Archive for February, 2016

Coming out of the walker hoard damaged but alive, Rick, Carl, Judith, and Michonne enjoy a moment at home living a calm and normal life. Maggie seems to have stepped up to her role as a community organizer, noticing that Enid still seems to struggle connecting with other. While Carl and Enid act like kids and wander outside of the walls as a sign of rebellion, Michonne catches Spencer sneaking out into the woods. Meanwhile, Rick and Daryl go on a run for supplies to help restock Alexandria.

TWD_610_GP_0902_0240-RT-1-1200x794Rick and Daryl’s Very Excellent Adventure: Fans love opportunities for Rick and Daryl to share scenes, given the actors’ real life bromance and their characters’ ability to create some havoc.  Their trek out from Alexandria was meant to be a supply run, where Rick kept talking about the Law of Averages. They found a truck, then found a man named Jesus, lost said truck, recovered the truck, and then lost it again. While the back and forth with the truck was a funny chance to let these two characters play around a bit without major threats, it also served as a setup for what appears to be a big new reveal, considering the episode’s title. Alexandria is not alone on an island and Jesus probably will reveal something to that effect in the next episode.

BN-MS155_twd022_G_20160221203951It’s Hard to Say Goodbye: For Spencer and Carl, finding Walker Deanna in the woods meant very different but impactful things. Spencer had been searching for his walker mother for weeks, sneaking off without anyone noticing. Finally coming face to face with her, he had a chance to have some closure. With both of his parents gone and now having laid his mother to rest, he has a chance to start thinking about his future in a similar way that Deanna requested of Michonne.

twd2For Carl, he allowed the Walker Deanna to go on roaming rather than kill her when she creeped up on him and Enid. Michonne caught him and challenged his inability to kill a walker, but he was able to provide a very reasonable answer to her queries. Showing more humanity and emotional intelligence than may be expected from a damaged teenager, Carl’s moment with Michonne was both sweet and slightly creepy since they were talking about death.

TWD_610_GP_0828_0293-RT-1200x794Changing Dynamics: While there was a nice little moment at the start of the episode with Denise trying to get Daryl to help her impress her love interest, Tara, the big reveal was at the end with Rick and Michonne. The hashtag #Richonne is now a thing. It makes some sense with the time they have spent together and how they have naturally grown as a family. Michonne cares for Carl and Judith, and she has respected and felt a solid friendship with Rick for some time now. For those who know the comics, Michonne has stepped in for the role that Andrea filled (as she survived Woodbury and the Governor). The question does come up though…will this be a permanent relationship or a moment of passion which will end up being fleeting?

With the way that the show has mostly followed the comics, the preview for next week gives me some pause. Jesus is about to reveal something huge and the events against the biker gang could spell trouble for Rick’s group in the near future. If you looked closely during that scene, there was a car in the background. Someone saw what Daryl did and they are likely not going to be happy about it.

In Memoriam: Walker Deanna

Question of the Week: Given the challenges with Rick’s previous relationships, does #Richonne stand a chance in this cruel world?

Trapped in the chaos of the walker hoard, Denise’s capture, and Negan’s crew on the road, Rick and the Alexandrians bide their time for a moment to strike back. Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham are left with being outnumbered and outgunned with little room to escape. Rick and company wander the streets covered in walker guts in order to get to the armory, but their plans are altered when the walker hoard has clearly swarmed every street within the walls. With Denise stuck with the Wolf, she goes along for the ride while the rest of the group is trapped in the house with an unconscious Carol and Morgan. Glenn also finds himself finally back inside the walls but looking out toward Maggie’s dangerous situation.

the-walking-dead-s6-010The Graphic Novel Comes to Life: One of the most famous scenes from the graphic novel was actually fully adapted for the television show. When Carl gets his eye shot out, it changes so much so quickly. Anyone could have easily predicted that Sam was not going to
make it and was too much of a liability for Jessie’s survival, but the moment when Michonne stops Ron from shooting Rick and Carl appears with part of his face blown off was shocking…even knowing the events of the comics. For Rick, he has lost his budding love and fears for his son’s ability to continue learning how to live in their brave new world.

walking-deadRising to the Occasion: There were several characters that proved something in this episode. Sam was almost able to overcome his fear but failed at one of the worst moments. On the other hand, Father Gabriel and Eugene rose to the occasion. Both men have consistently been afraid to fight back and have stepped aside to have others protect and save them. Gabriel and Eugene each had their separate moments where they spoke of the the need to fight for their survival, even when the Alexandrians and Rosita objected to their perceived bravery.

Morgan’s situation was a little different, as he was still coming off of the fight he had with Carol over the saving of the Wolf. Carol admits that she should have killed Morgan when she had the chance, but she clearly appears unable to actually follow through on the act. It does not seem to have much of an affect on him, but his tone changes when he sees the walker version of the Wolf in the midst of the fight. It may not have fully changed him, but he did do what needed to be done at that moment.

the-walking-dead-s6-001_0The Wolf was also a bit of a mixed bag. While he kidnapped Denise and seemed to be in it for himself, he turned back to save her when she was caught up running for the tower. He kept talking about trying to change her, but he was the one who turned around and seemed to fight for her life when the moment arose. Since Carol killed him before he had a chance to get back to the infirmary, we will never know if he really could have changed.

Negan in the Future: While Daryl took care of one of Negan’s gangs, it is clear that this was only the beginning of the war with Negan. Rick still has not met the man, and those that know the graphic novel know that he will rock this story to the core. More fun to come.

In Memoriam: Negan’s Gang, The Wolf, Ron, Sam, and Jessie

Question of the Week: How will Carl’s injury affect his personality moving forward?