What a crazy weekend, am I right? The NCAA tournament was pretty much chalk, especially in UK’s bracket. And then Sunday happened. Holy Gamecocks Batman! Did not see that coming. Also didn’t see Drew being a guest on Inside Edition or being mentioned in People magazine. It’s nuts Matt said to him earlier “let’s not make KSR the story”, and then of course became the story. Call it the KSR curse or whatever it is, there wasn’t a lot of fun until Sunday and most of Monday. Now why am I writing about something you’ve already read and heard about ad nauseam? Well…
Welcome to the episode I was dreading. I was looking forward to the Rosita and Sasha buddy cop road trip as much as I was having my gallbladder removed (which didn’t end well). When two of my least favorite characters take up almost half the screen time, it’s hard to watch. Plus there is basketball going on so the temptation to flip over was strong. But my will power was strong and I fought through it. There were some tidbits throughout “The Other Side” that made it tolerable, so let’s talk about who we need to talk about. I’ll save worst for last.
This may have been Xander Berkeley’s best work so far. This episode shows more range to the character since he was introduced. He was given every opportunity to rat out Maggie, Sasha, and Daryl. But some reason he didn’t and I’m not sure why. He sees that his people are taking to Maggie as their true leader and all he worries about is where he’ll get his next drink. He also protested the loss of Dr. Carson, even if it was feebly. I’m not sure what angle they’re playing with here, but Gregory is still a threat to the good guys going forward.
Is it wrong I love this Savior so much? If loving him is wrong I don’t want to be right. His facial expressions and then explication of his facial expressions was golden. Taking away the Hilltop’s doctor sucked, but he did it with wit and a smile. His conversation with Gregory behind the trailer was tense and not tense at the same time. If Simon wasn’t so devoted to Negan he could easily be my favorite character on the show, but since he’s doing the devil’s work he has to take a backseat for now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not rooting for the bad guys to win, but I am rooting for Simon to get more screen time.
Maggie and Daryl
I’ve been waiting for this moment ever since Glenn was killed. We all knew Daryl blames himself for Glenn’s death, but haven’t seen how deeply it cuts him. After Maggie stops him from killing the Savior in the cellar, the conversation finally takes place. When Maggie makes Daryl look at her the tears start flowing down his face and he admits it is his fault for Glenn dying. Maggie won’t hear it, telling him it’s not, and Glenn wouldn’t want him to blame himself. For a moment that could’ve been played many different ways, this was done wonderfully. Strong work by Norman Reedus here. Maybe his best scene ever, even better than when he had to put Merle down. Lauren Cohen also did strong work.
Rosita and Sasha
Ugh. Ok let’s hold on and power through this together. While still working on their plan to take out Negan, the Saviors show up at Hilltop which forces them to flee and begin ahead of Rick’s schedule. The road trip was a quiet affair with little talking (thank God for the small things in life). Once they reach the Sanctuary, there is a convenient sniper position across the way. After scoping out the place the girls decide now is a good time to clear the air between them, because where else could they have done this? After the typical bonding takes place, they realize that to take Negan out means they have to go in. After being spurned by Eugene, Sasha makes her way inside the fence and shuts Rosita out. We knew they both had a death wish, so to see it start is a move in the right direction. At least the buddy road trip is over. Maybe Sasha can actually take out Negan?
Some good stuff from Jesus and Eugene as well, just in smaller samples. Enid had a couple of scenes as well, but I’m beginning to love her like I love Carl (which isn’t very much).
I feel like we’re almost about to get some goooooood stuff in these last two episodes of the season. The teaser for next week shows the main gang going to visit the Oceansiders, and I have no idea what’s going to happen. This fringe group has no reference in the comics so anything that comes from them is totally unexpected. Look for our Kentucky Deadcast coming out later this week. Josh and I have our second bracket breakdown of characters. And who knows, we may end up on Inside Edition as well. Until then, ta ta.