‘The Walking Dead’ fans skeptical of odd new characters

Sure Rick and Negan got in a cool fight on The Walking Dead, but even more importantly, a new group made contact with the Hilltop. Much like Maggie, fans were skeptical of the new group, at least at first. Maggie and crew met the new group, led by Georgie (Jayne Atkinson), who wanted to meet under the guise of becoming trade partners, but Georgie wasn’t offering what the food-strapped Hilltop was looking for. “I come bearing knowledge to trade. Essential knowledge for the future,” Georgie said. Fans didn’t trust Georgie.

In exchange for her knowledge, Georgie wanted food and records. No spoken word records though. Only music. Given the history with new groups, Maggie wasn’t having it. She took Georgie and her companions back to the Hilltop only planning to take what they had, not to make a deal. But Michonne convinced Maggie to make a deal just to see where it might lead, and where it led was to Georgie sweetening her original offer. In exchange for records and good faith, Georgie gave Maggie food, saying, “From the looks of things around here, you need it far more than we do.” In addition to the food, Georgie gave Maggie the aforementioned knowledge in the form of a book that could help rebuild civilization. About the book, Georgie said, “Inside there are hand written plans for wind mills, water mills, silos. Hand drawn schematics. Guides for refining grain, lumber, aqueducts. A book of medieval human achievement so we may have a future from our past.”

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.