After operating at breakneck speed, they slowed this episode down, which I think is a good thing. The entire episode focused on the aftermath of the Saviors mowing down King Ezekiel’s people with machine gun fire and the drama that ensued.
Carol proved to be resourceful as she single-handedly gunned down a bunch of the Saviors and saved King Ezekiel and Jerry for certain doom. I thought some parts of it were a little over the top and suffered from believability with what Carol was able to do all by herself, but overall I still think it worked. She had to make a choice in this episode—save Ezekiel and Jerry or prevent the Saviors from leaving with the ammunition. She showed her humanity by saving Ezekiel and Jerry. Like there was ever any doubt as to what she was going to do. Obviously, she has a thing for the King, so this was a no-brainer.
Daryl and Rick
Like those Saviors ever had a chance. This was a pretty fun, high-octane, action sequence. I especially enjoyed the part after Daryl wiped out on his motorcycle and Rick was pursuing the truck with the weapons, when he weaved out of the way so that Daryl could open fire on them from his motorcycle. Probably not the most realistic scene, that they could coordinate that type of maneuver without communicating with each other, but it had some serious style points.
Ezekiel was the focal point of this episode. This is the first time they have really delved deeply into the King’s character. It had already been established that he was part stage actor, part carnie con-man, without a whole lot of steak underneath the sizzle. He gives a great speech and is able to get his people to believe in him, but isn’t an especially effective leader in a fight, and that was seen with his whole, “I’m still smiling” bit and his seemingly constant wanting to give up when Jerry and Carol were trying to save him. Even Shiva came in to save him only to become a tiger zombie (oh wait, that only happens in Game of Thrones) after the zombies tore him apart. RIP Shiva. I’m not sure how you were always able to distinguish friend from foe the way you did, but you were a good soldier while you lasted.
It looks like at long last we are going to get some sort of conclusion to the Negan, Father Gabriel, Savior compound situation. I don’t see why Father Gabriel wouldn’t just shoot him, seeing as how he had a gun on him, but the writers are hell bent on saving Negan even though the Allied forces have had about a dozen clear shots at killing him.