If you live on the planet Earth, you probably know that The Walking Dead resumed its seventh season last Sunday. It'd be fair to say that the midseason premiere did a much better job of enticing the viewers than the first half of the season, but, in some ways, it still fell short.
Don't get me wrong; Rick and the gang were clearly given a renewed sense of purpose, and Richonne kicked some serious Walker butt with that steel wire trick. However, there were also a couple things some of us were counting on seeing, but they never happened. So, instead of yet another post dedicated to all the wonderful things that happened in The Walking Dead latest episode, here's a quick review of the things that should've happened — but didn't.
1. Carol Catching Up With Everything That's Happened
Carol's been MIA from Alexandria for a while now, and a whole bunch of really unpleasant things have happened since she took off. With Rick and Co. finally setting foot in the Kingdom, it seemed obviois that somewhere in the episode, Carol would have been filled in on everything. Well, she wasn't.
And it's not like she was absent from the midseason premiere or anything — since we saw her interaction with Ben in the woods — it's just that nobody told her anything. When Morgan was telling Daryl and Rick about what happened to Carol, it struck me as odd that he'd refer to her as being "gone", instead of just telling the guys she was keeping a comfy house in the outskirts of the Kingdom. Then, Ben ran into her, got some survival tips from Aunty Carol, but failed to mention her friends are in town? Why, oh why such mystery?
2. Rick Going After Gregory
Comic book fans will have sincerely missed Rick pushing Gregory against the wall for being a coward, like he does in the books. (I know I did). Instead, Gregory — who believes himself to be a bigger king than Ezekiel — goes on and on about his ways, and how things are fairly safe at the Hilltop because of the deal he's made with Negan and the Saviors.
All the while, Rick — in his new-found peace of mind — simply lets Gregory ramble on, while trying to instill some guts into the guy. Good old Rick would've jumped on Gregory's neck for being so cowardly and so naive, but this new Rick seems okay with taking no for an answer — for now, at least.
3. Ezekiel Deciding To Join Rick
In another moment that strayed away from the comics, King Ezekiel defers from joining Rick and Jesus in their war against Negan. Differing from Robert Kirkman's books — where Ezekiel jumps on board the 'Kill-Negan' train even before Rick does — TV Ezekiel seems more of a peacemaker than a fighter.
His reasons for not joining Rick were as good as any though, since Ezekiel intends to keep running a safe community with a healthy environment for his citizens. He's protecting his own, and he's got every right to do so. The one thing we can take from all of this is that the show is pacing itself, filling in the plots and developing the story further than the comics ever did. In the books, the whole idea of a turncoat Savior joining forces with the survivors against Negan came so abruptly, that we had a hard time believing it was true. So, in a sense, it's nice to see Scott Gimple and his gang taking their sweet time to introduce that idea to us on the show.
4. Finding Out Who 'Boots' Is
The mystery that haunted us all during the hiatus is still begging to be answered. In the midseason finale, we saw 'Boots' spying on the Survivors twice, and it would seem like he/she actually made contact with father Gabriel while the Father was on watch. There's a great explanation to all Father Gabriel did in this midseason premiere — from stealing food and weapons to leaving a note — in the fact that he was coerced into it by 'Boots'. You can check Allanah's post if you don't believe me!
5. Checking Out On Eugene
I know The Walking Dead is trying out a new format this season, featuring fewer communities per episode, but it sure would've been nice to see what's up with Eugene in the Sanctuary. I mean, Rosita clearly isn't taking his departure well, but he did suffer because of her decision to shoot Negan — despite Eugene begging her not to do so.
Eugene went from being the one of the best weapons against Negan (as the only person able to manufacture bullets from scratch) to being Negan's new pet, and nobody seems to give a rats' ass about it (we miss you, Abe!). When Sasha approached Rosita to share her disappointment at Ezekiel, I could swear they were going to pair up and hatch a plan to invade the Sanctuary — but they didn't. I guess there's always time for that later on...
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On the brightside, The Walking Dead appears to be following on a 'March to War' (pun intended) in this second half of Season 7. It really should take some time to set things straight, and make sure Rick and his Survivors don't rush into any hasty decisions. They need to form a united front with as many skilled soldiers as they can, and with strong leaders if they're ever to defeat Negan and his Saviors. If the team work the Survivors did on the road to disarm the explosives and eliminate that herd threat is any indication, I'd say they're on the right track.
Now it's your turn: what would YOU like to have seen in The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere? Share your thoughts in the comments.