The Walking Dead, season 7, episode 14: “The Other Side” is a full hour of stalling

The “important” parts amount to fewer than 5 minutes of the working time.

So little happens in “The Other Side,” episode 14 of The Strolling Ineffective’s seventh season, that it’s extraordinarily easy to summarize the “important” parts, which amount to fewer than 5 minutes of the working time.

Based totally on the episode teaser, you will have been anticipating one factor giant, like Sasha and Rosita fulfilling their suicide mission to deal with Negan, and someone dying consequently. Instead:

  • Daryl and Maggie have a heart-to-heart, and Daryl cries.
  • Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) attempt to assassinate Negan by means of sniper rifle; the strive lasts exactly 27 seconds.
  • A few minutes later they wrestle as soon as extra; that strive lasts exactly 64 seconds..
  • These failed makes an try necessitate their inevitable plan B — the ‘I’m moving into!’ methodology to Negan’s compound. This infiltration lasts all of two minutes and 22 seconds sooner than the episode ends on a cliffhanger. In that fast span of time, three characters make pivotal alternatives — one gorgeous, one baffling, and one anticlimactic.

Nonetheless until that point on the very end of the episode, the rest of the hour is spent largely hopping from one dialog to a unique. Most of these conversations aren’t important; “The Other Side” principally portions to a full episode of stalling sooner than the inevitable group battle that will happen ultimately ultimately. Nonetheless not lower than the interactions between Sasha and Rosita and Maggie and Darylserve to iron out key longstanding conflicts.

Sasha and Rosita lastly make up

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Sasha’s strategical ideas is sadly underrated, and it displays on this episode.

One in all many recurring components of strain all via season seven has been the romantic triangle between Sasha, Rosita, and the dearly departed Abraham that began once more in season six. As a result of this season’s fastened shifts in focus, The Strolling Ineffective has barely explored — previous a few curt exchanges — how that rivalry has continued to have an effect on the connection of the two girls following Negan’s murder of Abraham inside the season seven premiere.

A very good part of “The Other Side” is spent giving Sasha and Rosita the prospect to journey collectively. It’s primarily essentially the most time we’ve spent with each character all season, and a chance for the current’s two most succesful girls to work out their factors. Nonetheless their scenes collectively aren’t virtually as dynamic as you’d hope or anticipate them to be.

Regardless that Rosita and Sasha lastly make amends and resolve their hostility over Abraham, they try this primarily by way of discussing the lads of their lives instead of discussing themselves. (There’s somewhat little bit of zombie-killing involved, too, however it absolutely’s minimal and doesn’t notably do one thing to seal their partnership.)

When Sasha compliments Rosita’s wide-ranging capacity set, Rosita rattles off a list of names of the ex-boyfriends who taught her all of the items she is conscious of. When Rosita lastly admits that she doesn’t hate Sasha, it’s framed by way of realizations about her relationship with Abraham: “I thought I hated you, but maybe I just hated that he figured out his shit first.”

Given that their romantic entanglement is the one precise motive the current has given them to work collectively up until now, this scene performs pretty successfully. Nonetheless when Rosita gives that it was “stupid to waste so much time” it feels identical to the current remonstrating itself for not giving these girls additional to do sooner than sending them down a path which is able to end with one amongst them ineffective.

Daryl expresses some pent-up guilt

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There’s additional gentle on Daryl on this press shot than he’s seen all season on the exact current. Poor Daryl.

Keep in mind how Negan recently burned the Saviors’ doctor alive? Successfully, we realized in “The Other Side” that the reason the doctor was so expendable is that Negan’s brother, moreover a doctor, is caring for victims at Hilltop. Part of this episode is devoted, portentously and tiresomely, to the Saviors exhibiting as a lot as take him into their service. Throughout the course of, the Savior’s henchman-of-the-week does merely enough posturing to remind the viewers that the Hilltop’s nominal chief, Gregory (Xander Berkeley), is a weak and manipulative alcoholic who’ll possibly screw over the rest of the Hilltoppers if push includes shove (or threats escalate to baseball bat).

Nonetheless in every other case, the one motive the episode spends loads time on this go to is to get Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) — who’re compelled to cowl when the Saviors arrive — to talk to 1 one different.

The Strolling Ineffective is conscious of the one issue its followers love higher than being compelled to remember how loads all of us cherished Glenn is attending to see Daryl be emo and actually really feel points. The current is conscious of this so successfully that it’s had him spend roughly half of this season at midnight. When he’s not locked in a darkened cell, he’s having to cowl in a darkened cellar; the opening of this episode, which takes place in a quiet flashback montage of the Hilltoppers gearing as a lot as fight Negan, devotes a full minute to a scene the place Daryl sits at midnight at night time time, hair overlaying his face, being sad and carving weapons. It’s clear he’s been avoiding Maggie, and their second of hiding permits her to lastly confront him.

So clearly Daryl, who cherished Glenn loads, will get an infinite cry second, because of he blames himself for the events that led to Glenn’s lack of life. And Norman Reedus cries so beautifully. Nonetheless Maggie, who cherished Glenn most of all, tells Daryl he’s fallacious in cost himself and that Glenn thought Daryl was “one of the good things in this world.” And although Daryl’s nonetheless technically at midnight cellar, when she hugs him and asks for his help profitable the fight, it’s like daylight breaks by way of storm clouds and the mother Madonna descends from on extreme to bless her perpetually outcast teen.

This models Daryl up for his subsequent switch: exhibiting up exterior the Saviors’ compoundat the ultimate minute — shock! — to hitch Sasha and Rosita.

Has Eugene truly always been Negan?

On the end of the episode, three mandatory events happen. When Sasha and Rosita go to complete their suicide run by infiltrating the Saviors’ compound, Sasha locks Rosita out with the intention to energy her to stay behind so she’ll survive. Rosita discovers Daryl correct exterior the compound, however it absolutely’s too late for him to hitch every girls and and assist them. Sasha’s already inside on her private.

All of that’s clearly meant to foreshadow the probability Sasha will die. Nonetheless I’m so used to The Strolling Ineffective’s fake-outs on this entrance that I’m way more keen about what’s taking place with Eugene. Sooner than Sasha heads into the compound, Sasha and Rosita encounter Eugene and a random Savior as the two males are inspecting the protection of the camp perimeter. The women shortly kill the Savior, nonetheless as soon as they inform Eugene they’re liberating him, he begins to cry and tells them to go.

It’s easy to see why life with the Saviors appeals to Eugene — he has a mission, clear goals, and the sense of authority and respect for his abilities he’s always longed for nonetheless has in no way acquired. And he’ll get free pickles!

Nonetheless does this suggest his chilling declaration of allegiance to Negan was precise? If it’s not the prolonged con I hoped it could be, then Eugene’s arc may be meant as an example how weak spot can reply positively to authoritarianism along with emulate it. However when Eugene’s weak spot is sincere, it now feels unearned, presumably because of he’s always been portrayed as higher than he first appears. If he’s truly develop into so assimilated to the custom of the Saviors’ compound, The Strolling Ineffective might have wasted most of the genuinely intriguing character progress it’s afforded Eugene up to now.

Nonetheless trying to predict whether or not or not Eugene is in the long run evil, or just truly good at faking it, could be anyone’s recreation at this degree, even with so few episodes left inside the season.

As with so many points with The Strolling Ineffective, it could be proper all the way down to crossing our fingers and hoping for the right.