Breathe. Blink. Cry. The season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead gave you all of those things and probably a few times over. I’m not usually one to cringe at TV Shows and The Walking Dead has never been one of those to make me but I gotta say after last nights episode I definitely did cringe. It was brutal. It was grotesque. It was bloody. It was exactly how they should’ve introduced Negan into the show.
If you don’t read the comics then you are probably not happy with what The Walking Dead did last night. I’ve seen this repeated several times over on Social Media of people who couldn’t believe they did the things they did last night. However, in the comics this is exactly what Negan is. He is not someone to be toyed with and he’s the worst thing Rick and the group have EVER come across. He makes The Governor look like a child’s toy.
“I’m just getting started” – Negan
We begin basically right where we left off except we have to wait 22 minutes to find out who Negan killed. Yes 22 minutes, I clocked it. The episode plays forward and then plays back to tell more of the story. Rick is off with Negan for a good portion of the episode. Negan, even after brutally killing someone has to break Rick. Negan knows it’s going to take a lot more effort then he’s had to do before. You see Rick struggle with what he witnessed, how they ended up there and decide what he is going to do in the future. I’m pretty sure the entire group is going to have some serious PTSD (if that can even cover it) after this, as well as us viewers.
After 22 minutes, you see who Negan whacked. It’s Abraham. I called that (You can read it here). Abraham is the only one who can take a hit like that and get up ready for more. And he’s the also the only one who could impressed Negan like that. Negan doesn’t just whacked him until he’s dead, no Negan goes to town whacking the hell out of Abraham’s head until there is just mush left where Abraham’s head used to be. For those viewers with sensitive stomachs, probably had some issues with this and of course the whole episode. Unfortunately Abraham isn’t the only one who gets killed this episode. I thought for sure they’d hold off killing someone else until a later episode but they decided otherwise. In this case, I also called it. After episode and several times teasing, Glenn is killed also last night.
Glenn could’ve stayed alive but Daryl decided he wasn’t going to take this quietly and got up and got a pretty damn good punch into Negan before he was thrown down. Negan takes the hit well and instead of killing Daryl, he turns the bat to Glenn. One intense hit and Glenn’s skull is dented and he’s got an eye popping out but he’s still alive and telling Maggie to look away (I believe). Negan makes a comment on Glenn’s appearance and then finishes him the same way as Abraham.
“That is some screwed up shit.” – Negan
When Negan and Rick return from their fun time in the smoke and walkers that Rick had to kill to get to the ax that Negan threw out of the RV, Rick still isn’t broken. Rick is used to being in charge and Negan knows that. Negan also knows that he’s going to have to step up his game in order to make the “new order” clear to Rick. They arrive back to the group, in lots of sunshine at this point, and finally Negan knows what he has to do. He calls Carl forward and marks on his arm the place that Rick has to cut off unless he wants everyone in the group to die. Carl is fine with this so long as no one else gets killed. And just has Rick is about to do it, Negan stops him because he’s finally made Rick understand and taken the smug look out of his eyes.
Negan and his people leave the group with the RV and tell them they will be visiting Alexandria in a week to lay out the new world order and to collect supplies. Negan has taken Daryl with him because well “I like him” and to also keep him has leverage over Rick. The group has to pick up with bodies of Glenn and Abraham to bring back to get buried. Maggie even after witnessing Glenn get killed still wants to fight and stop Rick. The others know that they are out numbered and stand no chance of beating Negan or his people. Maggie is still in horrible shape and needs to get to Hilltop in order to know what is going on with the baby. However, at this point she may lose the baby due to all the damn stress of the past few hours.
“You work for me. You provide for me. Get it?” -Negan
Overall this episode is grotesque. It’s brutal. It’s beyond anything the previous episodes or seasons have done for The Walking Dead. It’s the only way Negan and his group (The Saviors) could be introduced into the story-line. I was surprised at 2 deaths but if you’re going to go big, you might as well do it all the way. The wait of 22 minutes into the episode to find out who got killed first was over-kill on there part. I know that I’m not the only one who was annoyed by this especially after having to wait months to know. I am very impressed with Jeffrey Morgan’s performance as Negan, he’s never disappointed me in any character I’ve seen him play. I give the episode 8 out of 10 stars. I dock a star because of the 22 minute to wait to find out who got killed and I dock another star because we really didn’t see much this episode.