Well, well, well. The Walking Dead Episode 815 granted my wish for some Negan-style freaky-deaky action. Daddy Negan did indeed bring home some truly stunning surprises, like The.Best.Fight.Club.Scene.since, well, Fight Club. So “Worth” the watch!!
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise
Unfortunately for Sneaky Simon and Deceptive Dwight, the truth did not set them free. Negan played it so cool, toying with them, giving them hope that they just might get off scot-free for leaving him to fight Rick alone. Thanks to Jadis, however, we knew he had Simon’s number. But there was only one clue floating around on social media about how it might go down with Dwight, so I thought he might actually make it through this episode. The total surprise for me here was the how of Simon’s transition to Walker.
As it looked like Negan was getting ready to kill Simon, take 1, Negan tied up some loose ends about Oceanside, pulling together bits and pieces we had heard in previous episodes. He confirmed that the Sanctuary was Oceanside’s home before the Saviors arrived and booted them out. Then he talked about how Simon murdered the group’s men and boys. That was some psycho stuff. No surprise that Negan had followed the old adage of keep your friends close and your enemies closer by having Simon as his #2.
So how did Simon’s final moments play out? What’s the first rule of Fight Club? Forget it, I’m definitely talking about that Simon beatdown.
First, good dumpster move on Negan’s part. Who knew he was already setting up that circle of fire 3-2-1 moment?
Then, I was so expecting Lucille to take the starring role! But, no!! Negan yet again shook things up by making it purely personal and drilling home his total dominance, taking Simon out with his bare hands in take 2. What else was he going to do in this Zombie Apocalypse Fight Club, right?
Could it be that Nine-Lives Negan was second guessing his decision to leave Jadis alive and needed to take out his anger on someone? Guess it’s possible. Back to our Fight Club analogy, however, the result remains. Simon is now “the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” And Morgan’s new “everyone turns” catchphrase is The Walking Dead clear, concise and compelling version of “on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”
So, what about backstabbing, double-crossing, dirt bag Deceptive Dwight’s fate? If you heard the pre-show rumor that Negan’s hitchhiker was Laura, you were probably waiting with me for Dwight’s final moment in the Negan surprise spotlight, too.
Yes, I had a feeling that Dwight would make it out of “Worth” alive but wasn’t sure how much of the storyline we would see. From the “Wrath” preview, Negan let him live to play his part in another Daddy’s home surprise – the brilliant Negan fake-ass Hilltop attrition plan.
Both Dwight and Gregory fell for that one, hook, line and sinker. I didn’t feel sorry for them one bit, though. Did you?
Will Maggie and Rick take the bait, too? It’s like a logic puzzle. If they think Gregory always lies, will they conclude that the fake-ass plan he brought them is indeed fake? Surely (stop calling me Shirley!) they’ll at least cover all the bases in their strategy.
Play on Players
Scrolling through social media posts afterwards, I found an interesting tidbit – the Nielsen ratings crept up for “Worth.” Nothing like anticipated gruesome deaths to get our attention! Besides the Negan-Simon-Dwight triangle outcome, other ‘things happened’ that advanced the plot quite nicely, setting us up for an all-out war in the Finale.
Wal-Mart greeter Aaron’s mission to bring more allies through the doors to “Fight” may or may not have worked. Got a little Fight Club feel there with him and the Oceansider’s, too.
I predict at least some of the them will jump in with the Hilltop. Maybe we’ll learn a little more of their backstory now that Negan broached the subject.
What about the nary a carey Bullet Maker’s fate? He dodged the Daryl and Rosita capture bullet with – eeeww – his M&C vomit comet escape from Daryl and Rosita.
That hiding place he chose was fantastic but super creepy. Did you see the bones strewn amongst the ashes? How many others would have made that choice? Was a Walker-ash-covered Eugene a hint about his fate?
No question about Eugene’s loyalties, though. Those doubts flew just like that M&C vomit. His fate is now solidly tied to the Saviors. Or is he really a Dr. Smarty Pants with cards up his sleeve who is doing one awesome job of faking out Negan? Hmmm. What do you think?
Jab and Move
And … what about those other pokes at the Savior hornet’s nest, like Eugene taking verbal aim at Father Gabriel, Simon toying with “I am the Juice” Gregory, and Michonne reading Carl’s letter to Negan? I think all these pokes will lead to some stinging center stage moments in the Finale.
On the softer side of “Worth,” Carl tried his best to promote peace with his heart wrenching deathbed letters. His walk down memory lane missive to Rick in the opening scene, accompanied by another beautiful @Bearmccreary melody, gave us All.The.Feels, right?
It was a heartwarming touch to add the children being safely held and led as we heard Carl’s words about wanting everyone to feel safe again. Did he reach Rick? Hard to tell.
Maybe Rick and Morgan’s Episode 814 journey to ‘end it’ was necessary to get them to a place within where they can do what needs to be done, to get everyone to that collective peaceful place. That was some personal growth opportunity for them both, right?
Negan on the other hand is clearly not on board. His response to Carl’s pleas was a ‘hard no’ so what he has that used to be a heart lies with going the whole nine yards of total opposition attrition. No sign here of that softie that let Jadis off the hook last week!
Fingers crossed that all my loose ends will be resolved in the Finale. My top three I can’t wait to see play out…
- Richonne’s fate. Both Rick and Michonne have taken steps that the other might find hard to forgive in the long run. If they both make it through to season 9, will they stay together?
- Negan’s plans for “too good to kill” Dwight. Any guesses on how that will go down? Maybe it will include the exceptional Walker Simon??
- Not-right-Morgan’s exit. Will he, as the promos suggest, walk off into the sunset and cross over to Fear the Walking Dead. Remember his new mantra – everybody turns!
Patience, young grasshopper. It’s the final countdown to Survivor Sunday.
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