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Having returned back to a sense of normalcy after the fight against the Saviors, Alexandria seems to be in a state of cautious calm. Deciding that she wants to get out to an apothecary to scavenge for some medicine, she convinces Rosita and Daryl to join her. Their venture hits a couple of snags, but they find the store and are able to recover a significant amount of drugs. Meanwhile, Eugene wants Abraham’s help to uncover a possible new opportunity for their group. He unveils his plan to start producing bullets but gets interrupted by a walker. While Abraham goes in for the kill, Eugene calls dibs and struggles to overcome his foe. Abraham steps in and causes Eugene to get angry for taking his chance away. This causes a rift and Abraham storms off leaving Eugene to fend for himself.

BN-NE120_0320De_J_20160320120353Blossoming through Conflict: Eugene and Denise went through a bit of an evolution throughout the episode. While both had been growing independently and Eugene did get into the fight against the walkers during the swarm in Alexandria, neither had shown much success with fending for themselves outside of the walls. Both looked like they had something to prove to their peers to change the way they were viewed. Even Father Gabriel had a few moments recently to prove himself.

Eugene may have used deception to get Abraham to protect him, but there was room for growth. He does not quite have the recognition of Rick and the rest regarding his resourcefulness after his deception. He still feels like he needs to prove himself and fighting skills seems to be a way to do it. Abraham takes away his dibs kill, which sets him off and makes him say something he probably should not have said. It saved them later on from the group of Saviors because they were split up when Eugene was captured. Eugene was able to get quite a bite out of Dwight and survived a gunshot in the process.

rs_1024x759-160318095231-1024-merritt-wever-the-walking-deadAs for Denise, we learned that she lost her older brother, who seemed to be quite similar to Merle in personality. She always saw him as the strong one but she outlasted him. As a doctor, she has been making it up as problems presented themselves, but her brother’s strength has alway been important to her. Her moment in the stock room at the apothecary was a setback, but her fight with the walker in the car was a moment of redemption. While it was not the smartest idea to engage in the fight with Daryl and Rosita walking away, she survived and was able to call both of them out on their faults. Her death was a surprise, as it was Abraham who suffered a similar fate in the comics, but the Saviors have some ground to make up after the attack on their compound and the confrontation on the road with Daryl’s rocket launcher.

TWD_614_GP_1021_0086-RT-1200x801The Coming War: The season finale will either have one of the biggest cliffhangers so far in the series or one of the most gruesome deaths. Regardless of your awareness of the comics, it is clearly building to the Negan reveal and he is not going to be happy with the murdering of his group. The run-in with Dwight was important to this point because they know where Alexandria is and can probably guess they have a connection with the Hilltop. Dwight seemed ready to steal a bunch of their supplies and take some of the townspeople, but why steal people is not clear.

691x430Carol’s Conundrum:¬†Seen early in the episode, Carol had a moment with Daryl where she continues to appear shaken by her deadly encounters. While the episode does not focus on her at all, her reveal at the end with the note and Morgan’s continued dissonance with Rick supports continued doubt building within the group about how they handle their business. When Carol got to emotionless with her actions at the prison, Rick sent her away. She returned just as hard during the rescue against the cannibals. Now, she has had enough time to stop and think about what her involvement in Rick’s plan means for her humanity and can no longer reconcile her actions with her faith.

Leaving Alexandria without speaking to anyone puts her and other in danger because no one is going to let her go without a fight. Next week will likely bring new challenges for Daryl and whoever follows him to Carol’s aid.

In Memoriam: Denise, several Saviors

Question of the Week:¬†What does Denise’s death mean for Tara’s future in Alexandria?

After returning from the Hilltop, Rick gathers the Alexandrians for a conversation about their upcoming challenge with the Saviors. Rick poses the plan to go on the offensive, but Morgan opposes and begs for a more diplomatic solution. When the town chooses to ignore his pleas, the team gathered to assault Negan’s compound gather their supplies and head out on the road. While first looking for a walker who looks similar to Gregory, they wait until the dead of night to make their approach. Claiming to have taken out Gregory and possessing his severed head, Rick and the group quietly work their way through the building until one of Negan’s crew pull the alarm, causing chaos to burst throughout the halls.

TWD_612_GP_0922_0165-RT-1200x800Carol versus Morgan Redux:¬†With the episode having a much lighter-hearted tone at the start, Carol’s homemaker bliss was quickly disrupted and she was thrusted back into the fray. She is clearly not clear about what she really is comfortable with, as she writes down the number of people she has killed and is quite uncomfortable about what that means. Morgan challenges her for a brief moment, but she¬†cannot quite put this conflict to words with him. When Morgan steps up during the town meeting, Carol stays surprisingly quiet considering her continued inner conflict. Later on when she is with Maggie during the raid, she clearly allows the conflict to let her change her tune as she begs Maggie to stay behind. Getting captured, in the end, may turn out to be a consequence of her indecision.

TWD_612_GP_0922_0190-RT-1200x801Innocence Lost:¬†One of Glenn’s greatest qualities was his ability to claim that he has avoided ever having to actually kill another living human. He had fought for his life and killed plenty of walkers, but he had an innocence that was unlike the rest of his group. During the raid, he finally got his first string of kills and clearly was distraught over it. He was able to keep his head and save Heath from it for the moment. Even though they both had to fire through the armory door to fend off a group of the Saviors, it was a moment of defense rather than killing their enemies in their sleep. This also happened to be an episode that contained Tara’s first kill, but she seemed a little less afraid to take the shot, possibly as a representation for her belief in this group as opposed to the Governor. What this could mean moving forward is unclear. There is still an encounter with the infamous Negan in the near future. Glenn’s kills could put him back in the crosshairs for Negan’s wrath.

635928950622579769-TWD-612-GP-0922-0106-RTThe Raid:¬†Breaking into the complex can be seen both as a smart move and act that could lead to some very unfortunate events. While there are the comics that seem to prescribe a possible shocking death in just a few episodes, the team seemed to initially come out of their mission unscathed. They have recovered a small armory and found a way to save one of the Hilltoppers. The end result was initially positive until it was revealed that Maggie and Carol were captured by a small group of women, clearly connected with Negan. It is not clear if they are as brutal as Rick’s group is, but their high ground has quickly been lost. Had they not taken the offensive, it is quite possible that Negan’s crew would have ended up at Alexandria’s doorstep. It can be difficult to forget that this world is truly brutal and these types of actions can determine the difference between life and death.

Many questions leading into next week, but the biggest of which is whether Carol and Maggie will survive their latest capture.

In Memoriam: Savior guards & crew

Question of the Week: Glenn got his first human kill in the walker apocalypse this episode. Does this change him? Will Glenn go through a similar inner conflict as Carol?

xy2xx2owrym1yu79j4geHaving been shocked by the escape of Jesus, Rick and Michonne are confronted with a challenge: trust their new stranger’s word or “deal” with him. Choosing to trust in Jesus, Rick pulls a group together to accompany Jesus back to a newly discovered community, the Hilltop. Along the way, they come across a flipped vehicle, leaving the group with a decision to search for the survivors or continue on without them. Finally arriving at the Hilltop, their welcome seems somewhat controversial and muted until they start to realize who the leader, Gregory, truly is. Rick entrusts Maggie to serve as their liaison and negotiate the deal to help their community recover its dwindling food supply.

mdikgxtld0b4mhbc6sjiThe Truth About Jesus:¬†His introduction in the previous episode was met with confusion and question. He appeared to be an odd combination of caution and impeccable survivor skills. After his antics with Rick and Daryl on the road, there seemed to be a lack of urgency to keep him under closer watch, creating another strong sense of concern with his ability to escape and break into Rick’s house. In reality, he became a significant supporter in trying to help expand Rick’s world. He defended Rick at the gate, tried to lobby with Gregory for supplies, and agreed to be a part of Rick’s plan to benefit both communities.

eupmkhvwpldlh3nypkagAn Expanded Universe:¬†The Hilltop provides a new community to debate as being good for Alexandria or potentially another competitive survival group like Woodbury. On the surface, the biggest challenge appears to be Gregory, but not in the menacing way of the Governor. Gregory’s issues seem to be his significant self-interest. While this¬†can be somewhat understanding considering the difficulty with the trust versus survival debate, he seems to also be self-defeating when his own community members seem to be trying to provide supportive advice.

yytqlnbogkmgtr5vgo24Threats & Dangers Ahead:¬†While he still has yet to officially appear, Negan is lingering on the tips of everyone’s tongues. Jesus finally shed some light on who he was, leading Rick to see a new target to neutralize. The problem remains that no one seems to know how much of an army this new threat has. Daryl dispatched the group on the road, and it is likely that Negan knows about the incident. With the way the show periodically kills off big characters and knowing what happens in the comics, several characters are in danger of a swift end when they finally come face to face with the new big bad.

Besides the clear threat, Abraham now finds himself in an odd place. He is struggling with Sasha to establish a real relationship but he seems uncommitted to Rosita. His conversations with Glenn seemed to help put some things into perspective, but Abraham may be losing his sense of purpose and focus at the wrong time.

In Memoriam: Nathan

Question of the Week: What was the best line delivered by Abraham from this episode?

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?

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.

Walker - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 7 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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?