4) The sacrifices we don’t see.
There is a passage in The Bible, Mark 6:5, which reads: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray on the street corners to be seen by others. When you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.”
Basically, if you’re doing something good just to be seen doing good, you’re not really that good at all; To truly do good, you have to do so without trying to get praise or glory for yourself. That, actually, sounds a lot like someone who ended up playing a huge role in Sunday’s episode: Negan.
For almost half this season, Negan has been hanging out with the Whisperers, and has been severely vilified for it, so vilified, in fact, that Aaron was about to attack him before a small crowd of walkers diverted his attention.
Why? Why would Negan apparently betray the communities, and join the Whisperers?
To eliminate Alpha.
Negan threw away all the trust he was trying to build in Alexandria, throw away all the good will he was building up with the people he’d wronged for so long, because he knew he was the only person who could get in close enough to actually get rid of the leader of the Whisperers, and, maybe, end their threat once and for all.
Sometimes in a zombie apocalypse, things are so bad that, the only way to deal with them is to do it alone, even if that means you have to cut yourself off from others to do it.