‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 9, Episode 7: “Stradivarius” Recap

 AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 7, Stradivarius, Carol Peletier and Henry

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So, here’s what went down in Episode 7 (titled “Stradivarius”) of Season 9 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Daryl and Carol

In Episode 7 of The Walking Dead Season 9, Carol (Melissa McBride) is trying to convince Daryl (Norman Reedus) that he needs to be back with people and that’s why he should travel on with them to Hilltop. Of course, Henry (Matt Lintz) thinks it so there is a grown up to keep an eye on him. Because, Henry, shit is totally all about you. It’s good to see teenagers are the same regardless of whether or not it is the zombie apocalypse.

CF: Teenagers gonna Teen.  🙂

In the meantime, we get to find out more about how Daryl has been living since Rick (Andrew Lincoln) went missing. And, nothing is getting past this little duck. He’s obviously watched plenty of TV prior to the end of the world and knows that if you haven’t seen the body, the person totally isn’t dead.

Carol tells him to have a cup of concrete and harden the fuck up. Because: Carol.

Daryl also has a pet dog now. Which is nice he has someone to talk to, that speaks just as much as he does.

Over the course of the episode. Daryl totally caves and they all set out for Hilltop.

Also, Carol gives Daryl a haircut but I’m totally confused. Unless she was making polyjuice potion, I ‘m not sure what the point was of cutting a single chunk of Daryl’s hair…

CF: Just my opinion, but I think after all this time Carol wants a keepsake to remind her of Daryl just… you know, in case.  The whole time they were together I felt the slight underpinning of sexual tension, because we know there’s a bit of history between Carol and her Pookie.  Carol’s seen a lot of people go and if it should happen to Daryl, that’s someone for whom she wants to keep a good memory.

RT: That’s a good call.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 7, Stradivarius, Michonne

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Michonne is Queen of the Grudge

A lot of this episode is taken up with Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) little trip to Hilltop to offload some unwanted guests. Because… well… there is obvious reasons but AMC is doing their best to drag this shit out.

CF: Which is something TWD does poorly.  It’s getting tiring fast to see Michonne glaring at everyone because, well, some bad shit happened in the past and she can’t let anyone have anything nice. Yeah, I get it: we can’t trust strangers.  Even if you like them.  Because they may do something bad to you.  Like Rick was gonna do to people at Alexandria when he thought he might have to just take the place over and Michonne was all on board with that shit.  I guess that was the past past, so she could put it behind her.

So, the group is traveling together but first, they are going to stop over at Magnus’ (Nadia Hilker) old camp because Michonne doesn’t believe a thing anyone says now since The Incident that AMC is not revealing just yet but totally fucked Michonne up and mentally scared a tonne of others as well.

It turns out that the group wasn’t lying and they did have a camp but everything has gone to the crapper. Plus, Michonne won’t let them have their weapons. Once again because she doesn’t trust anyone.

Michonne also announces that she isn’t going on to Hilltop and will return home in the morning. From what I can gather, her and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) had a big bust up and that is probably a part of Michonne’s trust issues as well. However, Siddiq (Avi Nash) finally slips that Maggie isn’t at Hilltop any more so Michonne should totally tag along. Michonne ends up even pissier at this and I didn’t even realise that could happen. Then Siddiq — because he’s obviously up for the challenge — also points out that Michonne should not just think of Judith, but Carl (Chandler Riggs). You know, the boy she loved so much that totally wanted all the communities to just get along. Yeah, if Michonne gets any pissier someone is gonna have to clip her claws…

CF: When you play the Carl Card you know shit has gotten serious.  Also, this shows you how fragmented things have become because Michonne had no idea Maggie and her son were no longer at Hilltop, which means Michonne really is sorta lost in her own little world.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 7, Stradivarius, Luke

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Oh, and if you were wondering about the title of this episode? Turns out Luke (Dan Folger) has a violin that is a Stradivarius and he totally thinks music can heal the world. Yeah, we’re ALL looking at you Michonne…

So, now the group have a walker problem which is only really a plot device to get the weapons back in the hands of Magna’s group in order to show Michonne that people can be trusted sometimes.

So, Michonne travels with the group the next day and just when she is saying she is about to turn up, Hilltop scouts turn up heading for Alexandria. It turns out they have picked up an Alexandrian: Rosita (Christian Serratos).

CF: I liked the touch where Michonne starts to apologize for cutting the Stradivarius in half and Luke is like, “Hush, bitch,” and won’t let her talk.  He’s pissed and if he’d had a gun he probably would have shot Michonne then and there, so this is his way of letting her know he’s not having any of her bullshit reasons. It’s not often Michonne gets put in her place and it was good to see it happen here.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 6, Eugene and Rosita

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Rosita and Eugene

We saw in the last episode of The Walking Dead that Rosita and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) were struggling to avoid a horde of walkers. As they covered themselves in mud and waited for the group to pass, they heard the walkers speaking to each other. Now, in Episode 7, Rosita is out in the woods by herself. She is not covered in mud but she is injured — and Eugene is nowhere to be seen.

Rosita, finally overcome with exhaustion, lets off a flare hoping someone other than walkers will be attracted to the sound and check it out.

 Well, What is Happening at Hilltop?

Lucky for Rosita, Jesus (Tom Payne) had been sneaking out to visit with Aaron (Ross Marquand) because, once again, Michonne is an overlord that doesn’t allow her kind to mix with Hilltop. So, that is how Rosita ends up at Hilltop. We also find out that Eugene is holed up in a barn somewhere and a search party is formed to go look for him. Lucky Daryl turned up when he did, huh?

In addition to Rosita ending up at Hilltop, we finally get to see how the community is coping since the loss of Rick.

It turns out they are thriving — and Maggie has gone off with Hershel to join Georgie (Jayne Atkinson) with some other remote community. Jesus has become the new leader and he’s not particularly happy about that. Plus, he totally believes he is filling in until Maggie returns. Tara (Alanna Masterson), on the other hand, is not at all in denial and tells Jesus to suck it up and lead the community already.

CF: First, the cold opening on Hilltop to Jesus and Mary Chain’s April Skies was a nice intro, something that TWD does great.  And we get to see that Jesus is listening to the song on a Victrola because of course he is and it’s a record that came in a Georgie stash along with a letter from Maggie.  This means Hilltop has limited contact with The Georgie Gang–who may or may not have Rick–and this could be one of the reasons why they’re doing so well.

Two, there’s more going on with Jesus and Aaron than just keeping some backdoor contract between the ASZ and Hilltop.  Though you may be able to figure it out.

And last: thank you, AMC, for not keeping Tara bundled up in baggy clothes and we can finally see that Alanna Masterson does have a body.  That shit of keeping her covered was getting old.

RT: Now, if they could just let her some screen time, that would be awesome because Tara is hilarious.

CF: I should also point out that Rosita leaving Eugene behind in a safe location is a direct copy from the beginning of The Whisperers storyline in the comic. I’m getting next week’s episode ends with us meeting the main player there.

AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' Season 9, Episode 6, Daryl Dixon

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X Marks the Spot 2.0

In last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we saw that Michonne had an X scar on her back. Now, we find out that Daryl has one too. Actually, he has a bunch of them and they kinda look like roman numerals…

This little mystery is intriguing the shit outta me and I can’t wait to see how it develops. It seems likely that it is linked up with why the hell Michonne doesn’t trust anyone now. However, the X scars are actually far more interesting than pissy-faced Michonne being, well, pissy-faced.

What did you think of Episode 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 9? Let us know by commenting below!

Season 9 of The Walking Dead returns to AMC with the mid-season finale, Episode 8 (titled “Evolution”) on Sunday, November 25. AMC lists the following synopsis for this episode.

CF: It wasn’t a bad episode but there could have been more.  A lot more.  However, let’s give props to the director of the episode, Michael Cudlitz, aka Abraham, who becomes the first cast member, past or current, to get behind the camera and call the shots.  And next week’s director could be bringing something rather interesting to the show

RT: Holy crap! I had no idea Cudlitz was behind that ep. He did good.

“A small rescue mission braves a dangerous herd in their hunt for a missing comrade, only to discover a surprising threat that could doom them all.”

[Featured image via Gene Page/AMC]

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