Warning: Spoilers are forward for the season eight of The Walking Dead. Preserve studying at your personal danger.
This week’s episode of The Strolling Lifeless brings us again to the Hilltop, the place Negan’s authentic plan–of protecting the Savior weapons in walker guts to contaminate Rick and firm–finally ends up melding with Simon’s perception that the Hilltop simply must be worn out totally. Whereas Maggie largely thwarts Simon’s plan with a intelligent ambush, the ensuing scuffle continues to be all out carnage. A number of Hilltoppers are gunned down in battle, after which, extra tragically, a number of extra change into midnight snacks when the wounded out of the blue die within the evening and switch to walkers proper beside their sleeping associates. Ultimately Maggie is compelled to dig far more graves than anticipated, and we see Maggie wracked with guilt. She’s not simply “the Widow” however the chief of Hilltop now, and he or she virtually led her individuals to slaughter.
The episode title, “Do Not Ship Us Astray,” comes from a line Siddiq says to Rick early on. It’s part of an Islamic prayer for the useless, and the complete line goes, “O Allah, don’t forbid us their reward and don’t ship us astray after them.” Siddiq appears to be reminding Rick that the useless wouldn’t need their family members to be consumed by revenge over their deaths, particularly if it places them in peril of dying too.
Although it’s spoken to Rick, it serves as a becoming theme for Maggie this episode. We see Maggie continues to be very a lot pushed by the necessity for vengeance for Glenn. It’s why she sends a coffin to Negan in “The Misplaced and the Plunderers”; she brazenly admits to desirous to lure Negan to Hilltop so she will make her husband’s grave the very last thing he sees. By the tip of the episode Maggie realizes the selfishness of this motion. “We’re fortunate we’ve got you,” one of many wounded Hilltoppers says to Maggie. “If Gregory was in cost, this place wouldn’t be right here anymore. He was about himself. What he wished. That’s not you.”
The reality behind Maggie’s provocations will possible come out by the tip of this season. Whereas issues will look fairly grim as soon as the Hilltoppers understand Maggie bartered their lives away to avenge her useless husband, the comics inform us that Maggie isn’t unseated from management, and he or she doesn’t die on this arc, both. Maggie continues to steer Hilltop to battle alongside Alexandria, and we see Maggie continues to be the chief when the comedian skips ahead two years. It’s a bumpy time, undoubtedly, as Maggie clashes with Rick–typically violently–and finally ends up even executing Gregory after he makes an attempt to poison her. If we’re going by the comics, it’s a tough highway forward for Maggie, however followers can relaxation assured that Maggie will proceed to be taught and develop, and we’re prone to see her round for some time.
And what of the Savior prisoners on the Hilltop? Maggie retains them inside and guarded in the course of the preliminary assault–a notable determination, as we will assume Rick wouldn’t have even bothered at this level. It’s solely afterwards that they’re introduced again to the cage, after which very sadly set free by a gun-toting Henry at evening. (Really, Henry has change into the most recent iteration of the “Dammit Carl/Get Again within the Home Carl” meme). The result’s that by the subsequent day Maggie has misplaced not solely her personal individuals within the battle however most of her leverage as properly.
Not all of the prisoners go away although–a maybe unsurprising improvement since Simon tells them they turned nugatory to Negan as soon as they received themselves captured. Probably the most notable prisoner to stay is Callan McAuliffe’s Alden, the youthful, seemingly extra mild prisoner who urged with Maggie a number of occasions on behalf of the boys. Is he a pleasant man caught up in a foul group, or is he placing on an act out of preservation? It’s been laborious to inform this season, however this episode appears to place these inquiries to relaxation. He finally ends up helping in dispatching the newly-turned walkers and shutting the entrance gates.
It’s troublesome to inform the place Alden and the opposite former prisoners will go from right here. That is the primary time we’ll be seeing precise Saviors dwelling amongst Rick’s individuals, and it’s undoubtedly going to trigger rigidity. It’s additionally unclear how a lot Alden could have a task going ahead; prior episodes made a degree of creating him a central prisoner to give attention to moreover Gregory and Jared–the ass who killed Henry’s brother, who can be one way or the other nonetheless alive–so one would assume he has a much bigger function to play.
It’s doable Alden could even be Dante within the comics; Dante isn’t a former Savior, however the two have the identical sort of witty and relaxed nature, and Dante finally ends up turning into a trusted advisor to Maggie. Dante additionally has a crush on Maggie from the outset, and the 2 later start a relationship. With Alden interacting as a lot as he has with Maggie, that doesn’t really feel like a complete impossibility for future seasons.
Suffice to say, it appears like we’re about to see some intriguing storylines unfold on the Hilltop. What are your hopes for Maggie this season? And who’s Alden? Will he lead Hilltop alongside Maggie or simply change into walker bait? Pontificate within the feedback!
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