Remember that she's a psycho. The nomad Saviours didn't knew that by taking the ring, they were going trigger her murder rampage. Big mistake.Her retaliation seemed overly severe, considering that the kid started the fight and the bad guys could have killed him right on the spot. They did let her keep her horses and wagon, if not her wedding ring.
All in all a good episode it's looking positive, like someone has given it a good shake, still want too see end of Negan.
Is it because Michonne thought Judith to not the trust the man who lives in their basement or is she genuinely smarter than most of the people around? Henry at her age was a typical boy and he didn't listen warnings and guidelines. He did what he wanted. Judith in the other hand seems to have learned from the past and she is applying those teaching to the future.Negan has a part to play and I feel it will be one that will lead to his rehabilitation to society. He has a connection to Judith although she is not naive about him and is fully aware of his past.
‘The Walking Dead’ Will Continue to Explore the Judith and Negan DynamicAn incarcerated Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and young Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) will share more “very interesting” scenes together as The Walking Dead Season Nine continues to unfold, says showrunner Angela Kang.
“We’re really interested in telling a very different story for Negan, since we’re dealing with a different kind of passage of time than we saw in the comics. We thought hard about how prison might affect this character, and the confinement that he’s had, and the limited access he’s had to the community and the world beyond,” Kang told THR.
“It’s a big part of his story, going forward: exploring Negan and where he’s at in his journey in things, and the kinds of complex relationships he has with the various people in Alexandria — including this sort of secret relationship he has with Judith.”
Judith inherits that relationship from late half-brother Carl (Chandler Riggs), whose comic book counterpart would sneak away to Negan’s cell for infrequent talks with the mellowed villain.
“We all internally [in the writers’ room] love the relationship between Negan and Carl in the comic book,” Kang added.
“This gave us an opportunity to tell a very different sort of story, because Judith is a different kind of child than Carl. It’s really fun to put those two together. They get to have some very interesting scenes together this season.”
Aspects of Carl’s comic book storylines will also play out with Henry (Matt Lintz), now a teenager after the six-year time skip, while Judith emerges as her own fully-realized character — even as she dons her late brother’s oversized sheriff’s hat and his accompanying place in the story.
“With Judith, she bears certain similarities to Carl. She’s also very much her own character as well,” Kang shared with EW.
“She’s really spunky. She’s funny. She is an apocalypse native. That makes things a little different than a kid who remembers life before the apocalypse. What’s exciting about it is we get to have that feel of the Grimes kid who’s 10 years old, like we have in the comics, but we’ve really been enjoying finding Judith’s unique version of what that story is because she, again, has a very different background than Carl.”
In picking and choosing parts of Carl’s story and having those significant comic book beats play out on screen, a new element exclusive to the television show has been introduced: Jude’s younger brother, R.J. Grimes.
Judith is also having to navigate a world with a “dead” — but actually missing — Rick Grimes, acting as a reversal of the comic books: there Judith had died alongside her mother, Lori, who both perished when the villainous Governor attacked the group’s newfound prison home.
Judith could also take on one of her father’s comic book storylines and go on to play an important role in Negan’s potential redemption, which Morgan believes is possible for the villain after almost eight years of solitary confinement.
“50 percent of the people are ready for Negan to meet a grisly end, and the other 50 percent are liking Negan and want to see, certainly, what else can happen there,” Morgan said on The Rich Eisen Show.
“I think they’re hoping for some redemption. And in the comic book, there is a slight amount of redemption. I don’t know how we’ll follow that story and if we will, because we do switch it up from the comic book to keep people that are fans of the comic interested in the show. But it’s certainly been an interesting year playing the different sides and finding new shades of Negan, and I very much have enjoyed that.”
We won't be seeing Maggie again. Her last scene in the series was with Negan in the previous episode. My understanding is that her absence will be revealed over time.This was another pretty good episode. Not a load of action but just enough to keep it interesting. I was concerned when some of the saviors turned up again. But Carol made short and brutal work of them.
Will the new folks cause trouble to the Hilltop. We should be seeing Maggie et al next week.
The priest has found a new partner. One of the most eligible in the community! A strange combo.
By the way, barely related, but AMC's Better Call Saul season 4 just finished. One of the greatest shows on TV!
She will be seen, but only on limited time. AMC has shorted their problem with her without revealing any details, but her appearance in this season is limited to one episode.My understanding is that her absence will be revealed over time.
‘The Walking Dead’: Who is the New Leader of Hilltop?Following the quiet departure of The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan, whose Maggie Rhee left Hilltop sometime during a six-year passage of time, the community has a new leader.
An initially hesitant Michonne (Danai Gurira) offered to escort newcomers Magna (Nadia Hilkes), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), Connie (Lauren Ridloff), Kelly (Angel Theory) and Luke (Dan Fogler) to Hilltop with Siddiq (Avi Nash), where she said their leader might take in the displaced group.
“I’ll escort you personally, talk to her,” Michonne said, before embarking on a journey that will be detailed in episode 907, “Stradivarius.”
The “her” rules out Maggie’s right-hand man Jesus (Tom Payne), as well as former Savior Alden (Callan McAuliffe), who took up residency at the Hilltop after being imprisoned there during Season Eight.
That suggests Enid (Katelyn Nacon), who relocated to Hilltop from Alexandria to keep a watchful eye on a then-pregnant Maggie after the death of husband Glenn (Steven Yeun), has succeeded her as leader.
Following the jump six years into the future, the previously teenaged Enid would now be in her early 20s — making her more than capable of overseeing the farming community while Maggie is away.
In its weekly character power rankings, Skybound reveals Tara (Alanna Masterson) will be “instrumental” at Hilltop in the wake of Maggie’s exit, suggesting Tara may have assumed leadership duties, or at least a key role in its day-to-day operations.
“We will find out a lot more in the following episode what it is that people know and what they don’t, and what’s going on at the Hilltop. That’s part of the story,” showrunner Angela Kang confirmed with EW.
Answers about Maggie’s whereabouts are also on the way, to arrive ahead of Cohan’s planned return to the series. Cohan’s last episode was 905, the sendoff for Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln — but unlike Lincoln, who will not be returning to the television show, Cohan is expected to return in Season Ten.
“We have had creative story conversation about what could happen with the character, and that’s all I know,” Cohan told EW.
The actress has since moved on to spy dramedy Whiskey Cavalier, which has been ordered to series by ABC for a 2019 debut.
“I hope it’ll work. We’ll cross that bridge [when we get to it],” Kang told ComicBook.com of working around Cohan’s other commitments.
“Lauren and I have had conversations, and she’s excited to come back, even if it’s not for a full season. We can work with that. That’s scheduling problems. We’ll figure out the story. She’s great. We have a great relationship, and she still loves the show. Sometimes our actors need to spread their wings a little bit. We get that.”