The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere: The Reason Behind Rick Grimes' Mysterious Smile

- What will finally tip Morgan, and Ezekiel, to join the fight against the Saviors? I need the second half of this season to inspire a little bit of hope because the first half was bad watching them murdered, beaten, bullied, held prisoner and threatened for eight episodes.

Rick Grimes had been left grinning wildly on The Walking Dead when he was confronted by a new group of strangers he clearly hoped would help take on the sadistic Saviors.

There is something going on with cats in "New Best Friends". Unfortunately for him, Richard's plan includes using Carol as bait. What is it going to take to get Zeke off the pacifism train and on board with the rebellion? The Saviors leave with their collected booty, Richard's gun, Morgan's treasured stick and a little more of the Kingdom's pride stomped into the dirt. Rick and the gang met some very unusual new friends, led by a very odd woman named Jadis (Polyanna McIntosh). It's also not an encouraging sign for fans who want to see the Saviors fight Rick's group. Sneaking into A-town and forcing Gabe to clean out the pantry was payback. ("Changing again", she sighs, in the choppy, sing-song way of talking that distinguishes her people ... again for no real reason besides that being kind of a cool, fantasy-fiction thing to do.) Rick's surviving the zombie arena seals the deal, though, and gives the Alexandrians a new task: If they can round up enough weapons and ammo for these potential new recruits. they'll have support on the battlefield. But, could there be a possibility that these people are not a threat to him? It's a shopping spree at Walmart.

"Anybody who knows the comic books knows we're about to go into a couple of years of war", Lennie James, who plays Morgan, told Digital Spy. Lurking there is a creature that looks like something from a Guillermo Del Toro movie, one of Clive Barker's Cenobites, or the Megadeth mascot: a zombie in plate armor, with long spikes jutting out in all directions. It seems that everything has been tried, and nothing has yet worked. In fact, I truly enjoyed watching a confident Rick go for broke in negotiating this deal; his fight with Winslow the Garbage Monster made for really fun television. The writers and performers can dial them back from the precipice of ridiculous and find other ways to make that lot menacing.

Over the course of the series, some fans have seemed to notice a peculiar trend among female walkers: They all apparently chose to wear dresses on the day of the apocalypse. He doesn't go off on me, like, "How could you throw me down there?" We've been very successful in keeping ourselves safe.

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Daryl threatens to kill Richard if anything happens to her, even though he knows she is perfectly capable of defending herself.

Though Daryl winds up leaving Carol and the Kingdom and heading off for Hilltop, "New Best Friends" ends with another newly formed friendship-between him and Morgan, who identifies with the bowman when he learns he spared Carol the knowledge of her friends' deaths. Daryl, of course, ain't having it. These two have shared a unique, unbreakable bond since Season 2, when Daryl helped Carol cope with the loss of her daughter Sophia-and since then, their friendship has only grown stronger.

It's not news to us when Carol explains why she left Alexandria, but it is to Daryl. Interesting. Rick tries to tell them that the Saviors actually own his life and they'll definitely come looking for him. If she's so hot about going out alone, why does she want to stay with the group? After nearly a season apart, Daryl and Carol are finally reunited.

This leads Richard to ally with Daryl, who's harbouring angst towards The Kingdom for turning down Rick's request for back-up.


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