Preview for The Walking Dead season 9 episode 3: Warning Signs

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

The Savior dissension among the ranks of Rick Grimes’ bridge crew continues to prove Maggie, Daryl, and Negan’s point on the latest The Walking Dead.

Among the casualties of Carl’s posthumous dream of unity on The Walking Dead is now Aaron and his very arm, and you know what typically happens to someone who loses a limb or is disfigured in some way on this series… Aaron should buck the trend and get one of those sword-like contraptions Merle style, send shivers down evildoers across the land. Rick Grimes is trying his best to fulfill Carl’s vision of utopia while facing internal strife from his own people with constant questioning and prodding.

Does anyone really think Rick completely forgot what Negan and The Saviors did just because he zips his mouth and holds his tongue for the betterment of the community? Daryl asking what side is he really on repeatedly must eat away at Rick, knowing that as the leader he must maintain at least the air of impartiality or everything falls apart.

Negan delivering a crushing verbal jab to Rick last episode, telling him that his Bridge was “nothing more than a monument to the dead,” and who he was building it all for anyway, “Carl?” Negan tried to rattle Rick’s confidence further by asking him for a followup story time when “everything goes to s***. and it will!”

Not only is Negan right about what it actually takes to keep this immense amount of people in line so-to-speak… But Daryl has alluded to such before with his “Nothing grows here man! It’s a damn factory,” assessment of Sanctuary. It’s only a matter of time before one of The Savior decides to seek to arm themselves again and makes an ambush, potentially to break Negan out.

Once a Savior, always a Savior

In the sneak peek for the latest Walking Dead, it’s an early Saviors redux as they accost Maggie and her Hilltop bodyguard in the middle of the road, eating a tomato. The Saviors are suspicious she’s been picking off some of Sanctuary’s people, and Maggie more than notices the subtle invisible threat and display of power.

When asking for a name of one of The Saviors, he says “Mud” and “You’re the Widow.” Literally, nothing has truly changed, only the mask of peace during surrender. Maggie and Daryl may have been right all along.

“You do this, there’s no going back”

As the division between The Saviors and Rick’s group continues to create a chasm of distrust, Rick Grimes tries to avoid succumbing to “us vs them” mentality. Sensing, if they start acting on it, there’s no going back, “What we’re doing… It ends.”

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Catch up on last week’s Walking Dead episode The Bridge over at AMC and see the turning point leading up to this Savior uprising.