As Negan believes the Saviors have won at the end of #120, he takes his group to the ammunition factory, just as it is being overrun with walkers drawn in by the gunfire. He takes Eugene and his crew hostage. He wants ammo. And lots of it.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
Rick wakes from passing out. He has a concussion, but tending to him is Doctor Carson from the Hilltop. Denise is succumbing to the fever. Heath stays by her side, making every last minute count. Carl confronts his dad as he leaves Heath and Denise, calling him a wimp for getting a concussion. He is just trying to lighten the mood. It’s bad outside. Really bad.
Michonne says it is so bad that Ezekiel and his men are ready to leave. Jesus and a few others are out trying to kill the walkers that the explosions are bringing in. Rick is concerned if there is still a gate. Andrea assures him that there is… it’s just not protecting much. The town is destroyed. Rick makes a choice. No one is staying in the destruction. Everyone is going to leave together.
Ezekiel shows more weakness, as he has increasingly since he lost Shiva. Rick asks him to please wait before he leaves as there is safety in numbers. Ezekiel will consider it. As Rick leaves, Jesus runs to him as he has found Eugene is gone. Rick isn’t too worried — the crew is too valuable with their knowledge to kill.
Heath apologizes to Denise about their fights, saying they could’ve been just happy. He is sorry for everything… but she has passed away. He cannot bring himself to make sure she doesn’t come back, so Michonne does it for him. After they bury the body, everyone starts packing.
While packing, Rick pauses by the open closet where his telephone sits. THE telephone. The one he has spoken on before to people who are not there.
Andrea asks Rick if there is anything else. Rick hesitates a moment by the phone, then states, “No.”
Negan, with his wide vocabulary, has Eugene tied up. He demands he make the ammunition. Eugene refuses. Negan proclaims that he must cooperate or he will cut off his manhood. And Eugene doesn’t care. Rick is trying to build something good, and he won’t do anything to jeopardize it.
A bit more momentum in #121, but still not an all out war. Reading these issues back to back, the character of Negan just becomes more more unsavory. His language is ridiculous, and the thought of him being represented on the TV show in the future is actually scary. Who would be able to pull it off? Perhaps we will find out soon enough. As for the comics, the war continues soon in my recap of #122.