Episode 15, Season 7- "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"
To the surprise of maybe 3 people, Sasha dies! But the writers decided to hit the audience over the head with EMOTIONAL OVERTURES, so we got flashbacks of her with Abraham. No real need, because I think Sasha's death (and subsequent re-animation) was well done, without the flashbacks. Maybe have them in there, but not so heavy on the lovey/dovey stuff. Really tough sell to think of them as some pure and loving romance.
Other than that, things played out as expected. I didn't suspect the Scavengers' turn until they showed up at Alexandria. I thought: "aren't they a little suspicious that these people are so eager to carry guns?" All the recaps I've read of the season have tried to be cute and mention them as "the Garbage Pail Kids" or "Landfill Heapers" (and I've called them similar thing), so when they were finally named as "Scavengers", this episode, I saw that--yup-- there were comic book parallels. So while I'm sure comic book fans expected this, I really didn't.
MVP of the final fight was King Ezekiel's tiger, Shiva. My initial thought was: "why did they recruit all these other groups?! They should've gone to the zoo!" Sure, it's ridiculous to think of a series about frickin' zombies as "realistic", but I had a hard time stomaching that Negan escaped from Walker Sasha AND a surprise tiger attack. Although I about pee'd myself when I saw Shiva gnawing on somebody. Wait, so somebody pried Shiva off of Negan and he got away unscratched?! He didn't even get the obligatory action movie "cut on the forehead" that Bruce Willis made popular.
So, your Negan scorecard is:
-Escaped a bullet at point blank (from Rosita)
-Wasn't sniper'd by Sasha because Eugene happened to be in front of him
-Escaped a walker attack at point blank (although this one I can give 'em, considering how it's happened to countless characters on the show, and they've survived)
-Escaped a FRICKIN' TIGER ATTACK.
-Escaped a hail of bullets from about 25 people (and able to give everyone the finger), simply because he got into an army truck.
Guy is incredibly lucky. While he still sucks, there is some hope. With two surprise attacks in about 10 minutes, I'm hoping this will cause him to stop galavanting, posturing and acting out all the time.
Was wondering how the Kingdom and Hilltop folk got into Alexandria. I'm guessing since they had Maggie, Morgan, Jesus, Ynid and Carol with them, they knew of some "back door". Or else they simply climbed over the (back) walls like the Scavengers did.
Dwight's turn was... confusing, I guess. I think he did cut down the trees like he mentioned, but when he ran in the Saviors, he caved in, out of self-preservation, and re-joined them. Why else would he cut down the trees? It's not like Rick and Crew were watching him. It all happened off-screen, so who knows? Daryl found a carved soldier (one of Dwight's quirks) after the fight that said "Didn't Know". What he didn't know, exactly, remains to be seen. Another shitty character who will not make it out of next season.
So next season is the long-awaited "All Out War". I'm okay with that, since all the previous big battles and conflicts have been settled in one or two episodes (Governor had two rounds, but each big battle was over-and-done in one episode). Terminus was defeated and destroyed in one episode. The Wolves in two. You get the idea.
Oh, and aside from 5 seconds of Walker Sasha, there were NO ZOMBIES in this episode. Loved that. I expect next season to be light on the zombies, too. Sure, there will always be some (like Eugene's molten metal walker defense system at the Sanctuary), but I'm expecting mostly post-apocalyptic survivor fightin'. This finale gave us a taste and next season will be a full course. Hopefully. In reality, they'll probably waste 4-5 episodes on Ynid flashbacks or some other bullshit.