This week’s episode, “The Other Side” started rather poetically, with the calm before the storm. The opening sequence plays out with almost no dialogue, showing the Hilltop preparing for the coming battle.
The stillness gave weight to a moment long in coming, when Daryl and Maggie finally talk about what happened with Glenn. They end up hiding from the Saviors together in a pantry, and while their conversation is brief, as conversations with Daryl often are, it revealed a lot about how the two are handling the trauma. Daryl admits he feels responsible for what happened, and Maggie gives him the forgiveness he needs. Daryl has definitely been affected by his experience with the Saviors, but he at least seems to agree with the equally vengeful Maggie that timing is of the essence.
Sasha and Rosita do some bonding themselves when they go through with their rogue plan to take out Negan on their own. It seems counter to her character that Sasha would agree to go with Rosita with so little planning, but this was another moment that we’ve been waiting for all season. Ultimately we see why both women would have feelings for the same man considering their similarities. Before the two have their real heart to heart, a smoothly choreographed synchronized kill highlights the single-mindedness of the mission. Sasha still tries to be the voice of reason – in spite of the fact that she’s on this mission in the first place, which is risky not only for them, but to all the other communities involved in the impending rebellion. Rosita is having none of it and we’re sure this is going to finally be the moment she gets herself killed. Sasha threw us another curve ball when she is the one to run into the Savior’s base with no exit plan and a smile on her face. As far as we know she just ran in there with a hand full of bullets and a knife.
Eugene continues to confuse us. First, his voice over a walkie-talkie like Captain Exposition, telling them exactly where Negan will be and what is going on along the wall in what could be a warning, but then when Rosita and Sasha try to rescue him, he refuses. Is he just terrified or is he with Negan? Is he plotting something bigger, or just running a game as Rosita presumes? His sniveling is still too hard to read.
In the last moment of the episode, we see Daryl step from the shadows to join Rosita. So, now that we’re on the other side, what’s next. Did Daryl show up alone, or is it go time? Hilltop leader Gregory is definitely not to be trusted after his silent conversation with the smarmy Simon, but just how awful is he really? With only two episodes left we are hoping for nonstop action and answers to our growing list of questions.
GEEK Grade: A
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Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis
Written by Angela Kang