SPOILER WARNING: This article will discuss The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 5, 'Go Getters'; as always, if you're not caught up, stop reading now and come back later.
The latest episode of The Walking Dead, 'Go Getters', featured the Hilltop community and its struggle under both Negan's rule and Gregory's terrible management. The wounds caused by the premiere were reopened when we witnessed Maggie and Sasha pay their respects to the men they loved — but it was also a lot refreshing to see our girls regain some of their bravado back.
In a more plot-oriented episode, The Walking Dead also managed to offer us some callbacks to previous seasons — paying respects to some beloved characters we've lost — and going as far back as the first episode of The Walking Dead Season 1 to show us how far these characters have come. Did you catch all of these #callbacks as you watched?
"Look At The Flowers"
This week's episode opened with a close-up shot of Maggie's beautiful eyes as she woke up in the Hilltop colony (in a very Lost-style camera shot), but it also gave us Maggie's perspective a second later as she was looking at the flowers. Luckily, these were not Carol's proverbial flowers (Thank God for that!), but the blue flowers Jesus set next to Maggie's bed. Later, on Abe and Glenn's graves, Jesus put green hydrangeas down and explains to Maggie that blue flowers stand for strength and calm, while the green ones are supposed to mean release.
Of course, as all of you die-hard fans know very well, this isn't the first time flowers have been used as a metaphor in The Walking Dead. Back in Season 4, Carol decided to off Lizzie after the girl killed her sister and nearly succeeded in doing the same with baby Judith. In quite the emblematic scene, Carol walked with Lizzie into a clearing, told the girl to "look at the flowers" and shot Lizzie in the head. In case you're wondering, yellow flowers — like the ones Lizzie was looking at — symbolize joy, happiness and friendship. Way to go Carol...
This was one of those bittersweet moments that only The Walking Dead is able to offer. While finding out that Glenn and Maggie's baby was alright filled our hearts with joy, seeing Maggie alone in that moment made us cry once more over Glenn's death. Only last season, he was with Maggie when she had the first baby ultrasound — the one they printed and shared with their friends on the way back from the Hilltop.
Maggie's losses were heavily featured in The Walking Dead's 'Go Getters', with Glenn's grave in the opening sequence along with #Hershel's watch. The pocket-watch was a family heirloom, one that Hershel passed on to Glenn as he welcomed him into the family in Season 2.
Since receiving that valuable and emotional gift, Glenn always kept that watch close to him — along with the values it symbolized. Even when he and Maggie got separated during the prison attack, Glenn made sure to go back and grab Hershel's watch. It was clearly something that he hoped to one day pass on to his and Maggie's child. In the end of this week's episode, Maggie passes the watch on to Enid, symbolizing that she too is now a part of Maggie's family.
Two things were pretty clear from seeing Carl practice with this darts: his aim is still pretty damaged since he lost an eye, and we've seen someone much better at target practice before.
Back in Season 4, #Daryl and Beth had a whole episode for themselves, where they drank moonshine and set cabins on fire. While they were looking for the perfect first drink in Beth's life, Daryl took some time out and played some darts in a golf club. For Daryl, it might have just been a way to relax and pass the time but, for Carl, it was a way to improve his aim — so that he is ready to kill Negan.
Jesus had a pretty amazing way to honor Abraham's memory in 'Go Getters'. He not only gave Sasha Abraham's necklace, but he also said one of the truest things anyone could ever said about Abe:
Rosita made that necklace for Abraham when they were still together and, last season, when it broke off while he was fighting a Hilltop survivor, many took it as a sign his relationship with Rosita would end — which Abe confirmed in that same episode by breaking things off with her.
Another Bicycle Girl
You would think that in a post-apocalyptic scenario, where fuel is limited and cars run over Walkers all the time, people would resort to cycling more often. However, this was only the second time a bicycle has featured on the show, with Enid using it to go from #Alexandria to the Hilltop.
The other was in the first ever episode of The Walking Dead, when Rick woke up in the hospital and used a bike to get back home. That scene featured the most emblematic Walker in The Walking Dead TV universe; the one that everyone remembers, and that even got her own webisode: the Bicycle Girl. In that same episode, Rick made his way to a gas station, where he found the Walker-child he killed; Enid also got to a gas station with her bike, before Carl came and ran a Walker over with his car.
Last season, Gregory used this painting to show off his power and throw Maggie off balance when they first met. He explained that he had visited the place before the world went crazy, and that he had loved that painting from the start. Later, he took refuge in the Barrington House and became the leader of the #Hilltop community. He told Maggie:
Well, in this week's episode of The Walking Dead, Gregory saw what it was like being on the other side of power. Negan's "right-hand man", Simon, went to the Hilltop to teach Gregory a lesson for teaming up with the Alexandrians. He did so in the most Negan of ways — smiling and being friendly as he was shoving you-know-what down Gregory's throat — and, much to Gregory's disappointment, Simon also loved the painting. In a clear sign of who's the boss, Simon leaves not only with the painting — which he will probably burn, like Negan burned the mattresses from Alexandria — but also with his beloved scotch.
It's Balloon Time — Again
Last week, when the Saviors went to Alexandria to collect their half of Rick's things, we saw a Savior bullying Enid because of her green balloons. It was an obvious reference to Glenn — since he and Enid used the green balloons to let Maggie and the others know they were alive — but it seemed that Enid was simply holding on to them, for no particular reason.
This week, The Walking Dead showed us the heart-breaking reason why Enid didn't want to separate from those balloons. Worried that she didn't have any news on Maggie, she left Alexandria behind her and went all the way to the Hilltop to see Glenn's widow. Not only that, but she put up three green balloons to mark Glenn's grave and show he'll continue to live on in her memory. She ended up marking Abraham's grave instead, but Maggie didn't tell Enid of the mistake because she "couldn't bring herself to" — like Glenn would have, because "he was a terrible liar".
This was a sad one.
Maggie has had her fair share of losses in The Walking Dead, but let's not forget that Sasha has suffered just as much. She too lost her brother and, now, two boyfriends she cared deeply about. Similarly to the way she wore Bob's coat after he passed in Season 5, Sasha made Abraham's cigar her solace. After #Negan killed Glenn and Abe in the premiere, Sasha toughened up — mostly for Maggie's sake — but the pain and loss are very much present in her ways.
The cigar was so much an Abe trademark that even Michael Cudlitz (who played Abraham) paid homage to his character by lighting one on Talking Dead after the premiere.
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With the callbacks, at least, it seems the topic of this season of The Walking Dead is remembering the ones who are lost and drawing strength from these losses to carry on. It's as if the producers are making it impossible for viewers to forget — if only we could — how the season started and what was taken from the Survivors. #Gimple has said time and again that the deaths in the premiere are about moving the story forward but, as Glenn used to say, we carry the ones we lost with us.
What's next for Sasha? Will she be able to move on after losing Abraham, or will she seek her revenge on Negan?