With just a few episodes left before the season finale, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is setting the stage for some explosive conflicts. In “Say Yes,” our survivors continue to take one step forward (finding guns on military zombies) and then two steps back (the junkyard gang claims it isn’t enough). And a few characters make potentially fatal choices. Here are the most riveting moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 12.
Just a little bit more – Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) begin the episode on an extended supply run. The duo scavenge by day and make love by night, falling into an easy rhythm. It seems like a welcome relief for these two, who haven’t had a moment to relax together. They find some cans of food, kill two golfing Saviors to steal batteries, but they still haven’t found the big payload they’re after. “We gonna win today?” Michonne asks on the last day of their hunt. But Rick, not ready to give up the sense of escape he’s found with her, convinces Michonne to stay out “just a little bit more.”
Loose Canon – Rosita (Christian Serratos) is spiraling out of control. She snaps at Tara (Alanna Masterson) over Rick’s plan: “Do you know where we could find that many guns today?” She sets out into the woods on her own to find guns, and her carelessness almost gets her killed by a walker. When she fails to find anything of worth, she turns her rage towards Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) who tried to persuade her out of killing Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). “You can blame me for the fact that you still have a life,” the priest counters, but “anything is possible if your heart’s still beating.” Hopefully Rosita sees the value of her own life, but her unbridled anger continues to threaten the safety of the group.
Tara’s Decision – Tara babysits Judith and ponders the question Rosita asked her. Given Oceanside’s vast armory, Tara actually does know where to acquire a massive amount of guns and ammunition. She runs through the situation aloud and concludes that the women of Oceanside will just fire on any Alexandrians who get close, ensuring a bloody battle with loss of life. “What makes our life worth more than theirs?” she wonders. When she later goes to leave the house, she crosses paths with Rick. Resolved in Alexandria’s value as a community who protects others and stands up to threats, she says she has something to tell Rick. Will the group find conflict in Oceanside?
Rick Devoured – As Rick and Michonne slice and dice zombies at a carnival, Rick spots a deer which previously escaped them. He climbs a ferris wheel to shoot it, but the structure collapses, sending him crashing down in front of a pack of zombies. Michonne rushes to his aid, but arrives in time to see what she thinks is Rick being eaten alive. With her lover devoured in front of her, Michonne completely shuts down and drops her sword, letting walkers close in around her. Thankfully it was the deer being eaten and Sheriff Grimes rises again in time to save Michonne. It’s a heartbreaking portrait of how intertwined these two warriors have become.
Suicide Squad – Rosita corners Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) at the Hilltop. “I came because I need your help,” she says. There is an unspoken understanding between the women and Sasha simply replies, “One condition: I get to take the shot.” Rosita unloads a sniper rifle from her bag, one of the few weapons Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) allowed the group to keep before demanding more guns. “I’m ready to kill him, but I need to make sure you know what this means,” says Sasha. “They can’t catch us alive.” With intel on The Sanctuary in their pocket, the women agree to their suicide mission. Will viewers be forced to say goodbye to both of them this season?