A screenshot of the Character Father Gabriel from the show, The Walking Dead."

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 11, Episode 9

When Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) took over the Reaper’s sniper and replied “Call me Gabriel” in that walkie talkie, I was like “Yes, bitch!” I knew he was going to come through somehow but I wasn’t sure how or when.

You know, Father Gabriel is probably the most improved character of “The Walking Dead’s” entire series — I’m surprised he lasted long enough to be one of our core characters. He went from a scared priest who let his congregation die while he hoarded food and supplies, to a badass machete wielding threat. We used to be unable to trust him with the most mundane tasks like, (I don’t know) go find food. Now, this man is saving people?! Wow.

Anyways, the theme of this episode seemed to be: we stressed the fuck out. Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) and Gracie (Anabelle Holloway) were about to drown and get eaten by walkers, Aaron (Ross Marquand) was literally holding on for dare life, the Reaper’s were whooping their asses, AND it was pouring rain outside. I really didn’t know how this episode was going to end, but the Common Wealth’s soldiers knocking on their door with raggedy ass Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) in tow seemed fitting. I can’t stand Eugene; he’s just so damn gullible.

Oh, and Daryl Dixon’s (Norman Reedus) dumbass should not have let his lil girlfriend live. Has he learned nothing from the Dwight situation?! Bruh. Also, I know the flash forward clip at the end was supposed to make us think that the people who stayed with Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and the people who left with Daryl are at odds but I ain’t buying that. There’s some sort of plan going on and I’m excited to see it unfold throughout the season.

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