The Walking Dead Review: New Best Friends (Season 7 Episode 10)

Rick and the rest of the group are working hard to prepare for the biggest fight of their lives when they run into another group. 

The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 10, “New Best Friends,” is an hour filled with dread, fear, hopefulness, and happiness. It’s an up and down hour. 

The most emotional scene is also the best scene in “New Best Friends”—Daryl and Carol’s reunion. Daryl and Carol have the most compatible scenes in the entire series full of great chemistry. The dynamic between them (and Melissa and Norman) is the best one the show has ever seen. They can play off of each other with such ease. And, even after all this time, Daryl will still risk his life to save hers no matter what. When Richard finally reveals his full plan to have the saviors track and kill Carol, he stops him dead in his tracks.

Nothing matters more to Daryl than Carol’s safety, and we all know that. That’s the exact reason why he didn’t tell her about the deaths of Abraham and Glenn. He knows that if he tells her the saviors are the one who did it she would be out there fighting.

Carol can’t fight. I mean, she can, but emotionally and physically she can’t put up with it. Carol’s attitude change from the Season 6 finale to now is, to me, partly because she can’t put up with it mentally anymore.

Living the way that Carol did, does, would be hard for anybody. Granted, Carol is the most badass character throughout the entire show, but she still needs a break. She needs a break before she, herself, breaks.

With Daryl back and fighting again with Rick against the saviors, I can only expect that it won’t be long until Carol is fighting along side them. I truly don’t think she will be able to just watch Daryl run off with everyone and not know if he’s ever coming back. He means too much to her.

Carol tolerates most of the people in the show, but Daryl is the one person she’d gladly risk her life for. I think it’s only a matter of time before someone, like Rick, visits Carol and tells her what happened to Abraham and Glenn. If that happens, it’s all over. Carol won’t rest until Negan is dead, but it would ultimately destroy her.

Oh yeah, there is more than just Carol and Daryl. I almost forgot for a second.

The introduction of the new group is very strange; they are very strange. They barely talk and when they do it’s in a quiet, monotone voice.

The leader, Jadis, is a real piece of work for tossing Rick into the arena with that thing. First off, how long did it take them to make their zombie gladiator and why did they do it when they easily outnumber everyone anyway? Boredom?
Second, I can’t be the only one who had flashbacks of the Resident Evil games when that thing popped up on the screen. It’s not the exact replica of something that we see in the video games, but it sure is close enough.

Gabriel thinks he’s tough for taking Tamiel, a group member, with a knife and threatening to kill her. But, he’s nothing but annoying. The fact that he’s offering to get them things to prove their worth is RIDICULOUS. He doesn’t do ANYTHING. I don’t even consider him a part of the group because he just fills up space.

When was the last time Gabriel went and did anything besides walking around Alexandria being annoying? On top of it, he lies to Rick about what happened. He wasn’t forced to get the food or weapons, he wasn’t jumped, and he didn’t hear something inside the wall.

I think Gabriel did this on purpose, some way or another. Yes, he drove off with someone in the passenger seat, but he wasn’t forced to do it. All he had to was yell and alert the town of the fact that there’s someone outside of the gate. Instead, he voluntarily loads up a car and leaves.

Alexandria, the Hilltop, and the new weird group are gearing up for a fight, but they need the kingdom. Morgan needs to convince Ezekiel to join the fight. This is where Morgan starts getting annoying, to me. After everything the saviors have done, everyone they’ve killed, and all they’ve stolen Morgan still can’t justify killing them? Ridiculous.

“New Best Friends” is a perfect start to what looks like is going to be an intense second half of the season.

Other Thoughts:

  • Tara starts rubbing her charm on her wrist when Rick starts talking about a lot of guns. I wonder how long it will take before she spills the beans about the other group.
  • I like Rosita, but she is very annoying. She’s already got two people killed and one kidnapped, how much more does she want to risk by trying to do things on her own?
  • I’m very curious just how far apart all of these groups are from each other. There are too many groups.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 11/10c on AMC. 

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