"There is no decision that we can make that doesn't come with some sort of balance or sacrifice." — Simon Sinek
"The Walking Dead" has never been a show to pull punches. Many treasured characters have fallen throughout its nearly six full seasons. And as we careen toward the finale it's clear that the blood shed isn't over. That's what made the events of Sunday night rough to watch.
Rick, Maggie, Glenn, Daryl, and several others traveled to a new Hill Top community to trade. There, they learned more about the threat of Negan, and his community. That that left them faced with a decision. In order to get the supplies they need to keep going strong, they will walk into the face of danger.
We've known the confrontation was coming all along, but not how it would happen. That it is the choice of Rick and others makes it that much more disheartening. I had a friend recently say that there are moments in time — decisions we make — that can change our lives forever. It felt like the decision Sunday to battle Negan was one such decision.
Maggie said it best when she said it would "cost us something." That cost might be higher than the group realizes, and more than fans can bear. We have five episodes to find out what the real cost will be.
But as Rick said, "Confrontation's never been something we've had trouble with." In the world of the "Walking Dead," if anything is clear, it's that the real threat to humanity is survivors, not the dead that walk among them. That appears to again be the case as we speed toward the end of this sixth season.