Spoiler warning for anybody who has but to look at The Strolling Lifeless’s newest episode, “The Huge Scary U.”
Strolling Lifeless followers knew that this week would take us back to Negan and Father Gabriel’s situation inside their short-term protected haven, and lots of have been frightened for Gabriel’s security. Although that was largely due to Negan’s violence-happy presence, whereas the episode really made it appear like the lament-laden priest had probably fallen sufferer to a walker chew or another illness. However is that what really occurred?
After Gabriel and Negan’s pow-wow, which gave audiences some perception into the villain’s backstory, they went the “Guts” route of overlaying themselves in walker goo as a solution to stroll amongst them undetected. Upon reaching the Sanctuary, Negan reestablished order and set Gabriel up inside a cell like the opposite prisoners which were held there previously. Even with none signal of pet food sandwiches on the menu, Gabriel appeared extraordinarily sick when Eugene checked in on him. I imply, he already appeared like hell for your entire episode, sweating buckets and never shifting a lot, however that ending made it look like he may be worse off than we anticipated.
Gabriel’s dialogue at the start of the episode both proves or disproves his present state, as he was speaking all about how his largest worry was dying with no goal. So there isn’t any means he will die with out bringing some form of contemporary hell to Negan and the Saviors, however it’s altogether unclear if Gabriel is simply faking an sickness at this level with the intention to idiot Eugene and the others, or if he is really sick or bitten, figuring out he has to drag out all of the stops with one final heroic second to ship him off.
On the aspect of Gabriel faking it: Negan now appears intent on taking Gabriel below his wing and turning him into some kinda protégé, which is one thing that Gabriel positively would not need. And after listening to Negan confer with himself as “robust” so many occasions, Gabriel probably is not planning a really bodily escape, so he would wish to attempt one thing much more devious and embeded with psychological dexterity. Similar to faking an sickness with the intention to contact base once more with former Hilltop doctor Dr. Carson, which might presumably result in the 2 of them utilizing medicinal means to take Negan out of the image. Or one thing alongside these strains, and presumably with Eugene additionally becoming a member of them.
On the flip aspect, wherein Gabriel is certainly sick, the dude appeared depressing for your entire episode, and was sweating to the purpose the place he would possibly die of dehydration at any given second. Plus, each time he and Negan have been going by the large walker herd outdoors, they have been alarmingly haphazard about defending themselves from all of the walkers behind them. So it is greater than attainable that Gabriel was bitten in some unspecified time in the future throughout this escape, however managed to maintain it a secret from each Negan and viewers members.
In truth, it might be extraordinarily fascinating and selfless of Gabriel if he deliberately obtained himself bitten by a walker particularly in order that he would not must “pretend” any accidents when inside The Sanctuary. After having confessed to permitting so many individuals to die in order that he might keep alive, Gabriel would possibly very nicely have realized that he would wish to sacrifice himself with the intention to attempt to save everybody else. Or no less than to attempt to keep away from any being pregnant issues for Maggie by bringing her physician again. That might positively make his loss of life fruitful and redemption-worthy.
Sadly, we’re in no way certain when Father Gabriel’s story will proceed, contemplating the best way this sequence bounces between timelines and character teams. And subsequent week seems to be to be all about Rick and Jadis. However everybody’s story continues each Sunday evening on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what else is coming to the small display within the close to future, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.