Let's Talk The Walking Dead Season Premiere and the War to Come

Image: Gene Page/AMC.
Image: Gene Page/AMC.

War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count—wait a minute. Wrong war. Instead, after two full seasons of build-up, Rick and Negan have finally begun their long-awaited match-up, and tonight, the first battle was fought.

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It’s clear that Rick won tonight’s battle, but those shots of him crying over two fresh graves imply it will end up a pyrrhic victory at best. I’ll talk more about it in my recap tomorrow morning, but I think I liked this—it definitely took its time, but I didn’t feel like it was killing time to pad out the episode, which is a marked improvement. Give your thoughts and theories in the comments—especially regarding Old Man Rick—but also including how screwed you think Gabriel is. My guess: Very!

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Why didn’t someone with a rifle just shoot Negan in the goddamn face while he and Rick were having their weird dick measuring conversation?

or why didn’t they just ambush the Saviors compound with the walker horde without having a conversation first?

why is Gabriel an idiot?