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Aside from what appears to be the inciting incident in Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) final Walking Dead story (additional on that later), “Silence the Whisperers” was an internal episode, focusing on the emotional and mental states of Lydia (Cassady McClincy), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) particularly, and the increasingly paranoid and fearful communities additional broadly. With the Whisperers not taking credit for frightening acts that might or might not be their carrying out — the horde at Alexandria final week, the tree falling on Hilltop’s wall this week — men and women are hunting for scapegoats inside the communities. They are taking out their worry on the resident aliens, Lydia and Negan, just as Negan predicted they would in the season premiere.
Lydia was becoming bullied by some former Highwaymen, who blame her for the deaths of Ozzy and Alek in the course of the Whisperer massacre. That wasn’t Lydia’s fault at all, but they did not care. Lydia turned to Negan for assistance, considering the fact that he was the only other particular person who understood what she was going by means of as a a person the neighborhood did not trust, and when the bullies attacked her beneath the cover of darkness, Negan came to her defense, accidentally killing 1 of them in the approach. (The least believable moment of the season so far is that Negan is so robust he was in a position to kill a person by unintentionally throwing them into a wall so really hard that they cracked their head open.) The sequence contained my preferred modest moment of the episode, which was Daryl (Norman Reedus) attempting to calm Lydia down by gently murmuring “I know” when his young ward cried that Negan did not do something incorrect.
Daryl was place in a tricky predicament. Daryl nevertheless dislikes and distrusts Negan but could see that Negan was in the ideal right here. He went to go to Negan in his cell, and Negan accurately deduced that Daryl was there for the reason that he did not know what to do about him. Negan stated he was a sucker for beginning to think in the communities’ way of life and moral code. He had began to really feel like perhaps redemption was doable for him if he showed he was worthy of it, considering the fact that that was element of the moral code. But now he could see that factors have been receiving poor once more and that moral code was going out the window. “You happen to be gonna get your opportunity to inform your side,” Daryl told him. Due approach! Rule of law! America!
Daryl radioed to Michonne, who gave him some definitely fantastic tactical assistance. I enjoy techniques! She told him to guard Lydia at all fees, for the reason that the truth that Lydia was secure in Alexandria was likely the only issue that was maintaining Alpha (Samantha Morton) from killing them all. She told him to be her proxy vote at the council meeting to make a decision Negan’s fate, considering the fact that she was away assisting Hilltop rebuild and then was on her way to Oceanside to investigate a doable Whisperer sighting. But that ended up becoming a moot point, for the reason that the council tabled the discussion till the subsequent morning following a deadlocked vote, and Negan escaped in the evening.
Lydia took duty for letting him out, even although she did not. She just wanted to lock herself in his cell and hide, for the reason that she felt safer there, and it was exactly where everybody wanted her anyway. “My mother was ideal,” she told Daryl. “She stated you men and women place on these polite faces, but it is just a mask. Due to the fact when factors get poor, when you get scared, you choose a target, aim, and shoot. Me, Negan, something but you.” She stated she attempted to match in for the reason that she wanted to be like them. But they did not want her. She echoed Negan, in that as an outsider on the inside, she could see the limits of their optimistic, democratic ideology.
The Walking Dead is not a political allegory. At times you can infer some genuine-planet resonance from it, like in Negan’s “America Very first” speech final week, but most of the time when you appear for the outdoors planet influencing The Walking Dead, you come up brief. Like I believed perhaps the worry of the untouchable outdoors enemy becoming displaced onto vulnerable outsiders in their midst was an allegory for the Trump administration’s persecution of migrants, but that does not hold up. Considering that the Whisperers are a genuine threat, the corresponding worry-inciter would have to be capitalism or Russia or some thing, and the Whisperers absolutely never represent capitalism. The Walking Dead‘s reign as the most apolitical show on tv continues.
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Elsewhere in the episode, Ezekiel and Michonne kissed, but it wasn’t something. It was some thing that got place in the trailer to make men and women go “WHAAAT MICH AND ZEKE ARE 2GETHER?” but in the actual show, it was Ezekiel, reeling from his depression and Michonne displaying him kindness, kissing her and then quickly regretting it. She wasn’t into it. “We in no way would have worked out anyway,” she told him. “Each as well damn stubborn.”
“Perhaps in a further universe,” he stated, which was a cute small reference to the comics, exactly where Michonne and Ezekiel did have a connection.
She had just talked him off the literal ledge of the bridge that Rick blew up, and he opened up about the discomfort of losing anything. He lost his Kingdom, he lost Benjamin, he lost Shiva, he lost Henry. He did not drop Carol (Melissa McBride) in the identical way, but he lost her, as well. But now he’s stated it aloud, and Michonne told him she could relate, for the reason that she employed to want to die, as well. She stated she wanted to commit suicide by letting a walker bite her. By the finish of the episode, the King was in a position to smile once more, at least for a moment, for Jerry’s (Cooper Andrews) sake, but then he turned, and his smiled faded. The suicide-by-walker conversation might have been foreshadowing. I am worried about him and Luke (Dan Fogler). Luke absolutely seemed as well content. Happiness gets punished on The Walking Dead. Luke’s massive, huggy, dramatic farewell to his close friends as he set out with Michonne to Oceanside was fundamentally a stroll down the green mile. It was so telegraphed that it may possibly be a fake out.
What this trip to Oceanside may possibly essentially be is the starting of the finish of Michonne’s Walking Dead story as Danai Gurira tends to make her previously announced exit. I predict she’s going to sail away with Oceanside’s pirate crew in search of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.