This week TWD takes us back to two characters who disappeared midway through last season after the raid on the satellite outpost, reminding viewers that all the grief, pain, and prolonged cliffhangers have taken place over two weeks in the narrative.
Long-lost heroine Tara washes up on the shore of a colony which takes a rather hostile, if undiscriminatory, view toward newcomers, Undead or Living: immediate execution. Harsh.
This poor Zombie is hardly a threat to anyone, but could surely use a beach towel. They do…not get that.
And Tara almost meets the same fate from a thoroughly indoctrinated little girl named Rachel.
After someone else takes mercy on Tara, she is captured by the colony anyway, and offered a chance to stay, which she declines, because she left her companion back on a bridge full of Zombies (oppressed no doubt), and wants to get back to Alexandria.
Those poor Zombies. It would take a very long shower to get all that sand off.
The colony agrees to let Tara go if she keeps quiet about them, then betrays her, revealing the reason for their isolationist fear: the Saviors killed all the men in their group, and every male child over 10, before they fled here in secret.
Negan’s people are… not good people. Even by Rick gang standards.
Tara gets back home only to learn the truth about all the people Negan has killed, including her girlfriend. She then refuses to give up the location of the coastal colony, despite Alexandria’s desperate need for guns.
A promise is a promise, apparently.