The Walking Dead Episode 705 Recap: Go Getters
Rick and Aaron are going out on a supply run so that when the Saviors return, they will have something to give them. Carl is staying behind to care for Judith, but really, he is mad that they are living for the Saviors now. Michonne also decides to stay. Rick tentatively goes to give her a kiss on the cheek, and is surprised when she pulls him into a full, passionate kiss. When Carl asks why she didn’t go, Michonne simply says she needs to figure some things out, namely how they can continue to coexist with the Saviors. Carl believes they can’t. Michonne leaves the house, and Carl spots something through the window. Enid is trying to escape. Again. She has to see Maggie and insists she will be fine walking to the Hilltop alone. Carl is not saving her anymore, which is what Enid thinks Carl thought he was doing when he locked her in the armory last season. She is sorry he had to see “it” (Abraham and Glenn murdered), but Carl isn’t.
Enid heads off to the Hilltop on a bicycle. She stops to rest and is set upon by a couple of zombies. A car comes out of nowhere and runs over a zombie about to attack her. The zombie isn’t quite dead, so the car backs up over it. Carl is behind the wheel – he “felt like a drive.” The pair continue to the Hilltop together, on foot. Carl explains that the reason he watched his friends die was so that he could remember what happened to them. He doesn’t want to chicken out when he has a chance to kill Negan. Enid didn’t need to see it happen to know that she would do it, too.
The kids get a chance to be kids for a moment when Carl finds a couple pairs of roller skates in a bag on the side of the road. They are terrible skaters, but they are having fun and even hold hands. The couple’s skate ends when they arrive at the Hilltop, and see the Saviors’ trucks parked outside. They watch from the woods, and Carl doesn’t think that Negan is there. That is when Enid realizes Carl wasn’t coming to save her; he was looking for Negan. He can’t let him get away with what he has done. Enid points out that if Carl killed Negan, he would be doing it for himself, not for Abraham or Glenn or Maggie. Carl doesn’t care, and the two kiss tenderly. She tries one more time: “You shouldn’t go, but I can’t stop you.” The pair split up.
At the Hilltop, Maggie wakes in Dr. Carson’s care. The placenta separated from the uterus, but it was a minor separation. The baby is fine. He suggests Maggie stay at the Hilltop through the rest of her pregnancy, just in case there are any more complications. She will think about it. After the doctor releases her, Maggie meets up with Sasha, who takes her to Glenn and Abraham’s graves. Sasha gives Maggie Glenn’s pocket watch, which she found in his pocket. All she found on Abraham was a cigar. Maggie leaves the watch on Glenn’s grave, as a marker, and tells Sasha that the doctor suggested she stay there. If Maggie is staying, then so is Sasha. Jesus stops by to leave flowers on the graves.
Gregory shows up at the grave site and is all sorts of pissed. He accuses Maggie and her group of not “getting them all,” and tells her that Dr. Carson is not authorized to allow Maggie to stay. He wants her gone, at once. Sasha can stay, mostly because Gregory doesn’t realize that Sasha wasn’t already a resident at the Hilltop. His next point of contention is the graves. They burn the dead here. He moves back to the Saviors, and how he worries that they will know the Hilltop and Alexandria are colluding. He wants to have “plausible deniability.” But because Gregory is a “good guy,” he will let the girls stay the night – then they go. Sasha tells him about Maggie’s pregnancy, hoping to get into Gregory’s “good graces.” All he has to say is “that’s her mistake.”
Jesus is glad that Sasha is there. She offers to leave, to scavenge to pay Maggie’s way, anything. It is not Jesus’s call, but he promises to “see what he can do.” He gives Sasha a gift: Abraham’s dog tags. Maggie comes in and asks why they burn the dead. “The idea was just to keep going,” Jesus reflects. He leaves the girls for the evening, and Sasha suggests the two of them just stay. After all, what is Gregory going to do about it? Maggie suggests they take the night to think the arrangement through.
In the middle of the night, Maggie and Sasha are awoken when there is a deep grinding sound. They look outside to see the gates open, bonfires lit, and music pumping from a car’s audio system. Zombies are pouring into the compound. Sasha insists Maggie stays put while she rushes out to save the town. Maggie can’t stay put and climbs onto the roof of their trailer and yells to Jesus to help Sasha. He jumps into the fray without a moment’s hesitation. Maggie yells at a couple other guys to help. No one else in town shows up, especially not Gregory, who watches from his bedroom window.
Sasha’s first priority is to shut off the music. It is coming from a car that has been welded shut. Adding insult to injury is a middle finger welded over the lock. She struggles to crack it open, with no luck. Suddenly Maggie shows up, riding an enormous tractor. Jesus insists Sasha just relax and let Maggie do her thing. She joins Jesus in fighting the walkers while Maggie steamrolls a few zombies, then crushes the car into silence.
The next morning, Jesus stands up to Gregory. He’s not turning Sasha and Maggie away. Sasha offers to go if he lets Maggie stay. Gregory says no. Sasha wants to work something out, which Gregory suggests would have to be handled “one on one.” Maggie is offended by the innuendo, but they are interrupted by a caravan of Savior trucks arriving at the Hilltop. Gregory, in a panic, tells Jesus to hide the girls in the closet, and maybe they will “get out of this alive.”
Gregory lets two dozen or so Saviors, led by Simon, into his house. Simon and Gregory adjourn to the study to chat. Gregory insists they received the message the Saviors left last night. He figured they were showing the Hilltop who is boss. “People probably forget what the corpses looked like, smelled like,” Simon says with a laugh. In an attempt to buy favor, Gregory points out that his group was only using skills they picked up from the Saviors, so “you still saved us.” Simon senses that Gregory is hiding something. The two men leave the study and Gregory leads him to a closet door. He catches Jesus’ eye before opening the door, revealing that Gregory has been hiding… scotch. That is all that is in the closet. Simon is a gin man himself, but he knows Negan will be happy and directs the scotch go directly to him. He appreciates Gregory’s “honesty” and promises he won’t forget it. He and the Saviors are still going to take half the Hilltop’s stuff, though. Before they leave, Simon makes Gregory kneel before him.
With the Saviors cleaning out the rest of the compound, Gregory goes upstairs, furious with Jesus. He told him to put the girls in the hall closet. “No, you said ‘the closet,'” Jesus points out. Maggie and Sasha are standing right there, and he tries to play it off, like he was just trying to protect them, but it is pretty obvious: he was trying to sell them out. Jesus lays down the law: Maggie is staying, Sasha is staying, he is staying. Jesus will essentially run the Hilltop in a puppet regime, or else he will tell the Saviors about Gregory’s deal with Alexandria. Gregory accepts this begrudgingly, then goes to Maggie, insisting the Saviors can be reasonable. Maggie punches him when he approaches and pulls her watch from his pocket. Gregory attempts to give excuses, but Maggie interrupts him. “This is our home, and you will learn to call me by my name. Not Mary, not honey, but Maggie. Maggie Rhee.”
Jesus later explains to Sasha that Gregory was already in charge of the Hilltop by the time he showed up. He thought it was for a reason and could never imagine anyone else in the role. “Now I can,” he says, promising to talk with Sasha about it later. He apologizes for not standing up to Gregory sooner. They watch the Saviors leave, and Maggie heads back to their trailer to rest. Sasha asks Jesus if he wants to make it up to them: find out where Negan lives, and keep it between the two of them. Jesus agrees, but doesn’t like keeping secrets.
Maggie doesn’t go straight to the trailer; she goes to visit Glenn’s grave, where she finds Enid grieving. Maggie is surprised but pleased to see her. Enid makes Maggie some dinner, and Sasha is similarly surprised to see the teenager there. Maggie was going to use her father’s watch to mark Glenn’s grave, but instead gives it to Enid. “We don’t need anything to remember them by. We have us.”
The Saviors load up the trucks and roll out. Jesus climbs into the truck headed directly to Negan. A noise from the back of the truck makes him freeze. Carl appears. He had the same idea Jesus did.
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Walking Dead Episode 705 Recap: Go Getters