“The Walking Dead” came back with a bang on Sunday Feb. 12 with its mid-season return, “Rock in the Road.” Despite competing against the Grammy Awards, this AMC horror show drew 12 million viewers. And those that tuned in for this continuation of season seven were treated to one of those moments that will be talked about long after the series is off the air.
After clearing a blockade of cars on the highway, the group discovers a deadly trap lined with dynamite that had been planted by The Saviors to stop any zombies in their tracks. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) decides that taking the dynamite for his group could give them a serious advantage. However, as Rosita (Christian Serratos) dismantles the booby trap, a horde of zombies approaches in the distance.
So, while the rest of the group makes haste, Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) come up with a deadly delaying tactic. They jump into two cars and string a metal cable between them before heading into the horde at full speed. They cut scores of zombies in two. The official count was 300+, far eclipsing the benchmark set by Glenn (Steven Yeun) 0f 70 kills back in season 5.
This was the 16th episode of “The Walking Dead” penned by Angela Kang who also wrote two others this season — “The Cell” (episode 3) and “Sing Me a Song” (episode 7). And it was the 17th overall, and third this season, to be directed by Greg Nicotero. Nicotero, who got his start as a special effects makeup artist on the famed horror film “Day of the Dead,” also helmed the season seven opener, “”The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” and episode 2 (“The Well”) prior to this instant classic.