The Strolling Lifeless didn’t simply come again Sunday with the premiere of the second of its three final-season arcs, it got here roaring again with an episode that was action-packed, brutal, emotional and, greater than as soon as, downright surprising. Learn on, and we’ll go over the highlights.
‘OVER HERE, S—T D—Okay’ | As “No Different Method” started, the Reapers’ hwacha was exploding walkers proper and left like they had been overfilled water balloons. Nonetheless, Maggie, Negan and Elijah had been capable of sneak inside, do a Grocery store Sweep of the infirmary to are inclined to Elijah’s damage and conceal from Carver in a secret room. (What? Don’t all infirmaries have these?) The next morning, as Gabriel lurked exterior, Daryl tackled Austin earlier than he might get off a shot on the preacher, killed the Reaper and eluded Leah by hiding behind a blackboard in a preschool classroom. (What? Don’t all preschool lecture rooms have… Oh. Wait. They really do. Shifting on… ) Making his approach to the Reapers’ chapel, Gabriel was challenged by the unhealthy guys’ priest to hitch him in taking step one down the trail of peace. “Nobody,” he stated, “is above saving.” Properly, besides for everyone that the Reapers had already slaughtered. That being the case, Gabriel replied, “I don’t imagine that” and stabbed him in chilly blood.
In the meantime, Carver chased Maggie down a lifeless finish. “Oops,” he taunted. “Improper flip.” Oh, nevertheless it was — for him. Elijah emerged and stated principally, “Hi there, my title is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, put together to die,” solely it was his sister Josephine who’d been slain. Abruptly, Negan revealed himself as effectively. You’d have thought that Carver was effectively and really f—ked at that time, however he fought with the energy of a madman. Had been it not for Negan getting an help from Elijah, a handful of sand (chalk?) and a bell (WTH?), Carver would possibly even have crushed all three of ’em. Simply earlier than Maggie might off him for Elijah’s sake, Daryl confirmed up and satisfied the group to make use of Carver as a hostage as a way to rating them some meals and a manner out of Meridian alive. Sadly, at their rendezvous with Leah and two Reapers, she double-crossed her ex by stationing sniper Jensen close to sufficient to take out any of ’em at a second’s discover. Little did she suspect that there was a double-double-cross afoot!
’NOPE, NO JENSEN HERE’ | After Daryl & Co. had been pressured to untie Carver, Elijah hobbled towards him, weapon raised, crying, “For Josephine”… solely to break down in a heap. Unmoved, his meant sufferer went to kick Elijah and — whoa! — acquired shot within the leg. Solely when Leah radioed Jensen to ask WTF did we be taught that Gabriel had killed him and brought his place. (Is any Gabriel higher than frosty badass Gabriel?) Abruptly, Leah was like, “On second thought, you may have something you need, Daryl, simply allow us to depart.” Moderately than danger any of his personal individuals being killed earlier than the smoke cleared, Daryl agreed. Oh, however Carver couldn’t go along with them, Maggie famous. “Whatevs, no massive,” Leah would possibly as effectively have stated. By no means thoughts that he was her favourite, she and her henchmen had been already making tracks down the highway. At which level — holy crap! — Maggie stalked after them and shot them one proper after the opposite within the again! She then returned to Carver and, out of bullets, planted Elijah’s weapon within the villain’s chest!
Chasing after Leah, who’d solely been winged by Maggie, Daryl scolded her for blowing the second likelihood they each might have had. He didn’t end her off, although, he instructed her to “go earlier than I alter my thoughts.” Later, because the group packed as much as return to Alexandria with a cornucopia of goodies, Canine was all of the sudden again amongst them. (The place had he been? Who is aware of? We could have to contemplate ourselves fortunate that Leah by no means threatened him to get at Daryl.) Maggie would meet up with her crew, she stated. Earlier than she might, she needed to go retrieve Alden from the deserted church at which she’d… aw. In a very heart-shredding second, she found that he’d died and turned (apparently a sufferer of the different zombie that’d been lumbering round). After she buried him, Negan approached, ominous music cues suggesting that he meant her hurt. His dialogue hinted at homicide on his thoughts, too. He knew that her promise to not kill him meant squat, particularly after seeing her gun down the Reapers post-deal. “So I ain’t gonna provide you with an opportunity to try this [to me].” Not by killing her, nevertheless; he was going to go his personal manner. (Maybe a precursor to the Negan spinoff Jeffrey Dean Morgan instructed TVLine he’d be completely happy to do? Learn all about it right here.)
‘YOU WOULD’VE DONE THE SAME FOR ME’ | Again in Alexandria, chaos reigned because the storm raged on. Whereas the windmill burned and wall breaches multiplied like rabbits, Judith and Gracie had been beset by the worst type of walkers — moist, what with having damaged into the flooded cellar. Lastly, Aaron heard his daughter’s emergency whistle, crashed by a window and used his steel arm to smash some gross, soggy heads. Then, after he’d gotten the children to security, Lydia found that he’d been left in dire straits and acquired him to security. Someway, regardless of the breaches and the fireplace, all of Alexandria lived to look at the walker bonfire that greeted Daryl, Maggie, Gabriel and Elijah upon their return. Seeing a back-from-the-dead Connie, Daryl signed, “Pleased to see you.” (OK, so possibly they’re not being positioned as some nice romance. Or he simply doesn’t know the best way to signal, “S—t, you’re alive! I’m sorry I by no means instructed you I liked you earlier than you went lacking! I’m an fool!”)
For a scorching minute, every part was hunky-dory. However then the new minute cooled, and Jerry, preserving watch, needed to be all like, “Erm… guys… ” One thing massive was coming, the music cues warned us. One thing unhealthy. And, actually, the sight of the Commonwealth’s stormtroopers approaching was fairly ominous… till Eugene ran to the entrance of the pack to say, “We’re all buddies. They’re right here to assist.” From there, he defined the end result of his mission to
get laid discover hope and launched Lance, who made a proposal that sounded too good to be true to assist rebuild Alexandria. However, he added, he had “one other, extra attention-grabbing selection to supply” as effectively. Even from afar, Canine needed to have smelled a rat! From there, we reduce to 6 months later and located Maggie and Elijah again within the ruins of Hilltop. On the gate, stormtroopers demanding to be let in. “It doesn’t should be this manner,” she referred to as out. At that, one of many stormtroopers eliminated his helmet: It was Daryl! “Yeah, it does,” he replied.
It does? Why? What’s “this manner”? And what did you consider the Season 11B premiere? I’d give it a B+, possibly even an A- (although I’ve to confess I had forgotten all about poor Alden and will solely care a lot about Elijah’s late sister who we by no means met). Grade “No Different Method” within the ballot under, then click on right here to see what showrunner Angela Kang has to say about it.