The recent episode of The Walking Dead, “Faith,” which is the 22nd episode of the final season, saw Eugene (Josh McDermitt) on trial for the murder of Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olsson), who happens to be the son of Governor Milton (Laila Robins). Everyone knew the trial was only for show, and Eugene would go down for this crime.
Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), in an act of defiance toward the Commonwealth, announced in a previous episode that she would represent Eugene in this case. She had been serving the governor as legal counsel, but her conscience got the better of her, and she stood firm to do what was right.
During the trial, viewers saw Governor Milton’s dramatic display of love for her son, the love she never showed him when he was alive. It was all a ploy to show the community that people get a fair trial for their crimes.
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Yumiko told Eugene that they needed to use this trial to rally the residents of the Commonwealth. Knowing his fate, Eugene made one last ditch effort to bring the people to their side. He likens the Commonwealth to The Sanctuary, home of the Saviors, led by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
He talked about how he looked the other way even though he knew of the horrific acts Negan and his crew were carrying out. He even goes so far as to say, “my inaction made me culpable.” Was he talking directly to Mercer (Michael James Shaw)? The camera leads viewers to believe that is exactly what he was doing when he says, “Sometimes all it takes is one person to do that,” referring to putting one’s life on the line to aid those you care about.
Mercer has a lot of skin in the game as he is the leader of the Commonwealth military, a job he takes very seriously. Add to that his sister Max (Margot Bingham) is in love with Eugene, who has been sentenced to death. Top that with the fact Mercer’s own heart has fallen for Princess (Paola Lázaro), who has been exiled to a labor camp.
It is no surprise that by the end of the episode Mercer, accompanied by what viewers can assume are his loyal soldiers, tells Eugene, “It’s time to F— S— up!”
The final two episodes of The Walking Dead have a lot of ground to cover before the current events see resolution.