Carol by not being honest with her was a huge letdown. He has been a major healing character in her psyche from her physically and mentally abusive life where she trusted no one and had lost everyone. Now, here she is, running away after one more tremendous emotional toll where she’s trying to shut down from the world, and the one person she rejoices in seeing and welcomes into her squatters home has told a HUGE lie.
    The second thing was this new group. I sure hope there is a lot of solid character development coming up about the. Other than the interesting (not even exciting) fight with the gladiator, they were BORING!!!! Huge disappointment for me. I know the writers can do so much better.
    Usually, I’m a big fan of every episode, last night was a letdown. Looking forward to a recovery show next week.

    • BASTET. February 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      So you’d rather have Daryl come on out with the truth right away, forcing Carol to immediately go out Assassin-style against a force that could possibly take her out, and she return (if) as an empty shell before all the communities have a chance to come together as a force to be reckoned with? You think telling the truth right at that moment would’ve been better to help preserve her psyche after she just told Daryl what she would do & that there would be nothing left of her? For the sake of respect?! If anyone can relate to Carol & help her push through emotionally, it’s Daryl, but even Daryl is smart enough to know that there is a logical reason to hold onto the truth & a better time will come later. I felt he had the utmost respect for her in that moment.

    • sevenofnine February 22, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Disrespect??? How can you say that? He loves and respects her so much that he risked his relationship with her. She told him she’d take revenge, losing herself in the process. In that mental state she’d probably end up dead. Plus, acting on her own right now could backfire badly as it did after the actions of Daryl, Carl & Rosita(4 dead, 2 taken). Carol is not ready to deal with that news and Daryl did what he did to keep her safe (mentally and physically).

  9. LukeCage34 February 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I have read every comic in this series and have seen every episode of this series. That being said I’m well aware the show and comic are not one and the same. But it seems to me like “The Scavengers” are supposed to be “The Whisperers” amd Jadis is “Alpha” unless they plan on really adding in the Whisperers after they beat Neagan finally! I agree with most of the people here that the greenscreen of the junkyard looked like shit.

  10. MikeLacey February 21, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Screenshot from UK Virgin Media Tivo, showing the synopsis for s7e10, “New Best Friends”.

    The synopsis reads: “Rick, Jesus, and Ezekiel meet to discuss the recent deal as well as their plan to take action. The Whisperers take the Saviors to their leader, Alpha, where Negan teaches them a valuable lesson.”

    The Whisperers? Alpha?

    It’s (obviously) a mistake – Is it a synopsis from a show later in this season? No timeslip then…

  11. Shadowqueen15 March 6, 2017 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Does anyone know what exactly it was that Daryl was holding onto this episode? I don’t mean to sound dumb, but I was kind of confused when Morgan said that haha. Was it Carol? Or something else?


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