"Say Yes" is the twelfth episode of the seventh season of AMC's The Walking Dead. It is the ninety-fifth episode of the series overall. It premiered on March 5, 2017, at 9/8c on AMC, and on March 6, 2017, at 9pm on Fox. It was written by Matt Negrete and directed by Greg Nicotero.
As they prepare for another day of scavenging, Rick notes that one of their walkies needs batteries.
In the van, Rick and Michonne arrange the few supplies they’ve collected.
Still out scavenging, they happen upon Saviors golfing in a field. They spot batteries in the Saviors’ truck.
Back in the van, Rick powers up the dead walkie using batteries stolen from the Saviors. Michonne suggests they return to Alexandria , but Rick convinces her to keep scavenging for another day and a half.
Meanwhile, back in Alexandria, Rosita is on her porch, removing the stitches from the cut on her face. Tara arrives with the intention of helping Rosita remove her sutures. After an awkward pause, Tara assures Rosita that they have enough people to fight Negan; they just need to find weapons. Rosita snaps back, asking where they’re going to find guns. “I can’t just wait,” Rosita says as she stalks off, vowing to find guns.
As Michonne drives the van down a road, she looks at Rick and sees he’s nodded off.
Michonne makes coffee by the side of the road as Rick continues to sleep. She spots a deer in the woods and quietly grabs a gun from the van. Rick wakes up and joins Michonne. They search for the deer but it’s gone. Then, they notice something else in the distance.
Rick and Michonne discover an abandoned school with a chain link fence surrounding its perimeter. They bang on the fence, and the sound attracts a walker in combat uniform with a gun slung on its shoulder.
After dispatching the walker, Michonne removes its gun. “Something serious happened here,” she says. Rick inspects the shell casings on the ground and guesses they are about to find some “serious guns.”
Out on her own, Rosita scavenges for guns. She spots a gun in the doorway of an old house and goes after it. A walker lunges out at Rosita. She kills the walker and grabs the gun, only to discover that it’s a toy. Furious, she hurls the toy gun to the ground.
Rick and Michonne climb onto the waterlogged roof of the school for a better vantage point. They find the grounds decked out with carnival rides and swarming with walkers — all equipped with guns. Michonne describes the site as a battlefield. “I think this is it,” says Rick.
As they take in the scene, Rick wonders if they’ll be able to take out all the walkers. In response, Michonne fires her rifle at a gaming booth in the distance, hitting its target. They both laugh.
Suddenly, the roof below them caves in and they fall through.
Rick and Michonne land on a bed, and burst out laughing at their immense luck. As they examine their surroundings, Rick sees a large pile of boxes, each filled with canned goods and other supplies.
Back in Alexandria, Rosita visits Gabriel at the church. She yells at him for dissuading her from killing Negan, even though it might have gotten her killed. Gabriel patiently defends himself; he argues that the rest of the group still needs her.
Rick and Michonne open the crates and discover an abundance of non-perishable food rations. That night, they feast inside the school gymnasium. They decide to set aside one third of the food for the Saviors, and a portion of the weapons for the Scavengers. As they talk about the impending war, Michonne urges Rick to lead the communities after they defeat Negan. Rick suggests they take another day or two before heading back home.
Later, Rick sits awake at night while Michonne sleeps.
While babysitting Judith, Tara verbally debates to herself the pros and cons of telling Rick about the guns at Oceanside. She’s torn by her promise to keep its location a secret.
Outside the school, Rick and Michonne formulate a plan to close a gap in the perimeter fence and kill all the walkers. Rick shifts an abandoned car into neutral and they roll it toward the gap. The brakes fail. A walker with an automatic rifle slung across its shoulders gets caught in some rebar; the trigger of the gun is caught in the metal, causing it to fire at Rick and Michonne. Michonne jumps into the trunk as the car rolls through the gap and comes to a stop. Walkers swarm the car.
Rick and Michonne escape the car through the sunroof and the walkers follow.
Rick and Michonne split up in order to divide the herd. While fighting walkers, Rick spots a deer and climbs the Ferris wheel to get a good shot at it. The dilapidated structure can’t bear his weight and he falls. He shoots at walkers as they start to close in on him.
Michonne runs over to help Rick and sees walkers feasting on fresh flesh and intestines. She drops her katana in shock, thinking Rick has died. As walkers move toward her, Rick bursts forth from a part of the carnival ride and starts taking down walkers. He throws Michonne her katana, and she snaps back into action. After they’ve killed the entire herd, they hug.
As Rick and Michonne gather guns from the school grounds, he sees her crying in the distance.
Michonne sits in silence during the drive back to Alexandria. Rick pulls over. He warns her that they’re going to lose people in the fight against Negan, possibly each other. He tells her it will be worth it, because it’s not about them anymore; it’s about the future. He asks her to lead the group if he doesn’t survive.
Rick’s group delivers 63 guns to Jadis and her people. Rosita bristles when Jadis says she needs twice as many guns. Rick insists on keeping 20 guns to help them in their search for more. Jadis agrees.
Back in Alexandria, Rick asks Tara if she’s seen Rosita, who didn’t show up for guard shift. Tara says she has something to tell Rick.
Rosita visits Sasha at the Hilltop, seeking her help to kill Negan. Sasha agrees to help on one condition; she gets to take the shot. Rosita hands Sasha a rifle and tells her she memorized Daryl and Carl’s description of Negan’s compound. Sasha says Jesus drew her a map of the compound’s exterior. They acknowledge that the mission will likely end in their deaths. Rosita emphasizes, “It’s a one way ticket for both of us."
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- The phrase "Say yes" has been uttered on numerous occasions during the seventh season. Rick says it to Spencer Monroe in "Service" and Jadis says it to Rick in "New Best Friends" within their respective conversations. Rick also said it to Jessie in "Try".
- Rick says it to Jadis near the end of this episode.
- This episode received the ire of fans and reviewers over the quality of digital effects for the deer that appears at the carnival, with one Reddit post calling it "Totally not acceptable".
- The scene in which Rick and Michonne sit in the room full of candles is inspired by a 80s movie - "Sixteen Candles".
- The first shot of the episode is a reused shot from "Thank You" when Michonne, Heath, and Scott are walking through the woods, trying to get back to Alexandria.
- When Tara explains her moral dilemma to Judith Grimes, Alanna Masterson would say her lines to a tennis ball until Melissa McBride offered to be a face for Alanna to play off in order to make the performance easier to convey.
- When Rick laments on not being able to save Glenn's life despite Glenn saving his at the start of the apocalypse, Rick refers to events in the episode "Guts".
- When Rick makes love with Michonne, a scar could be seen on his back. That scar was acquired in Rick's gun fight with the criminals in the series premiere - "Days Gone Bye".
- When Michonne begins firing shots from the school rooftop, none of the walkers in the fairgrounds seem to respond to the sound. This doesn't fit the series' mythology, since walkers are attracted by loud sound.
- When Rick and Michonne's plan to block the gap in the fence fails, Michonne jumps into the trunk of the car. In the next scene, she is in the passenger side of the car with Rick.
- Some older car models feature a collapsible section of the back seat that can be used to access the trunk from inside the car - this is likely what Michonne used to crawl out of the trunk to the front of the vehicle.
- When Rick falls off the Ferris wheel, the deer runs away, however, the deer is back at the Ferris wheel when being devoured by zombies.