SPOILER ALERT: Major plotlines for both The Walking Dead comic book (Issues #96, #101, #102, #103, #104 and #109), plus Season 7 episode 'Go Getters' are discussed here.
The Walking Dead showrunners and producers are being extremely nice to fans during Season 7; since that season premiere that left most of us scarred for life, The Walking Dead has been light on action and heavy on plots. On the one hand, this may not be ideal for those of us who love action-packed, edge-of-the-seat episodes; on the other hand, it means that the show is sticking very close to the comics, pulling many of its storylines from #RobertKirkman's books.
The Walking Dead's latest episode, 'Go Getters', was no different, and gave fans some insight on yet another community: The #Hilltop. Sasha found out just how much of a jerk Gregory is, Jesus got a glimpse at Maggie's leadership skills, and Enid assumed her role as the TV version of Sophia once and for all. Let's take a closer look at some of the moments pulled straight from the comics in 'Go Getters'.
It seemed wise to wait four episodes to get to the aftermath of Negan's head-bashing from the perspective of the ones who were most deeply affected by it. Seeing #Maggie and Sasha in front of those graves reminded us all once more that Glenn and Abe are truly gone. In the comics, it's only Glenn who gets buried at the Hilltop — since Abe died closer to Alexandria, falling victim to an arrow from Dwight.
The other distinction would be that, in the comics, Maggie has that whole "we don't bury the dead" conversation with a Hilltop resident, Brianna. She tells Maggie that her constant visits to #Glenn's grave have begun changing people's minds about burning their dead, and Brianna becomes one of the few people Maggie opens up to in the Hilltop.
"Did You Tell Him About Our Arrangement?"
If there were any doubts that Gregory was a real scumbag (remember how he came onto Maggie last season?), 'Go Getters' painted a pretty vivid picture of just how much of a coward Gregory is. He was totally disrespectful, talking about Glenn and Abe's deaths simply as trouble for the Hilltop — in front of their graves, no less — and he proved to be the worst leader ever when he mistook Sasha for someone who lived in the community.
That exchange about whether or not #Negan knew that the Hilltop made a deal with the Alexandrians happens with Rick, instead of Maggie, in the books. And, just like in the comics, Gregory's sole concern is to avoid Negan's revenge, to which Rick brilliantly replies by punching Gregory in the face — similar to the one Maggie pulled on Gregory in this week's episode.
After all the losses she's endured, Maggie got her much deserved break when she found out her baby was safe and sound — sort of — and that her condition was caused by the trauma she faced when she was kidnapped by the #Saviors last season. It was a heart-felt moment for Maggie, one that thankfully wasn't interrupted by creepy Gregory — in the comics, he walks right in on a half-dressed Maggie while she is talking to Doc Carson.
Jesus Isn't Behind Gregory Anymore
Jesus started the episode pretty confused about his role in the Hilltop, standing up for Maggie and Sasha in every confrontation they had with Gregory. He's known for a while that Gregory isn't a fit leader but, since Jesus doesn't crave for the spotlight himself, he's been supportive of Gregory's ways. His comic book arc is pretty similar, although that leap of loyalty Jesus took this episode takes roughly thirteen issues to happen in the books.
In 'Go Getters', Maggie inadvertently showed off her ability as a leader, when the Saviors broke the Hilltop's gate and herded them inside in the middle of the night. While the de facto leader of the community hid behind curtains, Maggie went to the roof of her trailer and told people what they need to do. By the end of the episode, Jesus clearly began to stand behind Maggie as a leader — although he vowed to discuss the new leadership "some other time". Comic book-Maggie takes over the Hilltop in Issue 109, after Gregory sides with Negan instead of his people once more.
"Find Out Where Negan Lives"
Sending Jesus off to find out where Negan's Sactuary was a brilliant plan on Sasha's part — although in the comics, it is Rick again who sets this plan in motion. In the books, Andrea takes #Dwight prisoner when he tries to raid Alexandria and, upon Rick's return from Negan's bashing introduction, he sets Dwight free — and sends Jesus on his trail. At this moment in the books, Jesus is the only one privy to Rick's plan — while the others think he's kneeling to Negan — and Sasha showed the same mindset when she asked Jesus to keep her request between them.
"Is This How It's Gonna Be?"
Carl has always been somewhat stubborn when it comes to following his father's rules (or staying in the house, for that matter) but, when it comes to Negan, father and son clearly don't see eye-to-eye at all. While Rick seemed fine with being subdued by the Saviors' leader, Carl had a pretty different idea of what Negan deserves. He even tried to rationalize with #Michonne after his dad took off on a supply run, but she too didn't see Carl's anger bubbling up. Which leads us to...
Comic book fans are definitely going crazy about this one. Since the third episode of the season, which showed Daryl in the Sanctuary and followed him around as he discovered the place, some people gave up on the idea that Carl would have his one-on-one with Negan. In the comics, this is a huge part of the Negan-Carl relationship, where Negan begins to respect Carl, and Rick's son discovers there's more to Negan than he imagined. It's been said that this will be a much smaller thing on the TV show, but, considering Episode 7 is titled "Sing Me A Song", comic fans have every reason to be thrilled right now — especially since Jesus is with Carl in that truck.
Enid Is Maggie's Girl
Ever since Glenn rescued Enid and took her back to Alexandria last season, the clues have been ever more apparent that Enid is taking over Sophia's role from the comics. With her going all the way from Alexandria to the Hilltop only to be with Maggie in this episode, she became Maggie's adopted kid — which is what Sophia becomes in the comics. TV-Sophia died way back in Season 2 — while her mom, Carol, carries on until today — but in the books, it is the other way around.
After she loses both her parents, Sophia finds new ones in Maggie and Glenn, and she has Carl as her friend and, later, love interest. Even this part came to life in 'Go Getters', with Carl and Enid sharing a goodbye kiss before she entered the Hilltop. And, for those skeptical enough to still remain in doubt, at the end of the episode, Maggie gave Hershel's watch to Enid, as proof that the Enid and Sophia's characters have finally merged.
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This episode was much lighter on the comic book dialogue than the previous one, but it still remained pretty faithful to the original plot and to the direction the story is going. Setting up Maggie as the future Hilltop leader was a huge step for the 'March To War' comic arc, with Enid taking over as Carl's first love interest and the plan to defeat Negan being set in motion. Sasha's future, on the other hand, seems to be going in the Holly direction; Holly is Abe's girl after Rosita, in the books, and she gets a pretty awful departure when she stands against Negan. Let's just hope we get to keep Sasha a while longer on the show...