Season 5 | Episode 16 | Aired March 29, 2015
So The Walking Dead season finale was on tonight… I’m going to try not to make this review too long, but the episode was an hour and a half and was seriously epic and probably the best episode I’ve ever seen so I make no promises.
****Warning: Before I go any further, this post WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS so if you haven’t seen the episode yet, turn back now. No, wait, get off the computer and watch the episode. Now. Go.****
Okay, well, first things first. Morgan’s back! Last time we saw Morgan he was a few marbles short and now he’s like the zen master. He’s all chilled out, but can kick some serious ass. Not even with a gun or a knife, oh no, he uses his walking stick to defend himself against walkers and humans alike. I am so excited that Morgan is back and he saved Daryl and Aaron (getting to that in a minute) and he’s finally been reunited with Rick! It’s inshane and I can’t wait to see what they do with this in season six!
Also, can we just take a moment. Lennie James who plays Morgan was on Talking Dead and I think Chris Hardwick summed it up pretty well: “You’re British?!” Yeah, I don’t know about any of you, I had no idea he was British and that was basically my exact reaction.
Moving on. Daryl and Aaron are still out on their recruiting run. We see them driving down a road and Daryl looks like a BAMF with his bike and his sunglasses and is way too relaxed to be in the zombie apocalypse. They have been following Red Poncho Guy (RIP), but they eventually lose him and decide to go inside a fenced off area where they believe are giant containers of food. Instead they find a walker rave party and, not going to lie, my heart was going so fast it was like I was the one running from walkers. Daryl is one of my favourite characters on the show and I am loving Aaron so far and I’m pretty certain my neighbors probably heard me yelling at the TV that they weren’t allowed to die.
Thankfully they didn’t! The pair got trapped in a car surrounded by walkers (after some seriously badass fighting involving chains and license plates) and were about to make a break for it when Morgan showed up and rescued them. But not before they shared (what I thought) was a very touching moment in which Aaron tells Daryl that he’s the reason he decided to bring the group to Alexandria. He tells Daryl that when he was spying on the group he saw Daryl lead the group to the safety of the barn when the storm hit and knew he needed to bring them in. This got me just like the scene in the garage did and I was so happy in this moment!
I also thought it was really cute at how excited Aaron got when he found a license plate from Alaska.
Also making me happy was Carol. Melissa McBride said she is very pleased with how she’s been able to play Carol this season and I think it’s safe to say that we viewers are pleased too. Carol is so badass this season! In season one she started out as this woman being abused by her husband, I’ve seen a lot of people describe her as a little mouse in season one. Over the years we’ve seen her become more and more brave and tough and who she really is and I think this season we’re really seeing what Carol is capable of. She’s threatened Sam (but still cares about him), threatens Pete, steals the guns. She’s not some scared little mouse anymore and the Alexandrians literally have no idea what they’re in for with her. Also, she called Rick sunshine so Carol gets all the awards for this episode.
With Rick this episode I was very back and forth. On one hand, I get what he’s saying. The Alexandrians have no clue what it’s like out there, Rick has been out there since the beginning and he knows that sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. But on the other hand saying the things he’s saying and doing the things he’s doing probably aren’t the best way to convince people that you’re right.
However, people finally seem to realize he’s right (at least Deanna does) when Pete finally loses it and accidentally kills Deanna’s husband, Reg. Which I would just like to say I called right at the start of the episode. When Maggie goes to see Deanna and Reg says something wise and philosophical:
After he dies Deanna tells Rick to “do it”, to kill Pete like Rick had been saying they needed to all along. Maybe I’ve been watching this show for too long, but I was so relieved he was finally gone. If only so we could get the wonderful quote from Chris Hardwick: “Porchdick is limp now.”
Another storyline explored in this episode was with Glenn. Glenn sees Nicholas climbing over the wall and decides to follow him. I think many of us were probably sitting and watching like, “Glenn no. No Glenn. Glenn, what are you doing? Glenn stop.” And what happened? Nicholas shot Glenn and it turned into this long fight where we kept thinking Glenn was dead, but apparently he’s some sort of terminator and kept coming back. Then he had the chance to shoot Nicholas in the head and he didn’t do it. This is another situation where I do get why, but really Glenn? After everything you’ve encountered and all those times you didn’t kill the bad guy (The Governor, The Termites) and you really think it’s a good idea to let him walk away?
Someone who went for a walk tonight was Father Gabriel. He went out and found a walker and said he was ready. Well, I was ready too. I said in my last review that I thought he was a huge hypocrite and I stand by that and, not going to lie, I was slightly disappointed when he didn’t get bit. I’ve definitely been watching this show for too long.
He returns to Alexandria and is left with the duty of closing the gate. Which he doesn’t do.
This moment was just infuriating and, oh, what do you know? Walkers get in Alexandria! I feel like this is huge foreshadowing for stuff that might happen next season, but this is one of those moments where I really hope I’m wrong.
Father Gabriel and Sasha ended up having a huge confrontation after she goes to him for guidance and he says a lot of really awful things about Bob and Tyreese and there was a moment there where it seemed like Sasha was going to kill him. Instead, Maggie intervened and the three of them ended up praying together.
We got to see Abraham and Eugene apologize to each other and it was literally like watching two five year olds making up after a fight. Rosita was standing in the background watching them like an exasperated mother who couldn’t believe she had to deal with them and it was actually so perfect. Also perfect was this wonderful quote from Abraham:
“There’s a vast ocean of shit that you don’t know shit about. Rick knows every fine grain of said shit.”
We interrupt this review to bring you this gif of two characters who were hardly in the episode, but were too adorable not to mention:
Now, back to our regularly scheduled review.
We sort of meet the Wolves in this episode as well. Two guys at the start attack Morgan (how foolish they were, thinking they could steal from him) and they were the ones who set the walker rave trap that nearly killed Daryl and Aaron. It was crazy intense and at the end we see painted on a car, “Wolves are near”. I’m super nervous about this because we see the wolves have the photos of Alexandria and I really, really don’t want them to attack.
The episode ends on what I guess you could call a high note for this show. None of the main group died, Morgan and Rick are reunited, Porchdick is limp, Tara wakes up. Alls well that ends well. Except for the wolves and the walkers and Morgan and Rick’s reunion began with Rick murdering someone.
This may actually have been the best episode of The Walking Dead yet and I cannot wait for season six. I cannot wait to see where they take these characters and what’s going to happen in Alexandria. Will Deanna continue ruling? Will Rick take over? What’ll happen with the Wolves? What’s going to happen with Morgan? So many questions and a hiatus to wait through.
I obviously don’t have a preview of next week’s episode so I will be back when the new season returns (and maybe for Fear the Walking Dead?). Until then, we can all sit here like this:
Hey, remember when I said this review wouldn’t be too long? Yeah, me neither.
*All photos found on Tumblr*