Say Yes (The Walking Dead)
|The Walking Dead episode|
|Directed by||Greg Nicotero|
|Written by||Matthew Negrete|
|Original air date||March 5, 2017|
|Running time||42 minutes|
"Say Yes" is the twelfth episode of the seventh season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on March 5, 2017. The episode was written by Matthew Negrete and directed by Greg Nicotero.
The episode focuses on Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) scavenging for supplies. Back in Alexandria, Tara (Alanna Masterson) must make a morally challenging decision. Rosita's (Christian Serratos) plans to assassinate Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), with the help of a former friend, Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green).
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) leave Alexandria to search for guns to give to the Scavengers to get their help in fighting the Saviors. After one fruitless day, they find an abandoned traveling carnival behind a school; the grounds are filled with walkers of many military soldiers still equipped with their guns. They scout the crowd from the school's roof, but it collapses on them. They land on mattresses inside the empty school, and discover a supply of rations. As they feast and prepare to deal with the walkers the next day, Michonne encourages Rick to take charge of the new world order once they have defeated the Saviors. Rick is unsure of this.
In the morning, the two methodically deal with the walker hoard. As they split up to finish off the stragglers, Rick spots a deer. As he owes a deer to Michonne for the one she had to give to the Saviors earlier, he climbs the ferris wheel to snipe it, but the wheel collapses under him and he falls into a crowd of walkers. A horrified Michonne sees this and, thinking the walkers are attacking him, drops her katana. Rick reveals himself, having hidden under a crate, and together they clear the remaining walkers. Rick shows her that the walkers were eating the deer he had spotted. They collect the guns and return to Alexandria before heading off to meet Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), the leader of the Scavengers. She says that Rick has not brought enough guns to fulfill their deal. Frustrated, the group returned to Alexanderia. Tara (Alanna Masterson), who has contemplated telling the others about the well-armed Oceanside community, meets with Rick after his group returns.
Meanwhile, Rosita (Christian Serratos) ventures out on her own, trying to find more guns, but is unsuccessful. She meets with Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and expresses her desire to kill Negan even if she dies in the attempt. Gabriel cautions her that dying is the easy way out. After Rick and the others return from their meeting with the Scavengers, and knowing they still need to keep looking for weapons, Rosita travels alone to the Hilltop community to meet with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), convincing her to join in her attempt to assassinate Negan with a sniper rifle. They both acknowledge they will likely not survive the attempt.
"Say Yes" received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 79% with an average rating of 6.65 out of 10, based on 34 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Say Yes" features an enjoyable side trip with Rick and Michonne, as well as surprises, a few laughs, and some good zombie action."
Erik Kain of Forbes reviewed the episode, saying, "Truly a bizarre episode. Probably the most disappointing one this season since I was genuinely enjoying it for a while before it took a nose dive. That deer. My god, that deer."
- "Say Yes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
- Kain, Erik (March 5, 2016). "'The Walking Dead' Season 7, Episode 12 Review: 'Say Yes' To Fake Deer [Updated]". Forbes. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
- Porter, Rick (March 7, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Walking Dead' at lowest point since Season 2, 'Feud' has decent premiere for FX". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 7, 2017.