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At the beginning of tonight's episode, Zeke tells Henry to be proud of the work he has done, that one day, the boy will give his grandchildren the story of this infrastructure project. Henry is skeptical: "I'm not going to bore my grandchildren by telling them a story about a bridge." We hear you boy. But to be fair, for an episode about a construction site, there's a lot of drama: Justin from the Sanctuary makes everyone angry, Enid enters the school of post-apocalyptic medicine, Maggie faces her assassination attempt, the Saviors are disappearing and the Things become unexpectedly bloody (and horny!).
We start with Rick talking to an unidentified person, although anyone who has seen a single commercial for this season knows that he is talking to Negan (Holy Spoiler Alert Failure, AMC). It's day 35 of the bridge construction, says Rick, and he's pleased with the progress they've made, despite the fact that some pretty bad things fell. In a typically subtle style, a sign in your field of work points to "The future." Oy Rick talks about how they are building …growing … something about dealing with the world on your terms, but not letting it tell its truth or something like babbling. Yes, old Rick was a cop, but the new Rick has a future in the self-help circuit.
Rick and Eugene get involved in a Law-style of walking and talking while Eugene provides an emergency test with Rosita's help: they need to finish the bridge about a week before the dams are broken and they will not have where to stay; apparently, they have started to name herds of walkers as big storms, and a "Horatio" of category 3 near 100 zombies is close (with an even bigger one); there is a rockfall that needs to be cleaned; and six Saviors have left without permission in the last month.
Things go from the weird to the WWE in a hurry. Aaron shares a charming thread with Daryl about changing the explosive diaper of his adoptive Savior-baby, then tells Daryl that he will be a great father, much to Daryl's surprise (and ours, it was just a fake clue for later, when it seems that Aaron could be a goner?). Then Justin, the Sanctuary boy who did not want to clean graffiti, has the gall to push Henry. Do not you know he's crazy, brother? That's when he hits the fanatic – Henry knocks Justin down with his staff, Billy Walsh from Entourage He makes fun of Justin for being tuned by a child, and then Daryl and Justin fight.
The noise underscores an important theme this season: the wounds of the War of the Saviors are still open and untreated. Rosita tells one of them that she does not need advice on explosives from someone who hit her in the face, which is understandable. Daryl questions Rick's leadership so Justin can get carried away easily. It's so frustrating that Rick takes a look at the A key to the future Book and throw it down – with sass!
Another concern is food, which sends Michonne to Hilltop for a tête-à-tête with Maggie, who maintains her firm stance to share her supply. We learned that the Salvadorian convoy that delivered fuel mysteriously never arrived. We also discover that his blacksmith is Earl, who is in jail for attempted murder without a timetable for his release and without visits. After his wife complains about his rights, Maggie listens to Earl's story and makes a connection: it turns out that Maggie's father also had a drinking problem (a story that will be the subject of the first country-pop song in the new world). Granted, Hershel probably did not kill a single mother after a few shots of whiskey, but Mags decides that Earl, like his father, deserves a second chance and puts him on a job release program. Michonne also manages to convince Maggie that they need some real laws and things like that.
The best action takes place in the bridge camp, with two equally unexpected but very different results. Jadis-Anne draws a sketch for Gabe, but the big surprise is her delicate hand stroke. This is a man of the web, Jadis-Anne! Do not let him fall into temptation: take yourself behind him, Lady garbage! Later, they engage in a flirtatious talk about the frogs' mating calls and the "wild party" that takes place in the forest. The priest can ask about his past, she says, but not about his secrets. (Ominous? Kinky? I think both.) Gabe reveals that he is Episcopalian, and therefore he was allowed to look strange. Jadis-Anne slides her hand in her lap and Gabe moves to kiss her. Judging by his next exchange (Gabe says he is supposed to be on duty, to which Jadis responds: "Then clock … "), well, I'll let you connect those points.
Then there's Justin, who, as the kids say, had a job: When we call you on the walkie, sound the siren so that the camp is not invaded by Herat-nado Horatio. This shit, as Rick anoints him, forgot to charge his solar battery. So the rockfall blows, Jerry sounds the first alarm (and he's hooking up with Nabila, the gardener!), But Justin drops the ball and sends the zombies straight to the bridge. At first sight of the dead flesh, Billy Walsh is like, "I'm out," and drops a log on Aaron's arm. Without Saddiq, without training, without anesthesia and without time, Enid opens a book, takes out a knife and dedicates herself to cutting the arm of a man. (Another theme this season: Everyone on the Rick Team has Taylor Swift: the devotion levels of the fans, Aaron basically thanks Rick for the privilege of becoming an amputee).
The episode hangs a couple of cliffhangers at the end. There is a minor one, since Jadis listens to what sounds like that mysterious helicopter that visited the Junkyard last season. Then there's the problem: Justin, who wisely decides to drink while walking alone in the dark of the night, meets someone he knows. It seems like a stroke of luck, until that person kidnaps him or kills him. Who is making the Saviors disappear? Could it be our favorite vinyl aficionado, Georgie, who has also been trying to convince Maggie to leave Hilltop and join her?
The curtain closes with Negan still talking shit from his cell, which, given that these are RICK GRIMES FINAL EPISODES as AMC constantly reminds us, I wonder: Does Negan have something to do with Rick's departure? And what role will play when Rick is gone forever? Maybe the policeman is really preparing the world for Negan's return. However, Rick makes his exit, loves him or hates him at this point, it is hard to imagine this show without him.