Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard
For a couple pages, we see how the towns people are mourning the loss of 12 of their own. Lives taken by Alpha as a warning to Rick not to cross the lines into Whisperer territory. After many tears and silence, the people begin to make their opinions known to Rick. Families and friends of those who were murdered demand action. Most offering to go into Whisperer territory themselves to take a couple of them out. It ends with a man saying Maggie should take over all the communities, then storming out. Knowing exactly what he was talking about, Rick still asks Maggie why he would say that. He wants to hear her say it, she executed Gregory, the man who tried to poison her and take back the Hilltop. An argument we thought we'd never see erupts between Rick and Maggie, leading to Rick actually hooking off on Maggie. She follows up by laying him the hell out.
For a second, we think she may have actually hurt Rick, but he shortly comes to, and back to his senses. They had their argument, their fight, and make up. Everyone's friends again. That kind of bothered me a bit, since they were arguing over the survival of many people and they couldn't have realistically made up that quickly but hey, comics right?
Rick goes home to get some rest, only to find Eugene in his living room talking with Andrea. Eugene understands that a plan is needed, and rushing in is mindless. He understands Rick wants to wait and plot, which is okay. He thinks himself smarter than the regular townsfolk who want to rush in on emotions and get themselves killed. But he needs the assurance that these people will die for the death of his wife and unborn child. Rick agrees and Eugene reminds Rick of a large bargaining chip that they have in their possession, Alpha's daughter Lydia.
Looks like Eugene is ready to hit some unseen lows before, and Rick may be along for the ride. We may see some old Rick coming out. And Negan's been quiet for a bit, where's that going? Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens next month! Until next time readers!