****Warning: This review will contain spoilers for the most recent episode of The Walking Dead. If you have not yet seen that episode and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading now.****
Season 5 | Episode 14 | Aired March 15, 2015
Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead started off great. The opening shot is of Daryl on his new motorcycle which, if you looked at the #TheWalkingDead tag on Twitter last night, had people freaking out and incredibly excited. Norman Reedus was apparently equally excited which you can see in the AMC video below.
Yes, it was very exciting. Daryl has a new bike, the group seems to be settling down in Alexandria, things are good! But, this is The Walking Dead, and things never stay good for long. As the episode went on things gradually went from bad to worse.
While out on a run (which, by the way, we learn that somehow dubstep survived the apocalypse), Glenn, Tara, Eugene, Noah, Aiden, and Nicholas run into some trouble when Aiden accidentally shoots a grenade that was attached to the uniform of a walker. The resulting explosion releases walkers that had previously been trapped behind a fence and leads to Aiden’s death. The blast also severely injures Tara and the group must race to get her back to Alexandria and get her help. However, this proves difficult when Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas get trapped inside a revolving door surrounded by walkers.
This scene was probably one of the most gruesome I’ve ever seen on this show. The group has been in a lot of sticky situations where I’ve sat back and gone, “How are they gonna get out of this one?” This time I was just trying to figure out which of the three were going to get eaten. In the end, Noah ended up getting dragged out and Glenn could do nothing but watch as his friend was torn apart only inches from where he sat. I actually had to look away from my screen at that point because it was so gory and I would have to say that Noah’s death was probably one the worst I’ve seen on The Walking Dead. His last words of, “Don’t let go” to Glenn were also so powerful and said so much that I think the character definitely needed to hear at that moment. As gruesome and awful as his death was, I do have to congratulate whoever first said, “Everybody Ate Chris”.
Back in Alexandria, things were less bloody, but still just as bad. After last week when Carol threatened Sam you’d think he would be staying as far away from as he could. Instead he stole chocolate so Carol would make more cookies and then asked her if he could have one of the gun’s she had stolen but that it wasn’t for him before running off. When Carol goes to check on him later she discovers that Sam’s father, Pete, is abusing his wife Jessie. This parallel to Carol’s previous life Before really makes you wonder what is going to happen. Especially when Carol tells Rick and tells him that he has to kill Pete.
I think we all knew Pete needed to die at some point and that Rick needed to be the one to do it. Ever since his first appearance where he sat on his porch in the dark and talked to Rick about Jessie. This was the episode where in the Talking Dead that followed, Chris Hardwick dubbed him “Porchdick” which I think is probably an appropriate term.
Abraham takes charge of the construction crew after walkers attack and one of the Alexandrians almost dies, only surviving because Abraham saves her. This results in Tobin, the man originally in charge, going to Deanna and requesting Abraham take over. Deanna’s reaction after almost seemed like she was regretting bringing Rick and his group in. The group knows how to handle things and get things done in a way that the Alexandrians don’t because they’ve been sheltered behind their walls. It’s starting to seem like Deanna is realizing that she’s giving power to these strangers and the group is stronger than she had estimated and now they may even prove to be a threat.
This thought is only strengthened when Gabriel goes to her and tells them that Rick’s group is no good. That they’ve done things, horrible things, to get where they are and that they don’t deserve the security and safety Alexandria offers. Can I just say, I was yelling at my screen last night when he did this. Of course the group has done things, they’ve fought off crazy governors, cannibals, and dead people. You don’t survive as long as they have without doing some bad stuff. But really, come on Gabriel, they saved his life. He would have been walker food if the group hadn’t rescued him. I also thought it was pretty hypocritical considering he left his entire congregation to be eaten alive while he sat in his church.
I’m really interested and excited to see what happens in next week’s episode. How is Deanna going to react when Glenn and the others get back and she finds out her son is dead? Especially now she has people planting the idea that Rick and his group are bad, will she blame them? Rick and Carol are getting ready to deal with Pete which, if handled the way I think they’re going to, could only reinforce this “Rick’s group is the devil” idea even more.
There’s only two episodes left in the season and I so excited to see where this all goes and also terrified to find out who else might die by the time it’s over.
I think this review might have been longer than last week’s, but so much happened in last night’s episode! Is there anything you would like to see in these reviews? More opinions? Less opinions? Talk about characters more or something else? Would you like to see them shorter? Let me know!
Check out the preview for next week’s episode below