[Warning: This story contains spoilers through season seven, episode five of AMC's The Walking Dead.]
If Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) can pull themselves together in the aftermath of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham's (Michael Cudlitz) brutal deaths, then there's hope for the rest of the oppressed men, women and children living under Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) rule.
The latest episode of Walking Dead, called "Go Getters," sees the action shift away from Alexandria, the Sanctuary and the Kingdom to focus on another one of the show's many communities: the Hilltop, one of the most iconic locations from the comic books. Here, Maggie and Sasha nurse their broken hearts and fight for their right to keep moving forward; not an easy task with the cowardly Gregory (Xander Berkeley) in charge.
Here's how the episode played out, in seven key moments:
1. Return to the Hilltop
The episode begins with Maggie waking up, finally conscious for the first time in days. Doctor Carson (R. Keith Harris) assures Maggie that she hasn't lost her baby, and she won't if she takes it easy and stays at the Hilltop. Now that she's back on her feet, Maggie joins Sasha by Glenn and Abraham's burial sites, solidifying their desire to stay at the Hilltop. There's just one problem: Gregory wants them gone. He's furious that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) couldn't handle the Saviors, and he thinks Maggie and Sasha are only going to cause more trouble. Since he's "a good guy," Gregory allows Maggie and Sasha to spend one last night in the community before hitting the road in the morning.
2. Battle at the Hilltop
Night falls, and Sasha and Maggie quickly prove their worth to the Hilltop. Alongside fellow ass-kicker Jesus (Tom Payne), the three seasoned zombie killers join together to battle back a walker assault on the Hilltop. It's an unusually chaotic scene: An armored car sits in the center of the compound blasting music, as the dead pour in through the Hilltop's open gates. But Sasha and Jesus' hand-to-hand combat skills, combined with Maggie using a tractor to crush the armored car, are more than enough to win the day.
3. The New Negan
The next morning, Negan's lieutenant Simon (Steven Ogg) and several Saviors show up at the Hilltop. Simon takes Gregory aside for a very tense conversation. He owns responsibility for the previous night's assault on the Hilltop, which was meant to remind Gregory about the "service" the Saviors provide. Simon identifies himself as Gregory's very own Negan, and Gregory makes tribute to the man by offering him a secret stash of booze - just as it appeared that Gregory was about to surrender Maggie and Sasha instead.
4. The New Rhee
Of course, Gregory wasn't acting out of kindness. He protected Maggie and Sasha out of self-interest, as he would have been the first person Simon killed on learning about the two Alexandrians in the Hilltop's midst. Jesus finally convinces Gregory to let Maggie and Sasha stay at the Hilltop, but it's not all water under the bridge. Maggie punches Gregory across the face, and makes her new name and purpose heard loud and clear: "This is our home now, so you'll learn to start calling me by my name. Not Marsha, not dear, not honey. Maggie - Maggie Rhee." It's a powerful moment for the widowed heroine, someone Jesus later identifies as a person who could one day lead the Hilltop.
5. The New Ford
Like Maggie, Sasha's embodying the spirit of her departed loved one, specifically Abraham's protective and proactive nature. She's not only keeping a watchful eye on Maggie, but also making plans to strike back against Negan: Sasha commands Jesus to follow the Saviors back to their compound, so they can find out how to locate Negan if needed. What's more, Sasha makes Jesus promise to keep the plan between them for now - no Gregory, obviously, but also no Maggie. As if Sasha's new status as a battle commander wasn't already obvious at that point, she's seen later in the episode sharpening a knife and smoking Abraham's last remaining cigar. One look at Sasha in this moment, and it's clear: This is a person who is ready for war.
6. The Road to the Hilltop
Elsewhere in the episode, Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) escape Alexandria and head for the Hilltop. Enid wants to comfort Maggie in her time of need, and Carl wants to take a shot at Negan. One car accident and a rollerskating sojourn later, Carl and Enid reach the Hilltop, but Negan's nowhere in sight - only his men and their trucks. Carl and Enid kiss and part ways, Enid determined to stay with Maggie, and Carl with his one good eye on another plan.
7. The Road Ahead
The episode ends with two different characters on a collision course with Negan: Jesus and Carl. As promised, Jesus heads out of the Hilltop and hops in the back of a Savior truck headed for Negan's compound. He's not the only one there, either. Carl pokes his head out from the back of the truck, clearly with the same goal as Jesus in mind. Wait until Rick hears about this one …
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