Quest Mar-Vell wrote:
Rick and crew are Something to Fear. As bad ass as Jesus showed himself to be already, he jumped in fear to Carl's question.
This trick has been pulled before. Something that hasn't been done is if Rick attempts to become something to fear and gets positively crushed by Negan's forces. Issues after SOMETHING TO FEAR could show the remains of Team Grimes placed into a sort of subservience to Negan until Rick can figure out a way to sabotage or start a mutiny (maybe with Daryl). I'd rather go this route because it would be different than "Rick steam rolls the bad guys again." Kirkman could write it that Alexandria has all the ammo so Rick can just roll up and blow the piss out of everyone, but I'd rather not see that. Can Rick scrape together 20+ battle-ready fighters who could go against Negan's presumably cut-throat thugs? It's not just a question of ammo and ability, it's also a question of willingness to go into war. Also, Team Grimes must know the least about the multi-community landscape, that's a disadvantage that may level the playing field for Negan's ammo-less fighters.
EDIT/Second Thoughts: Of course, Rick as a violent aggressor plotting and winning a major, bloody battle would be different and uncharted territory too. All the other major battles have been Rick on defense. This could be another step forward in what some people feel is the Governor-ization of Rick.