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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?

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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.

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?

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?

Sleeping in a crashed car in the woods, Morgan awakens peacefully with a smile on his face, staring at a lucky rabbit’s foot. While making breakfast, he is surprised by a man with a gun and a “w” on his head. The man describes the purpose behind the w’s and his ventures around the area. The man threatens Morgan as he describes his clan identifying as wolves. Morgan attempts to lobby for his life. Morgan jumps as another man appears out of the bushes, grabbing a staff and taking down both of the men, and eventually a walker as well. He loads the two unconscious men up in the car and honks the horn, leaving with his rabbit’s foot and the rest of his belongings.

Daryl rides his chopper down the road with Aaron traveling close behind. They venture out into the woods.

18c09b25b7fbe7f862cb08d6e5b6730b2b51ec86_preview_zpskrej3fpnBack in Alexandria, Rick awakens covered in bandages and stuck in a room with Michonne. Rick recounts his time with the train car back at Terminus. Michonne challenges him regarding his crazy actions while updating him about Pete. She tries to convince him that they had to stop being out on the run all the time. Glenn, Carol, and Abraham show up and question him about where he got the gun. They let him know that there is a meeting about Rick’s fate. Rick tries to devise a plan if everything goes south. Glenn questions Rick’s intentions, while Michonne is skeptical of the planned violence. The group leaves him to rest.

Maggie spots Gabriel from a distance and then goes out to talk to Deanna. Maggie explains that Deanna needs to reconsider the meeting. Deanna appears to be very frazzled about the events of the previous day, which frustrates Maggie and causes her to storm off. Reg catches her and tries to talk about civilization and how he will approach the meeting later that evening.

Outside the walls, Sasha cleans up her mess of slain walkers, taking them out to a burial pit. Standing over the bodies, she takes a moment to observe her mess, then taking a moment to lay on top of the pile.

Daryl and Aaron continue to track for other survivors. Aaron talks about Davidson and the others that Alexandria sent away early in their civilization.

Carol returns to Rick and wakes him from his nap. She admits that the previous events were actually helpful to their cause, but she is concerned over Michonne’s and Glenn’s commitment. To help Rick wise up, she challenges him on his desire for both honesty and control.

Aaron and Daryl spot a man rubbing dirt on his face. They slowly start in pursuit.

Rick exits the house and sees some of the Alexandrians. Walking by Deanna’s he stares her down. In another part of the town, Maggie meets up with Glenn with Nicholas watching in the shadows. Maggie tries to explain that she wants to take care of it diplomatically. Though worried, Glenn just tells her that he loves her. As she leaves, he spots Nicholas climbing over the wall.

Gabriel goes to the gate and leaves without a weapon.

Rick goes home and meets with Carl. He explains that Carl cannot come to the meeting, to which Carl tries to highlight that they need Rick. While Carl tries to convince him that violence is not needed, Rick still cannot see another way.

924f9fd8-fef7-4245-0542-1211b0ae5924twd516gp11120209jpg-a9617d_624wAaron and Daryl lose their mark. While Aaron wants to head home, Daryl is ready to continue working. Daryl agrees to go searching for food if it allows them to keep searching for good people. They enter the grounds of¬†Del Arno Foods. Aaron finds an Alaska license plate and takes a moment to unscrew it. While attempting to get some canned goods, they spring a trap and cause floods of walkers to pour out. While they are able to fight them off for a little bit, they take refuge in a car and find themselves trapped in the middle of the hoard. In the car, Aaron finds a note that says “don’t stay.”

Later in the afternoon, Carol stops by Pete’s house to bring over food. She threatens him with a knife and explains how she could get away with it. She eggs him on for a moment, but he chooses to stay put. She explains that the outcome still allows him to survive. She leaves and he drops the casserole, then walking into the other room breaking stuff.

Glenn follows Nicholas further into the woods, finding a dead walker just before getting shot in the shoulder. Nicholas comes running out of the woods but cannot find him.

Rick stops by Jessie’s place to check on her. She admits that he was right to try to help her, but they are unaware that Pete is watching them from his house in the distance.

With the walkers still surrounding them, Daryl admits that he still feels wrong for Alexandria. Aaron admits that he saw something different in Daryl, in the way that he cared for his people at the barn. Daryl agrees to let the walkers chase after him and let Aaron get to safety. Aaron refuses to let him go alone to his death, but instead that they have to fight together. Just before jumping out to certain death, Morgan appears and saves them. Morgan admits to being lost and hands over the map with the message from Abraham to Rick, catching Daryl’s attention.

Gabriel wanders out toward the road, finding a walker on the other side and getting its attention. He walks toward it, seemingly sacrificing himself. Just before he let the walker finish him, he notices the noose and slices the walker’s head off with it. He then walks over to the other body and smashes its head, slowly breaking out into a whimper.

Abraham returns to the house to find Eugene resting by Tara’s bed. Rosita invites him in before he decides to walk off. She purposely creates noise to wake up Eugene, forcing the two to finally confront each other. Eugene tries to rationalize the situation and compel to Abraham’s good nature, which seems to work.

Gabriel returns to Alexandria with a deadened look in his eye. The gatekeeper walks off, leaving Gabriel to close the gate. He shoves it closed but lets it stay cracked open.

In the woods, Nicholas finds a walker and shoots it, letting Glenn get a drop on him. After wrestling for a moment and taking advantage of the shoulder wound, Nicholas lets a set of walkers pile on top of him and leave him to his death.

Michonne goes to check on Rick to see if he is ready. He admits that they had multiple guns from the armory and tries to hand it back. She admits that she hit him for him, not the people of Alexandria. She tries to convince him that they can find a way to correct their situation if they just let something happen to let his group rise to the occasion. Rick goes to prepare for his meeting, wrestling with the potential actions he must take for his survival. Looking out the window, he notices the gate open. Running out to check on it, he sees blood and a trail leading from the outside in. He shuts the gate and rushes to check on the town.

Morgan-620x333Gabriel enters the house of worship and finds Sasha sitting by candlelight. She asks him for help, but he refuses. She admits that she might want to die, to which he blames her for her own suffering. She blames Bob’s mutilation on her failure to be good.

The town gathers for the meeting, but Deanna decides to start without Glenn and Rick around. She frames the conversation away from the fight but toward the issues she has with Rick. Carol and Michonne try to get her to wait for Rick to arrive. Elsewhere, Rick runs through the town searching for danger. Around one of the corners, he finds a walker and begins to wrestle with it. Back at the meeting, Michonne jumps to his defense. Rick continues to fight walker after walker, while Sasha and Gabriel battle over her gun. Outside the wall, Glenn catches up to Nicholas, knocks him down, and begins to working his fists on his face. Carol continues the defense of Rick, claiming that they need him. Abraham offers his opinion as well.

The Wolves capture the man that Daryl was tracking, taking him to the trap of walkers. Welcoming him home, they slit his throat and let him drop to the ground.

Maggie continues Rick’s defense, appealing to his fatherly tendencies of safety and love. She highlights the importance of family for his group. Deanna finally speaks up for the sake of transparency about Father Gabriel. She highlights the fact that Rick proved Gabriel’s words just one day later.

Glenn pins Nicholas down on the ground and place a gun at his forehead, while Sasha has Gabriel trapped at gunpoint as well.

Back at the food company, music coming from the trailers corrals the

Rick reappears at the meeting and brings a walker with him, dropping it on the ground.

Nicholas begins to cry on the ground, causing Glenn to hesitate and take the gun away from his forehead.

Gabriel begs Sasha to shoot him, but Maggie walks in and gets her to drop the gun. Gabriel begins to break into tears, admitting that his congregation died because of him.

Rick tries to finally state his case. He tries to appeal for the community’s desire for safety and the evil that exists beyond the walls. He offers to show the people how to survive, admitting that he first thought that he would have to kill them to save them. He appeals for a chance to make them stronger. Pete suddenly shows up and threatens Rick with Michonne’s katana. Walking toward the group, Reg tries to stop him and gets slashed in the throat. Deanna runs to Reg’s aid and tells him to kill Pete. After pulling the trigger, Morgan shows up and catches Rick’s attention.

Michonne goes to return his sword to the wall but chooses to place it back on the heath over her shoulder.

Reaction:¬†Wow…the 90-minute episode did not disappoint. Walker attacks were abundant and the intensity seemed to get higher with each moment.

The episode represented the readiness for the harsh world between the Alexandrians, Rick’s group, and the newly introduced Wolves. While the Wolves seem to just be going around killing people, the other two groups are trying to survive by their own means. For the Alexandrians, they tend to be preferring the oblivious approach to survival. If they stay in the walls, they do not need to know about the dangers outside. It isn’t like they don’t know about the dangers of walkers, but they have failed to see the same dangers that Rick’s group has seen.

20776a36-b0df-27e0-3602-f4b3a4c25581twd516gp11130198jpg-3bd506_624wAaron may be the only one who gets it, which makes the meeting of Aaron, Daryl, and Morgan a great opportunity leading into next season. Morgan has been on his own looking for Rick, the only man he knows, but has also developed on significantly impressive survival skills. The way that he dispatched the two Wolves was stellar. Saving Daryl and Aaron was just icing on the cake. Each of them are searching for survivors and ways to continue to strength their numbers.

Glenn and Maggie appear to be trying to take control of things from different angles. While Maggie attempted to be diplomatic with Deanna and the rest of the town, Glenn has been focused on Nicholas, the death of Noah, and the dangerous way that Alexandria has dealt with the dangerous world outside. There was a lot playing against both of them. For Maggie, Deanna seemed to be taking Gabriel’s words to heart more than the actions of Rick’s group being stronger and more supportive than her own people. Glenn, on the other hand, went on a rampage on Nicholas and survived a serious walker attack without seemingly having weapons at his disposal and a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Letting Nicholas survive was just in Glenn’s nature, but it will be interesting to see how the town deals with this when the two of them return.

Gabriel is an idiot…enough said. For Sasha, though, she is clearly cracking up and almost got to a breaking point. One moment, she was ready to submit herself to the dead by laying in the walker grave. The next, she was ready to kill Gabriel. She will need to be dealt with because she is becoming a bigger and bigger danger. Considering that she went o Gabriel for help, she may be getting close to the end of her rope.

And then there was Rick… After exploding during the previous episode, Michonne saved him by knocking him out before he took it too far. His outburst did force the community to confront their issues with his style of justice compared to Deanna’s. the entire episode, he was ready to go postal at the meeting to take over the group, even with everyone else trying to appeal to his more politically savvy side. He has proven his ability to be diplomatic in the past (with Hershel and the attempt with the Governor). He was overly focused on violence being the answer that he almost missed the true beliefs of the rest of his group, even if they would have supported him otherwise. It was somewhat lucky that he had the walker body to use as a prop to prove his methods, but it appeared that he was planning to take a more peaceful approach anyway (even if the gun was behind his back).

Morgan is back and part of the group. Rick has proven his worth and gotten Deanna’s praise. Glenn was able to survive Nicholas. The Wolves are hovering in the background. Season six is going to be a blast!

In Memoriam: Reg, Pete, red poncho guy, plenty of walkers

*Announcement: I am planning to do some more discussion of The Walking Dead during the 5 to 6 season break and I will also be reformatting my method for blogging in the next season. I started with this synopsis-reaction-in memoriam set up, but the synopsis seems to take away from the actual blog entry. I also am both trying to watch the episode and blog at the same time, when I would like to enjoy each episode a little more directly.

In addition, Fear the Walking Dead will be starting this summer and have no canon to pull from, which means that I will actually be fully blogging without a comic to spoil some of the storyline. Exciting times are ahead.

While¬†sitting quietly inside the night after her son’s death, Deanna breaks the silence with a mix CD. Listening to the music proves to be too much for Reg, as he asks Deanna to turn it off. Carol is off in her own home preparing some pasta, while Sasha sits in the¬†watchtower on guard. A knock at Deanna’s door reveals the casserole Carol made with a consolation card. Taking only the card, Deanna immediately sets it on fire and watches it burn.

2015-03-22_1346Outside of the walls, Aaron and Daryl notice that there are more walkers than there used to be. In the distance, Daryl spots the faint glow of light and points Aaron toward potential survivors.

Nicholas and Glenn provide very different accounts over the events at the warehouse. Nicholas gets himself filmed by Deanna’s crew, while Glenn gives his story to Rick. Nicholas focuses on placing the blame on Glenn as much as possible, trying to convince her about needing to ban Rick’s group. Glenn and Rick struggle with how to reconcile these events with trying to make it work with these new people. Rick heads over to speak with Carol, who steers the conversation over toward her concern for Pete and about the special lock on Sam’s closet door. Rick struggles with Carol’s focus on Jessie’s safety. Rick steps out into the yard and draws his gun out of the holster. Pete walks up to say hello to Rick, who is seemingly stricken with anger. Rick asks Pete to just walk away, while still holding the gun to his side.

The next morning, Michonne peacefully wakes up to find a basket of laundry and a personal conflict. Seeing the officer clothing, she appears challenged by putting them on. Rosita shows up and lets her known that Sasha spent the entire night in the tower. They go outside the wall to search for her. Rosita challenges Michonne for appearing screwed up after finding civilization, particularly the lack of carrying her trademark sword. They find a few walkers with wounds in the back of their heads, realizing that Sasha must be hunting walkers.

At the grave site, Rick finds Deanna standing alone. While checking on her, he brings up the concern with Pete. She admits that she knew about the domestic violence but lets it slide because of his medical skills. Rick offers an option to physically separate the two. She refuses and challenges his idea that Pete may need to be killed. At most, she agrees that they may exile people who don’t fit in.

Out in the woods, Carl is discovered by Enid, who knew that he was following her. He tries to convince her to return to the community, but she refuses to go. She runs off and he chases after. They stop when she notices a walker. Winding up a timer, she chucks it like a grenade, attracting the walker to the noise. They run off in another direction once it is distraction. After getting away, Enid admits that she likes it outside of the walls. They bond over their mutual love of the outside. Carl tries to understand her better, but they get interrupted by multiple walkers. Finding a nearby tree to hide in, they listen and watch as the herd passes by. One of the walkers has a “w” scratched into its head.

deadisdead-128241Glenn goes to confront Nicholas, highlighting his failures during the recent and previous trips outside of the walls. Nicholas pushes back, but Glenn stands his ground, stating, “I’m saving you.” Later on, Nicholas goes to recover his handgun buried next to a tree.

Sasha emerges in the woods, taking out walkers with her sniper rifle. Michonne and Rosita appear and ask her what she is doing. Sasha, choosing to be headstrong, refuses to leave and tries to take out all of the walkers herself. Michonne takes a moment to gather herself and then joins the fight with Rosita following immediately behind her. After taking out nearly all of them, Sasha is surprised and tackled by one, causing Michonne to step in and save her. Sasha blows up at them, believing that she is inconsolable and feeling responsible for Noah’s death. After taking a moment, she walks off, leaving Michonne and Rosita to choose to follow her again.

While on their search for more survivors, Daryl and Aaron come across more random body parts without torsos. The scene looks fresh, so they continue to search with their guards up. They find a body tied to a tree with its guts ripped out. Lifting the girl’s head, Daryl notices the “w” carved on the forehead.

Rick shows up at Jessie’s place and confronts her about the domestic violence. She tries to promise that it will stop and that he can get help. Rick is unyielding¬†in his support for her, so she challenges his obsession with helping. Assuming that he has other intentions, she denies his help and walks away. Rick struggles with her refusal and starts to lose himself while standing out in the street. He rushes back over to Jessie’s house and tells her about Sam’s desire for a gun and tries to explain his reason for caring. He tries again to convince her that he can keep her and the boys safe. She challenges whether he would do this for others, to which he admits that he wouldn’t. She accepts his help just as Pete shows up and questions his presence. Jessie decides to stand firm and ask Pete to leave, causing him to start a fight with Rick. Rick sends Pete through the front window and is nearly choked out before Jessie intervenes. Carl tries to pull Rick off as well, but he maintains his grip until Deanna shows up. She tries to stop it, but he gets up and starts to challenge Deanna’s leadership. As Rick attempts to make a big speech, Michonne blindsides him with a blow to the back of the head.

Review:¬†Another season is coming to a close and the tension could never be higher. While things seem to be relatively safe for the group, Rick’s group is cracking and the people of Alexandria has no idea what is coming in their future.

Sasha is cracking under the pressure of having time to let the events of Georgia and the road finally sink in. She lost Bob, Tyreese, and now Noah. She trained to become the great sniper of the group and Alexandria does not seem to have an effective use of her skills. She showed a bit of this uneasiness as soon as she got to Alexandria. Now she is in a constant state of craziness and aggression. Her tense behavior could either prove to be vital in a dangerous situation, or, more likely, will get her killed sometime soon.

960Glenn’s confrontation with Nicholas and Deanna’s concerns with Rick help to show that there will be a mini war between the two factions. It may not result in actual violence, but the build up could put the entire community on edge, if they aren’t already by Rick’s and Pete’s fist fight in the street. The lying by Nicholas aside, their reaction to the situation is an example of fantasy versus reality. Glenn, Rick, and their family has experienced life outside of the wall, and it was brutal. They lost people, even when they were focused survival. Deanna’s community has lost people, but they are also fearful of the real threat outside of the walls.

Then there is the fight…Rick went psycho…but so did Pete. This was ready to boil over, but Jessie somewhat agreed to how it happened. Pete’s behavior was so volatile that he was going to truly harm Jessie if Rick did not eventually step in. More important than the fight itself was the realization that Deanna knew about the domestic violence and would only exile someone instead of killing them. This policy¬†suggests that Alexandria is too sheltered for its own good. Rick might be using too heavy of a hand with his way of dealing with trouble inside the walls, but he still appears closer to a true steward of safety than the people of Alexandria (even in the crazed state). Rick will likely spend a portion of the next episode in timeout because of his actions, but Deanna will likely also want to exile him.

The only thing that might be more important for the season finale is the rise of walkers around the wall. Similar to the challenges of the prison, the walker buildup outside of Alexandria could threaten the integrity of the walls. There was a moment when Rick’s group first got there that they kind of challenged Reg on the development of their protective barrier. It would be interesting to see what happens when a mega-herd shows up and knocks on the side door to the community.

The cast is feeling a little big at the moment, with Noah being the most notable death in the past several episodes. Sasha has put herself in danger and there are a few characters that have been in the background enough to bring their storylines in jeopardy. An attack on Alexandria would probably result in deaths to both groups, but who knows until they actually premiere the episode? And where is Morgan??

In Memoriam:¬†some walkers…and several with the mysterious “w” on their heads