Preview for The Walking Dead season 9 episode 2: The Bridge

Justin (Zach McGowan) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Episode 2 of The Walking Dead -Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
Justin (Zach McGowan) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Episode 2 of The Walking Dead -Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC /

The Walking Dead’s latest episode sees Rick’s vision for the future slowly unraveling from within through the discontent of his once most loyal followers.

Rick Grimes is quickly discovering that change, even one initiated by him, isn’t always for the better. Problems are arising that created Negan in the first place, in Daryl’s words on Sanctuary on The Walking Dead’s season 9 premiere, “Nothing grows here! It’s a damn factory man!” Just like Woodbury and The Governor before it, or as Rick once said in Alexandria, “Things don’t get better because you want them to!” Things have changed but Rick can’t be blamed for everything just because he spared Negan. Maggie’s recent loss of compassion, hanging Gregory, telling Rick off when he asked for more resources for his bridge project is a sign Maggie has changed too. The communities’ unity is slowly swinging for independence as it becomes clear there are too many hands at the table and not enough grub… And there might never be enough.

This week’s episode sees Rick continue his vision of unity through restoring a bridge as he’d told Maggie. Despite Rick transparently attempting to fulfill his son’s utopia-like dream, Daryl’s questioning only grows more dull-edged. He was not pleased leading Sanctuary’s surrendered troops last episode, and he certainly does not want to work beside them. How long will Daryl take Rick’s initiative before he too files for independence?

“You’re not saving the world, you’re just getting it ready for me”

Is Negan ultimately right in thinking that Rick is just getting the world ready for him? All it takes is one bad in Alexandria for a rebel force to free Negan and slowly rebuild the Savior force to what it once was or worse… This time Rick wouldn’t have the 100 percent loyalty he once shared from his group either, with Daryl in the trailer questioning if they’re even on the same side anymore.

Negan indirectly brought all the communities together for a common goal. Now that the king has been ousted so-to-speak, reality has set in of the demands of everyday life, especially resources. Why would one community want to give up their food surplus to help out others with nothing worthwhile coming back their way? They wouldn’t, which is why Negan set up things the way they were in the first place…

Michonne is kind of hypocritical in trying to convince Maggie to let her ambusher go

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Michonne is seemingly hypocritical in the sneak peek of the latest Walking Dead, trying to convince Maggie to let a man (Earl) go who just attempted to kill her, all so a broken plow can be fixed. In the same position, Michonne who had no qualms about taking out The Governor instead of trying to redeem him. Unlike what Michonne not-so-subtly recommends to Maggie about her ambusher Earl when it helps her gets something.

Rewatch The Walking Dead’s season 9 premiere episode at this AMC link.