Prod. Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse
Genre: Serial Drama, Horror
Based on: The Walking Dead Comics, Robert Kirkman
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Alexandra Breakenridge, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Tovah Feldshuh
Season 6 | Episode 1 | Aired: October 11
The Walking Dead is back!!!! Oh my gosh that was a fantastic episode. Every time I think the cast and crew have done the best they possibly could with this show they go and outdo themselves.
This episode follows two storylines. The first, shown in black and white, takes place directly after the season five finale. It follows the characters as they struggle to accept what has happened and what needs to happen now. We see some conflict in these moments between Rick and Daryl and also between Rick and Morgan (though this does occur all throughout the episode in both timelines).
The second storyline takes place shortly after (maybe a few days, a week, I don’t think it’s really specified) and follows Rick’s group and the Alexandrians as they try to work together to stop the largest herd of walkers that’s ever existed on this show.
Yes, this episode was insane! There was a lot of butting heads, a lot of sneaking around, and a lot of zombies.
Rick was butting heads with basically everybody. He had a disagreement with Daryl over whether or not they should still recruit people, him and Morgan weren’t seeing eye to eye on much, and Rick and Carter went to head to head, or rather, gun to head.
I’m not too crazy about Morgan right now. It’s weird cause I wasn’t a huge fan of him, but then he started growing on me, now he’s going against Rick with everything and I’m not a huge fan again. He’s like the anti-Rick and I know Rick is basically psycho, but the guy knows how to survive so who cares? Follow Rick! If you want to survive, follow Rick!
Someone else I’m not crazy about is Jessie. Didn’t like her last season, even less of a fan this season and we’re only one episode in. Her and Ron are both still processing what happened, which I get, but come on! Jessie was all for getting rid of Pete before and then Rick actually did it and now she’s pissed at him?
She’s done a complete 180 with Rick and actually got angry with him for telling Ron how it was when the teen snuck out of Alexandria and got attacked by walkers. Like, I’m sorry Jessie, but you weren’t too concerned about where your kids were last season when you and Rick were having eye sex with each other.
So I mentioned Carter a minute ago who was played by the amazing Ethan Embry. On Talking Dead Carter was described as kind of being what Rick may have been like had he ended up in Alexandria which I can definitely see. He wanted to find another way for them to do things which, obviously, there wasn’t.
At one point he threatens to kill Rick, but is overheard by Eugene. He then threatens to kill Eugene, but is interrupted by Rick who then proceeds to threaten Carter. He doesn’t kill Carter, but from that moment on Carter’s fate is basically sealed. And yes, Carter does die.
The plan seems to be going perfectly which is how we all knew it would end horribly. As Carter is running through the forest he is grabbed by a walker which then bites him directly on the face. There is obviously no coming back from that so Rick stabs him in the neck.
Whether this is to put Carter out of his misery or just to make him shut up, it’s not totally clear. Either way, I think we’ve all seen now exactly what happens when you go against Rick Grimes.
A character who I’m liking a lot more now is Deanna. She’s accepted that Rick knows what he’s doing and is willing to follow his lead even if she doesn’t always like it. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if this continues or if she finally puts her foot down.
“First Time Again” actually had quite a few funny moments. When Eugene overhears Carter he’s basically the least slick spy there is and drops a glass and then, in his attempt to get away, crashes into a shelf. Also, when Heath says they shouldn’t be doing this (in regards to the plan) Glenn says, “I’m supposed to be delivering pizzas!” This was hilarious and I totally forgot that that’s what Glenn used to do.
There was also a moment between Michonne and Morgan that was hilarious where Morgan asked Michonne if she’d eaten one of his peanut butter protein bars back in Atlanta when Morgan was going crazy. She tells him she didn’t, we of course know that is a lie and she did eat it. I laughed so hard at this and it was amazing.
Finally, and this isn’t really an actual funny moment in the show, just something I found hilarious, and that is that Judith has changed. Obviously they have to keep changing the babies because of legal reasons and because they need the baby to be a certain size, but they don’t even try to hide it on this show.
Like, there is no attempt made to try and get a baby that looks remotely similar to the previous ones. Here are a couple Judith’s over the years, please take note of the growing and receding hair as well as her apparent aging and then de-aging.
This episode definitely did a lot character exploring of both new and old characters.
We’re seeing an interesting dynamic between Glenn and Nicholas now. Personally, if Nicholas had his face eaten like Carter, I wouldn’t really care. He’s the reason Noah’s dead, he almost killed Glenn, he played a part in Aidan’s death and the deaths of the scouts who were going on runs before the group got there.
Basically, he’s got a lot of blood on his hands and at this point I wouldn’t care if it were his own. For some reason Glenn’s keeping him around though. They made a good point again on Talking Dead that Nicholas is really lucky it was Glenn and not someone else who he threatened. If he had pulled that with Rick then Nicholas would’ve been dead by now, no hesitation.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens. There’s a lot of rumors (like always) that this may be Glenn’s last season and I’m interested to see if this is true and, if it is, if it ends up being Nicholas’s fault. Dun dun dun.
The last characters I really want to talk about are Sasha and Abraham. I’m not a fan of Sasha and last season we really saw her struggling to deal with the loss of Bob and Tyreese. However, in the season finale she, Maggie, and Father Gabriel seemed to be starting to move forward. That continued this episode.
Now it seems like Abraham is the one going off the deep end. I was a little confused as to where this was coming from at first, but it seems like seeing what happened to Reg might have pushed him over the ledge.
We see him burying Reg and toasting him and then getting drunk next to the other man’s grave. I’m sure this will be explored in further episodes, but I’m really interested to hear what you guys think of this and why you think Abraham was so strongly affected by Reg’s death.
This episode was crazy and it looks like things are only going to get crazier.
At the end of the episode things were apparently going a little too well as someone decided to set off a horn that led the giant herd of walkers completely off track and heading straight for Alexandria. The Alexandria herd is pretty iconic in the comics and something I’ve been waiting, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it so soon so I can’t wait to see what happens!
I also can’t wait to see who was honking that horn! Was it Ron? We don’t see him hiding with Jessie and Sam. Was the it the Wolves? Was it someone unknown? We’ll just have to wait and see!
I’m so excited for next week, but I also have a feeling someone’s gonna die. Someone died already and we’re only on the season premier so clearly they aren’t holding back this season.
Let me know down below what you thought of the season premier and your predictions for next week!