A Recap: The Walking Dead’s Mid-Season Premiere And A Look At The Next Episode

February 13, 2017

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely - Horror Fuel CEO & Executive Producer Email: [email protected]

Warning! If you have not seen the mid-season premiere you might want to stop reading NOW.
The second half of season 7 of ‘The Walking Dead’ premiered last night. And a lot happened in the episode.
Both King Ezekiel and Gregory denied Rick his request for help to take down Negan and the Saviors. Luckily, a few residents did join the cause.
The group left Daryl behind with hopes that he can convince King Ezekiel to change his mind while at the same time keeping Daryl safe from Negan and the Saviors.
Rick and Michonne cut down hundreds of walkers at once with a cable suspended between two moving cars which was pretty damn cool. They also picked up some dynamite which will come in handy.

In the episode we saw Father Gabriel clean out the food reserves, and weapons and drove off into the night. Rick refused to believe that Gabriel would do that, but others have their doubts. At first glace it did look like Gabriel pulled a dick move and left them high and dry. However, there was something strange about his disappearance. If you go back and take a second look you will see something odd. When he gets in the car and leaves he’s not alone. It  appears there was a second person in the car, but who?

If you remember back in the mid-season finale there was a mysterious person lurking near by in Alexandria. Remember the muddy boots?  Did they kidnap Gabriel? If so, who are they and where did they take him? (Here’s one theory)
Not only is Gabriel gone, so is all of Alexandria’s food reserve. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really care for the character (sorry not sorry), but I would like to know who took him and why.
In the last moments of the episode Rick and several of the group were captured while looking for Gabriel. When they were surrounded by a large, new group instead of Rick’s usual worried face we see him begin to smile. Honestly, it was a bit creepy.

Last night on Twitter many fans seemed to be confused by his smile. It can be explained in very simple terms. Rick is smiling because he had been turned down for help by King Ezekiel and Gregory, suddenly Rick realizes that an army stands before him. If he can convince their leader to join him the Saviors will be in deep trouble.
The new group is living in a junkyard. They are dirty and probably would love a new clean, comfortable home. Alexandria has a lot of houses and security. Maybe a deal could be struck. With their combined strength there is a real potential to wipe Negan and his men off the face of the earth.
Here’s new promo for the next episode, titled ‘New Best Friends’. Be sure to check our interview with Josh Mikel who plays a prominent Savior. He’ll be in the episode in the scene where guns are drawn by both the Saviors and King Ezekiel’s men.

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