Walking Dead – Season 7- Ep.5 “Go Getters”: A Review

Posted: 11/22/2016 in Uncategorized

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“Go Getters” allowed us some respite from last week’s Negan-centric onslaught. This run focused on the Hilltop community and allowed for some strong character development of all involved parties. The main arc featured Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Paul “Jesus” Rovia (Tom Payne), while the sub arc gave Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) a lighter run. As with previous eps, WD continues to deliver, presenting variegated aspects of daily existence in the redefined “Negan’s World”. Now, on to my review.

Maggie Green-Rhee has long been pushed as one of the show’s strongest characters. While her ascension to leadership has been teased at on more than a few occasions, with this segment her turn at the helm albeit for a different group seems inevitable. Presently recovering from the ordeal of watching her husband Glen (Steven Yeun) getting obliterated by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Maggie discovers she is still amazingly pregnant. Her doctor advises her to stay at Hilltop where he can provide ongoing natal care. The remainder of the main plot focuses on her time at this other tribe’s domain. I say tribe, because let’s face it; this is an apt reference to the current factions populating the post apocalyptic planet.

Xander Berkeley’s “Gregory” is a stain. Berkeley’s performance is equal parts creepy, cowardly and generally reprehensible as evidenced by his later gravesite keepsake moment. The majority of the episode revolves around Sasha convincing Gregory to allow Maggie and her to stay. Their staunchest ally is Jesus, who has fought with Alexandria and knows what assets the duo could be. He is unquestionably a far more suitable leader than Gregory should he chose to be so. Sasha’s tactic is a combination of menace and the offering of contributing to earn their keep. Maggie simply asserts her presence including his getting her name right. The fact he can’t get anyone’s name right, except of course for Jesus’, is indicative of the kind of “leader” he is. His “I can’t keep track of everyone” is as deeply disingenuous as it is expected. Jesus manoeuvres Gregory to force him to make the right play.

Ultimately the Saviours bring about resolution to the matter via their brutal incursion in the evening. Enter Simon (Steven Ogg). If Negan is the most hateful presence this show has thus far countenanced, Simon is a staunch number two. The Saviors’ ‘example setting’ leads to the trifecta of Maggie, Sasha and an extremely athletic Jesus stomping out walkers including a tractor vs.car encounter which was just superior. Maggie’s confession that she couldn’t stand by while the others fought establishes what is already known, she is a badass character. The Hilltop-ians do not shine in this run, as they even need to be told to close a gd gate. In this regard, we may call them Alexandrians 2.0. They are weak and “sheepish” but this is to be expected with the sort of shepherd they have leading them.

The arrival of Simon leads to some cringe worthy moments as while a degree of sycophancy is expected with the Saviours, Gregory takes treacherously servile to a new level. Even when he presents the dimmest light of hopeful humanity, his inevitable action against Maggie and Sasha is a foregone conclusion. Maggie’s “addressing” his behaviour, particularly after she sees what he has taken from her is perfect. Her ‘declaration of residency’ assures her place as a member of the community and potentially far more at some point.

Carl’s inability to let things go is absolutely understandable. His cajoled admission from Enid that his plan of retribution is more for him, than the memory of those slaughtered, is a powerful moment. The moments between the two teens had proper push with “Go Getters”. Carl’s admission of wanting to protect her from seeing what was about to happen elicits her admission that she “didn’t need to see it”. This is the first episode in which the two develop a natural chemistry. Carl’s roadside discovery and subsequent moment between the two was earnest and brought some much needed light to an otherwise very dark show. If you don’t smile watching these two kids being kids, you might not be human.

The promise made by Jesus covertly to Sasha leads to an anxiety laden ending including the discovery he has company on his recon mission. WD continues to thrill, continues to redefine its scope and reach. Most importantly, it continues to be simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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