This recap contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7, episode 14, titled “The Other Side.”
War is coming to The Walking Dead, and with only two episodes remaining in Season 7, things are escalating quickly in last week’s episode, Morgan took a life and Carol finally got back in the game, so you know that shit is getting real.
Episode 714 was mostly about setting the table for the chaos to come in the final two installments, but “The Other Side” did give us some pivotal character moments between the Saviors’ showboating and Gregory’s latest act of cowardice.
“You’re one of the good things in this world.”
Ever since his act of rebellion against Negan resulted in Glenn getting his head bashed in, Daryl has understandably been wracked with guilt to the point where he can’t even look Maggie in the eye.
This week, while trapped in a cellar and hiding from the Saviors, Maggie finally had the chance to confront Daryl about it, which resulted in one of the most heartbreaking moments of the season.
After telling him that it wasn’t his fault (and Daryl tearfully disagreeing), Maggie gave Daryl the absolution he’s been craving even if it’s clear that he still doesn’t quite believe it.
“Youre one of the good things in this world,” she insisted. “Thats what Glenn thought, and he would know, because he was one of the good things too.”
There’s no arguing with that.
Sasha and Rosita bury the hatchet
Abraham may have been the master of one-liners, but he did Rosita and Sasha a great disservice when he dumped the former after becoming fixated on the latter. After his death, the two were bonded by grief, but that shared loss clearly wasn’t enough to help Rosita overcome her resentment towards Sasha something she continued to struggle with throughout episode 714.
This week, both women embarked on a suicide mission to try and take down Negan, and in the process, were forced to actually spend time with each other. Rosita has been a painfully underdeveloped character for several seasons now; she tends to serve a narrative Swiss Army knife who somehow always possesses a useful skill (like defusing bombs) whenever the show calls for it, so it was amusing to see writer Angela Kang give a nod to that conceit in this week’s episode, with Sasha pointing out that Rosita always seems to know what to do in any given situation.
This allowed Rosita to share a little about her backstory and how she came to acquire her Liam Neeson-esque set of skills, as well as opening up to Sasha about her relationship with Abraham. Rosita revealed that while it was easy to blame Sasha, she was really just hurting from the fact that Abraham seemed to find it easier to acclimate to the safety of Alexandria than she did. It was satisfying to see the two women finally moving past the man who divided them and viewing each other as true equals.
Unfortunately, when we get these long overdue character insights late in the game, it usually means that said character is about to come to a grisly end we’re clearly supposed to think that it’ll be Sasha after she went running off into the Sanctuary alone (especially since Sonequa Martin-Green was recently cast as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery) but Rosita seems like an equally good candidate for a tragic demise, especially since she’s never really gelled with the rest of the group the way other underutilized characters like Tara and Aaron have.
Then again, the man she encounters in the shadows at the end of the episode is probably Dwight, who is undergoing his own evolution and seems primed to betray Negan, so maybe the two of them will form a badass zombie-fighting duo next season.
Eugene shows his true colors
Sasha and Rosita’s stealth infiltration of the Saviors’ compound also revealed just how far down the rabbit hole Eugene has fallen after witnessing him barking orders like Negan 2.0, the two gave him the option to escape with them, but the good doctor declined, choosing to stay in the sanctuary (ha ha) of Negan’s organization rather than go back to what he clearly considers the weaker side.
Here’s hoping he gets his comeuppance for his cowardice before the season is out.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.