The Strolling Lifeless got here to the top of Half 2 of the three Half closing season with “Acts of God” written by Nicole Mirante-Matthews and directed by Catriona McKenzie, whose different credit embrace Supernatural, Shining Vale, and The Republic of Sarah. This was a fairly good cliffhanger with Hornsby seemingly successful by taking up all of the communities for the Commonwealth however dealing with an rebellion brewing at residence within the Commonwealth. Whereas the cat’s away, the mouse will gnaw on the infrastructure! The one true “act of God” within the episode would seem like a swarm of locusts – however their significance isn’t ever actually made clear. Symbolically, the will be seen because the Commonwealth that merely gobbles up all the pieces in its path.
The episode opens at night time exterior the closed gates of Hilltop with a crowd of walkers and strikes in to an unknown corpse and Hornsby (Josh Hamilton) stepping in its brains. There’s one thing taking place in the home, however nobody else is seen. Hornsby appears to be like very sad.
The episode as soon as once more does a time bounce to 19 hours – and one act of God – earlier, beginning exterior the open gate of Hilltop with no walkers seen. Hershel (Kien Michael Spiller) and Maggie (Lauren Cohen) come out along with her asking him if he has all the pieces, and him telling her that he’s not a child anymore. He doesn’t need to go and needs to assist, however she tells him its solely non permanent. They’re joined by Marco (Gustavo Gomez) and Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari).
We get a sluggish movement shut up of Hornsby tossing a coin to resolve which group of troopers goes the place. I beloved this picture of how tied to cash Hornsby is and the way careless of these underneath him. It’s no surprise he saved telling Daryl (Norman Reedus) to place his helmet again on. He by no means thinks of them as folks, not to mention people. They're disposable and replaceable instruments. A trooper asks in regards to the assignments, and Hornsby will solely say the trooper will know quickly sufficient…
Eugene (Josh McDermitt) wakes as much as discover Max (Margo Bingham) studying. She’s clearly spent the night time and it’s confirmed when Eugene says he thought that they had a beautiful night time. YEAH!!!! Actually loving these two collectively. He asks what she’s studying and she or he tells him stuff on physics – which makes his little nerd-heart (and ours!!!) glow. Eugene tells her that she’s probably the most outstanding human he’s ever met. He brushes her hair again from her face as she denies it after which says thanks, trying up at him shyly. She kisses him, after which tells him she has to prepare for work. Eugene asks if she’s having second ideas about what he requested her to do – and assures her that it’s okay. Max is anxious about what is going to occur after. She’s anxious that upsetting the cautious established order will break all the pieces.
From there, we get Daryl actually breaking down a door as he, Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) assist the troopers clear a home – nonetheless on the lookout for the weapons. Aaron needs to interrupt off, however Gabriel needs to only get via it and get again residence. Aaron tells him that there isn't a getting via it, they’re in it till they discover a approach out or struggle their approach out. Daryl agrees, saying they maintain heading north till they will break free. They’re interrupted by a trooper eager to know what they’re speaking about. Daryl tells him that they want a break.
Daryl tries to distract the man by asking in the event that they’ve checked Charleston but. There was a rumor about weapons on a roof there. They’re attacked by walkers popping out of the wall, and Romano (Matt Bushell) results in bother when his arm goes proper via one. He's a bit of freaked out and smashes its head to bits. He will get a test in from Hornsby who tells them to maneuver to the following location. As they transfer off, Gabriel tells Aaron and Daryl they should watch their backs and Daryl agrees.
As Maggie, Elijah, Marco, and Hershel stroll via the woods, the sound of the locusts will increase. Hershel is anxious about Maggie, and she or he tells him she’s superb, however everyone knows she’s not. Cohen is great on this scene. And I sort of love how TWD finds good little one actors and introduces them to filming by having them largely be silent and/or background in scenes earlier than regularly introducing them to heavier scene work like this. Spiller is clearly benefiting from this strategy. Maggie IS clearly troubled, and tells Hershel that all the pieces she does and has finished is in order that they've selections. She clearly doesn’t need him to evaluate her harshly for the issues that she has finished. And he or she is aware of Hershel isn’t going to love the place they're going, however tells him that it's the proper selection…. For now. Hershel smiles at her as acknowledgment that he understands. They're met by Lydia (Cassady McClincy) who leads them to an outdated Whisperers hideout.
Hornsby is with Leah (Lynn Collins). He's yammering, and she or he’s clearly barely listening. We get a detailed up of her eyes – and Collins does an excellent job of lifeless, shark eyes. She has a single objective: revenge. Hornsby is trying ahead to doing his job with out interference – and she or he will get the scalp of the girl she hates – everybody wins! Nicely, not everybody… we lastly get to see Hornsby with out the pretend smile. Hornsby appears to be like involved in regards to the locusts, however Leah laughs. Are the locusts a logo of God? Those that are involved are involved in regards to the morality of what they're doing? Hornsby palms Leah a small digital camera (?) and insists that he has to see when Maggie is lifeless. Leah is glad to oblige.
The hiding place is a gap within the floor. Lydia tries to open the “roof,” nevertheless it’s caught. I beloved that when once more Marco pushes Elijah to go assist her. On the backside of the opening, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Annie (Medina Senghore) lookup. Negan says ‘hello, child’ to Hershel – who is just not impressed.
Maggie fills Negan and Annie in on what’s taking place. Annie asks if Maggie’s certain Hornsby is coming. She tells them his military was 5 miles from her gates and asks Negan for his ideas. Negan tells her that he has no downside taking care of Hershel, however he’s not risking his pregnant spouse to avoid wasting shithole that isn’t price saving. Annie tells him don’t – that means don’t be merciless, however Maggie agrees. Hilltop may not be price saving, however the persons are. Maggie tells him that the factor she began with Hornsby isn’t going to finish till she ends it. Negan says he thinks she’s succesful, however that Hornsby is set to get her, so he’s coming along with her. Maggie says no; she needs them to stick with Hershel and the others to maintain them protected till it’s over.
Negan factors out that Maggie doesn’t belief him – as she’s asking Annie to guard the others. Maggie says she’s beginning to belief Negan!!!! And right here we see them laying the groundwork for the brand new sequence… As so many predicted, Maggie tells Negan she’ll always remember that he saved Hershel at Riverbend – saving the son helps to make up for Glenn. Negan tells her, “You could have massive balls, Maggie Rhee. I’ve obtained you, and I’ve obtained the boy.” Negan, Annie, and Maggie lookup on the locusts, and Negan says “If that isn’t an indication from the Man upstairs.”
Hornsby checks in with Romano, who tells him they're simply ending the second location. He tells them to complete and are available again. Daryl says superb – and takes the lead with Gabriel and Aaron. They head right into a junk yard or outdated car parking zone filled with automobiles. Daryl, Aaron, and Gabriel are within the heart with the troopers on the surface. It’s Daryl who takes the primary shot, nevertheless it’s fairly clear it’s an ambush. Plainly Gabriel and Aaron are each winged. It is a terrific motion sequence! I beloved Gabriel sneaking up on a trooper and taking him down by stabbing him within the leg. He then will get the man’s gun. Naturally, the noise has attracted walkers.
Romano is badly injured and is crawling to get away. Daryl finds him and rolls him over, asking the place Hornsby is. Walkers are coming – and Romano is freaking out. I beloved how this dovetailed with the brief scene in the home the place we first see his concern of being eaten, bitten, or turning. Daryl noticed it too and offers him a selection – a fast bullet to the mind or eaten and turned. Romano offers up Hornsby, saying he’s about 10 miles out as a result of he wished to “clear the sector” first. That's be sure that Hilltop isn’t getting assist from anybody else. Gabriel factors out that Hornsby needs solely allies. Hornsby checks in, and Daryl tells him that Romano isn’t there anymore. Hornsby is just not glad…
It’s completely jarring to go from pictures of bloody Romano being eaten within the destruction of that graveyard to the pristine, clear inside of Pamela’s (Laila Robins) workplace. She’s engaged on a speech, and Max is chewing her nails in nervousness of what she must do. Pamela’s speech is in regards to the historical past of the Commonwealth, describing how they survived whereas exterior the apocalypse was taking place – it’s one thing else for Max to fret about. In the event that they destroy the Commonwealth, what occurs to their bodily security?
Pamela notices Max isn’t herself and appears genuinely involved. Max assures her she’s superb. She understands the pressure of at all times presenting a robust entrance, and if they will’t present it to one another, who can they present it to? Max once more says she’s superb – and as Pamela returns to her workplace, Max brings up the excess from Founder’s Day – $50,000! Pamela is happy. Max suggests utilizing the cash to begin a scholarship fund for the much less lucky households – she’s even put collectively a proposal. Pamela tells her that she loves her “out of the field considering” – BUT, any cash has to return into the occasion. Max removes her by reminding her of a 5 o’clock dinner she has. Max tells her that she’ll be leaving quickly too.
There’s a short shot of issues heating up at Hilltop with Maggie, Elijah, and Lydia getting ready for battle. It’s a pleasant option to underscore that what Max is doing can be to convey down the Commonwealth – or no less than blow up the corruption.
Max might have put her coat on to depart, however she’s at Pamela’s submitting cupboard eradicating the paperwork Eugene requested for when Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olsson) barges in – clearly drunk. He needs to speak to his mom and needs to know if she’s offended with him as a result of she retains dodging him. Max tells him that she’s at a piece dinner, however she will get phrase to her. Sebastian isn’t impressed. Max tells him she’s simply on her approach residence, and he switches to rambling about how she’s at all times working, and noticing the file underneath her arm, he remarks she even takes it residence along with her. Max drops the file and Sebastian affords to assist. They each stoop to choose it up and she or he will get it, saying she’s at all times clumsy after too many afternoon coffees. Sebastian goes quiet and appears severe earlier than saying “poor man’s drug.” Max is terrified, after which he explains caffeine earlier than leaving.
At Hilltop, troopers (all in black) transfer via the shell of the home. There’s a lightweight in the primary room, however after they open the door, it’s been rigged to blow. The plan is to get better their weapons and observe their path again to the camp and finish it. After all, the actual downside is that the Commonwealth has extra troopers… however we’ll ignore that for now… Marco and the others arise – and Leah shoots him at the back of the top. I actually, actually hate that the present has these loyal actors who get a line as soon as in a blue moon. We get to know simply sufficient about them to need to know extra. Simply as they begin to get extra traces – the present kills them. Aaarrgghhh!
We get some good crispy walkers as Hornsby arrives on the scene at Hilltop. He steps in Marco’s brains – and we’re again to the start scene. They’ve solely misplaced three males. Hornsby calls Leah and needs to know what’s happening. She tells him she’s doing it her approach and the troopers had been simply collateral harm.
Daryl, Gabriel, and Aaron discover Leah’s camp – and Daryl is aware of it’s her. He means that they break up as much as cowl extra floor.
Maggie sends Lydia and Elijah to the others, telling them she’ll lead Leah away from them.
Again within the Commonwealth, Max has introduced the file to Eugene, Connie (Lauren Ridloff), and Kelly (Angel Concept). They’ve additionally been joined by Magda (Nadia Hilker). Taylor Davis and the girl Rosita tried to assist are on the checklist – and Kelly has counted over 200. Connie isn’t prepared to put in writing about it but. She wants extra proof – and they should crack the code of the numbers related to the names. Till they know extra, she’ll write about Sebastian’s heist. Kelly factors out that when folks discover out that Pamela’s not on their facet, they’ll begin to query all the pieces in regards to the Commonwealth.
There’s a knock on the door and everybody panics, however Magna says it’s okay, she’s requested Ezekiel (Khary Payton) to come back. He’s been attempting to spherical up extra folks for the trigger. He has a community of individuals prepared to assist get the phrase out – able to experience at daybreak. Max declares “let’s experience!”
Again within the woods, Leah and Maggie stalk one another. Maggie quietly takes out a walker. Maggie sees Leah first however misses. She manages to tag her within the leg with the second shot, however Leah will get the drop on Maggie and knocks her out.
Maggie involves in Leah’s outdated cabin, tied up and sitting in a chair with Leah sitting in entrance of her. Leah tells her that she’s waited a very long time for this. Maggie understands the need for revenge. She tells Leah she understands what she needs. Killing her could be too straightforward – it’s why Maggie didn’t simply kill Negan when she got here again. Rick and Michonne wouldn’t let her kill him at first. Cohen is totally good on this scene. I additionally beloved the way it was shot – going forwards and backwards between the 2 girls. Maggie is aware of that Leah needs her to undergo. Maggie tells her that it gained’t take away her ache. However Leah isn’t Maggie. She tells Maggie that by the point she’s finished, everybody that Maggie loves can be lifeless. And now it’s Maggie’s flip to be shocked – and determined.
Hornsby in the meantime is making his personal approach via the woods.
Maggie does get it. She took Leah’s household, so she takes Maggie’s. Because the locusts will be heard within the background, Leah tells Maggie that nature has a approach of taking good care of issues. Maggie tells her that it’s not nature or destiny – it’s them. She tells her that she killed her folks as a result of it was what she wished. She tells Leah to do it – she’s been attempting to maintain her eyes laser-locked on her personal, in order that she may work her palms out of the ropes. Leah appears to be like like she’s about to drag the set off when Maggie will get free and slaps the gun out of her hand. The 2 struggle. Knives are pulled and each get in a great slash. It’s a brutal terrific struggle. Simply because it appears to be like like Leah is about to win and stab Maggie within the coronary heart, Daryl reveals up and shoots her at the back of the top. He was by no means going to decide on her over Maggie.
Maggie barely has time to course of it earlier than Hornsby and the troopers are on the cabin. Daryl manages to shoot Hornsby within the face – he’s going to be carrying prosthetics for the remainder of his run on the present! Hornsby finds Leah’s lifeless physique and declares, “Now we take all of it.”
Gabriel and Aaron be a part of Daryl and a really bloody Maggie. Negan’s group get out of the hiding gap with Hershel firmly hooked up to Annie. Max – all in white – good guys put on white! – places the file again. Pamela is available in with an enormous pile of newspapers/flyers with the large headline “Pamela Milton is Mendacity to You.” Max appears to be like suitably shocked – which she is that Pamela appears to have scooped up all of them. In that case, that scuttles their plan.
The episode ends with Commonwealth banners being unfurled at Alexandria, Hilltop – and most shockingly – Oceanside. The residents at Oceanside have all been rounded up and positioned in cuffs. Hornsby tosses his coin, however the episode ends earlier than we discover out what he’s deciding. I discovered the Oceanside scene most surprising due to their historical past of getting escaped Negan’s try to subjugate them solely to fall prey to Hornsby’s. One small ray of hope right here is the place is Luke (Dan Fogler)? And Jules? Fogler, in fact, has been off taking pictures Implausible Beasts – however there's been no rationalization of the place he is been within the present…
I believed this was a fairly nice phase finale. Nice performances by Cohen and Bingham. I’m additionally actually having fun with the villains – Collins offers a terrific closing efficiency and Hamilton and Rapp-Olsson make me love hating them. The locusts have stopped now that the Commonwealth has seeminglys gained all the pieces. A number of balls within the air – the place are our heroes going to go? All their allies have been taken over. Are Luke and Jules main a faction of Oceanside? Did Pamela cease the phrase from getting out? Can Ezekiel’s secret community keep secret AND get the phrase out? How at risk are Connie, Kelly, and Ezekiel? What about Rosita – she’s the whistleblower in spite of everything – or will they blame all of it on Daryl, who can’t come again now? Who's going to take care of Judith and RJ? How will they really feel about dropping one more guardian determine? I think that Carol will merely proceed as she has been taking care of them. How is Hornsby going to promote all this to Pamela? Can’t wait to see the spin he places on it. What did you consider this a part of the ultimate season? What do you assume will occur within the closing half? What are you hoping for? Let me know your ideas within the feedback under!