Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead Episode 10, "New Best Friends"
After Episode 9 left off with Rick Grimes grinning widely, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from Episode 10, "New Best Friends." So, what a pleasant surprise to watch what was one of the best episode of Season 7!
Despite expecting to launch straight back into a scene with Rick and Co, instead "New Best Friends" opened at the Kingdom, as Ezekiel and his inner circle conducted a trade with the Saviors. The trade didn't exactly go smoothly, and prompted Richard and Daryl to team up, until our fave redneck realized that Richard's plan could mean Carol's death. Ain't nobody about to fuck with Caryl. Meanwhile, back at the junkyard community, we met Jadis and her strange band of followers, and watched as Rick battled Winslow, the coolest walker seen in a long time (or ever?!).
Though the junkyard community aren't based on any community seen in the comics, quite frankly they're probably the most interesting group introduced this season. Sure they speak weirdly and seem very theatrical, but holy shit were they organized! And even though it was an averagely green-screened shot, seeing their territory stretching so far out was very cool.
Episode 10 was an awesome hour of TV, and there were more than a couple hidden gems throughout the run time. Take a look at the five things you might have missed in The Walking Dead, Episode 10 "New Best Friends."
1. Richard is not opposed to sacrificing people
After teaming up with Daryl following the tense Saviors supply drop, Richard revealed his plan to take out a convoy of the Saviors and leave a trail back to Carol's house, basically ensuring the Saviors will assume it is her and take her out. Ultimately he hoped this would lead to Ezekiel being so affected by Carol's death that he would finally agree to go to war against Negan.
While this time around his plan was ultimately thwarted by Daryl tackling him to the ground, Richard quite ominously stated that there'll be more convoys of Saviors vehicles that the pair could take out, also adding, "what we have to do requires sacrifice one way or another."
However, after Daryl threatened to kill Richard if Carol should ever die, it seems likely Richard will have to think of a new plan, and a new member of the Kingdom to sacrifice, but who? Well given that Richard's initial plan was all about taking out someone Ezekiel was close to, that kinda leaves only a few options, including Benjamin, his little brother Henry or possibly even Jerry.
2. There was a cool reference to Smokey and the Bandit
While the group might now live in Virginia, the characters originally started out in the state of Georgia. And not only do the characters have ties to the area, but in real life the show is also filmed in The Peach State.
So with such love for Georgia with cast and crew, it was very cool to see a nod to the Burt Reynolds's film Smokey and the Bandit, in which characters attempt to drive bootleg Coors beer to Georgia (ultimately ending up in Atlanta) where it could be legally sold. In the film, the beer is transported in a truck by Cledus 'Snowman' Snow (Jerry Reed), while Bo 'Bandit' Darville (Reynolds) drives a black Trans Am to divert attention from the truck and its load. In Episode 10 you will have noticed the distinctive truck that Richard and Daryl shelter behind before Richard reveals his plan, a truck that was actually an almost-identical replica of the one used in Smokey and the Bandit!
But not only did Snowman's truck pop up in The Walking Dead, but last week during Episode 9, Redditor bkaraff noticed there was a more subtle reference to Smokey and the Bandit when a black Trans Am could be seen on the highway near the walker herd close to the explosives trap. While the Trans Am was noticeable, left sitting in the middle of the road, it wasn't until this week that the reference to the film was totally complete. Pretty clever stuff.
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3. Rick replaced Michonne's lost cat statue from Season 3
If you were a little mystified about Rick gifting Michonne the wire-sculpture cat as the group left the junkyard, then you probably weren't alone. But if you cast your mind back to Season 3 of the show then you might remember Michonne's affinity for cat-themed decorations.
Back in Season 3, Episode 12, "Clear," Michonne accompanied Rick and Carl back to their home town where they encountered Morgan for the first time since Season 1. While Rick dealt with Morgan, Michonne ended up helping Carl on his mission to collect a family portrait at a local café for baby Judith, and also took a little something for herself — a colorful cat statue. However, when the group fled the prison in Season 4, the cat clearly didn't make it out, and it's only now that Michonne finally has a replacement for it.
The cat was a pretty cute and symbolic gift from Rick given that the acquisition of the original cat decoration marked the first time that Michonne really bonded with Carl, and resulted in him telling his dad "I think she might be one of us."
4. Don't worry, Rick won't die of tetanus
After scrambling around in a garbage pit, cutting his leg open and stabbing his hand through one of Winslow's head spikes, it looks like Rick could have a pretty good chance of dying from tetanus. But fear not, Rick fans! Redditor speeding_bullitt cleverly remembered that Rick will be totally fine because he most likely received a booster injection in the very first episode of the series.
Rick received a gunshot wound in Season 1, Episode 1 and it's very much the standard practice for people with gunshot wounds to be given a tetanus booster after the injury. Tetanus shots are good for about 10 years after being administered, and according to the Walking Dead timeline it's been about two years since Rick was shot, so looks like our boy should be safe from losing his hand or leg this time. Phew!
5. Tara is about to reveal Oceanside's existence
After striking a deal with Jadis and her crew, Rick is now on a major hunt for some guns in order to honor his agreement. With the immediate area having been scavenged pretty well by this stage, he turned to Tara and asked for her help to at least give a heads up on the areas further afield to avoid. After he asking for her help, Tara agreed and slightly chuckled as she jingled her bracelet.
As you'll remember from back in Episode 6, Tara was gifted the shell bracelet by Oceanside member, Cyndie. And despite promising Cyndie that she would keep Oceanside a secret from anyone else, desperate times call for desperate measures and something tells me we'll be seeing Natania and the G.I. Jane's again soon. But whether the crew can even enter Oceanside's territory without being blown to bits remains to be seen. And even if they do manage to enter, would they acquire the guns by agreement, or more nefarious means?
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 10 on February 26
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