We’re now four episodes into The Walking Dead’s latest season and it’s safe to say that things have never looked more dire for the good guys. Negan swung by Alexandria to collect his first tribute from his new ruled settlement and it was pretty much a disaster on every level for Rick and his group. Alexandria now has no way of defending itself against the likes of the Saviors, let alone a group of walkers, and with many now questioning whether they should have placed their faith in Rick to begin with, things are bound to get even worse before they get better in the coming weeks. Overall, not much actually happened in “Service” other than Negan lording his power over Rick at every opportunity, but the episode does raise a bunch of questions about how things will proceed over the next few episodes leading into the midseason finale (and not just whether Carl will get his hair cut, which needs to happen ASAP).
10. Will Spencer Try To Oust Rick?
You know things are bad when you find yourself kind of rooting for Spencer, who has barely registered as a character worth giving a damn about up to this point. The main B-plot of “Service” revolves around Rosita and Spencer venturing out to grab Daryl’s bike for Dwight (and pick up a gun along the way) and it turns out that Spencer was stowing away a few guns for himself because he lacks confidence in Rick’s ability to lead. The episode concludes with Rick threatening to break Spencer’s jaw and knock his teeth out if he ever brings up Glenn and Abraham’s deaths again, so it’s fair to say that their relationship is rather contentious right now.
Will Spencer be able to lead a successful uprising of Alexandrians unhappy with the new Negan world order against Rick? While it’s hard to see Spencer’s plans actually working out the way he might want them to (it feels like a safe bet that he’s not going to survive the season), a rebellion against Rick could be the catalyst needed to wake Rick out of his subservient stupor and actually start trying to formulate a plan to get out from under Negan’s rule.