Major spoilers for the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead Season 7 to follow.
By last week, it was clear that The Walking Dead would be heading into a deadly finale: Negan, the big bad terrorizing our heroes since this season's notoriously bloody premiere eight weeks ago, had descended upon the Alexandria Safe Zone with that same ready-to-murder look in his eyes, weirdly pleased to sit down to dinner with an angry Carl and wide-eyed baby Judith for a cool glass of lemonade and God only knows what else. Daryl, meanwhile, was poised to escape at last from solitary confinement in the inner recesses of the Sanctuary, thanks to some handy jailbreaking work from Jesus, who'd snuck a ride into the place by way of an inbound cargo van. Add to that Rosita -- newly armed with a handgun and single homemade bullet, courtesy of Eugene -- and the always stupidly eager-to-please Spencer.
There was no way the seventh mid-season finale, "Hearts Still Beating," would come and go without blood. The Walking Dead more than delivered.