The Walking Dead recap: 'The Lost and the Plunderers'

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What else do they have in common?

This week's episode was split into separate character profiles for Michonne, Negan, Enid, Simon, Jadis, and Rick, though it's not fully clear why these specific names were chosen as highlights - and these characters weren't always the stars of their own sections. She punches him. Smiling, Simon tells his men to "light up" the compound, against Negan's wishes.

They offer to let everybody go in exchange for taking all of the Scavengers' firearms, and they comply. "They're ours, not theirs", Rick says.

In a moving moment, Michonne noticed the handprints Carl and Judith made on their front porch, crying as she saw them. Rick tells him it is too late though.

Refusing to aid her Rick and Michonne leave forcing Jadis to use her wits resorting to grinding her walker companions into walker meat. In Negan's mind, enslaving local communities in a protection racket isn't an act of selfishness, it's an act of altruism.

The second card says "Negan". Deliver the standard message: take one out and the rest will fall in line. That remains to be seen and, at this point, still seems unlikely. This week, our newly favorite-by-default Garbage Pail Kid grew from annoying side character to one possibly being primed as a post-Negan villain. As Rick tells Negan that Carl is dead, Negan is clearly bummed out, and fears that Carl's death was a result of the Saviors' attack on Alexandria. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. Lately, Rick hasn't been doing that. A typical Negan scene involves him threatening someone, smiling and laughing inappropriately, then barking an order. If you do, there'll just be someone. I wanted to ask you.I.aybe you'll beat us. Despite his promises to his dying son, and Negan's spot-on reprisal of his guilt, Rick can't break the cycle just yet. Negan is upset that Carl is gone, he was the future.

We learn this episode that Rick is baffled by Carl's last request, going so far to wonder if Carl thought he should surrender to Negan. When he demands an apology from Jadis, he kills one of her people - which was the plan given to him by Negan. He'd take the organization and the saving people philosophy from Negan, but the strength and guidance from his father. While Negan was genuinely bummed out by teen's death, he still wasted no time trying to leverage Rick's grief against him.

All of this begs to question if we will witness another key death on The Walking Dead, or the start of some major revenge for Rick, the Hilltop and the Kingdom.

In the end, both Rick and Negan want the same thing - to end the war and go back to what life used to be. Rick blurts out that he wants to go see Jadis. Everybody working together for something bigger - to feel safe and have a world worth living in.

What do you think is next for The Walking Dead? She tells them never to come back again. There can't be two leaders. Maybe his call to Negan was a little cathartic, but all it accomplished was giving Negan a chance to throw things back in his face AND give him information. And Negan isn't really a negotiator, as he just takes and scares people to do what he wants.

While details on Morgan's Season 4 arc are being kept under wraps, James told TV Insider last month that his character's role in the upcoming season is going to be a continuation of Morgan's story that started on the mothership series. They're grieving and all, I get it, but it's one of those moments that sacrifices any shred of realism for the sake of drama and emotional resonance.

So they head to the junkyard. It made for some good dialogue, but also once again confirmed Rick as a bad leader.

Negan reminds Simon that killing everyone to solve their problems is not the way. I just [?] what you wanted.