I would like to start by saying that I am very much not okay.
I must also say that this review is going to contain some MAJOR spoilers and if you haven’t watched the episode yet do not scroll past this picture.
Season 6 | Episode 3 | Aired: October 25, 2015
In this episode we saw the group who had been leading the walker herd away are attempting to make it back to Alexandria. While Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl are still leading the first half of the herd away, Rick, Michonne, Glenn, and a bunch of the Alexandrians are trying to beat the other half back to Alexandria to try and find a way to head them off.
This episode was so insanely intense!
At first it seemed like they were just going to be killing off all the useless Alexandrians. Seriously, it’s not that I want to see people die on this show, but when it comes down to it being between Team Family and the Alexandrians, yeah the Alexandrians can go.
But the writers were seriously ruthless this episode! One Alexandrian after the next was just slaughtered this episode by walkers. But really though, it is kind of their own doing.
I mean, two episodes ago Rick heard walkers coming when he was standing on the road and the walkers were like five feet in the forest. The Alexandrians don’t notice the walkers are there until they’ve already been bit! Come on guys, get it together.
I’m going to be totally honest and say that there were a few times (like when Michonne and the others were trying to escape the pet store) where I was like, “Okay, one guy’s already been bit and two of these people can barely walk. Let’s throw them to the herd so the walkers are distracted and then Michonne and Heath could make a break for it.”
There was also a moment where one guy, Sturgess, (probably not how you spell his name, but he was the one in the funny hat) runs off after they were attacked by walkers. Well alright then, who needs him? I just have no patience for people who run on this show anymore.
Someone who did a lot of running this episode was Rick. I felt so bad for Andrew Lincoln! It must have been torture to run in the Georgia heat for take after take so I hope he knows that we, the fans, appreciated it because the whole sequence looked amazing.
There are two Rick moments in this episode that really stand out. The first is when Rick cuts his hand. This could mean nothing. Everyone’s already infected with the virus so getting walker blood in a cut might not mean anything. Or it might mean everything!
I haven’t finished all the comics yet, but I have read quite a few and for anyone who may not know this Rick actually loses his hand at one point. I read somewhere that they had plans to do this right at the start in season one/season two, but they didn’t have enough money for it because obviously they would need a green screen glove and special effects which is why it ended up being Merle who lost his hand.
Now The Walking Dead is obviously much bigger and they would have the funding to cut off Rick’s hand. I am definitely interested to see if this ends up being what happens and where the writers decide to take this.
The other Rick moment is right at the end when the RV won’t start. He’s just had an encounter with some of The Wolves (the same ones Morgan let go!) and he sees that one of them had a jar of baby food in their pocket. Rick realizes The Wolves were in Alexandria.
These people were in Alexandria, he’s got the herd coming down on his from side, and the freakin’ RV won’t start! And Rick just looks… done. There’s no look of, he’s got to get back and stop the herd, it’s more of, “There were already people there, I couldn’t stop it, what happened to Carl and Judith and the rest of his family?”
I have no idea how Rick is going to get out of that RV, but he’s Rick so I’m sure he’ll come up with a way. This moment was sort of reminiscent to the very first episode when Rick was trapped in the tank and I loved this little throwback. It made me more sad than anything though because another throwback moment they had was when Glenn called Rick dumbass over the walkie talkie. Also something that happened back in episode one.
But I’m not going to talk about that yet! I’m not ready and there was so much other stuff that happened! Well, two other things.
Daryl left Sasha and Abraham to lead the herd on their own so he could try and get back to Alexandria to help the others. While he does return to them eventually, I spent a good portion of this episode terrified that this would be the one where Daryl gets kidnapped. Remember in the preview for this season? We see him tied up and I thought for sure, “Well, he’s gone off on his now and everything else is going wrong so why not?”
But that didn’t happen! I’m so glad, but I just know that we won’t be able to settle down anytime soon. It’s coming and I’m not ready for it.
There was a moment this episode where I thought for sure we were going to lose Michonne. Thankfully, she survived and made it back to Alexandria, but oh my gosh the amount of stress I felt in that moment! I was not prepared!
They are NOT allowed to kill Michonne. She’s so badass all the time, but this episode especially she brought it and she set the record straight with the Alexandrians all while kicking walker ass. She’s not allowed to die because we still have so much more we need to see from her.
Alright. I guess this is it. The moment none of us were waiting for and the moment none of us are certain of what actually happened.
Glenn and Nicholas were trapped by the herd and rather than let the walkers get him he decided to ‘opt out’ (ah, another throwback to season one). He shoots himself in the head after thanking Glenn, but when he falls he knocks Glenn down too, right into the herd of walkers.
I AM NOT OKAY!
My dog actually came up to me and was pawing at me and whining because she didn’t know why I was crying and yelling at the TV.
First of all, really Nicholas?! Really? Glenn gave him so many chances and I think we all knew that was a mistake, but that’s just the kind of guy Glenn was. While on one hand, that’s super admirable and great, it ended up being what got him killed.
Or was it?
It seems physically impossible for Glenn to not have died. The camera zoomed in on his face and we saw guts and innards being ripped out. But Nicholas did fall on top of him so maybe…
Hear me out for a second.
Glenn was not directly mentioned in the Talking Dead memoriam and Greg Nicotero said that Glenn’s storyline still needed to be finished and would be in ‘some way’. Yes, it seems likely that Glenn didn’t make it out of that. But! But, now think about this.
There were a lot of throwbacks to the first season, particularly those first couple episodes with Rick and Glenn. And what’s something that Rick and Glenn did in episode two? Covered themselves in walker guts to blend in with the walkers.
I know it doesn’t see possible, but I’m holding out hope until the writers and producers confirm otherwise! As far as I’m concerned, Glenn couldn’t covered himself in blood and guts and crawled under the dumpster to hide until something drew the walkers away. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
This whole episode was a rollercoaster and I am a complete emotional mess after watching it. The episode was titled “Thank You” obviously to tie in to Nicholas’s line, but I really don’t feel like thanking anybody on this show right now.
Stop tearing Team Family apart! Stop killing off the originals! There’s only four (five) now: Rick, Daryl, Carol, and Carl (and Glenn). They have to survive. They’re on the NO KILL list.
If Glenn did die I’m at least glad that it wasn’t Nicholas directly who killed him. Glenn went down fighting cause he’s a badass and he stayed true to his character all the way in which he didn’t just ditch Nicholas and save himself (though I wish he would have).
And I would just like to give Steven Yeun a huge round of applause. Like, seriously, he has played Glenn (and hopefully will continue to play him) for six years now. We love him, he’s amazing and wonderful and has really made Glenn one of the best and most interesting characters in the whole show.
I just… I can’t. I can’t. I don’t know what to say anymore. I’m glad I’m not Chris Hardwick and that you guys don’t come on here to find comfort after the episode is on.
You go to him right after the episode airs and then you can come here to read my rage and share your own rage. Which is exactly what you should do!
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