Blogging Dead (s5ep10): Them

Posted: February 16, 2015 in Television, The Walking Dead

0561202b-2ada-62cf-243d-2758df21ebcatwd510gp09030084jpg-93dfd6_960wStill devastated by their recent losses, Maggie finds herself a place to cry quietly. Even as a walker slowly makes its way toward her, she remains broken against the side of the trees. When it finally creeps up behind her, she rises and slowly stabs it with her knife to silence the moans. Meanwhile, the rest of the group is struggling for supplies. Daryl is digging up worms for sustenance and Sasha is struggling without water. As the three of them walk back to the group, they discuss their troubles. Not food and no water has put them in a predicament, and with only 60 miles to go until they get to DC.

With another vehicle out of gas, the group unloads and begins their walk down the long stretch of road. Behind them, walkers follow. Daryl and Rick discuss their challenges further, but Daryl splits off with Carol to go searching. Gabriel attempts to talk to Maggie about life, loss, pain, and faith, but she quickly shuts him down for his poor decisions back at the church. The walkers continue to slowly creep up from behind, but the group maintains just enough of a distance. Michonne and Sasha talk about whether they can take the walker pack behind them, which gets them talking about Tyreese and his downfall.

Out in the woods, Carol starts to talk to Daryl about Beth. Feeling grateful that Beth had saved their lives, Carol hands over Beth’s knife as a memento. Carol says, “we’re not dead” as a way to motivate Daryl attempting to move on. Kissing him on the forehead, she starts to walk forward, leaving Daryl stunned for a moment.

Out on the road, the group finds a bridge and sets up to take out the walker pack. Rather than slashing and stabbing, they opt to throw the walkers over the side. Sasha breaks from the plan and starts stabbing them, immediately changing the plan. As the group attempts to slash their way out of the bridge defense, there are a couple of close calls as the blades fly and as Rick is almost caught from behind by one of the walkers. Sasha takes a few stabs at walker before nearly stabbing Michonne. After pushing Sasha down to the ground and finishing off another walker, she looks down and tells her to just stop and stay down. With the walkers dispatched, Sasha stares Michonne down before walking away in a huff.

Moving forward, the group spots some cars. Daryl splits off again while the rest start searching the cars. Maggie finds her first car to be a failure but takes the keys to open the trunk. She finds a walker tied up inside, initially shutting the trunk and then almost shooting the lock open when the key gets jammed. Glenn walks over just before she shoots and finishes the job. Later on, Daryl returns to the group after finding nothing of value in the woods. Abraham takes the liquor they found and takes a swig. All of a sudden, a pack of wild dogs jump out of the trees, leaving Sasha to quickly grab her gun and take them all out. They take the dispatched dogs and cook the meat to get their first food in days. Noah is concerns that he will not make it, but Sasha has little to say to help him feel any better. Gabriel takes the collar from his shirt and drops it in the fire.

glenn-in-the-walking-deadGlenn offers Maggie a drink but she refuses. He tries to get her to talk. Maggie admits that she thought that Beth had died. She had gone through a roller coaster, especially over the course of one day. She admits that she is losing the fight in her. Glenn tries to build her back up, telling her that she has to keep fighting. Abraham offers Sasha a bit of his liquor. She refuses saying it would make things worse and continues to push away from another member of the group. Glenn tries to offer water to Daryl, but he refuses it too. Glenn tells him that they can make it together, but Daryl just sneaks off after telling Abraham that he is looking for water. Daryl finds a spot to sit against a tree, lights a cigarette, and then uses the cigarette to burn a mark on his hand. After being so distant throughout the journey, he breaks out in quiet tears while staring at barn nearby.

Daryl finally returns to the group to find that they are standing over a collection of water with a note that read “From a Friend.” Eugene attempts to drink some to test it, but Abraham knocks it away. As they just stand there, a sudden boom of thunder precedes a downpour. The group revels in the rainwater and then tries to capture as much of it as possible. With the storm breaking stronger, Daryl leads them to the barn. After being safely inside, Maggie comes across a broken walker and casually takes it out. Carol catches her and tells her not to give up. Later that evening, Sasha catches Abraham continuing to drink off to the side. Rick and others seem to be falling victim to the harshness of the world, while Michonne counters their view and says that she believes this world to not be the end. Rick recounts a story of the past, his uncle’s story of the war. “We do what we need to do, and then we live…This is how we survive. We tell ourselves that we are the Walking Dead.” Daryl gets upset and walks off.

As the storm continues to break even harder, Daryl is off on his own and notices a pack of walkers coming toward the barn through a crack in the door. He tries to secure it, but the pack is too large. Maggie and Sasha see it as well and rush to help him hold the door. They entire group rushes to their aid, including Carl, who leaves Judith alone on the ground. The next morning, Maggie wakes up to seeing Judith in Rick’s arms. As she slowly gets up, she spots Daryl awake on the other side of the barn. Sitting next to him, she tells him to get some sleep. They start to talk about how tough Tyreese and Beth truly were. He hands Maggie the music box that Carl found, saying that he cleaned out the grit. Maggie gently wakes Sasha to go outside, but they find that the storm took care of that for them, with most of them taken out by branches and downed trees. They sit on a log overlooking a field and stare out at the sunrise. Sasha admits that she actually feels like Noah, that she might not make it. Maggie finally shows some optimism. While the box does not work initially, they are actually interrupted by a man who reveals himself as Aaron and seems to know Rick. Suddenly, the box starts working.

Reaction: Back on the road means back to survival. It also means that the group is back to character development as they are stretched to the limit of their confidence and resolve.

0a3591f4-cb2b-75de-2bda-147ac9ccd2e8twd510gp09020040jpg-b6e000_960wThis seemed to mostly focus on Maggie, Sasha, and Daryl and their varied reactions to the recent losses and their limited resources. Maggie had believed Beth to be dead, then alive, and then actually dead. Beth was the last connection to her family and she had just been overcome by her emotions of loss. Glenn had some affect on her, but it was actually a moment the morning after the storm that seemed to have the greatest influence on her. Seeing Judith in Rick’s arms seemed to have a strong, positive reaction on her, allowing her to try and cheer up the other two.

Sasha’s loss of Tyreese was definitely a difficult one. He was her strongest connection to the group, especially after losing Bob a while ago. She had no one in the group that she trusted or wanted to listen to. With several moments where she seemed ready to kill Michonne, Sasha was fighting tooth and nail to be hard and hide her true fears. In the light of the sunrise, she finally let the barrier fall and was honest about her fears of death, which also allowed her to start her road to recovery.

Daryl has always been a loner, but he was in rare form this time. Beth’s death truly has had a huge impact on his confidence and willingness to connect with the group. Carol tries to push him a bit, which may have caused him to take that extra solo walk and finally break down and cry. He was still fighting the support of the group until Maggie sat with him the morning after the storm. While it still is undetermined to what degree Daryl is mending, he will likely need some more time to recover.

Gabriel also had a bit of a faith issue in this one. He attempted early on to connect with Maggie, but she shot him down pretty strongly. After the bridge attack, the killing of the dogs, and the continued harsh conditions, he finally seemed to break as he threw the collar in the fire. He finally started to question his faith in the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse. Will he finally step up and fight for survival?

At the very end of the episode, Aaron showed up and surprised Maggie and Sasha. He claimed that he was there to speak with the group. While I know what his role is within the comics, it will be interesting to see if the show follows a similar path for him.

In Memoriam: just some walkers and a pack of dogs

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