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Blogging Dead (s6ep8): Start to Finish

Posted: November 30, 2015 in Random

With walkers plowing their way through the broken fence, the Alexandrians scatter and try to reach safety in the houses. Deanna falls onto a saw and gets cut in two places while trying to fight for her life. The only one left outside is Maggie, who barely makes it atop the guard post. With the group scattered, each house must figure out what to do next to survive, including surviving each other.

1297777986947_ORIGINALCarl v. Rob: With last episode ending with Rob getting ready to shoot the only other boy his age in town, the fall of the tower put their confrontation on hold. While Carl was never exactly where Rob is now, he does understand the angst and the confusion about living with the death of a parent and with the knowledge that your father has done some horrible things. The difference has been that Carl was able to grow up in those moments while Rob is ready to give up on life completely. The fight in the garage was a long time coming, but it was likely not the end of their feud, however short it may end up being. The comics give some clue as to what may happen and it will be a shocking moment for all tv-only watchers to see.

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Carol v. Morgan: Trust has been at the center of what their feud has been about. Carol believes that some people are too horrible to belief in, while Morgan tries to value all life. While weakened from the fight into the house, Carol eventually got the strength to take on Morgan. It inevitably ended with Morgan getting the upper hand due to his strength and physical training, but both were knocked unconscious when the Wolf jumped into the fight. Denise ended up being the one in the great amount of trouble, as the Wolf left the two unconscious and walked out of the basement with her and one of Tara’s handguns.

_1448851830Deanna’s Last Stand: In a moment that helped to finally redeem the leader’s troubled handling of the community’s walker problem, she was able to have her few moments with Rick and Michonne to help them both be thinking about life after the chaos. She seemed to really strike a chord with Michonne, in particular, as she was able to get her to truly question her purpose for continuing to fight. Rather than taking the gun and finishing herself off, she decided to take one moment of greatness and end a few walkers before she was ripped to shreds. Considering her troubles with shooting at the start of the mess, her final act could truly be seen as heroic.

Troubling Future: Before reading this section, know that there are some possible spoilers from the comics. A little added clip as the prologue finally announced in the show that Negan is coming. Before getting the chance to meet him, there is still the walker problem and Rick’s group of survivors are left in the middle of the fray with Sam being completely unable to deal with the problem in front of him. Rick still does not realize that Rob is hunting his son and Sam is causing attention to be drawn to them. In a moment to save a family that is causing him trouble through ruining their ability to get away and his own family, you know that Rick will choose Carl and Judith. The problem is that this question will not be answered until February…

The Walking Dead will be on break for a few months, but I will return with new analyses and thoughts on the series.

In Memoriam: Deanna

Question of the Week: With Deanna out of the picture, how long will it take of the survivors to trust Rick as their new leader after this herd is dealt with?

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Glenn, having been left under the dead body of Nicholas in the walker herd, pulls himself under the nearby dumpster and survives the night until the walkers finally disperse. Enid watches from above and offers him a bottle of water when he finally emerges. While she continually resists his attempts to return to Alexandria with her, Glenn eventually wears her down and gets back to home. The only problem is that they find the walls surrounded by walkers with no easy way back in.

Back in town, Rick continues to review his options for how to clear the walkers. While he has his concerns with Morgan’s issues with killing and the Alexandrians’ readiness for the continued fight, he continues to make plans. Some challenges with Spencer and Tara cause Rick to have to reevaluate his position with trusting the “outsiders.” Rick’s gun training of Ron and Rosita’s attempt at preparing Eugene for blade combat have some unforeseen consequences. Carol also discovers that Morgan has a wolf held captive on his property.

the_walking_dead_s06e03_still_2Glenn the Survivor: After a few weeks of agony and pain, fans of the show can finally take a sigh of relief that Glenn is okay. Not only is he safe, but he also is on the outskirts of Alexandria. It was believable that he could somehow make it out alive, given the environmental factors, but everything the show released and revealed seemed to create huge doubt. Having Enid be the person to find him made for an interesting storyline as well. She continues to be a runner and unwilling to let herself let others in, even though Ron is obsessed with her. When they get back inside the walls, Glenn has a welcome reunion awaiting him with Maggie, but Enid will have a possible challenge awaiting between her, Carl, and Ron.

walking-dead-01-2Rick’s Trust Issues: Consistently reassessing his situation, Rick has flip-flopped within moments with his support for the people of Alexandria. He will always trust his closest people over anyone new, but each new encounter changes his opinion of whether he can trust this community. Morgan’s actions caused him to question whether his friend can continue working with his inner circle. Spencer then causes Rick to lash out and admit to everyone around him that he still does not see the Alexandrians as strong enough to survive. With the tower falling and breaking the wall, the real test of trust will begin.

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The Threat Inside the Walls: At the end of the episode, the tower finally fell on the wall and has let the walkers find their path inside. While they will test the survivor skills of the community, there are some greater threats lingering in the balance. Rick’s lack of trust is mirrored by some of the Alexandrians, including Spencer. His actions represent a willingness to find ways to help without feeling comfortable with involving Rick or his group. Ron found a way to have Rick teach him how to potentially enact his teenage angst-ridden revenge on Carl, although the tower falling disrupted Ron’s plan. Morgan’s captive could be a threat in the midst of the chaos of the walker attack. The group is still not all back together, leaving those inside the walls with fewer options to survivor the attack.

Next week’s mid-season finale will be action-packed and full of possible surprises. There will likely be some serious deaths. Who will make it out alive?

In Memoriam: n/a

Question of the Week: Ron’s training puts him in position to attack and potentially kill Carl. Since it seems implausible that he will succeed, who will step in to save Carl from the obsessive teenager?

Continuing their quest to lead the walkers away from Alexandria, Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham find themselves in the rough spot when they are ambushed near a small town. While they are able to fight for their survival, Daryl ends up split from the others and abandoned out in the woods. While Sasha and Abraham wait for Daryl to come back to them, Daryl is caught by a small group and taken captive. They choose to let him live, but they have trouble understanding each other’s intentions. While they believe he is from an attacking group, Daryl cannot seem to fully size them up. Survival in the face of uncertainty seems to be their challenge.

the-walking-deadTest of Wills: While Daryl was able to escape the onslaught of the surprise attack, he found himself challenged by his captors. They seemed innocent enough, but his instinct seemed to tell him to simply look for his point of escape. After finding the insulin, things changed. Daryl saw them as potential additions to their community back at Alexandria. Unfortunately, he never could have anticipated their double-cross. They never trusted him and chose to misinterpret his offer to take them back with him. After stealing his possessions, Daryl realized that they were not to be trusted any further and that he would likely have his revenge in the future.

BN-LG785_1115wa_G_20151115220458Future Love Story: Sasha and Abraham are quite the odd couple. While both have seemingly suffered some form of PTSD, they have handled their current situation in vastly different ways. Abraham continues to be more careless with his actions while Sasha has become more cold and calculated. This episode seemingly brought that more to the surface. Abraham was ready to knife every walker he saw and had to experienced an out of mind moment to reign him back in. Sasha was more level-headed but not very sympathetic for Abraham’s position. Toward the end of the episode, they finally had a moment where Sasha saw some improve in Abraham’s outlook, which was also the moment he took to make a move. She seemed to at least hint at being interested back. We’ll have to see.

15WALKINGDEAD-master675-v2The Mystery May Have Been Revealed: Glenn has continued to be a question mark since his fall into the walker mob. While I have already talked about how and why he could have survived or not, a quick moment may have hinted toward his survival. On the radio, there is a muffled message from someone in danger. It sounds as if it could be Glenn, but it has not been clearly determined yet. There will at least be another week before the mystery is truly over, but it seems that it will be resolved before the end of this half of the season.

Negan has been casted and will be coming during the second half of the season. Lucille will likely be making an appearance as well. Things are about to get more dangerous for Rick and his community.

In Memoriam: Tina

Question of the Week: While tempting to speculate on Glenn’s voice as the one on the walkie-talkie, how will things work out between Abraham and Rosita with Sasha lingering in Abraham’s mind?

TWD_605_GP_0610_0006-1200x801Rick makes it back to Alexandria, even though he seemed completely enveloped by the walker herd. With everyone gathered near the gate, Rick lays out the reality of their situation and expresses a hope that the rest of the team outside of the walls will make it back. As the group disperses, there are clearly some challenges for the people of Alexandria. Finally having to deal with the reality of the walker problem, many seem to be losing their ability to cope with the apocalyptic environment, leading to a suicide and general sense of giving up. Aaron and Jessie seem to be the only two Alexandrians willing to try to fight on. Meanwhile, Carl continues to be concerned for Enid and Maggie decides to make an attempt to break out of the town to find whether Glenn survived the mission.

Deanna’s Life Journey: While there has been a lot of loss for the survivors behind the walls, Deanna still cannot seem to find herself after the loss of Reg. She has been shambling around the town and barely interacting with anyone. She previously seemed like she was giving up on life. With her son attempting to rouse people up with a speech at the pantry and then clearly showing his hypocritical nature, Deanna expands her sense of being lost. The walker attack clearly seemed to break her out of the funk, at least a little bit. She told Rick that she wants to live, seemingly leading up to her taunting of the walkers outside of the fence near the end of the episode. It seems that she will likely put herself in seriously danger because she continues to not truly understand how to defend herself.

TWD_605_GP_0611_0064-1200x800Maggie’s Dilemma: Glenn is still missing and probably dead. With no sign of his survival, Maggie still holds out hope. Though Aaron agreed to help her for her own safety, Maggie refused to truly accept his help. She just could not stop him from joining her. She struggled with the walkers that popped out of the tunnel and finally gave up on leaving the town when they got to the gate with all the walkers outside. She also announced her pregnancy, revealing that she could not actually bring herself to risk her future by pining over Glenn’s possible demise. She held out hope with her erasing his name off of the wall, but she knew that she needed to think about her unborn child and just leave the possibility that Glenn might make it back to her.

TWD_605_GP_0611_0060-1200x801Alexandria Realizes the Truth: The survivors inside the walls are starting to finally understand what they are working with. Walkers have them surrounded and people are dying. Jessie and Aaron have seemingly accepted their fates and fought in previous episodes to protect their town. Both are remorseful for their involvement in the weakness of their people and the actions/inactions that have made them vulnerable. Slowly, it seems that others are realizing that they have to fight to live. Spencer was a bit of a contradiction in the way he got himself drunk, but he also seemed to switch gears need the end of the episode. He took over the wall duty and showed a sense of responsibility by taking Carol’s shift. Most impactful of all of the moments was Jessie’s disposal of Betsy and the speech to the people in the street. She confirmed their need to fight and to toughen up or give up, mirroring the decision that Betsy made to end her life.

Maggie’s pregnant. Glenn is still an unknown. Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham are still out there. The Alexandrians are still figuring out life in the apocalypse. Rick and Jessie finally broke their tension. Morgan still has his prisoner. A lot of unclear questions to be answered and the walls may not be safe forever. Did you notice the wall bleeding before it cut to credits?

In Memoriam: Betsy

Question of the Week: Do you believe that Deanna will find her footing before chaos strikes the town inside the walls again?

Morgan tells his story…

Following the troubled interaction with Rick back near his home, Morgan sets out to “clear” everything. He seems to choose not to distinguish between walkers and living humans, as everyone is at risk of his pointy stick. Eventually, he stumbles upon a meadow and a cabin just through the trees. While he tries to get the jump on the resident, he is knocked out and jailed inside the cabin. The man reveals himself to be Eastman, and implores Morgan try to take an opportunity to choose life. Though Morgan attempts to plot an escape, Eastman reveals that he was never truly a prisoner and Morgan can make a choice to stay or go. Though their relationship continues to be rocky, Morgan slowly learns from Eastman how to be at peace within the volatile world.

Morgan’s Rehabilitation: Even after having a chance for redemption with Rick a few seasons ago, Morgan never truly recovered while still in his loft. He turned savage for some time, having attempted to save people and feeling like he was failing. While failing to distinguish between walkers and humans, Morgan turned totally savage. What Eastman is finally able to reveal about Morgan was the fact that the loss of his wife and son were continuing to haunt him. Morgan’s fight to “clear” everything stemmed from an unescapable void in his heart. While he relapsed at the sight of the boy he killed, ultimately leading to Eastman’s death, the kindness of Eastman and fear in the couple he saved seemed to pull him back into reality. It may have been too late for Eastman, but Morgan was able to carry Eastman’s teachings and attempt to make peace in an non-peaceful world.

walking-dead-morganEastman’s Dilemma: While the dichotomy in the personalities of Morgan and Eastman throughout the episode was interesting, what caught my attention more was Eastman’s story for how he became the image of peace. Where Morgan lost his family in the apocalypse, Eastman’s loss happened prior and in a truly horrible fashion. Crighton Dallas Wilton’s actions were truly evil and horrific, and most people would not fault Eastman’s decision to let him starve to death. This decision truly made Eastman into the person Morgan met during his darkness. While both Eastman and Morgan technically did horrific things to their sources of evil, Eastman was able to recall a sense of purpose on his own. This was important to Morgan’s survival.

twdheresnothere-157130The True Nature of the Wolves: With the wrap-around at the end of the episode, it was a surprise that Morgan was actually talking the Wolf he fought in Alexandria. It was initially possible that he was actually telling his story to Deanna, except that he would likely have done this before the Wolf attack. Telling the story to the Wolf, Morgan thought he was starting the process of the guy’s rehabilitation. The difference between Morgan’s rehabilitation and the Wolf was in their brutality and awareness. Morgan had been out of his mind and kept asking to be killed, essentially trying to escape his horrific past. The Wolf appears to simply want to live by his group’s code and kill everyone outside of their group. It is likely that Morgan saving this guy’s life will backfire, either for Morgan being able to stay in Alexandria or for someone else’s ability to survive within the walls.

Glenn’s story still has not been told, but it is unclear that we will get the answers even next week. Regardless, this was an impressive episode and finally explained all of the experiences of Morgan.

In Memoriam: Guys in the Woods, Tabitha, Eastman

Question of the Week: What do you believe will become of the Wolf in Morgan’s cell? Will he turn, get free and kill someone, or ultimately be disposed of before doing any damage?

Before I begin…SPOILER ALERT!!!

Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead may have really sent a lot of people into the feels, but there were two significant cliffhangers that will need to be answered as soon as possible. The first was Rick’s fate out on his own. He cut his hand during a fight with a trio of walkers and then was attacked by The Wolves in his RV. With the RV not starting and walkers surrounding him, it seems like he is in for a fight to survive this mess. The second cliffhanger was what most certainly appeared to be the end for Glenn…

With his first appearance on the show including the infamous line calling Rick a dumb-ass, Glenn repeats a similar phrase to Rick in the midst of the walker herd wrangling. Glenn also looks at Hershel’s pocket watch in a private moment at the pet store. Throughout the episode, David is dealing with the fact that he is likely dead after getting bit by a walker and his story about meeting his wife seems to be eerily similar to Glenn’s story about meeting Maggie. These seem like sign that lead toward using clever tactics to hide/hint toward a potential shocking reveal. When Glenn was pulled off the dumpster by Nicholas’s dead body, it immediately looked like the end for Glenn…or was it?

I am going to take a moment to unpack both possibilities and the possible outcomes of each fate…but before I do…SPOILER ALERT!!!

glenn 5Glenn’s Fate in the Comics: Before unpacking the possibilities in the show, it is important to think about how Glenn meets his end in the comics. If the story followed the same path, Glenn will survive this chaos and live to see another day or two. The comics revealed a villain named Negan. This brash and foul-mouthed leader has a number of brutal acts strung out in the comics, but none worse than his destruction of Glenn. In a moment of capture of Rick’s group by Negan, the villain lines up the group (similar to the Terminus scene at the start of Season 5) and tries to decide who to punish for killing some of his men. Eventually and suddenly, Negan chooses Glenn and kills him with a barbed wire baseball bat named Lucille. This is the worst of all of the deaths in the comics and something that fans have been waiting to see on the show for some time.

glenn 4Time to Grieve…Glenn is Gone: The way that the scene played out last night, it seems impossible that he could have survived. The episode subversively hinted toward his ultimate demise with the use of certain symbolism: Glenn’s “dumb-ass” comment, Hershel’s pocket watch, and David’s story. Nicholas had been dead weight for some time and likely represented that the world is too harsh for a forgiving soul like Glenn’s to last forever. Glenn had been the only person from the main group to never kill a living human. He was the one member who provided redemption for others who lost their way. In this moment, his decision to let Nicholas live and to let him provide help could easily be seen as Glenn’s decision leading to his downfall. Even thinking a couple episodes back, Glenn was quietly resistant to letting Nicholas be a part of the group to lead the walkers away from Alexandria.

In the final scene with Glenn, Nicholas’s dead body causes Glenn to fall off the dumpster and into the crowd of walkers. With not a single other person seemingly in sight or in range to save him, a helpless Glenn is simply left at the bottom of a horde of walkers all clawing in his direction.

On The Talking Dead, a prepared statement mentioned that we will see Glenn again in whole or “in parts.” This leads to option #2…

glenn 2Glenn, the Pizza Delivery Walker: It appears that Glenn met his fate at the bottom of the walker pile, but the statement from The Talking Dead would highlight the possibility of seeing Glenn in walker form in the near future. This actually happened with Hershel in Season 4. The Governor decapitated Hershel, whose head seemed to reappear in the following episode. Glenn could rise from the horde and become one of them, eventually finding his way back to Maggie at Alexandria and making for a horrible, gut-wrenching reunion or encountering another character and having to be put down.

Main cast members have met this fate before (e.g. Hershel, Merle, Shane), but this would definitely be the most significant of the group to be portrayed in this way. With how the scene played out, this would be a possible fate…

Or is it?!?: There are many fan theories that have sprung up to explain how Glenn could have survived. He could have been covered in Nicholas’s blood and guts, masking his living smell. He could have somehow pulled himself under the dumpster. Maybe someone was actually nearby and could have saved him, considering that Season 6 has been a nonlinear storyline. It is really hard to imagine him getting out of this mess, but there are other elements in play that could save him.

glenn 6The first is the story from the comics. It is clear that the show has diverged from the comics in some senses, but it always seems to pull back to the same basic story. For example, Carol’s and Andrea’s fates in the comics were reversed in the show, leading to Carol being the one who toughened up and survived all the way to Season 6 so far. Daryl doesn’t exist in the comics, but he has become a staple for the show and has taken a couple of characters’ places for some of the major plot points. Glenn’s fate with Negan in the comics could be replaced by another character (e.g. Daryl, Morgan, Carol, etc.), but that is the story that fans of the comics have been waiting to see on the show. It would be a bit of a travesty to not play out that storyline as close to the comics as possible. Maybe he survives this walker horde and realizes that his time is coming to an end, but not just yet.

The second is the way that the possible death was handled by AMC and The Talking Dead. Major characters get significant airtime when they die on the show. Steven was nowhere to be found last night and has instead been seen still on-set filming scenes with other current characters. Glenn was also not shown in the In Memoriam section, which has happened before but led to the reveal that the character was actually still alive. Killing Glenn so suddenly without a sense of closure or respect to the length of time he has been part of the story also seems a step away from the show’s process. The cryptic statement only adds to the speculation if Glenn somehow could survive.

What this means…: If Glenn somehow survives, it won’t be for long. The only reason that he would pull through at this point would be to let the Negan story play out. Maggie’s pregnancy has not be discussed much at all and there would need to be some sort of closure there. Speaking of Maggie, she may be the toughest of all of the the characters on the show. She lost her entire family, including the dramatic deaths of Hershel and Beth, and may now have just lost Glenn. Her grieving and fight to continue with life will eventually be a great story to tell.

glenn 3If he survives, it also needs to be in a believable way. He cannot simply emerge unscathed. It is hard to imagine that he would not at least be scratched or lose a limb. There could be an attempt to keep his injury a secret, long enough to let Negan enter the scene. If he just pops up without anything wrong, it will feel like the writers got lazy with the harshness of how the world has turned.

It is more likely that he will be announced as dead still, so what does that mean moving forward? As I mentioned above, the Negan story can still play out and with the same level of impact. Glenn’s death by Negan’s bat was made worse because it was actually in front of Maggie. She was left to mourn while her husband had been beaten in front of her eyes. A similar story could be told with other character combinations, such as Daryl and Carol, Michonne and Morgan, or Abraham and Rosita. The Daryl-Carol version could elicit similar reactions to the harshness of the comic version, but this seems like a cheaper way to tell the same story. This doesn’t feel like how the show was able to transform the death of the boys after the prison into the Mika and Lizzie story, or how Sasha and Carol have replaced Andrea minus the love story with Rick.

Either way, The Walking Dead has continued to find ways to surprise their fans and will give Glenn the tribute he deserves at the point they make his death official. Have faith in the storytelling and appreciate the fact that a show can get you so worked up over the death of a main character to feel like you are grieving someone in the real world. I don’t want to see him fall in such a horrible fashion, but there was still purpose and meaning behind last night’s shocker in relation to the continued harsh reality of a post-apocalyptic world. Innocents have fallen previously, and Glenn just might be the next unfortunate addition to that list.