The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 12: “Say Yes”

The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 12: “Say Yes”
Grade: B+

In the twelfth episode of the seventh season of The Walking Dead, “Say Yes” follows Rick and Michonne on a long run to find as many guns as they can in order to win over Jadis and the Scavengers to fight with them. Meanwhile, Tara contemplates telling Rick about Oceanside’s guns, even though she’d promised never to mention their existence if they let her go, and Rosita wants to kill Negan and asks Sasha to help her.

Overall, this episode brought Rick and Michonne back to the forefront of the story, the core characters of the show, which I feel like we haven’t seen much of this season thus far—because we haven’t—and it was good to get back to them. However, Rosita’s impatience in the plan is going to get everyone—if not just her and Sasha—killed, which is a disappointing direction to have her go into.


HIGHLIGHTS

Rick and Michonne
are the Apocalypse Power Couple of my dreams. I loved getting more time with them, especially as a couple, because we haven’t had much of time with them separately thanks to the fractured storytelling they’re doing this season. Having them be the focus of the episode, finding all the guns and food, and working together to clear Walkers were both funny, adorable, and bad ass. The episode was much stronger than previous because of the focus on the core characters of the show.

Tara
contemplating telling Rick and the others about Oceanside was a great b-story to the episode and gave Tara some more screen time (which she hasn’t had since her standalone episode “Swear,” an entire six episodes ago). There was great stuff here for Tara having to break her promise and I loved the scene with her talking to Judith while sitting for her.

LOWLIGHTS

Rosita’s
anger is valid, but I don’t like what she’s doing. I don’t like that she’s ruining the plan, trying to take it in her own hands, and now bringing in Sasha to the mix, I’m just worried that she’ll do something stupid and it will make me dislike her as a character, which I don’t want to do because I’ve always liked Rosita, but I’m liking her less and less. And if this makes me dislike Sasha (or worse, gets her killed), one of my top ten favorites characters on the entire show, I’ll be upset.

The fall of this season,
as much as I’ve enjoyed most of it, was from the fractured stories that they’re trying to tell. Everyone is scattered and I had thought that this would be fixed with everyone coming together at the end of the mid-season finale, but with Maggie (seriously we’ve seen her, like, twice?) and Sasha at Hilltop, Alexandrians all over the place, Carol out on her own, the intro to the Kingdom, and the focus on Negan and the Saviors, the show is suffering from trying to tell so many stories. The first season they were doing too many standalone episodes, but now they’re just not doing a good job of handling all of these different groups all scattered. Though, I will say, it’s making it easier to cope with the losses we’ve had, because sometimes we don’t see some characters for episodes and episodes at a time, so missing those characters are easier.

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