‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 9, Episode 2: “The Bridge” Recap

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 2, The Bridge, Rick Grimes

[Image via Jackson Lee Davis/AMC]

Here’s what went down in Episode 2 (titled “The Bridge”) of Season 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Rick And Negan Chat

Episode 2 of The Walking Dead Season 9 opens and closes with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) having a little chat with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Basically, it can be summed up as thus.

Rick: My dick kingdom is huge and everyone is following me because they want to and not because I’m a douche like you.

Negan: You’re still a douche and I at some point I am going to take over again because my dick kingdom is still bigger than yours.

CF: This is something from the comic I miss.  Not Rick and Negan having pissing contests, but Carl used to come down and speak with Negan all the time.  For a while Negan though Carl maybe sorta liked him until Carl let slip that he really wanted to kill Negan one day, which sorta put a damper on those conversations.

RT: This would have been epic in the TV series!

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 2, The Bridge, Daryl Dixon, Aaron

[Image via Jackson Lee Davis/AMC]

If They’re Building A Bridge, Why Isn’t Anyone Getting Over it?

So, like the title says, Episode 2 of The Walking Dead is all about a bridge. To be more specific, it’s about the building of a bridge that will link everyone together. The Saviors are providing a lot of muscle to help with the construction but, so is everyone else who can help out.

Rick spends a lot of this episode being smug about the fact that he managed to do the impossible, which is to get everyone to work together in order to create the beginning of a new civilisation. However, what Rick is refusing to see is that there is plenty of conflicts to be found within the different communities. Even with simple things like Henry (Macsen Lintz) handing out water, there is trouble. This comes in the form of Justin ( Zach McGowan) knocking the kid over and drinking more than his allocated share of water. Fair crack of the whip there Justin, you’ve lived the apocalyptic lifestyle for a while now, surely you get that things like this have to be rationed. But, no, he’s a dick about it.

Which means Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) also has to be a dick about it.

And, so begins the ‘Daryl is pissy’ segment of this episode.

Okay, Daryl has a point, the Saviors are really just a bag of dicks, in general. However, punching and not using your words is not about to get the problem solved. Once again, Daryl has been in the apocalyptic world for long enough now to know that words are pretty important.

CF:  I came in about this time–sorry, when Doctor Who is on there is nothing else–and instantly realized that (1) Justin was being a dick because someone has to, and (2) Daryl is really just as big of a dick, but everyone tolerates him.  But later on in the episode comes the (3) Why didn’t Rick just send this guy right the fuck back to the Sanctuary right then?  Because Rick is a shitty leader.  Rick could have fixed this, but didn’t.  So shit continues to get worse.  Because Rick’s Plans(tm) are shit.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 2, The Bridge, Daryl Dixon

[Image via Jackson Lee Davis/AMC]

But, for the sake of plot, Daryl punches instead of talking in this episode. Then, when he and Rick talk about it, Daryl still doesn’t do much by way of explaining himself. Although, he does make a valid point by trying to point out to Rick that maybe Uptopia is not quite the way Rick sees it and that maybe, just maybe, they all aren’t on the same side.

Meanwhile, in the other place that has conflict simmering away under the surface, Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) is doing a better job than Rick of seeing what is going down in Hilltop.

Maggie has Earl (John Finn) holed away in the cells — which he built because he is a blacksmith. His wife, Tammy Rose (Brett Bulter), is cracking the shits because she hasn’t had a chance to see him in the month since he tried to kill Maggie under Gregory’s (Xander Berkeley) instruction. Maggie has zero fucks to give when Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Jesus (Tom Payne) try to convince her that maybe Tammy Rose should see her husband and — more shockingly — maybe Earl should be released so that he can fix the plow and help alleviate the harvesting problem.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 2, The Bridge, Tammy Rose

[Image via Jackson Lee Davis/AMC]

However, while Maggie is determined not to let Earl out, once she finds out he is a recovering alcoholic that seems determined to right his ways, she gives him a second chance. And, that’s why she killed Gregory, she later reveals. While Earl seemed to be repentant, Gregory never was, unless it served him a purpose.

CF:  Let’s also point out that Maggie might have a soft spot for recovering alcoholics–because her father, Hershel (the late, great Scott Wilson), was also one. I think it was more that she was willing to give Earl a second chance because, basically, she gave her dad a second change.  And she hung Gregory because, yes, he was a total fucking shit and needed to die.

It’s Getting Hot In Here

While all the bridge building is going on, there is also plenty of time for romance, which is unusual for The Walking Dead. So, of course, this sets me on edge, because you know what happens when people are happy and shit in The Walking Dead

CF: They have unhappy endings?

So, there is some romance going on in the background just to help build the idea that things are idyllic and so that Rick can keep believing in his Uptopia in order to push his agenda. However, Carol (Melissa McBride) also succumbs to King Ezekiel’s (Khary Payton) advances and agrees to wear his engagement ring for a while — just to see how it feels and all.

In addition, viewers find out that Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and Anne AKA Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) have been hit by Cupid’s bow and are ready to get all hot and heavy. I wonder what will happen if they decide to get married — after all, Gabriel is the only member of clergy on site, so who will marry them?

But, more importantly, Anne catches a glimpse of a helicopter overhead late in the night and there is probably something important going on if a helicopter is flying around in the dark and not wanting to be seen and all.

CF: First off, yeah, let’s just say don’t get the wedding planners out for either of these crazy kids, ’cause… well, you know.  Happy couples are like little girls and horses in The Walking Dead universe, and that’s not good.

Second, when the fuck are we gonna learn what’s going on with the helicopter?  I really want to know more about that than people being pissed at each other all the time.  Anne knows what the fuck is going on–so when do we get the reveal?  I want it now!

RT: I am so totally over them dragging the helicopter out as well. Just something other than a helicopter flying overhead. It’s boring as shit now and totally annoying at the same time.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 2, The Bridge, Aaron

[Image via Jackson Lee Davis/AMC]

Aaron Gets An Owie

While all the bullshit is going on over the bridge building, a herd that is supposed to be distracted isn’t distracted. This may, or may not be a result of a faulty walkie-talkie, depending on whether you are Team Rick or Team Saviors. Regardless, the herd manages to end up right where they don’t want them and, as a result of this, Aaron (Ross Marquand) loses an arm. This serves only to make Daryl even more pissed at the Saviors.

Oh, and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) is totally a field doctor now. Which is a good thing because Saddiq (Avi Nash) has been called back to Alexandria because Rick says there is some bug going around.

CF:  One, I was totally loving how Enid gets out the book and is like, “Okay, this is how we cut off an arm.” Why not just get an ax and do it?  I mean, Rick did that a couple of times: he’s good at it.

And two, when the herd was coming and Daryl said, “Get the mules,” I started laughing ’cause you knew they’d be okay since they aren’t horses.  Because

Just On Those Missing Saviors…

Throughout Episode 2 of The Walking Dead, characters keep unsubtly bringing up the fact that Saviors appear to be going missing. Besides the fact that some are actually seeming to be legit jumping ship and disappearing rather than be under Rick’s rule, others may or may not be meeting nefarious ends.

For example, Michonne seems to believe that the group of Saviors that were supposed to be delivering ethanol to Hilltop came to a grisly end rather than defecting. And, if Michonne believes that, then I suspect someone is picking off the Saviors. There are two possibilities as far as I can see. Firstly, someone with a grudge is taking out the Saviors, meaning Rick’s Uptopia is well and truly screwed. Otherwise, it means some other group is taking out survivors in general and they have only, so far, managed to take out Saviors. If this is the case, I’m putting dibs on this being the early introduction of The Whisperers.

CF:  I’m pretty sure it’s The Whisperers.  I’ll mention below why.

RT: Awesome! I knew you would have more of a clue on this than me 😀

While all this is going on, Rick’s group loses another Savior. However, this one is not a rando disappearing, this is Rick throwing Justin out because he is not toeing the line. Rick tells him that he is like every douche he’s ever picked up that is blaming someone else for their shortcomings rather than own up to his own faults. He came to this decision after backing another douche that was also probably a guy just like Rick explained prior to the apocalypse: Daryl Dixon. Right-o then, Rick. Looks like your decision-making skills still suck in Season 9 of The Walking Dead. At least, it’s not out of character for you.

CF: This goes back to what I said above, Rick is a shitty leader. He should have just given both Justin and Daryl a timeout and told them to get the fuck off the job site–which, if I can bring this up, is probably what Madison from Fear the Walking Dead would have done.  But no:  he let shit go and finally, like you said, sided with one douche over another.  At least Negan would have beaten someone to death to get everyone’s shit in line.

RT: Rick doesn’t give a shit about one person over another. It merely comes down to who he’s known longer and whois more malleable. His conversation about Justin being a dipshit pretty much highlighted this for me.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 2, The Bridge, Justin

[Image via Jackson Lee Davis/AMC]

And, as Justin is staggering around drunk and in the approaching dark, he bumps into someone he obviously knows — and likes. However, this person gives him a headshot, so I am guessing that this person is the one taking out random Saviors which throws my previous theory about The Whisperers out. And, this makes me think that maybe it is someone from within the Saviors who has defected completely to Rick’s side but hasn’t revealed this to anyone else.

CF:  I still think it’s The Whisperers and I’ll say why without trying to give away anything.  There’s something The Whisperers do that allow them to–let’s say “blend in” with nature–and that’s why they were doing when Justin shows up.  Once we stop fucking around with this bullshit story and get to work on what’s really going on, it’ll become more apparent.

RT: I have read a couple of articles since writing this recap and I think I know what you are referring to and this makes sense. However, what doesn’t make sense is the fact that only Saviors have been picked off so far, that’s a pretty big coincidence IMHO.

What did you think of Episode 2 of Season 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let us know by commenting below!

Season 9 of The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 3 (titled “Warning Signs”) on Sunday, October 21. The synopsis is below.

“Rick’s vision for the future is threatened by a mysterious disappearance that divides the work camp where the communities are building a bridge.”

[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]

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