The Walking Dead finally checked in with Maggie, Sasha, Jesus, and the rest of the Hilltop community this week with its fifth episode of the season, “Go Getters,” focusing on the fallout of Glenn and Abraham’s deaths, as well as Hilltop leader Gregory’s displeasure at Rick’s failure to get rid of the Saviors. Overall, this was another mediocre episode in a season that is increasingly becoming a slog, but it did have its moments. In particular, Maggie and Sasha’s relationship was well developed, as the two shared in their collective grief over the loss of their loved ones and forged a deep bond that is sure to make them a force to be reckoned with as the season moves along (Negan had better watch his back because these two women certainly aren’t going to forget).
Besides the Maggie and Sasha stuff, the only other real highlights of this episode were the return of Jesus and his delightfully over-the-top kung-fu and Steven Ogg as Savior lieutenant Simon, who is emerging as an even more interesting villain than Negan. Much like every other episode since the premiere, not much really happens in “Go Getters” that is worth getting excited about, but it does feel like we’re getting much closer to open war with Negan, which is a plus. With only three episodes left until The Walking Dead goes on its mid-season break, here are the biggest questions we have in the wake of “Go Getters.”
10. Where The Heck Are The Other Hilltop Residents?
The late night zombie attack on Hilltop is the central action scene of this episode and while it gets points for showcasing Maggie’s quick-thinking and leadership skills, not to mention Jesus and his roundhouse kicks, the whole sequence felt off because of how empty it felt. It’s been established that Hilltop isn’t full of hardened survivors to the degree that Alexandria is (which is part of the reason why Rick promised to get rid of the Saviors in the first place) but are there seriously so few capable people living there that it falls on three people, one of whom is a pregnant women with explicit instructions to “take it easy,” to take care of everything?
Where the heck was everyone? We see Maggie tell two men to go close the gates, but considering we don’t see them after that, we might as well assume that they just went back to bed. Did AMC just not have the budget for extras in this scene? Whatever the case, the lack of people felt unrealistic and detracted from what could have been a more impactful scene.