The walking dead negan sneak peek for season 11 episode 14


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Last year, AMC’s The Walking Dead sparked an outrage. The gory season 7 premiere threw away beloved characters in the name of archvillain Negan, & audiences followed suit: by the time the midseason finale rolled around, ratings had dropped 40 percent.

Now the show has returned for the second half of the season. It’s an opportunity to chart a new course, lớn correct the mistakes it’s made, and convince viewers that the story of Richồng Grimes is still worth following. The only question is whether the series can pull it off.

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Welcome lớn The Walking Dead Redemption Club.

Nick Statt: If last week’s episode was any indication, The Waking Dead is now going lớn reel in all of the various storylines it cast out in the first half of the season khổng lồ prepare for the finale. We know Tara is likely going lớn bring Riông xã to lớn Oceanside to shore up some more tư vấn for the rebellion against the Saviors, và that will likely take up a whole episode between now & the season finale on April 2nd. Tonight it looks like we’re finally returning lớn the Hilltop with Maggie, Sasha, and Daryl, with Rosita’s Negan assassination plot hanging over the whole affair.

It shouldn’t be surprising at this point that the show’s formula is a slow, season-long build-up toward a big, bloody showdown. Way back in seasons 3 and 4, it did the very same thing, with its eventual confrontations with the Governor. What’s more telling khổng lồ me is that viewers have sầu this all pretty figured out. The show hit 2012 viewership levels with “Say Yes” two weeks ago, & last week’s excursion at the Kingdom saw the show’s first rise in ratings since the baông chồng half of the season started in February. It wasn’t by much, but it tells me that viewers would much rather watch The Walking Dead when it’s nearing a beginning or an kết thúc, instead of all the filler we get in between. I’m just hoping the show has learned from its cliffhanger mistakes.

Bryan Bishop: I know we were pretty split on aspects of last week’s episode, but I think we’ll always agree that The Walking Dead works best when there’s some urgency behind the whole thing. The show’s been derided as The Talking Dead since… well, honestly, since the first season, but that just underscores the fact that the show has a whole lot of potential upside in these last few episodes.

What’s going khổng lồ happen with Rosita and Sasha? Is Euren an ingenious schemer, or a cowardly turncoat? Does Negan have even more dad jokes he’s ready lớn unleash before killing somebody toàn thân off? Let’s get past this preamble và move on to the show itself!

Pholớn by Gene Page / AMC


Bryan: I don’t think I realized just how much I missed Lauren Cohan as Maggie in this show until the opening shot of last night’s episode. She walks inkhổng lồ focus, taking up the frame, as the show not-so-subtly reminds viewers that Yes, Maggie is alive, và Yes, Maggie is a character you love, và Yes, we’re finally going lớn give sầu Maggie something lớn do. Sorry it took so long.

The opening montage then goes on to show what a difference she’s making. She may be carrying Glenn’s healthy và happy baby, but that doesn’t stop her from teaching Enid & the people of the Hilltop how khổng lồ throw knives, or working so hard planning that she falls asleep at the kitchen table. More importantly, it doesn’t stop her from trying khổng lồ reach out khổng lồ Daryl — who can’t bring himself to lớn say two words lớn her, even though that makes Maggie wipe away tears as she quietly walks away.

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It’s all just setting the stage for what’s khổng lồ come in the episode, but it’s also a reminder — just like Daryl’s interactions with Carol last week — that Negan’s murder of Glenn và Abrasay mê brought incredible emotional consequences with it, & it’s something the show has yet to fully grtáo Apple with. I don’t know how soon it will get down to dealing with that aspect of things, but I’m always enamored by The Walking Dead when its characters act lượt thích actual human beings with complicated, fragile feelings rather than plot devices.

Pholớn by Gene Page / AMC


Nick: It wouldn’t be an episode phối at the Hilltop without a requisite visit from the Saviors, as the only depth to Gregory is his all-too-cozy relationship with Negan. Of course, this also means Maggie and Daryl have sầu to go into hiding, & Sasha và Rosita have khổng lồ move quickly to put their plan inlớn action. More than anything, however, this turn of events provides the episode a chance lớn bring bachồng Sitháng, played by the excellent Stephen Ogg. Between his witty one-liners và his menacing unpredictability, every scene with Simon is fun lớn watch, mostly because he knows exactly how to lớn torment Gregory.

It’s a rare treat to get great acting on The Walking Dead. Now, I have sầu nothing against Andrew Lincoln or Norman Reedus, who play Riông chồng & Daryl with enough dynamism to lớn pass muster in most situations. And Melissa McBride as Carol is always excellent. But there are few moments where I notice the acting above all else, enough for it khổng lồ steal my attention away from everything else in a scene. Yet Ogg does truly stvà a world apart whenever he gets screen time, if only because he doesn’t feel lượt thích a cardboard cutout of a comic book character, but an actual human being with a dark sense of humor, twisted motives, và — apparently — an ever-changing affinity for stiff drinks.


Bryan: As it turns out, Simon’s there khổng lồ steal the Hilltop’s doctor, Harlan — who, by the way, has been seeing Maggie through her pregnancy — because Negan accidentally threw his last doctor inlớn an oven. Making matters even more awkward is that the dead doctor was Doc Hilltop’s brother. But Simon tries to lớn skate right past that issue by telling Harlan that Negan’s got ice cream. (To be fair, in the post-apocalypse ice cream would probably be a pretty big deal.)

Gregory realizes that losing his one and only doctor is going khổng lồ make his people pretty fed up, và it’s not like his leadership abilities have sầu ever been beloved in the first place. So he takes Sitháng aside và tries lớn màn chơi with hlặng, but of course Simon doesn’t care. Instead, he tells Gregory lớn just come see hyên personally if he ever has issues of that sort. And khổng lồ ensure Gregory is able to lớn come visit? He’s going khổng lồ make sure that the guards at the Saviors’ compound know lớn let Gregory in automatically, no questions asked.

Now, I don’t want khổng lồ get too tinfoil hat here, but it just seems awfully convenient that Simon would phối up such a deal, particularly when everybody watching the show is expecting some sort of showdown between Team Riông chồng and the Saviors. Is Simon setting Gregory up for a scenario in which he’ll be immediately killed by the Saviors if he comes to complain? Is it a plot device that Team Riông chồng will use to lớn infiltrate Saviors HQ? Who knows, but this odd bit of side business is clearly going to pay off in some fashion. The only question is how — và when.

Pholớn by Gene Page / AMC


Nick: While Gregory is off losing his doctor to lớn Simon & the Saviors, Daryl and Maggie are hiding in an underground food storage locker, having run of out of time khổng lồ make it to lớn the same secret passageway Sasha và Rosita used lớn escape. One of Simon’s henchmen has a very tense exchange with Enid, who tries and fails to lớn prsự kiện hlặng from searching the room, and the subsequent scene involves Daryl coming all but five sầu feet away from murdering the man và sealing their fates. Because not even Gregory seems lớn have sầu enough hard liquor lớn bribe his way out of a dead Savior on the premises.

Luckily, Maggie stops Daryl at the last second, & it turns out her guess was correct: the Savior was just looking for some extra grub to lớn help himself to. This provides The Walking Dead a moment to lớn bring Daryl và Maggie together on camera for what feels lượt thích the first time since the season premiere, when Daryl’s senseless act of defiance seemingly prompted Negan to lớn pick Glenn at random for his second Lucille kill. What ensues is actually a touching và grave exchange, where Daryl apologizes for what’s been tormenting hyên ổn since the moment he was hauled away by the Saviors in episode one. Maggie, it seems, has long since come khổng lồ peace with what transpired, & the two settle perhaps the show’s most understated but pivotal character conflict.

Pholớn by Gene Page / AMC


Nick: Instead of sending Rosita and Sasha offscreen to lớn await another episode, The Walking Dead decides it’s going khổng lồ resolve sầu their Negan assassination side plot here and now. So we get a short excursion to find a car that can be hot-wired & then we’re off to the vantage point for Sasha lớn pull the trigger. All the while, Rosita emanates unneeded hostility và continues lớn talk of the plan as if it’s a suicide mission, despite the situation being predicated on her finding a xạ thủ rifle for Sasha to… snipe Negan from a distance. But alas, there’s a purpose to all this: while they wait for the villain khổng lồ show himself, the two swap stories & discover some common ground, presumably because they both seem ready and willing to die if they have to.

I’ve never quite bought the beef between Sasha and Rosita. While the unspoken tension between Daryl và Maggie has felt real và powerful, Rosita"s animosity toward Sasha over whole Abrađê mê love sầu triangle feels lượt thích a secondary plot device that matters only khổng lồ these secondary characters. So seeing the two of them biến hóa here felt a bit too mechanical, as if the plot required there khổng lồ be some conflict khổng lồ fill the screen time between when they debark Alexandria and when Sasha looks down the scope. Of course, it’d be all too easy if Sasha could kill Negan with one clean shot. So after missing a brief window lớn take a shot, the duo decide to lớn wait until nightfall to get inside.

Photo by Gene Page / AMC


Bryan: A few weeks ago, when Euren decided lớn join forces with Negan, I wondered if the show was setting up a clever fake-out: if Eugen was actually playing along, scared as he may be, so he could actually undermine Negan when the time came. So I guess I would say I was throwing-things-at-the-TV mad when Rosita and Sasha scrap their Negan murder operation in order lớn break Eugene out — & the guy actually cowers & runs baông xã inside away from them instead.

Look, I get that Euren is an oddball and a coward, but if he’s going to lớn be this obnoxious, I really wish sometoàn thân would just go all Lucille on hyên ổn. He’s not a character that’s so weird that he’s adorable, & he’s not somebody toàn thân I love sầu lớn hate either. He’s just endlessly annoying — but he did get a reaction out of me, so I guess the scene served its purpose in that regard.

But after Sasha and Rosita made peace, there had khổng lồ be some sort of tragic turn. In this case, it’s Sasha heading inlớn the Saviors’ compound solo, ready to lớn die in a bLaser of glory, and preventing Rosita from following her. Frustrated and mad, Rosita runs… and runs… & runs… until she sees a silhouette in the dark. It’s Daryl. And that’s when we realize things are about to get very, very real.

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Photo by Gene Page / AMC


Bryan: This won’t go down in my danh mục of favorite Walking Dead episodes, and it’s not one of my most-hated, either. It’s a water-treading episode, but it’s bolstered by the interplay between Daryl & Maggie and the interactions between Sasha và Rosita (even though I agree with you, Niông chồng, that the latter interactions come across as quite clunky).

It’s funny, but after watching this episode I just kept thinking about how many strong characters and dynamics exist in this show, but have just been ignored for one reason or another. There’s a roadmaps for The Walking Dead in the comics, & it’s a tried-and-true path. But just imagine if the show had the freedom khổng lồ really go off-script, và instead of playing lớn the comic, it could play to what actually worked best for its story?

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