‘The Walking Dead’ episode 6 recap: Top 5 moments from ‘Swear’ include Tara’s visit to Oceanside

The latest episode of “The Walking Dead” aimed its focus on Tara (Alanna Masterson), introduced a new group of survivors, and delivered a welcome change of pace and tone. “Swear,” like many bottle episodes before it, successfully provided an intriguing character study surrounded by an air of tension. Let’s take a look at the Top 5 standout moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 6:

Oceanside shootout – Tara washes ashore unconscious and a young woman named Cindy (Sydney Park) keeps her safe and offers food. Tara waits until Cindy leaves to secretly trail her back to her camp. Consisting of a series of cabins along the forested shore, Tara spies on the all-female community and finds exactly what she’s been searching for: an enormous armory and ammo cache. Her position is spotted and Tara runs for her life, bullets whizzing past her head. She overtakes and knocks out a woman, Beatrice (Briana Venskus), before being surrounded at gunpoint.

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Walker avalanche – In a flashback, Tara and Heath (Corey Hawkins) stumble across an outpost built on a bridge during their scavenging mission. As the two explore the deserted camp, Tara spies a large bag lodged in a huge pile of dirt. She yanks it free which causes the dirt pile to collapse and dozens of walkers come cascading down on top of her. They attempt to shoot their way out of the situation but the dead surround Tara. Shockingly, Heath runs in the opposite direction as Tara.

Dinner party – Natania (Deborah May), the leader of Oceanside, invites Tara to dinner. Tara has always been the optimist of “The Walking Dead” and Masterson is able to bring a welcome sense of levity to the scene, especially when she is outed for lying about her past life on a fishing boat. It turns out that all the men in Oceanside were killed by a rival group. Beatrice later reveals that the group was the Saviors.

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“Some people are evil” – Tara’s evolution as a character is highlighted just before Cindy provides her with cover fire to cross the bridge of walkers. “Nobody’s evil,” Cindy claims, “they just decide to forget who they are.” But Tara shakes her head and replies, “Some people are evil, Cindy.” Cindy’s willingness to help others and see the best in them is similar to Tara’s behavior. If it’s possible for Alexandria and Oceanside to work together in the future, these two women will likely unite the communities.

Bobble-head – The episode takes a happy and reflective tone as Tara makes her way back home. On her trip she picks up hot pink sunglasses, a bracelet, and a female doctor bobble-head which obviously reminds her of girlfriend Denise (Merritt Wever). But upon entering Alexandria, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) breaks the news of Denise’s death and the life seems to drain from Tara’s body. Rosita (Christian Serratos) presses Tara to divulge information on any weapons found during the two weeks. But Tara stares at the bobble-head and says nothing of the Oceanside community, keeping her promise of secrecy to Cindy.

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