AVClub: Eli Gold will not be defeated. After the events of “Payback,” I’ve realized just how important Eli Gold’s arc is this season. Eli has always been one of the show’s major players, but previously, he has been more of an omniscient political puppet master than the Eli we have now. Season seven’s Eli is still his same scheming self, but he isn’t fighting on the behalf of anyone but himself. Eli has always been Peter’s ride or die, but with their fallout at the top of this season, Eli’s running someone else’s campaign now: his own. He doesn’t deny it when Alicia accuses him of using her, and he openly acknowledges she’s using him, cutting through the bullshit. Eli’s playing for himself now, and that makes him a dangerous threat, a force to be reckoned with.