Archive for October, 2015

With Rick’s group still out in the wild, they split up to try to keep their plan from being a total wash. Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham continue to lead the herd away, while Rick and the rest start to make their way back to Alexandria and keep ahead of the rest of the walkers. Daryl eventually splits off on his own, leaving Sasha and Abraham to continue the journey. Rick takes his own path to lead the rest of the walkers away but hurts his hand in the process. Walkers seem to hurt the rest of the group’s chances of getting back together, but they are on the move back to Alexandria. At a small town along the way, they get held up by a herd, causing the group to have to make some tough decisions. Lives remain in the balance as nobody seems to be safe.

TWD_603_GP_0529_0021-1940x1294GLENN, NO!!!!: There was a clear moment when things looked like they were going to go wrong for Glenn. It actually happened a few episodes back when he decided to forgive Nicholas for his wrongdoings and cowardice. Allowing Nicholas to join him on the mission to save the others was another mistake. There were signs that he was unstable and unable to deal with the stress. In Nicholas’s final moment, he says, “Thank you,” likely in reference to Glenn giving him a second chance. With no clear confirmation yet regarding his fate. Glenn’s life technically still hangs in limbo. Did he use Nicholas as a human shield long enough to avoid death? Did he have the ability to climb under the dumpster? The answer is probably no, but it is still too difficult to deal with the most likely outcome of falling into the pile of walkers with no help in sight.

TWD_603_GP_0608_0096-1940x1294The Speed of Trust: The Alexandrians will continue to distrust Rick and the rest until there is a major shift in power or there is a larger loss that forces a change in the overall community. This episode displayed this continued distrust with the way Heath overheard Rick’s comment about leaving others behind if necessary. Michonne had to confront this in the pet store, but Heath didn’t have a chance to fully understand what she said until David got ripped apart in front of his eyes. Watching the other deaths throughout the episode had to have an effect on Heath, who may be able to finally start to change the impressions of the rest of the town. Michonne’s bravery and Carol’s ruthlessness can definitely be the catalyst to start to change Alexandria for the better.

Rick & Daryl…The Lone Wolves: While The Wolves terrorized Alexandria, Rick and Daryl had their moments this episode to take the world on their shoulders. For Daryl, he broke of the trail to do something…likely go back to Alexandria…but eventually decided to rejoin Sasha and Abraham. Who knows what Daryl was really going to do, especially considering he had a quick exchange over the walkie-talkie with Rick and Sasha…

TWD-S6E3-RickAs for Rick, he seems to have a different mistrust than the Alexandrians which is affecting his decision making. He sent Michonne and Glenn with the other survivors to keep them safe and took off on his own to get the RV and lead the rest of the herd solo. One thing about Rick is that he is able to handle himself pretty well, but he can lack a slight bit of the awareness that Michonne or Carol can display. Regardless, Morgan’s escaped Wolves met their end at the RV when they messed with Rick. The one difference about how the episode ended was in the way Rick looked defeated. The RV was not working and he was trapped within a herd. There does not seem to be a way out for him.

With the fate of several characters in the balance, it is going to be a rough week while awaiting for some answers to these tough questions. Will Rick lose his hand after the injury on the run? Officially, is Glenn dead or alive or undead? While the herd still find its way back to Alexandria?

In Memoriam: Wolf Survivors, Sturgess, Annie, David, Nicholas, Glenn…?

Question of the Week: If you have read the comics and believe that Glenn may have met his end, which character may be in danger with an upcoming threat making its way to Alexandria?

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TWD-S6E2-DoctorJust Survive Somehow…The Alexandrians are surprised by an attack on the town by the villianous group The Wolves. With Rick and the rest away working on leading the zombies out from the area, Carol, Morgan, and Aaron must work independently and hope to save as many people as possible. The Wolves appear to be relentless and seem to kill with no hesitation, causing Carol to go undercover as one of them and try to sneak around to protect the weapons storage. In the midst of trying to save people, a panic erupts at the medic center when Denise is forced into her first surgery after only her first day as the town’s doctor.

Carol’s Roller Coaster Ride: If there is one thing that Carol has been able to do, it is survive. She started the series as a submissive, abused mother and wife, only to have her husband taken from her and left to start to fend for herself. Over time, she hardened up, learned how to survive, and learn how to make the tough decisions. She became more of a caretaker during the prison period, but she only got set away when Rick was no longer comfortable with her make-no-mistake attitude. Then her time with Mika and Lizzie both softened her for a moment and then hardened her back up after she lost them. At this point, she tries to stay hidden in plain sight in order to maintain a sense of control of her surroundings, but her secret is now out. Disguising herself as one of The Wolves and going on a killing spree will certainly leave her with some explaining to do.

TWD-S6E2-MorganDiverging Mentalities: Carol and Morgan represent the same challenge that Rick and Michonne seem to be confronting. While Michonne and Morgan seem to be trying to hold onto a sense of humanity and thoughtful decision-making, Carol and Rick continue to take more of a no hesitation approach to killing any threat that presents itself. At the end of the episode, Carol and Morgan passed each other in the street and seemed to either find their situation confrontational because of their verbal disagreements previously or remorseful because of the actions they committed in protection of the town. Morgan likely killed the man during the house fight, while Carol killed many people while running through the streets. Morgan also may have been holding onto the fact that one of The Wolves got ahold of a handgun. Regardless, the conflict about managing threats will likely continue to rise when Rick and the rest rejoin the injured Alexandria.

Just Survive Somehow: The vignette at the start of the episode was a testament to the way the world is now in The Walking Dead. Enid’s survival after her parents’ death was a quick transition from scared child to rabid survivor. She found a way to make it to Alexandria, but she had certainly changed. While her story provided a context for the statement, the rest of the cast has essentially been living like that for quite some time. Daryl has had to go through the process of losing his brother, losing Beth, and feeling like an outsider, but still stayed in the necessary survival mode. Rick has gone through moments of insanity, loss, and stress, but he has found himself back in the driver’s seat as the group’s leader. Enid was able to present a concept that is so fitting for this harsh world.

TWD-S6E2-LeaderThe attack seems to be over, but the impact will be felt for some time. It will be interesting to see if Rick’s group will get back to help the town start to refocus, especially with the walker problem still lingering.

In Memoriam: Enid’s parents, many Wolves & Alexandrians, Mrs. Neudermeyer

Question of the Week: While Jessie better understand and forgive Rick for his killing of her husband after her actions to protect her sons from The Wolves?

Following the events of Pete’s rage and Rick’s execution of the abusive man, the community of Alexandria is left to figure out how to move forward. With Reg and Pete set to be buried, Rick and Deanna agree that Pete does not deserve to be buried within the walls. Along with Morgan, Rick sets out to drive Pete’s body away from the community to dispose of it. At that time, they discover a valley full of walkers which is seemingly bursting at the seams. While a group of Alexandrians seem determined to overthrow Rick’s new power with Deanna, they eventually commit to his plan to lead the walkers out of the valley and away from the community. As they work to carry out the plan, not everything runs so smoothly and there is a significant difference seen with the preparedness to fend off the coming danger between Rick’s group and the rest of the townspeople.

Division of Leadership: One of the biggest themes of the episode followed the challenges of leading in this mixed community. Rick has a much more heavy-handed approach to leadership, while Deanna has been much more political and diplomatic. The community had been protected and safe (relatively speaking) prior to Rick’s appearance. While the dangers were always there, Rick brought greater awareness to them. Now with Deanna finding it difficult to lead with the same strength she has exhibited to this point, Rick’s presence has been significantly more prominent.

With this transition, the townspeople are not too happy about the overall change in tone…but neither are some in Rick’s group. Carol seems to continue to be playing the mole. She remains watchful, which only Morgan seemed to pick up on during the wall construction. In contrast, Morgan and Michonne seem to be affected by how Rick is approaching his newfound power. Morgan was somewhat surprised to find Rick standing over Pete’s body and his attitude about Carter. Michonne already had to put Rick in his place during his crazy phase in the middle of the town. Both of them seem to be wary about the forcefulness with how he is conducting himself.

Managing the Grief: There is not much time to grieve in this new world. Rick’s group has already learned this, but Alexandria has not. Deanna clearly needs time to grieve with the way she has bent to every whim of Rick since the incident at the meeting. Jessie seems to be in a similar situation, but likely remains more conflicted because of her husband’s clear display of horrific violence and the counter violence presented by Rick. Unable to know what she should feel, she clearly has decided to distance herself from Rick as much as possible while still managing to hear Rick’s words of caution.

the-walking-dead-season-6-02Finding Purpose in a Broken World: The dispute between Rick and Daryl about whether to continue to recruiting is an interesting one. For Daryl, he has always seemed to struggle with finding his place. Beth saw that he had been preparing for a world of survival, but he never saw himself fitting in anywhere. With Alexandria, he felt like a caged animal. Allowing him to go outside the walls and find other survivors seemed to be the best opportunity for him to find that purpose, which maybe can be seen as a selfish reason to fit for his role. Still, it seems that Daryl is right. Their community would be stronger if they could continue to find new people to help fight off the harsh world outside.

Eugene still has not found his place yet, but he at least seems to have found a general direction. He and Tara have a friendship that gives him someone to truly care about. She immediately appreciated seeing him when she woke up and even commented on his hair game (which he connected later with Heath on). He also felt obligated to try to protect the group when her heard the separatists planning to take down Rick. His true purpose seems to be just out of reach.

Moving Forward: With the loud alarm blaring at the end of the episode, it seems like some troubled times ahead for Alexandria. Is the the Wolves or some other threat coming to test the survival of Rick and his community?

Also, was anyone else a little sad when Tara mentioned Noah’s names?

Hopefully anyone reading this appreciates the new format. To try to get more interaction with my blog, I am now going to ask an opinion question rather than post a poll. Add you answer in the comments below… Also, a review of Fear the Walking Dead will be coming soon.

In Memoriam: Carter

Question of the Week: Do you believe that Jessie will find a way to forgive Rick?