Check out Violet’s recap of Season 6 Episode 12 of The Walking Dead, titled Not Tomorrow Yet, where the group sets out to attack the Saviors! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 12: Not Tomorrow Yet
The episode begins with a montage of Carol gathering supplies, making cookies, and passing out the cookies. She stops by Tobin’s house to give him some cookies, and explains that the cookies are made from acorns and beets. Just then, Rick and the others return in the RV from Hilltop. He calls a meeting at the church, and tells Carol they’re going to have to fight. Morgan approaches Carol. Apparently they haven’t talked since the incident between the two, and Carol says she told the others to keep quiet about what happened. He says that her not wanting to tell anyone makes it kind of like she did it too, but she disagrees. We then see a small graveyard, and that Carol has left a cookie at Sam’s grave.
Later at the church meeting, Rick fills in the Alexandrians about the deal with Hilltop. However, he says this needs to be a group decision, and asks for anyone who objects to speak. Morgan stands up and suggests trying to talk to the Saviors first. Rick asks if anyone agrees with Morgan’s approach, but no one does. Rick says they don’t all have to kill, but if people are going to stay there, they do have to accept it.
At home, Carol writes in a journal and adds up the amount of people she’s killed: 18.
Maggie tells Glenn that she’s the one that made the deal, so she has to come.
Carol goes for a walk and finds Tobin sitting on his front steps. They share a cigarette. He’s worried about tomorrow, though he’s not going, but Carol is. He compliments her strength, saying she’s a mom to everyone there — though not to him. She’s something else to him. They kiss. She points out that it’s not tomorrow yet…
At Abraham and Rosita’s place, Abraham packs up his stuff and breaks the news to her: he’s leaving her. She demands to know why. He tells her that when he met her, he thought she was the last woman on Earth — but she’s not.
Andy, the Hilltop resident that’s been to the Saviors’ base, draws a map of what he remembers.
Tara tells Denise that she loves her, but that Denise doesn’t have to say it back. She invites Denise to go on the two-week trip with her and Heath, but Denise says she can’t because of her doctor duties. Denise says she’ll say it back when Tara comes back.
Rick says the Saviors will open the door for them — the Saviors want Gregory’s head, so they’ll give it to them.
The group starts driving toward the Saviors’ compound. Then they stop their vehicles and get out and disperse. Father Gabriel has joined the mission, and tells Rick he’s not going anywhere, that he wanted to learn, and Rick taught him for a reason. Rosita tells Carol that she almost told everyone at the meeting about Morgan. Rosita gets a little angry about it, but ultimately says she won’t tell anyone.
Meanwhile, Glenn and Heath find and kill a walker that might be able to pass as Gregory. They talk about how they have to kill people tonight, and that up till now, they’ve both been lucky and haven’t had to. Glenn admits that he’s nervous.
They all meet back up by the RV, and Rick tells them the plan, reminding them this is how they eat. Carol confronts Rick privately, asking why Maggie is there, saying that she shouldn’t be there. Rick finally agrees to let Carol guard the perimeter with Maggie.
Rick consults with Jesus about the three walker heads they’ve gathered to decide which one is the best to pass off as Gregory’s head. They pick one, but Jesus says the nose is wrong. Rick picks up the head and punches the nose.
Later that night, Andy drives up to the Saviors’ base. Two Saviors come outside, and Andy presents them with the head. Andy claims that he broke his hand breaking Gregory’s nose. They buy that it’s Gregory. When one Savior goes inside to get the other Hilltopper, Daryl slits the other Savior’s throat, and the others run up and carry the body away. When the guy comes back with the Hilltop hostage, Michonne stabs the Savior through the back. Andy gets his friend into the car, while Tara, Gabriel, and Jesus hang back in the car as well, and the others go inside the compound.
Rick opens a door, goes inside, sees a guy sleeping, and stabs the guy in the head. Glenn and Heath find a room with two guys sleeping inside. Glenn reluctantly and tearfully stabs one guy in the head. Heath is about to stab the other guy, but Glenn stops him and does it for him. They see Polaroid pictures on the wall of people’s heads bashed in or blown off.
Outside in the car, Tara confesses to Father Gabriel that she told her girlfriend she loved her in order to cover up the fact that she’d done something like this before. But Tara confirms to Jesus that she does in fact love her, and Jesus points out that she knows what she’s fighting for.
Sasha and Abraham get attacked by a Savior, but Sasha is able to stab him in the stomach. However, before he dies, he’s able to pull the alarm.
Outside, Maggie and Carol hear the alarm, and Maggie insists on going in to help. However, Carol demands that Maggie stay there.
Tara, Jesus, and Father Gabriel get out of the car. Tara says they need to get Andy and the other guy back to the Hilltop so that the deal’s still on. Jesus tells Andy to drive himself and his friend back to Hilltop. Then Jesus goes in to help.
Inside, Aaron is almost attacked by a Savior, but he stabs the guy in the stomach first. Then Aaron’s almost shot by a Savior, but Rosita saves him. Tara shoots a couple of Saviors that run outside. Everyone inside is running for their lives and shooting at Saviors. Glenn and Heath find their way into the armory and fire off assault rifles at the door. When they open the door, there’s a pile of bodies. However, one guy is barely alive and about to shoot them — when Jesus shoots the guy first.
Outside, Father Gabriel approaches a Savior who is injured. He recites a Bible verse, as the guy tells him they’re all dead and blood is coming. Then Father Gabriel shoots the guy in the head.
When the group exits the compound, it’s morning. Glenn asks Heath if he wants to come back with them before he heads out with Tara, but Heath says he just wants to get out of there. Tara and Glenn exchange goodbye hugs, then she and Heath take one of the Saviors’ RVs and drive away.
Back in Alexandria, Morgan is working on building something. He breaks down crying.
Michonne wonders to Rick which one was Negan. Just then, a guy comes out of the compound riding on a motorcycle. Rosita shoots him off, and Daryl runs up and tackles him, punching him. Rick points his gun at the Savior. Just then, a voice comes through a walkie talkie, telling him to lower his gun. The voice says they’re not coming out, but they will talk. She says they have Carol and Maggie.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 6 Episode 12 of The Walking Dead: Not Tomorrow Yet
It seems a little ironic to me that Carol, who’s always the quickest to jump to the decision of killing someone, was the only person concerned with the preservation of life. No one else seemed to be concerned about the fact that Maggie was heading into danger despite being pregnant. However, it’s possible that Carol’s insistency could be related to her realizing that she’s killed 18 people, and wants to make up for that. But were Carol and Maggie caught by the other Saviors because they were distracted by arguing? If Maggie had been guarding the perimeter alone, as planned, would she have noticed them coming and hid, killed them, or warned the others, so that they wouldn’t be in the situation that they’re in right now? I guess there’s no way of knowing for sure.
This was a bit of a difficult episode to watch, for me, when they were going into the Saviors’ sleeping quarters and stabbing them in the head. It felt wrong and underhanded. But then we saw all those photos of bodies above that one guy’s bed, and it reminded me why they were doing this, and I didn’t feel so bad anymore. Despite the circumstances, I did still feel bad for Glenn though, who had never been forced to kill a person before, and was noble enough to take on the burden for Heath. Side note: those guys are all heavy sleepers! I kept expecting one of them to wake up and fight back. No matter though, because we did get one heck of a fight! The team really came together and helped each other out at every turn.
But now, the group has been placed in a difficult situation, since apparently some of the Saviors weren’t home, and have captured Carol and Maggie. How many other Saviors are still out there? Are there multiple Savior bases? We know we haven’t seen Negan yet. I’m sure his time will come soon. In the meantime, who are these other people, and what will they demand in exchange for the safe return of Carol and Maggie? Will they both make it out alive? It looks like things are going to continue to be exciting on The Walking Dead!
Josh’s Thoughts: The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 12: Not Tomorrow Yet
It is too bad that Carol didn’t let Maggie go to Glen. They would have been ok if they had. Pretty obvious those two alone would be captured being alone on the street. But on to other matters…
The big question this episode is this I feel–are Rick and the people of Alexandria becoming the “bad guys”? It is tough to say. I would say it would be even tougher to say if I did not know more about this Negan character. But there are some things that I think argue both sides. On the side of yes they are the bad guys now you have the fact that Rick is willing to roll in and kill these people without even listening to what these people have to say. They were killed in their sleep, with no way of providing what their side of the story would be. They simply took Jesus and Hilltop’s word for it for what Negan is doing. On top of that, Alexandria looks to be ready to take what they need regardless of what outsiders need. They seem to look a lot like the villains they have dealt with in the past in some ways.
There are some redeeming things to think about though, with regards to taking out Negan’s men. One is that Daryl, Abraham and Sasha have met some of his men, and they were going to kill them when they got the chance. Of course there is no saying if these men are just “bad apples” or were actually a part of Negan’s henchmen, but they appeared to be working on Negan’s behalf. Also, Rick did witness what went down at Hilltop with the attempted murder of Gregory so that sort of plays out as Negan being the bad guy. Of course once the raid started we had a couple big clues to their villainy–the guards were having a grand ole time with “Gregory’s” head, and then Glenn saw some pretty horrific photos on the wall, which seemed to be a trophy-like collage. Gross.
Speaking of Glenn, it was pretty sad seeing him get his first kill for the first time, of a human that is. Then Heath was spared, until they had that hallway scene where they had to slam the door shut and fire through it. The interesting thing about that scene is that it reminded me of firing squads, in how not every shooter has a bullet in that scenario, so you have plausible deniability. This seemed like a way for Heath to say, “well I may not have hit anyone, it could be all Glenn’s bullets that hit them!”
It looks like Negan’s group might be much bigger than Rick thought though. This base appears to be a “satellite” base (in more ways than one), and I am guessing this place was specifically made so that if Hilltop did try anything, the main base would not be hit. We will have to see what Rick plans to do to fix things now…
Finally, I see that Morgan is getting a lot of hate for his pacifism. I certainly am in complete disagreement with him, but I can see where he is coming from. Killing is wrong, especially when you don’t have 100% certainty that they deserve it. It looks like Morgan is working on some sort of prison cell though, and I wonder who it is for–“lawbreakers” or maybe someone specific like Rick…?
I really liked this episode though, and am excited to see what happens next!
Scenes from The Walking Dead, Season 6 Episode 13: The Same Boat
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