‘The Walking Dead’ S7E7, E8 and What’s Up Ahead

I barely had time to watch anything over the busy month of December, let alone write anything, so now I finally have time to say something about the conclusion to the first half of The Walking Dead season 7. I know I’m super late to the mid-season finale discussion party, so I’ll be brief on mulling over the last episodes and instead look forward to what’s to come in the next half of season 7 in February.

Fast Forwarding Through ‘Sing Me A Song’

Badass Negan Carl 'The Walking Dead' S7E7, E8 and What's Up Ahead

The penultimate episode to the mid-season finale showed Carl steal into the Saviours’ home and learn more about Negan’s twisted behaviour. We had irons on faces, multiple wives, glimpses of Daryl and sobbing through ‘You Are My Sunshine’. A beautiful rendition by Chandler Riggs, but I think ‘We On Easy Street’ still tops this season’s soundtrack list. The episode showed us how Negan has built his empire, and ultimately how hard it will be to topple. The episode concluded with Negan sat waiting for Rick in Alexandria bouncing baby Judith on his lap.

Tense Times Through ‘Hearts Still Beating’

Spencer Monroe Negan 'The Walking Dead' S7E7, E8 and What's Up Ahead

The mid-season finale did deliver on some tense scenes, alongside some more gruesome deaths of ‘fringe’ characters. Spencer Monroe didn’t have enough ‘guts’ to take on Rick for leadership, and Negan’s disapproval of Spencer’s sly behaviour meant blood was spilt. Rosita and Eugene’s bullet made an unsurprising appearance, yet plunged itself into the side of Lucille rather than its intended target. This led to the death of poor Olivia who got shot in the head. RIP. It was quite an entertaining scene, yet one tainted with inevitability as Negan clearly isn’t going anywhere yet.

The Gang’s Finally Back Together

Rick Daryl 'The Walking Dead' S7E7, E8 and What's Up Ahead

A twee and cheesy ending showed the team reunite with Maggie, Sasha and Enid at the Hilltop Colony. Jesus and Daryl made a bloody escape from the Saviours camp whilst Rick, Michonne, Carl, Rosita and Tara are finally banding together to try and sort Negan out. It was a nice reunion between Daryl and Rick, yet the whole scene was a bit over the top, to be honest. There’s no reappearance of Carol and Morgan yet, but it won’t be long before they are dragged back into the action, and maybe they’ll get their own montage hugging reunion scene too!

What’s Going To Happen Next?

Abraham Negan 'The Walking Dead' S7E7, E8 and What's Up Ahead

A few snap-predictions about what we can expect to see in the next half of The Walking Dead season 7:

  • Community Uprising – It feels inevitable right now that Alexandria, Hilltop, Oceanside and the Kingdom will band together against Negan, whether this will be done and dusted in another 8 episodes time is another question entirely. Alexandria and Hilltop’s collaboration seems already done and dusted but the other pair might need more persuading. Tara’s promise to Oceanside will soon be broken, and Rick will have the weapons he needs.
  • Negan Will Be Safe and Sound – I don’t think Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s menacing role is going to be gotten rid of anytime soon. We may see a few assassination attempts but if any of the villains are going to die, I think Simon and Dwight will be taken down a season or two before Negan does.
  • The Guy Who Owns The Boat – As Aaron and Rick flee from the ‘abandoned’ boat we see a foot stomp onto the ground. The character is completely unidentifiable but will surely mean more trouble for the Alexandrian community.
  • More and More Deaths – There’s gonna be a few more big ones to come I reckon, especially if Negan sniffs out any sense of a plot against him. I predict that Gregory and Sasha are on their way out, and Negan will take one more of Rick’s right-hand men, and I’m undecided whether that’ll be Daryl, Carl or Michonne.

That’ll be all now until February! This start of the season has definitely been a bit hit and miss in terms of pacing but The Walking Dead is becoming the type of show where you simply have to keep watching. It may not be the pinnacle of writing or TV brilliance, but it’s certainly a show where I’m more than happy to be in it for the long run.

What did you think of the first half of The Walking Dead season 7? Was the mid-season finale up to standard? What is to come for our favourite characters in the next episodes? Let me know in the comments below!

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