The Strolling Lifeless Season 9 Episode 9 Assessment: Cellmates


These cells at Hilltop are filling up awfully rapidly, would not you say?

The wait is over as The Strolling Lifeless made its mid-season return and tossing us proper again into the combo of issues with out lacking a beat. And whereas The Strolling Lifeless Season 9 Episode 9 wasn’t with out its share of points, it did achieve propelling the story ahead in dramatic style.


It is solely been a couple of episodes, however I for one have not missed Andrew Lincoln’s presence. It is troublesome to say if that is on account of having the introduction of the Whisperers as a enjoyable distraction or if the remainder of the solid getting into the highlight has made the characters extra well-rounded and fascinating.

Regardless, right here we’re greater than midway by way of the season. And the truth that Rick’s absence hasn’t negatively impacted the general pacing is certainly price making word of. Nonetheless, that does not imply the writing is not nonetheless susceptible to falling right into a inventive rut now and again.

The very first thing that I have to get out of the way in which and deal with is Negan’s get away. Who the hell is guarding Alexandria, anyway?

It is fairly ridiculous how freely Negan roamed about with out anybody noticing. You imply to inform me that there wasn’t a single particular person on patrol or on the very least somebody in one of many guard towers maintaining a tally of issues?

The one person who ended up noticing one thing was amiss was lil’ Ms. Grimes.

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It wasn’t shocking that Negan satisfied Judith to let him depart. Whereas she’s demonstrated that she is greater than able to holding her personal towards walkers, it is unlikely that Judith has ever been put within the place to shoot a residing particular person earlier than.

Then once more, rising up in such a world may have desensitized Judith to the purpose the place taking a life will not be as troublesome a alternative because it appears. Given the present state of the world although, I would not be stunned if Judith does get compelled into that scenario in some unspecified time in the future.

Regardless, the very fact the Negan referred to as her bluff with Judith not pulling the set off solely solidified the truth that these two have shaped a particular bond. The entire level of that scene was to drive dwelling the purpose of making belief between these two.

It is an fascinating dynamic, certain. And whereas Negan and Judith’s relationship is one which I have been wanting to dive extra into, that whole scenario felt a bit foolish.

The writers have been attempting to get viewers to sympathize with Negan, however I am nonetheless having a little bit of a tough time with how redemption for this character is even attainable at this level. Though, it was a bit miserable when Negan moped across the deserted Sanctuary, which was nothing greater than an empty shell of a life lengthy forgotten.

The world has modified considerably over the six-plus Negan’s been locked up, and there is merely nothing left for him on the market anymore.

We nonetheless do not know precisely what occurred on the Sanctuary that induced the Saviors to disband. Did all of them die? The place they compelled out? Did some members be part of up with one of many different communities?

Do not get me unsuitable, I have been ready to be achieved with the Saviors since their arrival throughout The Strolling Lifeless Season 6, so you will not see me shed a single tear. However just a little exposition as to what transpired could be good.

Was there ever any doubt that Negan would return to Alexandria? When he took Judith’s compass and he or she instructed him to maintain it, it was apparent that he would discover his method again. It was a bit hokey and overly predictable, but it surely strengthened the following step in Negan’s try at redemption.

Will probably be fascinating to see what’s going to occur when Negan mosies on again into Alexandria. Will Michonne and the others see it as an indication of belief and good religion or will he get tossed proper again into his cell with out anybody batting a watch? Then once more, nobody noticed him depart so what’s to say anybody will see him return?

Possibly it is going to be like he by no means left in any respect.

Judith: I instructed you there was nothing on the market.
Negan: You certain as shit did.
Judith: Language! I am a child, asshole.

The truth that Negan returned to Alexandria on his personal accord and figuring out full-well what he was going again to may be very telling. And now that he realizes that there is nothing left for him exterior these partitions, I am wanting to see how he adjusts again to the confines to his cozy little cell.

At the least Judith was form sufficient to fulfill Negan and information him again to Alexandria. Does nobody control anybody in Alexandria that nobody noticed her slip out both?

Judith simply cannot keep the place she’s purported to. She’s positively Carl’s sister alright!

At Hilltop, Luke has been keen to start pulling his weight, and what higher approach to earn his maintain than to go on a run with Alden? The one downside is that Alden and Luke getting down to seek for Daryl and the others appeared a bit ridiculous.

To start with, Luke and his group are nonetheless relative newcomers and whereas we have roughly found that they’re all respectable folks, why would Alden take certainly one of them out alone with nobody else accompanying them? Appears like a dangerous transfer in an already pointless trek.

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Secondly, why would Alden take the one particular person from Magna’s group who’s probably the most ill-equipped to defend himself? After all not too lengthy after Alden and Luke headed out, Daryl and the others made their return to Hilltop anyway. If Alden thought that scenario out only a bit longer, he would have seen everybody return and would not have needed to depart to start with.

None of it made any sense and merely served as a poor excuse to arrange Alden and Luke to finish up captured by the Whisperers.

On the flip aspect of that complete debacle, the one factor that I liked about Alden and Luke’s encounter with the Whisperers was how they revealed themselves. There was simply one thing concerning the walkers shambling about and all of a sudden stopping lifeless of their tracks that despatched a wave shivers down my backbone.

It was extremely eerie and really efficient.

Up to now I am impressed with how effectively the Whisperers are translating to the display screen, and I look ahead to what new horrors await our survivors as they proceed to cross paths with this villainous group.

Daryl taking pictures the walkers’ legs to disclose which of them had been Whisperers was a wise transfer, and it was fascinating how rapidly the precise walkers turned on the imposters as soon as they had been uncovered.

It was a superb approach to discover out who was truly a walker and it ended up resulting in the seize of Lydia. Retaining her hostage will hopefully show helpful in studying extra about her group. Though, it seems it would take greater than easy interrogation techniques and offended threats from Daryl to pry something out of her.

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Lydia is both glorious at deceit and manipulating or she was actually real and completely terrified. Based mostly on what we all know and have seen from the Whisperers so far, I am inclined to aspect with the previous.

Whereas Daryl’s probing proved unsuccessful, as soon as he left Lydia instantly started opening as much as Henry.

Daryl: I will get her to speak.
Michonne: If she would not, you already know what it’s important to do.

The factor that struck me as odd is why Henry was nonetheless being imprisoned. Positive what he did was idiotic, however punishing him by conserving him locked up appears a bit excessive.

If I needed to take a guess, odds are it is all a ploy by Daryl and he’s intentionally leaving Henry locked up with Lydia as a way to receive data. If that’s certainly the case, it is unlikely that Henry is in on it, which makes him the proper particular person to assist pull this off on account of his harmless and naive nature.

Whereas it feels like an ideal plan, whether or not or not it would repay is the query.

There have been a couple of inclinations throughout this episode that make me surprise if Daryl will find yourself turning into the definitive chief of Hilltop. Tara has taken over because the interim to fill that function, however as Michonne put it, that will not be sufficient.

Everybody appears as much as Daryl and respects him, and he is as certified as anybody to run that place.

Ever since Rick’s “loss of life” he is been emotionally misplaced. And Daryl taking on the mantle of main Hilltop’s folks would give him function once more.

He is by no means been one who’s keen to guide, however as Michonne stated, Daryl’s an excellent decide of character, and that is a significant talent that will show extremely helpful.

Alden and Luke have been taken by the Whisperers however there is no doubt that they are nonetheless alive — at the least in the interim. And now that Daryl has Lydia it is solely a matter of time earlier than mama comes a-knocking.

The second half of The Strolling Lifeless has formally kicked off and other than a couple of nitpicks right here and there and questionable storytelling selections, it appears to proceed to construct off of an in any other case stellar season.

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Different tidbits from the episode:

⦁ The Whisperer voices echoing by way of the graveyard was tremendous creepy.

⦁ Eugene’s line about whether or not the walkers had been Whisperers or “unique recipe” was improbable. Eugene is all the time nice for a enjoyable quip or two.

⦁ Was anybody else stunned that Negan by no means went looking for Lucille? You’d assume that will have been the very first thing he’d go after.

⦁ Did anybody catch the little reference with Negan selecting the tomato? It was a neat nod again to Rick’s dialog in The Strolling Lifeless Season eight Episode eight about Carl’s unrealistic way forward for coexisting with Negan.

⦁ Poor Eugene cannot catch a break with attempting to profess his love for Rosita.

⦁ Talking of which, Rosita and Siddiq bought just a little freaky in some unspecified time in the future and it seems issues are about to get much more difficult since she’s probably pregnant. Awkward…

Now it is time to hear from you, Strolling Lifeless Fanatics.

Ought to Lydia be killed?

What did you consider “Adaptation”? What’s going to occur to Negan upon his return to Alexandria? What do you assume the Whisperers will do with Alden and Luke?

Hit the feedback under and let me know.

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