As AMC’s “The Walking Dead” speeds toward the Season 7 finale, our beloved survivors find themselves in more danger than ever. “The Other Side” brought viewers back to Hilltop Colony and beautifully balanced intimate character moments with tense action. But the episode will mostly be remembered by the measured planning of one woman and the dangerous decision of another. Here are the Top 5 most impactful moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 14.
Maggie the Leader – This episode goes out of its way to further paint Maggie (Lauren Cohan) as the leader that Hilltop needs. An opening montage showcases Mrs. Rhee training residents for combat, gathering supplies, and thriving as a community organizer. Whereas Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) has spiraled into despair and recklessness after the death of her significant other, Maggie is able to channel her grief into productivity. After spending so much time grieving (and too much time off-camera), it’s satisfying to see Maggie flourishing and full of hope.
Down a Doctor – Without warning, Simon (Steven Ogg) and his crew of Saviors visit the Hilltop. In a meeting with Gregory (Xander Berkeley), Simon demands to take a “special someone” back to The Sanctuary with him. That someone is doctor Harlan Carson (R. Keith Harris), who has been monitoring Maggie’s pregnancy. Gregory attempts to negotiate with Simon but is unable to keep his community’s sole doctor on site. However, Simon gives Gregory directions to The Sanctuary and promises him safe passage should anyone at Hilltop try and oppose his rule. With his people losing faith in him, it may be only a matter of time before Gregory reveals Maggie’s survival to The Saviors.
One of the Good Things – Maggie displays potential for being an even greater leader than Rick (Andrew Lincoln). During the Saviors’ surprise visit to Hilltop, she and Daryl (Norman Reedus) hide in a basement. “Ever since you got here, you haven’t said a word to me,” she says, and Daryl begins to sob. He blames himself for Glenn’s death at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). “It wasn’t your fault,” she says calmingly. “You’re one of the good things in this world. That’s what Glenn thought.” She knows that slow preparation and planning is needed instead of lashing out. “I want to string them all up and watch them die,” she says. “But we have to win. Help me win.”
Eugene’s Betrayal – After Sasha fails to get a shot at Negan, she and Rosita (Christian Serratos) leave the safety of the sniper tower to infiltrate the Savior camp on foot. They first attempt to free Eugene (Josh McDermitt) by shooting the Savior by his side. But, as they begin opening the fence to break him out, the scientist shakes his head and cries. “I didn’t tell you to come, so go,” he says before getting to his feet and running inside the building. It was previously unclear if Eugene’s “I am Negan” schtick was an act or if he truly was seduced by power. With this chilling betrayal, Alexandria may have lost Eugene for good.
Going Out Fighting – With Eugene gone, Sasha and Rosita continue their perimeter breach. Sasha cuts the fence and orders Rosita to stand guard, in case Saviors heard the commotion. While Rosita has her back turned, Sasha quickly cinches the fence shut, trapping herself on the inside. Rosita is furious at being locked out, unable to complete her suicide mission. “It’s not your time” Sasha tells her, “they need you.” With a tearful smile, Sasha runs into The Sanctuary guns blazing. With no way to get inside, Rosita runs away from the gunfire as a figure with a crossbow watches from the shadows.
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