With what we've seen so far of this Sunday's episode of AMC's The Walking Dead ("Look at the Flowers"), it would understandable if our focus was on the "Walker World's Finest" team-up of Carol (Melissa McBride) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The opening minutes of the episode offered us the backstory on their deal – but now in the newest preview, we get the other perspective on this situation.
Beta's (Ryan Hurst) perspective.
In the clip below, Beta finds the "gift" that Carol left for him – and makes his opinion known when it comes to anyone thinking he's the new "Alpha."
If that wasn't enough (and it should be), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) head out for "first contact" with Eugene's radio-friendly friend "Stephanie" – while Daryl's (Norman Reedus) got a few issues he still needs to work through with Negan…
We didn't mince words over how impressed we were with season opener "Lines We Crossed" (check out our review here). Then we had Morton, Hurst, and Birch raising the bar even higher with "We Are the End of the World" (check out our review here), – offering up some Whisperers backstory.
"Ghosts" elevated the paranoia as McBride continues delivering an award-winning performance (that review's here) – while "Silence the Whisperers" proved once again why it's "In Cudlitz, We Trust" (review here).
"What It Always Is" had a now-free Negan beginning his redemption arc (???) while Alpha raised the stakes against our survivors (review here).
"Bonds" had Negan being tested, Carol and Daryl possibly making matters worse for the community by "picking up" a Whisperer, and Eugene reaching out… and getting a response.
"Open Your Eyes" (review here) saw our theory about Siddiq (Avi Nash) completely, totally, and tragically put to rest. That brought us to midseason finale "The World Before" (reviewed here), as the drumbeats of war grew louder.
After a mideason break, we learned that those drumbeats had turned into thunder, as "Squeeze" (review here) and "Stalker" (review here) turned up the heat on what was once a stealth "cold war" back-n-forth between Alpha and our heroes.
Then with "Morning Star" (review here), that heat caught fire… literally – only to see the entire direction of the war get flipped on its end in "Walk With Us" (review here).
What could top that, and cause a break in the action? That would be "What We Become" (review here), with Danai Gurira's final run as Michonne… or is it?