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Season 7 of The Walking Dead has been a pretty crazy one. After months of excruciating anticipation regarding Negan's victim, the season opened with one of the most horrifying episodes in The Walking Dead's long tenure. But Season 7 has since come to a rather screeching halt, going back to the formula of focusing on just a few characters per episode. Two episodes ago largely focused on The Hilltop, and the final moments saw both Jesus (at Sasha's behest) and Carl in the backseat of The Savior truck, heading to The Sanctuary. While many fan were excited about this unlikely alliance, it appears we shouldn't be too excited.

Because last week's The Talking Dead already spoiled a bit of that plot. In the sneak preview aired for this Sunday's episode, we see Jesus jump out of the truck without Carl, revealing that the two characters wouldn't be working together. Actor Tom Payne, who plays Jesus, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how the plot point will be played out, saying:

There was a sneak preview on Talking Dead the other night where you see him jumping out of the back of the truck, so I guess you can figure out that him and Carl don't arrive at the same time at the Sanctuary... So that will play out in the coming weeks, and the different ways that Jesus and Carl approach the Sanctuary is going to play out.

There we go, Walking Dead heads. Although Jesus and Carl will both be invading the Savior complex, it appears they'll be using rather different approaches. This makes me fear for Carl, because Jesus has his act together and is sneaky AF.

Carl and Jesus are each headed to The Sanctuary for very different reasons. Jesus is merely sneaking around to gather intel; he wants the location of the base, information about how well they're protected, as well as how many troops Negan actually has control of. Then there's Carl, who is decidedly less pragmatic about the whole situation. Carl is just seeing red, and wants to get revenge on Negan and his men in any way possible. He saw two family members killed by the group, and Negan was particularly threatening toward Carl- including his fake amputation.

Obviously Carl is likely to be caught during this week's episode of The Walking Dead. And with Negan's strange fascination with the Grimes boy, it should be interesting to see how the two characters interact. Negan has a habit of taking people under his wing (and thumb), which may just be his next move. He's looking forward to Carl becoming a "serial killer", and will likely want to toy with both Daryl and Carl while they're under his control. Will Carl's safety be the final straw for Daryl to break? We'll just have to wait and see.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.

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