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The Walking Dead proved to be a deadly affair this past Sunday as multiple characters lost their lives. Eric's death turned Aaron's world upside down, but it became an afterthought compared to Daryl's murder of Morales. After basically just one scene on the show, after being gone for 96 episodes, Morales didn't last long.
Outside of those two deaths, the rest of the episode was pretty uneventful, leading to very little change in this week's Power Rankings.
Let's take a look at the Top 10 characters in the TWD Power Rankings this week, and see how everything ended up once the dust had settled.
Just as he did last week, Morgan sits right on the edge of the Top 10.
The character continues to prove that he's a powerful fighter and, as Tara proved this week, he's got some influence over the other characters on the show. Unfortunately, he's not going to be using any of that pull any time soon.
Following a fight with Jesus, Morgan ran off on his own, claiming that the group wasn't doing the right thing.
Unless he has a change of heart, and knows that the group is stronger than he is on his own, Morgan will probably find himself outside of the Top 10 sooner rather than later.
Daryl drops one spot to number nine this week, after a couple of major lapses in judgement in the latest episode.
After killing Morales, with no regard for their history or the conversation that Rick was having, Daryl showed that he's lost touch with his humanity. That point was reiterated at the end of the episode when Daryl decided to kill another Savior, who had surrendered after giving up information vital to Rick's mission.
Although he's always had the ear of Rick, Daryl's recent decisions could be losing some of his influence. It's becoming abundantly clear that his actions are causing Rick to doubt his opinion, and that doesn't bode well for Daryl.
With the biggest drop of the week, King Ezekiel falls two spots to number eight in the rankings.
Despite his charm and charisma, King Ezekiel is starting to realize his shortcomings.
Entirely over-confident, Ezekiel rushed his troops into battle without any concern or planning, and it's about to cost him dearly. As the end of the episode came around, it was revealed that he had been ambushed by a group of Saviors who have an entire armory at their disposal.
Kingdom soldiers will die next week, and Ezekiel's leadership is to blame.
While Ezekiel was the biggest drop of the week, Aaron represents the biggest rise, as he moves up two spots to number seven.
Losing Eric was hard on Aaron, and many would think that the pain will send him into some kind of tailspin. Instead, it looks as though Aaron could actually get more powerful in spite of the loss.
First of all, he's got no weakness left, making him more of a threat in battle. Instead of trying to keep himself safe for Eric, Aaron can now fight freely, with nothing holding him back.
Aaron also has the opportunity to gain more trust from Rick, taking Gracie back to Alexandria and proving that he can handle more responsibility.
Despite being caught in the ambush, Carol managed to move up one spot in this week's rankings, rising to number six.
Ezekiel is fresh off of a couple big victories, and that was in large part due to the strategic mind of Carol.
She's got the King's ear, which always helps, but Carol's role with Ezekiel is much more than that.
If Ezekiel wants to keep surviving, he's going to have to lean on Carol instead of himself, giving her more power than ever before.
Dwight is still acting as Rick's mole on the inside, but a new bit of information has caused him to drop one spot in this week's rankings.
When Gregory arrived back to the Hilltop on Sunday, he told Maggie that Negan knew of many of Rick's moves before they happened. This means that there is another mole working behind the scenes, but this one belongs to Negan.
This revelation puts a damper on Dwight's plans, and gives him competition as the the most influential inside man on the show.
Jesus continues to show qualities of a solid leader, and his work in Sunday's episode has bumped him up another spot in the Power Rankings.
After leading an entire raid on a Savior compound, and making the decision to take prisoners back to Alexandria, Jesus has proved he's got what it takes to lead for the long haul.
Hopefully the little tussle with Morgan doesn't turn people against Jesus, although that's entirely possible in the coming weeks.
Just like last week, Maggie will has a firm grasp at the third spot in our Power Rankings.
The people of Hilltop have taken to Maggie, and this week's episode went further to prove that. When Gregory returned, the residents of the community sided with Maggie instead of their former leader.
As the war unfolds, Maggie holds one of the most important positions possible, and she has plenty of people loyal to her.
We haven't seen Negan for two weeks, so he's kept up his spot at number two in the rankings.
As of now, Rick has the upper-hand in the All Out War, but don't expect it to stay that way for very long. Negan always has something up his sleeve, and he now has a potential mole working on the inside.
More than anything, the one advantage that Negan holds over Rick is the fact that he doesn't have a family like Rick's. If something happened to Michonne, Carl, Judith, Daryl or even Maggie, Rick would be devastated. There isn't anyone alive who holds that kind of pull over Negan, a man who has already lost everyone he cares about.
The Morales hiccup didn't last long, so Rick retains his position atop the weekly Power Rankings.
Rick has the armies of Alexandria, Hilltop and The Kingdom at his disposal, and he has Negan's back against the ropes.
The outcome of the war is still in Rick's hands. However, one slip could change all of that. Like we mentioned in the last slide, any harm done to his family could cause Rick to fall once again.
For now though, Rick remains on top.