Spoilers below for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
With Rick Grimes’ presumed death waiting in The Walking Dead‘s wings, viewers couldn’t be expected to truly care about some shitbird Saviors getting targeted by a mystery killer. However, the AMC drama reached seldom seen emotional heights when it revealed those responsible for hunting the former villains down. It turns out the women from Oceanside were killing off the specific Saviors responsible for having killed their loved ones during the Simon-ordered genocide.
“Warning Signs” was clearly aiming to wrap this case up posthaste, with characters spending much of the episode suspecting and accusing others. (Leading to Anne’s big helicopter reveal.) But on the same day Arat went missing, Daryl and Maggie discovered Cyndie to be mere moments away from completing her “final” act of vengeance.
The Saviors killed Cyndie’s mother, and Arat was responsible for a particularly foul act. She murdered Cyndie’s brother right in front of the already grieving girl, but only after making her beg for her brother’s life. The emotional brutality was punctuated by Arat’s harsh assertion: “No exceptions.”
While we didn’t get to hear any similarly harrowing tales from the other Oceanside women, but it’s overtly implied that everyone shares in Cyndie’s torment. Sydney Park was pretty exceptional during the scene, giving Cyndie a far wider range than we’d seen thus far. All in all, it was arguably the most poignant moment to come yet from the live-action take on Oceanside, and one of the most powerful scenes of the entire run so far.
Just think, it was all inspired by Maggie, too. Even though the Hilltop leader didn’t aim to bring about any copycat vigilantes in choosing to give Gregory the death penalty, that’s exactly what she did. When faced with this reality, Maggie is initially taken aback, but she comes to the quick decision to let fate run its course, knowing all too well how it feels to witness the violent murder of her loved ones.