1. Rick makes a deal with the Scavengers
This one gets first place because, unlike the attack on the outpost, it had “terrible decision” written all over it from the very start. Yes, that was the moment when Rick inexplicably decided that he should trust strangers he knew nothing about with a vital piece of information, AND bring them lots of guns in the process. Strangers who, mind you, looked like the least trustworthy, weirdest bunch of people we had ever met in the series – apart from the Wolves, maybe.
“We take, we don’t bother” – a healthy basis for a great relationship
Jadis and her people made no secret of their selfish, pragmatic philosophy: “We take, we don’t bother”. Given that going to war with a super powerful group like the Saviors seemed to match the definition of “bothering” pretty well, one can wonder how on earth Rick could have thought these people would make good allies to fight Negan. Even when factoring in how greedy the Scavengers were, they did not seem desperate and had no reason to risk so much without any guarantees of substantial gains.
Guns? Sure, we’ll get them for you
What’s more, the deal Rick made with them was terrible: “guns” was precisely what Alexandrians were completely out of at that time. If they really could find so many guns, shouldn’t they keep them? If what they needed was the manpower, couldn’t they work harder at converting people at the Hilltop or at the Kingdom, instead of trusting total strangers? Not to mention the Oceanside women, who, with a little convincing, might have made much more reliable allies in a fight against the very people who had killed all their men and boys – of course, that would have required Tara to speak up earlier than she did.
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The least surprising betrayal ever?
In any case, Rick decided to trust the Scavengers, and no one – not even Michonne! – seemed to question the wisdom of doing so. This resulted in the least surprising betrayal ever in The Walking Dead season 7 finale, and got a few more Alexandrians killed in the process.
This leaves us wondering if anyone will call Rick out on this poor decision. His close friends don’t seem to be likely candidates to play this part, as they didn’t question it when they had a chance, and generally, haven’t challenged Rick for a while.
However, viewers have been speculating about the possible return of Heath. Having called out Rick before over his willingness to sacrifice the lives of Alexandrians, we can assume he would have a thing or two to tell him if he ever comes back… though this might not happen until season 9 of The Walking Dead.
What do you think were the worst decisions made by The Walking Dead characters? Did we leave anything out? Were we too harsh on some characters? Let us know in the comments!