The Walking Dead returns this week to catch us up on a number of non-Carl related storylines, including Eugene’s precarious position in Sanctuary and of course Father Gabriel’s sickly escape out into the wild. Add in Daryl trying to lead a bunch of red shirts through a swamp and you have yourself a pretty packed episode.
Mercy and wrath has been a constant theme through this season of the show, or at least wrath is. Even Carl’s Ghandi-like words before his passing weren’t enough to convince his dad to spare Negan, and now we’ve got Tara out for revenge on Dwight, who killed her girlfriend Denise back in season six. Dwight managed to squeak out of that vindictive situation by the skin on his badly burned brow, and Twitter seemed split down the middle as they cheered Tara on or cursed her for letting a personal vendetta almost doom the group.
As for Father Gabriel and Dr. Carson, they got punched in the face with a series of both extremely good and terribly bad luck.
Meanwhile back at the Hilltop, Carol and Morgan continued to remind us why they need to head off for their own spin-off show and never look back. I could watch them try to raise psycho apocalypse children for several seasons.
Carl’s death continues to be an emotional sucker punch in the stomach that the show can unleash at any time. This time it was Enid learning that her favorite hollowed out tree companion died that put us over the edge, and yep … seeing everyone cry still gets us right in the feels. As for Dr. Carson? At best we’re only concerned about his death due to the growing scarcity of decent healthcare in the area. It’s going to take a bigger loss than that to get us off the Carl mourning train.