Spoiler warning for anyone who hasn't yet watched The Walking Dead's latest episode, "Do Not Send Us Astray."
Even though The Walking Dead watered down some of the All Out War's intensity by messing with the timeline, it can't be denied that all the major location battles have provided some big and badass action sequences. The Simon-led Hilltop attack was no different from the more impressive previous efforts, and the additional bonus of walker-stained weapons made these festivities all the more exciting and lethal. And all without the big bad or his baseball bat.
With so many major moments spread across "Do Not Send Us Astray," the Walking Dead's future is becoming a little more clear, while still remaining just hazy enough to make us think we're wrong about all of it. So let's take a look at all the biggest ramifications and takeaways from the episode, starting off with the potentially shifting ideals of one Maggie Rhee, The Widow.
Maggie's Quest For Revenge May Be Faltering
While we're not sure what's happening with Negan under Jadis' watchful eye, his survival remains a thorn in Maggie's entire being. Her entire purpose in putting together the Hilltop's defensive ambush was to bring Negan's reign and life to an end, and Maggie revealed several times just how much fire has been burning within her over Glenn's brutal murder, despite her sometimes subdued demeanor. But after reflecting on how many others are dying to quench her thirst for Negan's death -- combined with Savior Alden's assumed rehabilitation, and everyone's insistence that she's a great leader -- Maggie may just come around to Carl's way of viewing the future, even if hers isn't so rose-tinted. We just hope Lauren Cohan is around to keep the story going, whether Maggie spares Negan's life or not.
Negan's Deadly Plan Is A Proven Success
When Negan introduced his plan to slap walker goop on whatever the Saviors would be aiming at Rick's crew (a strategy first seen in the comics), it made us think back to that last moment from the midseason premiere, even though it wasn't clear if Negan's idea would actually work or not. But the tactic worked extremely well in this episode -- almost too well, really -- and it could easily change the nature of how weapons are used within The Walking Dead. After all, it wasn't bullets that the Saviors first started firing into the Hilltop, but arrows, which could lessen the need for firearm ammunition. And just think of how it could be utilized both large scale, through explosives, and small scale, through needles in pay phone change slots. Scratch that last one.