Violet recaps Season 7 Episode 5 of The Walking Dead, titled Go Getters, where we see what Maggie and Sasha are up to at the Hilltop. Following the recap, both Josh and Violet provide their reactions to the episode.
- His thoughts on Go Getters, Episode 705 of The Walking Dead
- Her thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 5: Go Getters
Sasha and Maggie at the Hilltop
Maggie wakes up in Dr. Carson’s office at the Hilltop. He assures her that she did not lose the baby, but tells her that she needs to rest, and should stay there for the duration of her pregnancy.
Sasha shows Maggie where Glenn and Abraham are buried. She then gives Maggie the pocket watch that was in Glenn’s pocket — the one Hershel gave to Glenn back in Season 2. Sasha tells Maggie that she will stay with her at the Hilltop. Jesus brings some flowers to place on the graves. Gregory walks up and tells Maggie she needs to go. He doesn’t want the Saviors to see her there and know the Hilltop colluded with the Alexandrians. Gregory says he’ll let them stay the night, but they have to leave in the morning. Jesus tries to stick up for them, but Gregory won’t have it.
Later, Sasha talks to Jesus about trying to get Gregory to change his mind, and tries to encourage him to do more at Hilltop. Jesus gives Sasha Abraham’s necklace — the one that Rosita made for him. Maggie comes in then. She asks Jesus why they burn their dead. He says that the idea is for them just keep going. She asks what they have to remember them by, and he answers, “Us.” After he leaves, Sasha and Maggie consider their options, and decide to sleep on it.
In the middle of the night, they are awakened by loud music. They look outside and realize that the music is coming from a car. There are several fires burning, and the gates are open, allowing walkers to come spilling through.
Sasha goes down to start taking out walkers, and despite the doctor’s orders for Maggie to take it easy, she stands on top of their trailer and begins giving orders for Jesus to help Sasha, and two other guys to get the gates closed. Gregory wakes up and looks out his curtains, but doesn’t do anything.
Maggie gets into the tractor and begins mowing down walkers, while Jesus and Sasha take down other walkers. Maggie then runs over the car blasting the music, causing it to stop.
The next day, Jesus tells Gregory that Maggie and Sasha are staying. But Gregory disagrees. Maggie and Sasha go into the room, and Gregory tells them to get ready to go. Sasha says she’ll go, but that Maggie is staying. Suddenly, the Saviors pull up in their trucks and approach the house. Gregory orders Jesus to hide Maggie and Sasha in the closet.
Gregory lets the large group of Saviors in, who are led by Simon, Negan’s right hand man. Simon asks to speak privately in his office, and wants to see a certain painting. As Simon marvels at the painting, Gregory tells him that they received last night’s message loud and clear — that they were showing them who’s boss. Simon reports that the other people that Gregory were working with are now all dead — and the people that killed them (Rick’s group) work for Negan now, and are real “go getters.” He asks Gregory if there’s anything else he should know, and Gregory admits that there is.
Gregory leads Simon out to the closet and opens it. Then Gregory gives Simon a bottle of scotch. Simon doesn’t like scotch, but says Negan will love it. Simon takes the whole box of scotch instead of just the one bottle. The Saviors then scatter to take “half” of everything, plus the painting Simon liked. But first, Simon has Gregory kneel to him. He is pleased, and tells Gregory to remember it for next time.
Gregory gets angry at Jesus that he hid Maggie and Sasha in his bedroom closet, rather than the hallway closet. Jesus stands up to Gregory and says that Maggie and Sasha are staying. Maggie punches Gregory in the face and takes back Glenn’s pocket watch. She tells him that he’ll learn to call her by her name now — Maggie Rhee.
Later, Jesus tells Maggie and Sasha that at first, he couldn’t imagine anyone else in Gregory’s place, but now he can. He apologizes for not talking to Gregory sooner. When Maggie goes back to the trailer, Sasha asks Jesus to find out where Negan leaves, and asks him to keep it between the two of them.
Carl and Enid Leave Alexandria
Back in Alexandria, Rick is getting ready to head out and asks Carl to come with him, but he declines. Michonne stays behind as well, but she makes sure to give Rick a nice long smooch before he leaves. When Carl asks Michonne why she didn’t go, she says she has to figure out how they can do this. Carl is sure that his dad is wrong and that Michonne knows it.
Outside, Carl catches Enid sneaking out over the wall to go see Maggie. He tells Enid he’s not saving her anymore.
Enid heads out on her own to Hilltop, and is startled by a walker. Suddenly, a car pulls up and runs over the walker. It’s Carl. Having crashed the car, they continue their journey on foot. He talks about witnessing what Negan did. Along the way, they find some roller skates, and begin skating. They also hold hands while skating.
They arrive at the outskirts of the woods outside of the Hilltop and see the Saviors loading up the trucks, but soon realize that Negan isn’t there. Carl asks Enid to come with him to kill Negan, but she declines. They kiss. She asks him not to go, and begs him to come with her. She soon realizes she can’t change his mind.
Reunion at the Hilltop
Maggie finds Enid waiting by the graves. Enid has tied balloons to one of the markers. Maggie says she’s not okay, but that she will be, and they hug. Inside, they talk about the tractor incident. Sasha returns, and Enid says she came by herself. Maggie gives Enid the pocket watch, saying they don’t need anything to remember them by, because “We have us.”
The Saviors finish loading up the trucks. Jesus sneaks into the back of one, and is surprised to see that Carl is hiding in there too.
Her Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 5: Go Getters
This episode was more along the lines of the format that I’ve been wanting all season, and now that we’re more than halfway through the first part of the season (8 episodes this year, then a break until we get the next 8 episodes starting in February or so, if they stick to what they’ve been doing), we finally get it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the format where they switch back and forth between multiple storylines rather than focusing on just one, as they have been doing the past few episodes. I feel like things move too slow when it’s just the one storyline. Even this episode, which had two different storylines going on, felt slow though.
At least we got a little bit of excitement with the walker attack out at the Hilltop. I was not expecting that, and it seemed totally random. Is this the sort of thing that the Saviors often do to get their kicks? Or was it more to show their power, to prove that the Hilltop is helpless and subject to the whims of the Saviors and Negan? It seems a little odd that they were able to come into Hilltop without anyone noticing and get all that set up, though. It’s evident that the point of this (from the writers’ standpoint) was to more firmly establish Maggie as the next potential leader of the Hilltop. While I appreciate the idea of having a female leader and dethroning the weak Gregory, just like the last time she stood up to Gregory, it felt forced, and not natural. I could get behind this more if her actions and the situations felt more organic, but whenever she does things, like direct the Hilltop people what to do, even Jesus, it just feels too blatant of an effort to make her be the one in charge there. It also seems a little too cheesy how bad Gregory is with names. No one could really be that horrible, could they? Just another example of how the show is going too far to prove to us how bad of a leader Gregory is.
Anyway, looks like we’re going to split off into yet another storyline with Carl and Jesus hiding out in the truck to travel with the Saviors to their base. Though that will probably join up with Daryl’s storyline, since he’s already there. But first, there’s another storyline we haven’t explored this season: Tara and Heath, who we haven’t seen since the group infiltrated the satellite base and killed everyone there. What have they been doing all this time? Guess we’ll soon find out!
His Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 5: Go Getters
I am so frustrated with The Walking Dead much of the time I feel like. I feel it is because I think the show could be so much better than it is. I really like Maggie’s character most of the time, but right now, I feel like the show is trying to ram down our throats that Maggie is supposed to be a leader. I actually think Maggie could be a good leader of Hilltop/Alexandria, but I feel like the way they forced her scene where she was spouting commands to the Hilltop people was cheesy, and really didn’t prove she is a good leader, but just (slightly) showed that she is a good tactician. I don’t think that ultimately makes her fit for leading a group, it just shows she can lead an army. Now, I assume there will be more instances of leadership down the road, but I hope they don’t feel as strange as this episode’s did.
I appreciate the Carl and Enid scenes, they were a bit strange, but it was nice seeing the teenagers have a few minutes where they can actually be teenagers. But Carl’s plan to sneak into one of Negan’s trucks certainly seems shortsighted. What is his plan when the truck comes to a stop? I guess it’s good news that Jesus has joined him in truck, as at least Jesus is likely able to sneak off and possibly cause a distraction for Carl.
As for Gregory, I have to imagine he is on his way out. He is such a conniving guy, that I have no idea how he became in charge of anything. Negan’s men who come in can basically do what they want, including get walkers to attack them, then come in and play the “hero” part. I get that he is trying to stay alive, but at the same time, doesn’t trying to work with Rick or other surrounding groups make sense? It doesn’t have to be obvious, so Negan finds out, but living under the conditions they are now doesn’t seem doable for the long term.
My last rant about the show is that I really wish the episodes would pick up the pace. I feel like each episode has little going on, and waiting for the next episode feels more like a chore than really being excited about it. But I will end this rant here, and see what happens on tonight’s episode.