The Strolling Useless’s penultimate episode “Household” was written by the staff of Magali Lozano, Erik Mountain, and Kevin Deiboldt and was directed by Sharat Raju. I can’t consider there is just one extra episode of this collection! I’ve been reviewing the present nearly because the very starting, and I bear in mind working at a conference (Creation’s Weekend of Horror) simply earlier than its debut. Greg Nicotero was there, and I had no thought who he was! Norman Reedus (Daryl) was there along with his Boondock Saints co-stars (one of many causes I wished to work the stage at that conference) and Reedus was requested to affix The Strolling Useless panel just about as an after thought – and the room wasn’t as full because it had been for the Boondock Saints panel! We all know Daryl goes to outlive and Maggie (Lauren Cohen) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), however these are the one certainties going into the ultimate episode…
This week’s voice over from Judith (Cailey Fleming) begins along with her stating that for the longest time they had been simply preventing to outlive, attempting to get again what they’ve misplaced because the digital camera pans over a field stuffed with the long-lasting weapons from the present – Carol’s (Melissa McBride) knife, Rosita’s (Christian Serratos) machete (is it a re-purposed chainsaw?), Gabriel’s (Seth Gilliam) machete, Lydia’s (Cassady McClincy) workers, Magna’s (Nadia Hilker) funky ax-thing, Connie (Laruen Ridloff) and Kelly’s (Angel Idea) slingshots, Princess’ (Paola Lázaro) machine gun, Ezekiel’s (Khary Payton) funky ax-thing, Negan’s crowbar, Aaron’s (Ross Marquand) mace attachment, Jerry’s (Cooper Andrews) sword, Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) ice decide, Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) and Carol’s bows, and naturally, Daryl’s crossbow. I beloved the flashbacks and the way a lot we affiliate the characters with these weapons and all they’ve been by.
The voice over continues over the montage as Judith says “this household would do something to guard one another. And we’re preventing now for one thing greater – a brand new starting. However that comes with a price.” And as Judith picks up her katana – which is SO small now that Fleming is changing into a younger lady! – and Rick’s pistol – she says she by no means acquired to know her mom – Lori. Carl dreamed of a time they’d all stay collectively in peace. Michonne tried to hold up her sword. Her Dad, Rick, was trying to find mercy. And she or he’s a Grimes too. She additionally picks up Michonne’s Invoice of Rights, and thinks of a secret saying she shared along with her dad. It’s like a great luck allure for her and RJ too. She says that she was afraid to say it – and lots of issues out loud. As she places Rick’s hat on RJ (Anthony Azor), she ominously tells us that they didn’t know once they began this that this may be the day that every part modified….
Tyler (Cameron Scott Roberts) tells Gabriel that when he was a soldier youngsters with out mother and father ended up on the metropolis’s kids’s residence, however he doesn’t know the place it’s. Gabriel tells him to seek out out. Rosita is frantic to seek out Coco. It’s the morning after the group took Alexandria again and everyone seems to be loading as much as head again to the Commonwealth.
Negan asks Maggie (Lauren Cohen) how she’s planning to take out the “bitch” – Pamela (Laila Robins). Negan and Maggie agree that nobody is secure till Pamela is lifeless. He tells her that the 2 of the can get it finished with out the others. Maggie says that they aren’t a “we.” And clearly, it is a arrange for the spin off collection. However actually? I imply Maggie is nice, but when I used to be happening a two particular person mission, I’d selected Carol or Daryl…
Maggie has a second with Hershel (Kien Michael Spiller), and Negan has a second with Annie (Medina Senghore) – each of whom are staying behind in Alexandria. She tells him to watch out and are available again in a single piece.
So… how did RJ and Judith find yourself in Alexandria? Did I miss Hershel saying they had been there? Regardless, Judith insists that she’s going again to the Commonwealth with Daryl and the remaining, and Daryl tells her no, he wants her there. There’s no doubting that Fleming is a younger actor to observe, however I beloved how current Reedus is on this scene as he listens to Judith telling him that’s crap and this isn’t the long run her brother wished or what Rick and Michonne fought for. Judith is aware of precisely which strings to drag! She additionally sees the massive image – what they’re doing might assist everybody – not simply their group – and he or she needs to be part of it. Carol is impressed and factors out that they’ve been so targeted on the current, they usually want somebody to consider the long run. Daryl relents – and he’s REALLY going to re-think that call… He asks Nabila (Nadine Marissa) to observe RJ, promising to be again quickly…
Mercer (James Michael Shaw) brings Eugene to Max (Margot Bingham) and the 2 embrace. Yumiko – who’s ready with Max in an deserted house – smiles as she realizes that Mercer has lastly defected. Eugene thanks him for becoming a member of the lengthy line of people that have saved his ass over time. Mercer needs them to remain put, however lastly agrees to allow them to hold the folks whipped up in opposition to Pamela whereas he gathers sufficient troops to maneuver in opposition to her. He tells Eugene to remain out of sight.
We get one other pleasant exploding walker when the prepare hits it. Inside, the group makes plans. They know the place the kids’s home is, and Rosita has deliberate a tactical assault. Gabriel pulls again and smiles at her as he says “You already know we’re going to get our daughter again.” Rosita asks him if that’s his religion speaking, and he says sure, his religion in her. She tells him that she’s glad he’s there. Is anybody else weighing every part everybody says because the potential to be their downfall? For instance, I’m dying for these two to actually find yourself collectively – and now I’m very afraid that Gabriel goes to die…
Tyler tells Princess that it’s bizarre ending up in “a spot like this” – ie a railcar – once more, and he apologizes for what occurred. However she’s too busy to deal with that now. She has him maintain the antennae up by the highest of the automobile. Connie, nonetheless, needs to reassure Tyler that he’s forgiven and tells Kelly to inform him that she’s glad they discovered him. Magna additionally says she understands why he did what he did. Tyler regrets what he did. Connie reassures him that Pamela may not have heard him, however the folks within the Commonwealth did.
Mercer stories to a really indignant Pamela. He tells her that he has no thought who broke Eugene out, however he tells her that lots of people weren’t glad concerning the verdict. He additionally mentions that there have been stories about folks going lacking within the Commonwealth for some time… Pamela is clearly pissed that Mercer shouldn’t be merely falling in line like a great little soldier. I don’t suppose it’s ever been made express, however Mercer should be in control of one group whereas Colonel Vickers (Monique Grant) is in control of one other – she’s not his boss. Pamela tells Vickers to keep watch over Mercer – she IS clearly Pamela’s lapdog – and tells her to order Eugene shot on sight. Vickers asks concerning the crowd, and Pamela dismissively says they’ll “throw them some bones” and if that doesn’t work, there are issues “in place” to take care of it.
As soon as Vickers leaves – so even she doesn’t find out about this – Pamela makes a name – presumably to whoever is in control of main the herd to the Commonwealth. We be part of the herd as Aaron and the others are attempting to get out by shifting into some woods, however they’re too late and get scooped again in as extra walkers are introduced into the herd. We get an important aerial shot of the herd, the troopers, and the Commonwealth within the distance.
Again within the prepare, Negan thanks Ezekiel for saving him and asks him why he did it. Ezekiel tells him a whole lot of causes. Dying a martyr is just too straightforward, residing and making one thing out of your life is more durable. Ezekiel additionally didn’t need to stay out no matter time he had left in anger. I like the irony of him telling Negan he shouldn’t even be there – due to course, within the comics, Ezekiel is killed when the Whisperers put his head on a spike. Ezekiel tells Negan that the lifeless got here for him, conflict got here for him, and most cancers got here for him – and he smiled by all of it – or at the least tried.
Ezekiel asks why he instructed the Warden his personal identify as an alternative of Ezekiel’s. Negan tells him to go away a greater story for his spouse to inform their youngster as an alternative of the one Ezekiel’s been telling. That when it mattered, he did one thing proper – and it wasn’t to get something or save his personal life. It was to avoid wasting them – and he is aware of that they’re all higher than he’s. Maggie is listening as Negan says this…
Judith tells Carol and Daryl that she hasn’t heard from Michonne in a very long time. Carol tries to reassure her, telling her that there might be a whole lot of causes for that and that Michonne can maintain herself fairly significantly better than anybody else Carol has ever recognized (apart from Carol herself!). Daryl tells her that her Dad and Mother can be pleased with her. Judith asks whether or not Carl can be – and naturally he would! She tells them that he died saving folks and that she wished she’d had extra time with him. She additionally wished that they’d extra time to only bear in mind them. And this sounds a LOT like an impending loss of life speech – however certainly they discovered from the blowback over Carl and Glenn’s deaths!!! Daryl guarantees to inform Judith all of the tales he is aware of about all of the individuals who beloved her.
Mercer makes a present of interrogating Yumiko in entrance of Vickers. A trooper interrupts to inform him that “Aurora” is attempting to boost him on the radio. Yumiko asks in the event that they’re finished, and he says for now earlier than kicking Vickers out of his workplace too – so she’s clearly not his boss. I like that Princess picked Aurora – the identify of Sleeping Magnificence – as she is a sleeper agent! AND that Mercer knew instantly that it was her!
Mercer tells her to modify to a special channel – her outdated house quantity. He asks if she’s secure and the place is she. She tells him on a prepare heading again to the Commonwealth with the individuals who had been disappeared. He asks what she’s planning on doing, and he or she tells him change issues – and asks if he’s pleased with that. As soon as once more, Shaw delivers only one phrase – completely! – Yeah. Mercer tells her that if she will get the folks again, he’ll have witnesses and authorized grounds to take away Pamela. I like that he actually needs to keep up legislation and order. As they’re speaking an alarm begins going off. Princess asks if he can get them in because the prepare will cease exterior the partitions – clearly, as a result of nobody knew about it. He tells her about an outdated entry tunnel that comes up in Union Station. He tells her the doorway is guarded however he can meet her there. After which he takes a second to inform her that it’s good to listen to her voice. After which he has to go as Vickers is available in to say the herd is approaching from the east.
The herd is now shifting previous an deserted trailer, and the group tries to get in. Aaron and Jerry clear the walkers inside, however Jules (Alex Sgambati) is swept away, and Luke (Dan Fogler) received’t depart her. Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) is holding Lydia’s hand as he’s equally swept away, however they received’t let go and Lydia is bitten! Aaron and Jerry pull her in and shut the door as walkers swarm the door.
Max involves Mercer as he’s arming as much as maintain swarm. She tells Mercer that Pamela did it earlier than as an excuse to lock everybody down. Max asks him if they only wait till he offers with the swarm. He tells her that his GIRLFRIEND is coming again along with her buddies. He tells her that he was supposed to fulfill them, but when he can’t, she and Yumiko have to fulfill them at Union Station. He makes a present of telling her she has to get off the streets – however Vickers is watching and is clearly suspicious.
Again within the trailer, Lydia is frantic to go after Elijah, however Aaron and Jerry know what they should do – and so can we. She insists that she will’t lose him, and Aaron factors out that he’s going to lose her. Jerry guarantees to go and discover him. Aaron reassures her – he made it and he’ll get her by it. He tells her that she is “so beloved” – after which Jerry takes off her left forearm after saying he’s sorry.
The others have arrived on the assembly level and troopers are patrolling. Negan factors out that Mercer isn’t coming they usually’re working out of time. Princess is adamant that Mercer will present up. After which simply because it looks like they’re about to be found, the troopers get a name on their radios to desert the tunnel and head to a special place. Anyone else tremendous pumped to see Dianne (Kerry Cahill) again? I used to be! The group head into the tunnel, though Daryl appears to be like a bit involved.
Vickers radios Pamela to inform her that Mercer simply pulled troops for extra again up – however sees nothing uncommon about it. Pamela tells her that she’s positive Mercer has his causes, nevertheless it’s clear that tunnel H resonates along with her…
Mercer is completely targeted on defending town. The troopers herding the swarm are utterly unprepared for a walker to climb onto the again of their jeep. Mercer will get garbled stories from the sphere and sees the hearth of a destroyed jeep. Mercer tells his troops to organize the heavy artillery in order that they’ll knock the swarm again earlier than it will get to town.
Eugene is pacing when there’s a knock on the door. He takes the chain off, which is sensible as a result of that will alert the trooper that there was somebody inside. And Eugen is out of the blue and motion hero! He whacks the trooper with a flashlight? Candlestick? After which physique slams him to the ground and finishes him off with blows to the pinnacle!
Lydia wakes up and is frantic to not depart Elijah. She needs to go after him, however Aaron tells her that she wants a health care provider first. Jerry hugs her and goes after Elijah. Aaron asks if he’s positive, and Jerry says “piece of cobbler.” He tells them that he’ll see them on the opposite aspect – WHAT???? DO NOT KILL JERRY!!!!!
The group make it into union station. Daryl instantly is aware of that one thing isn’t proper. They see that the doorways are chained shut on the within. Tyler is shot as he tells them they’re nearly there – and the gallery is stuffed with troopers – in BLACK – with machine weapons.
In the meantime, as Mercer marshals his troops to exit and battle, Vickers arrives and arrests him for treason. Mercer tells him males to face down. Mercer tells her to reenforce the partitions and to cease the lifeless earlier than it’s too late. Vickers insists that Pamela insists that the partitions will maintain – however Pamela doesn’t actually suppose that or care.
We get a implausible hearth battle in Union Station. Pamela joins the troopers and picks up a gun from one who has been shot to affix within the preventing. Let’s not neglect these scenes along with her looking – she will shoot. Judith is true beside Daryl, till Pamela is about to shoot Maggie, and when she runs out to push Maggie out of the best way, Judith is shot. Daryl is frantic and all of the taking pictures stops – everybody shoots and even Pamela appears horrified at what she’s finished. Daryl tells Ezekiel to throw a hearth extinguisher and Daryl shoots it with Rick’s revolver, making a smokescreen in order that they’ll escape! It’s an important, basic second.
Yumiko and Max present up exterior Union Station. Daryl runs by the smoke holding Judith – and it’s utterly like Rick working by the forest with a shot Carl… In the meantime, Eugene reveals up exterior and takes out the trooper guarding one of many doorways. Yumiko and Magna solely have a second to change appears to be like.
Again on the east gate, a trooper is totally freaked out by the walkers beginning to climb the partitions. He requires again up, however then one climbs up and assaults him, pushing him (somewhat clearly) into the mechanism that opens the gate, letting the swarm inside.
Pamela cleans the blood off her face in her workplace. Vickers bursts in and tells her that the lifeless are climbing the partitions and flooding in. Vickers tells her that they’ll nonetheless make a stand. Pamela tells her to avert the swarm towards the decrease ward and shield the Estates – her residence. In different phrases, she’s deciding on who lives and dies.
Because the group tries to get to the clinic to avoid wasting Judith, they’re reduce off repeatedly by troopers, however they aren’t looking them, they’re herding the swarm. They’ve been penned in with the swarm. Negan’s response to a climbing walker? “What the fuck?” Kelly nearly shoots Luke and Jules as they break from the swarm. The others attempt to clear a path to an ally to get Daryl and Judith by. However they’re the one ones to get by. Judith wakes and appears at Daryl, saying “Daddy?” And it’s heartbreaking!
So everyone seems to be in peril because the episode ends. Who’s going to kill that bitch, Pamela?!?!?! So many echoes of previous storylines, particularly in that opening montage. I can’t even start to consider who we’re going to lose on this final episode… What did you consider the episode? Have been you shocked that Judith was shot? Have been you in any respect shocked that Pamela solely cares about saving her personal pores and skin? Let me know your ideas on the episode and your hopes for the ultimate episode within the feedback beneath!