With the mid-season finale approaching this Sunday, December 11, 2016, there is no shortage of rumors when it comes to The Walking Dead spoilers. The episode is titled, “Hearts Still Beating,” and the synopsis reads the following.
“Negan’s unwelcome visit to Alexandria continues as other members scavenge for supplies; things quickly spin out of control.”
Let’s be frank here. This article isn’t about a rumor. This is an honest spoiler about not just one, but two major characters that shuffle off this mortal coil this week. So, if you don’t like spoilers, stop reading now. You’ve been warned. This episode contains spoilers from both Episode 7 and Episode 8 of Season 7 of The Walking Dead.
Last episode saw someone slip a motorcycle key and a matchstick underneath Daryl’s prison door and then loudly walk away. This week, we see what happens. Of course, Daryl makes it out of the cell and follows a trail of matchsticks to the exit. Outside, our troubled compatriot comes across Fat Joey standing guard, and well, let’s just say that Fat Joey is about to become really skinny. After all, decomposition does that to you. Yes. The first victim is none other than poor Fat Joey, may he rest in peace. No longer doomed to be the butt of jokes and take crap from Negan. In case you’re wondering, yes, Daryl really does escape. He meets Jesus, who is hotwiring a bike to get out of Savior territory and the both of them scoot out the gate that Fat Joey was guarding.
In tradition with other episodes of The Walking Dead, there’s never just one person who dies in a finale. That holds true with this episode as well. Someone else gets to meet their maker as the victim of another survivor’s actions. Remember when Rosita asked Eugene to make that bullet? She wanted it to kill Negan and was willing to pay the price it would incur to shoot him.
But, Eugene warned her.
“I’ve analyzed this top to bottom. It doesn’t matter if you’re stealthy, snipey, gun, or knifey. Abraham was right. They have the numbers. It’s ballgame unless we put together a finishing move for a force of many along with the man in charge. A single bullet ain’t gonna do it. Best case, maybe you take him out…Somebody has to pay the price. Even if you’re willing, from all we’ve seen, it’s not a lock you’ll be the one.”
It turns out that Eugene is right. Things play out in a similar manner to what happens in the comics, but like they do so often, the television series puts their own spin on things. Rosita botches her chance to kill Negan, shooting a chunk out of Lucille instead. Of course, Negan doesn’t take kindly to this, to put it lightly. You can imagine the reaction. He tells Arat to kill someone. Arat, probably upset that she got off lightly in “Service” (S07E04), shoots Olivia in the face. So, that’s another person to die in our mid-season finale.
Eugene is also more right about others paying the price than even he could have known. Of course, Negan wants to know where they got the bullet. After Negan issues some more angry threats and snarling, Eugene admits to making the bullet. Negan is impressed with Eugene’s ability and decides that he’s better off working for him. So, back to the Savior’s base goes Eugene. Thanks a lot, Rosita.
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