The Walking Dead is preparing for war, and in order to do that, Rick and his fellow Alexandrians need to restock their provisions and give themselves a bargaining tool in order to ensure the Junkyard kids make good on their promise to rise up against Negan and his Saviors. With that in mind, the series attempts a more character-focused hour with Rick and Michonne on the road, ready to check out yet another previously undiscovered location, one that might get them closer to obtaining their bargaining chip to turn the tide in their favor.
The long road to war started three weeks ago, but The Walking Dead isn’t in any hurry to get the audience or its characters in the battle itself. That has meant a week spend in the company of the Saviors and Eugene – who, like Dwight, seems to have more of a plan in place than to eat pickles and play video games for the remainder of his days. While the show would do well to demonstrate that it has more up its sleeve than making Eugene into a cowardly turncoat, it also wouldn’t hurt for the plot to take a much needed jump into actual action, rather than the build-up to it.
‘Say Yes’ presents a challenge for the series, as it seems interested in delving into a character-driven situation, when the needs of the season itself require the show to be pushing forward, eschewing smaller stories for the grandness of the narrative that it’s been teasing since season 6.
If you’d like to discuss the events of ‘Say Yes’ without worrying about spoiling the episode for others, this is place to do so.
The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with ‘Bury Me Here’ @9pm on AMC.
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