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#TheWalkingDead Season 7 Episode 8 "Hearts Still Beating" Mid-Season Finale

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Sunday's
90 minute Mid-Season finale was a whirlwind of drama, blood, fear, anger and death, all at the hands of Negan and his Saviors. But, the episode was no less exciting and entertaining...

****SPOILERS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MID-SEASON FINALE OF SEASON 7, I SUGGEST YOU TURN BACK NOW****

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The eighth episode opened up with Maggie at Glenn and Abraham's graves. She was dressed down in work gear, jeans, an oversized shirt, gloves and a hat. After a moment alone, she made her way to the guard post. Who shows up? No one other than the lovely ass-of-a-leader, Mister Gregory. He tells Maggie that everyone is speaking kindly of her and Sasha but not to let it go to her head. Maggie simply smiles then asks if he is going to eat the apple he is currently shining on his suit jacket. He said that he is, but one of his guards says "Dude, you know she's pregnant, right?" Gregory tosses it to her, and she gnaws at her bite in a victory.

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Next, we have Negan. As we last saw, Negan was making himself at home withinthe Alexandrian walls. He was shaving, telling Carl "Always again the grain, kid." Then, he set the straight razor down, Carl's eye looking down. Then, Negan begins to cook! He made some kind of homemade pasta, rolls and whatnot. Tara meets up with a teary eyed Olivia and hands over the powdered lemonade Negan requested to be made. Tara offers to take over but Olivia declines. She goes in, makes the lemonade and brings it to Negan. Carl was busy setting the table for four when she came over. He picked up a glass and poured some for Negan. He smiled big and takes a gulp. After waiting for some time, Negan grew tired of waiting on Rick, so he tells Carl "Lucille is hungry." He puts on a napkin bib and asked for Carl to pass the rolls. When he doesn't, he says "Please." And Carl hands them over.

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Rick and Arron at back at the boathouse they discovered in the last episode. The only way across the pond is a bullet riddled dingy. Rick tells Aaron that he can sit this one out. Insulted, Aaron tells Rick that he'll pretend he didn't hear that as he breaks off panels from the sign the person had left for intruders.Rick and Aaron paddled through the walker infested pond, attempting to get to a canoe but things didn't go as planned...Aaron fell in. Rick yelled for him but Aaron went under. It was some time before he resurfaced and swam to the boathouse dock and Rick paddled over too. They gathered weapons, food and other supplies for home. Boy, are they in for a rude awakening... 

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When the show came back from commercials, Eugene was just coming back from the outside. Spencer was handing over all of the supplies he'd found including the compound bow. The woman from episode three, the one Dwight was playing a drinking game with was all on Spencer, wanting to buy him a sandwich and take him home. Eugene was watching and she asked if he was watching. He said yes then she told him to get a move on. He left. 

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We finally got to see Carol after six episodes! She was settling into her home nicely and found Morgan had dropped off a present for her. Fresh produce. But, she busted his bubble and told him that she had already been brought some. Courtesy of King Ezekiel. He was about to leave when a knock was heard. Ezekiel's main guard and fighter. He wanted to discuss business with them. He told them how the saviors had made a deal with them (just like at the Hilltop) and that the saviors are not to be trusted and that King Ezekiel wanted to get a plan together to take them down seems how things were getting towards the breaking point. They needed more fighters on their side then Morgan says how Carol is probably the best fighter in the room. He tells her that she needs to step up for the sake of the Kingdom but Carol doesn't want anything to do with them. She just wants to be left alone. He leaves. Then, after a few harsh words to Morgan, he leaves too.

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Daryl made it out, the key from the last episode in hand. But, complications arose, and he had to hide. Guess where? DWIGHT'S ROOM! He ate peanut butter (despite disliking it) and changed. He changed his clothes, even wearing a hat and snuck out. It was his bike key, and he got his bike, but Fat Joey was out there. He ended up surrendering to Daryl, but Daryl beat the hell out of him, splitting his wig. Daryl grabbed the revolver that he had on him. Jesus showed up, and they left. 

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Spencer cleaned up and got ready to meet with Negan. He brought him a bottle of alcohol, maybe a scotch or Brandi. They sat down, chatted, then they played a round of pool! Spencer brought up the fact that Rick wasn't the original leader and how he took over after his mother, father, and brother had died. After a moment of bad mouthing Rick, Negan says to Spencer "Why don't you just kill Rick yourself? He's out there risking his life, swallowing his hatred getting me shit while you, on the other hand, are trying to get me to do your dirty work." Spencer tried to backtrack, but the damage had been done. Negan split Spencer's belly wide open, and his guts spilled into his hands. Negan asked who wanted to finish the deed but nobody stepped up. Then, what does Rosita do? Takes a pop shot at dear ole Negan... 

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Aaron and Rick had just returned from getting supplies, Aaron getting the snot kicked out of him, when they heard the shot. Rosita had missed Negan by literally a bat's wooden shaving. He went irate, Arat dropping her. Negan went off like a madman, saying how she ruined Lucille's perfection. Then, he asked her who did it. She said she did. Negan asked again. She grit her teeth and said that she did it then, Arat cut her face. Negan told her to kill someone. She killed Olivia. Then, Rick shows up. Rick went irate but Negan said how he did him justice, how Spencer was trying to get Negan and his men to kill him and not to mention, Carl sneaking inside of the Hilltop truck and gunning down a bunch of his men. Shortly after and the confession of Eugene's bullet making, they left, Eugene in hand.

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After he killed walker Spencer, Rick went into Morgan's cell. He was with his axe and the note from the person they got the weapons with. Michonne shows up and they talk. She points out how he once said that everything they did was for them, only them and they can take on the Saviors. Then, they kiss. 

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In the final scene of the episode, Maggie was visiting the grave sight of her fallen husband. Then, she went to the guard post. A smile instantly met her face and she called to Sasha. When they opened the gates, Rick, Michonne, Carl, Rosita, and Tara were there. Maggie smiled and Rick gave her a hug. Then, guess who was there? Daryl and Jesus! Rick in disbelief, he rushed over to him. Tears notwithstanding, Rick and Daryl embraced. Tara and Rosita embraced, then Rosita and Sasha and finally Sasha and Michonne embraced. Carl and Enid exchanged smiles. The group was back! Then, Rick and the group headed for Gregory's office...

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What does this mean for the Alexandrians? What does this mean for the Saviors? What do you think is to come in part B of season 7? Let me know!
What are your thoughts on this episode? Leave your opinions in the comments below!

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The Walking Dead returns February 12th, 2017 at 9 p.m. Only on AMC
 

Editor: Joeleen Gatlin