Top Moments From "The Walking Dead" Midseason Premiereby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 3 days ago
After a two-month break, "The Walking Dead" Season 7 returned with a supersized midseason premiere. Here are the most memorable moments from the Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 episode. — Gina Carbone
Warning: Spoilers ahead from "The Walking Dead" Season 7, Episode 9, "Rock in the Road."
1. What happened to Father Gabriel?
The December midseason finale ended with Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) being watched by a mysterious boots-wearing stranger as he stood guard at the Alexandria gate. It appeared to be the same boots-wearer from the houseboat scene in Episode 8.
The midseason premiere picked up from there, showing Father G scramble — very nervously — to get supplies in the storage room, gas up, and drive off. What was he doing? It looked like he was fleeing, but he left a clue with the word "Boat." Rick and the gang went out to search for him, but hit a snag (see slide 10) so we may have to wait for the full story.
Whatever the case, this is why you never put Father G on solo watch.
2. Enid solves the Gregory problem
You had to know talking to Gregory (Xander Berkeley) would be a waste of time. So while Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan), and company gave their best Let's Fight Negan and the Saviors pitch to Hilltop's leader, Enid (Katelyn Nacon) surprised everyone by showing the most smarts and going around him. Little Miss JSS made a pitch straight to the people of Hilltop and convinced several of them to join the resistance. Since many Hilltoppers still feel they owe Maggie and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) for standing up to the Saviors, that was the way to do it. Well played, Enid.
3. Behold the genius of Richonne
Road blocks are no match for Richonne. Faced with a Saviors-set herd trap on the highway, Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) devised a fast and furious plan to drive down the highway with two cars connected by wire, slicing and dicing the herd of walkers in an epic scene. This is why The A-Team — Team Alexandria — is worth backing in the fight against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the Saviors. They have brains as well as brawn.
4. Rick is 0 for 2
We're used to The Ricktator commanding respect, but not only was his pitch to Gregory unsuccessful (not a shock), his great story of the titular "Rock in the Road" also failed to move King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) at the Kingdom. You'd think a theatrical guy like Ezekiel would appreciate Rick's pitch — putting in the tough effort to reap later rewards — but it was not enough. (At least Jerry liked the story, and he's the true king. And both Benjamin and Richard are in favor of fighting the Saviors.)
Ezekiel already knows all about the Saviors, but his people do not, and he's not willing to put them in danger again, even for a metaphorical bag of gold. Plus, Morgan still needs convincing. He does not want war and death, he's hoping they can find another way (kidnap Negan?) to free themselves of the Saviors.
5. Daryl is staying at the Kingdom
Since Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) escaped from the Saviors's base, the Sanctuary, Ezekiel offered Daryl asylum at the Kingdom. The Saviors have never been into the Kingdom — unlike Hilltop and Alexandria — and Ezekiel said they never will, since that's part of the current deal. However, as Daryl asked, "How long you think that's gonna last?"
Daryl did not want to stay at the Kingdom, but Rick asked him to — not just to stay safe, but to keep trying to convince Ezekiel to join their cause. So Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride) are now both semi-residents of the Kingdom, but they still haven't seen each other all season.
6. Carol misses everything again
Don't forget: Carol still doesn't even know what happened to Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz). (Morgan just learned this week.) And she was out hunting during the Team Alexandria visit to the Kingdom. During that time she ran into young Morgan protégée Benjamin (Logan Miller), who was in the woods by himself. Morgan (Lennie James) told the group that Carol left after she healed. If you recall, in Episode 8, Carol asked Morgan to tell anyone who asked for her that she was gone, because she just wants "to be left alone."
Oh, Carol. Carylers, the struggle is real. But perhaps it will end soon.
7. Rosita's road rage
At the end of the midseason finale, Olivia (Ann Mahoney) was killed and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) was taken by the Saviors, and both things happened because of Rosita's (Christian Serratos) failed attempt to shoot Negan. There are any number of ways to react to that, and Rosita went with rudeness.
Sasha got Rosita's wrath at the Kingdom; they had nodded to each other at the end of the midseason finale, but that did not make them Abraham's Angels. Sasha just tried to make a simple comment to Rosita about Ezekiel, and Rosita basically told her to stop talking to her at all: "We both had sex with the same dead guy, it doesn't make us friends." Well! Rosita's attitude returned when she assumed Father Gabriel just stole their stuff and ran, disagreeing with Rick that FG wouldn't do that to them (anymore).
At least Rosita managed to skillfully steal explosives on the highway. She took charge on that front, showing that she is good in a crisis. Just don't try to bond with her over it.
8. Simon says, "Bring me Daryl"
It's a good thing Daryl is at the Kingdom, because Negan's right-hand man Simon (Steven Ogg) took a big crew of Saviors to Alexandria, planning to kill Daryl.
Thanks to Jesus's walkie-talkie, they could hear Negan's messages to his crew. After the boss had a kinda sweet eulogy for Fat Joey (whom Daryl killed), he sent Simon to Alexandria to find Daryl. Rick's group returned to Alexandria just moments before Simon's group showed up and trashed the place in their search.
Question: Who is currently watching baby Judith in Alexandria? It was Father Gabriel early in the season, then it was Olivia and Carl, and now it can't be any of them, so...? Is she on her own?
9. Eric and Aaron fight
Poor Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) did not want Aaron (Ross Marquand) to go out again to find the missing Gabriel. Eric knew there would just be something else again, even once they found Gabriel. There's always something, and Aaron keeps on going out to deal with it. Eric: "I want us alive, both of us." The scene felt like foreshadowing, like the two may not both make it out of this alive.
10. There's a new group in town ... and Rick greets them with a smile
The episode ended with Rick's crew surrounded by a huge group of strangers. They didn't look like Saviors, but they didn't look like friends, either ... despite Rick grinning in their faces. (Where we see potential threats, he sees potential allies against the Saviors.)
These are the junkyard people previewed in one of AMC's early photos. We can expect to see a lot more of them next week in Episode 10, "New Best Friends," which has this synopsis from AMC: "While searching for a missing Alexandrian, Rick and his group encounter a mysterious collective, its inhabitants unlike any they have come across."