The Walking Dead: ‘Not Tomorrow Yet’ Review

The Walking Dead 'Attack of the Killer Alexandrians'

“Where there’s life, there’s possibility.” -Morgan

The Walking Dead just had one of its best episodes in a very long time and after watching ‘Not Tomorrow Yet’, I am officially hoping tomorrow never comes. Rick and his group of savage murderers finally decided to put fate in their own hands by murdering an entire group of Saviors. Was this a good idea? Probably not. But I think war with this faction would have been inevitable so might as well make the first move.

Would you be able to murder people in their sleep in order to survive? This was the question most of our characters were dealing with (besides Rick and Carol obviously) and even though the Saviors haven’t posed a direct threat to Alexandria yet, I’m not so sure this would have been an easy decision to make. Morgan is definitely not right thinking that these Saviors are just going to surrender but we’re talking about cold-blooded murder here and I can’t imagine it would have been an easy decision for anybody involved. Of course, it probably helped knowing that the Saviors are actually a bunch of cold-blooded killers themselves so technically this is vigilante justice, right?

And with war comes the goodbyes, much to my dismay. What’s with the sudden outbreak of relationships on The Walking Dead? And who in the fuck is Tobin? Really, show? I’m expected to feel something for Carol and this random Tobin dude after they randomly decide to make out for no good reason whatsoever? Not happening. I think I could definitely go without all of this relationship crap. I get it, it’s supposed to be some kind of character development but the writers are really bad at it because a lot of these characters are simply really boring (like Tobin). Hopefully the series will focus more on these bigger conflicts, like Alexandria/Hilltop vs. The Saviors, because they seem to do that very well. Just please, no more make-out sessions.

Now let’s grab some of Carol’s world famous acorn beet cookies and enjoy the review, fellow walkers!

Weeds or Wildflowers

The opening scene got things rolling in the best way possible and I think The Walking Dead is truly at its best with openings like these. Even though Carol was just baking up some of her trademark beet and acorn cookies, the song selection was picture perfect with Parsonsfield’s Weeds or Wildflowers setting the tone for the episode. I especially liked the upbeat song choice because you knew it was only a matter of time before the mood changed completely.

Carol drops off some of her freshly baked cookies to Tobin and it appears we can add these two to the list of victims who appear to be heading towards a relationship. Tobin obviously hasn’t done much of anything so might as well get him and Carol involved romantically since everyone is hooking up these days.

Thankfully, all this lovey dovey bullshit is interrupted by Rick and the rest of the crew when they return from Hilltop with a message…that message obviously being that they are going to have to fight. And by fight he clearly means murdering people in their sleep. Carol doesn’t ask any questions since she’s totally into the whole ‘murder’ thing now so Morgan decides it’s the perfect time to break the silence and talk to Carol about that time they tried to murder each other. Of course, Carol doesn’t feel like talking since she was just dropping off a cookie at Sam’s tombstone. Hopefully someone warned her about those pesky grave robbers:

“He won’t miss that cookie.”

Obviously Sam is not going to eat that cookie anyways since he didn’t bother when he was alive and instead chose to have his leftover food collect ants. You won’t be missed, Sam!

It’s time for the monthly town meeting and Rick has a big announcement: Alexandria is going to war with a group of Saviors. And he’s definitely right about the fact that the Saviors would likely find them just like the Wolves did so, in this case, Rick’s plan is actually the right one here. Still, I’m not quite sure why they didn’t just rob Hilltop for their food instead of making an alliance with them. I mean, they only have wooden spears so I’m not sure how much help they’re going to be if the plan is war.

Morgan decides that now is a good time to suggest they go the civil route but what he doesn’t realize is that these people are going to fucking murder all of them if they don’t take the power into their own hands. And for the first time in a long time, I’m actually taking Rick’s side on this one. Morgan, sit down, shut up and start sharpening your wooden stick into one of those awesome Hilltop spears.

“Look at all the fucks I give.”

In this particular case, Rick is absolutely right and Morgan is absolutely wrong which probably means that one of them is going to be very dead by the end of the season and it’s not going to be Rick.

The town starts preparing for war so naturally we got a whole lot of conversations revolving around how everyone is in love now, including Carol and Tobin who decide to finally make out. Unfortunately, what Tobin doesn’t realize is that he’s a minor character which means he is totally expendable and likely going to die at some point.

The Kiss of Death

Abraham is the only one who is sick and tired of relationships and, while questioning why dingleberries are brown…

"Why are dingleberry's brown?"

…he breaks up with Rosita so he can help murder people with Rick. And in case you are wondering why Dingleberries are brown, it’s because that is just the way shit is. Obviously this doesn’t sit well with Rosita but does anyone care about this entire relationship that has barely been explored at all? The answer is a definite nope so hopefully we can shut the door on all of this romance once and for all.

Alone Time

Poor Eugene! At least he’s got mad lock picking skills.

How To Get Away With Murder

After everyone is done saying their goodbyes, Andy draws out a map of the building where some of the Saviors are spending their time and if you have no idea who in the fuck Andy is, you’re in good company because I have no idea who this guy is either. Apparently he’s one of the Hilltop dudes and he has a lot of info on the Saviors satellite office since he was one of the unlucky ones tasked with dropping off supplies. Rick comes up with a plan to walk right in the front door because apparently Rick has some huge balls.

He decides that they are going to bring them Gregory’s head. But it’s all a trick of course since Gregory is still very much alive so here’s hoping that the Saviors don’t remember what Greg looks like. I say just cut the real Greg’s head off since he’s a total douche anyways but instead Heath and Glenn go head shopping in the forest. Here is what they came up with:

The Three Wise Men

They end up going with the middle head but the nose isn’t quite right, leading to the greatest moment of the episode.

Heads Up

Punch-Out

Yup, Rick punched a decapitated head in the nose repeatedly. It’s no wonder Andy suggested that the Saviors have nothing on Rick and he’s definitely not wrong. I can’t say I have ever seen someone punch a decapitated head in the face until now and it’s clear that Rick is ready to rock ‘n roll.

Andy arrives at the satellite office with Gregory’s pretend head and the Saviors buy it hook, line and sinker. They even took a page out of Rick’s book and had some fun with the head themselves:

“I’ve been a ventriloquist since I was 10.”

The fun didn’t last very long though because Rick and company begin their murdering rampage and storm the building. It was an all-out slaughter with every single Savior present falling victim to a knife in the head while they slept and it was all super dark and disturbing to watch. Still, it was a necessity given the fact that these Savior dudes were probably not just going to roll over and surrender like Morgan suggested. It also appears as though our ventriloquist friend is going into early retirement.

“It’s been a slice!”

Yup, he took a machete through the chest just like Ron. And they got Craig back! At least I think that was Craig. Wait, who the fuck is Craig? Yup, we’re all asking that.

The attack is most definitely on and our Alexandrians are taking the killing to the Saviors in the cheapest way possible…by stabbing everyone in the head as they are sound asleep. I’m quite surprised none of the guards were light sleepers because not one of them woke up.

“I’m going to sing you a lullaby with this knife.”

Obviously these people are not murderers, they are doing what they think they have to do to survive, and this was illustrated perfectly when Glenn and Heath hesitated before putting the guards to sleep for good. Of course, they clearly did not need to hesitate after Glenn comes across this collection of photographs:

Lucille's victims

Yup, the Saviors are also serial murderers and it’s becoming very evident that Rick and his crew made the right choice by making the first move. I think it’s safe to say that these people were victims of Negan’s favorite weapon. This is clearly not going to end well for a whole bunch of people. It was a massacre of epic proportions and I get the feeling the Saviors are going to be super fucking pissed when they find out what happened. Plus, it didn’t help that one of the guards was able to set off an alarm to warn the rest of the Saviors. Mission failed!

And it appears as though our Savior friends enjoy toking the wacky tobaccy from time to time:

Puff Puff Pass

This is the perfect discovery for Rick and his group who can finally smoke some reefer which should totally chill them all out for once. So after the alarm goes off, all hell breaks loose and pretty much every single person is unloading their gun on anything that moves. It was an absolute blood bath and the first time Rick and his crew were responsible for being the hunters and not the hunted.

Maggie also came along for the murder spree and Carol thinks bringing a pregnant woman is a terrible idea. As it turns out, Carol was absolutely right since her and Maggie are eventually kidnapped by the Saviors.

With Hozier’s Arsonist’s Lullabye playing, we are led to believe that everything is just peachy after the attack but this is extinguished immediately when Rick gets a message on his walkie from a mysterious female who lets him know that they have Carol and Maggie. So just when you think Rick is able to successfully guide his people through a murderous mission with no casualties, the pregnant woman who shouldn’t have even been there in the first place gets kidnapped and we’re right back to square one.

Not Out Of The Woods Yet

This was the perfect cliffhanger to end on and the Saviors are slowly becoming a very significant threat. For the first time in a long time, I cannot wait to see what these people have in store for the Alexandrians and, after murdering an entire compound of Saviors, I can’t imagine they’re going to be thrilled to just give Rick what he wants.

We still don’t know a whole lot about the Saviors but I think once Negan finally arrives at the party we will finally get some answers as to who these people are and what motivates them. Clearly they are not looking to make friends and I get the feeling that Maggie and Glenn might be in serious trouble. I still predict that Glenn is going to be killed off at some point after all of that trickery in the first half of the season. Is it possible that Glenn will trade himself for Maggie so their baby can live? I have a sneaking suspicion that this might be exactly what we’re leading up to.

The Verdict

Episode Score: MIKEY LIKES IT (but dislikes acorn beet cookies)
Mikey Likes It

I haven’t been this impressed with an episode of The Walking Dead in a long time but I really enjoyed ‘Not Tomorrow Yet’. Rick’s group finally had to make the first move and, as tough as it was to watch them go out of their comfort zone and commit mass murder, it was definitely necessary since these Saviors are bad news. That bulletin board with the photos of people who had been bludgeoned to death is clear evidence that the Alexandrians made the right choice but with Maggie and Carol being held hostage, how is this going to play out?

The Walking Dead is at its absolute best when it features groups of people battling it out in this post-apocalyptic wasteland. The cannibal story arc was one of the best the series had going for it but, unfortunately, that all ended much too quickly. For me, the season five premiere was the last episode that I actually felt worried for a lot of our characters and I think these fears are beginning to reassert themselves now that the Saviors are in the driver’s seat. It’s about fucking time that a real threat is making its way into the story and I think Negan and the Saviors are the perfect ingredient to get this story cooking.

That said, what’s with everyone hooking up on this show all of a sudden? First, Rick and Michonne become Richonne. Then Abraham decides to bang Rosita while he thinks about Sasha. And now Carol and Tobin appear to be making out over cookies. Oh, and apparently Tara is in love with Denise now. It’s like the Saviors secretly released Cupid into Alexandria. I’m sorry to say but this series is so much better when it is focusing on the bigger picture rather than these random relationships. I mean, Carol and Tobin? Really, show?

With that awesome cliffhanger, it appears as though Rick, Glenn and the rest are in some serious trouble and I’m not sure how they are going to get themselves out of this mess, especially after murdering an entire compound of Saviors. Not to mention the fact that Daryl also blew up seven of them with an RPG. If I’m the Saviors, there is probably no more time for talk and Carol and Maggie might end up very dead because I honestly see no way out of this one. Way to go, Rick.

So what did everyone think of ‘Not Tomorrow Yet’? Were you as shocked as I was about all of the murder in this episode? Or are you spitting out those acorn beet cookies in disgust? Let us know in the comments and thanks for reading, fellow Walkers.

And next week, it looks like we’re going to have some kind of trade-off that is obviously going to go wrong. Check out the promo for ‘The Same Boat’ below:

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