#TheWalkingDead was on break for two long, zombie-less months, but our favorite TV series is back! While the first half of the season disappointed many fans due to its extremely lengthy episodes, the mid-season premiere proved that The Walking Dead still has it — and that we should be very excited for what the rest of the season has to offer. By the end of the episode, we were left with many questions lingering over our heads. Let's discuss the biggest questions raised after viewing "Rock in the Road."
5. Will Gregory Be Convinced To Join Alexandria Or Will He Meet His Demise?
Rick and the rest of the group confronted Gregory in the beginning of the episode about the Hilltop joining Alexandria in its rise against the Saviors. As usual, Gregory was a complete "walking ballsack" and refused Rick's offer. I think most of us can agree that the Hilltop will eventually team up with Team Alexandria and any other communities that join the cause; that's almost a given.
The real question is: will we see the Hilltop agree to Alexandria's terms under Gregory's reign, or will we see him get killed and a new leader take his place who'll fight against Negan and the Saviors?
The show has made it pretty obvious that Maggie will eventually take over as the leader of the Hilltop. Given that, I believe we will see Gregory die a brutal death (which we will all cheer) and Maggie will take over, allowing her people to go and fight with Rick.
4. Will Daryl Be Able To Convince King Ezekiel To Join The Fight?
After Gregory rejected Rick's plan, the team visited the Kingdom for the first time with the goal of convincing King Ezekiel to join the resistance. Like Gregory, King Ezekiel also declined their offer, as he did not want to risk any more of his people's lives; he wants to keep the peace he has with the Saviors.
Daryl stayed in the Kingdom to keep off Negan's radar; before everyone else left, Rick told Daryl to try and convince the King to fight.
As we know, Daryl probably isn't the most persuasive guy, but he will try his best to convince Ezekiel. However, I believe something else will have to happen to make King Ezekiel have a moment similar to Rick's where he "wakes up and smells the coffee." The most probable scenario would have the Saviors cross the line and enter the Kingdom, which they originally agreed they wouldn't do, and end up causing chaos.
In the process, we could see Benjamin get killed in the ruckus, which would definitely push Ezekiel over the edge. Until the peace between the two communities is "broken", King Ezekiel won't be sending any of his people off to war.
3. What Will Team Rick Do With The Explosives?
This was the first episode in a long time that felt like old-school The Walking Dead, and while a lot of it has to do with the team coming back together, the one scene where they are quickly disarming the explosives on the highway before the walkers come was so great! Now, Alexandria possesses multiple deadly explosives that could be used in a variety of ways — but how?
When we eventually see the communities team up and raid the Saviors' main outpost, they could set up the explosives as traps and lure many of the Saviors into some fiery deaths. Not only would this be super effective, but it would make the beginning of the war that much more amazing!
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2. Where Did Father Gabriel Go?
In the beginning of the episode, we see Father Gabriel "steal" all of the food and drive away from Alexandria in a hurry without anyone seeing him. When Rick's group arrives back at Alexandria, they find out that Gabriel left — and while Rosita and some others were quick to jump to conclusions about betrayal, Rick didn't believe it for a second. Then Rick discovered that Gabriel wrote the word "BOAT."
In the mid-season finale, we see a mysterious figure spying on Gabriel, watching over the community. It is possible that Gabriel could have had some off-screen interactions with this figure and he could have left Alexandria for another meeting? By writing "BOAT," he could be luring Rick into following him to this new mysterious community, which we will discover more about in next week's episode, titled "New Best Friends".
1. Who Is This New Group And Why Was Rick Smiling?
At the end of the episode, Rick and his crew enter an unknown community and find themselves surrounded by a new group, present in large numbers and heavily armed. While the rest of the group looked terrified, Rick had a huge smile on his face.
The Hilltop rejected them, the Kingdom shut them down, but this new group looked gritty and experienced — and they could be the key to fighting the Saviors. Many people have speculated that this could be the Whisperers without their masks, but I believe this group was never introduced in the comics. This would be a nice twist considering the season has stayed very close to its source material this season.
What question are you dying to find out the answer to?
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