'The Walking Dead' recap: Teenage wasteland

Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers for the The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 5, "Go Getters." To read our recap of Episode 4, click here.

Now we're getting somewhere.

The Walking Dead has been twiddling its torturous thumbs for the past few weeks, neither advancing the season nor giving its viewers anything new or remotely exciting to watch. It's been a bit of a slog. But we have a faint glimmer of hope.

Sure, we still have Carl knocking around and a mustachioed Negan stand in, but "Go Getters" gave us a genuinely interesting action sequence, and true movement on the season's arch (thank you, Jesus!). Is it a coincidence that Negan wasn't around and Rick was barely in it? Nope, not at all. Thanks for saving more than just the Hilltop, Maggie!

Prenatal adventures

If you were wondering where Maggie was hiding after she was conspicuously absent (and faked dead) at Alexandria last week, it turns out she was at the Hilltop with Sasha, finally getting some medical attention for the pregnancy complication that set them all out on that RV trip in the first place. Maybe she and Sasha should have just walked there, huh?

Maggie awakes to find that Gregory, aka the Hilltop leader, is still as much of a bumbling sexist idiot as he was before they got into the Saviors mess. He's useless and own't even let Maggie and Sasha stay at the Hilltop for the duration of Maggie's pregnancy, as the doctor suggests. He's worried about retribution from the Saviors, and he should be, but exiling Maggie and Sasha won't help matters.

In perhaps the most inventive sequence on the show in awhile, the Saviors break into the Hilltop and wreak havoc to attract as many walkers as possible. They set up a car with blasting music, light fires and wait for the herd to come. The Hilltop only survives thanks to Maggie and Sasha (and Maggie's tractor skills). Honestly, we'd watch Maggie run over walkers and the car with that tractor on a loop forever.

But still, when the Saviors show up later to take half of the Hilltop's stuff, Gregory tries to sell Maggie and Sasha out. But good thing Jesus is there to put him in his place. Jesus also gets us closer than we have yet to solving the Negan problem by tracking where, exactly the big guy lives. The fact that a certain other person stowed away hopefully won't hold him back too much. And hey, speaking of that thorn in our side...

Rollerskating in hell

Look, The Walking Dead really wants you to care about Carl. They want you to care about him so hard that they introduced Enid, tried to make us care about her, then stuck the two of them together in an awkward teen romance. In this episode, they gave them a weirdly cutesy road trip that involved roller blades and also heads exploding on a car windshield. Teens in the post-apocalypse are so weird, am I right?

While on their journey, Carl and Enid work out their big issue, wherein Carl locked Enid in the armory to prevent her from going on that RV trip and possibly getting her head bashed in. They also kiss, because, apparently robbed of Glenn and Maggie, this is the romance we're supposed to root for. Who here is shipping Ezekiel and Carol to get through the storm?

The kids eventually make it to the Hilltop, where Enid joins team Maggie and Sasha (would watch a Full House-like sitcom about Maggie and Sasha raising Enid in the post apocalypse in that trailer) while Carl has his own plan. Yup, he hops in that truck alongside Jesus trying to find the Savior's compound. And we're absolutely sure the little scamp can solve the whole thing all on his own. He's never made things worse before, right

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