The Walking Dead Episode Review: “East”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 15 | Aired: March 27th, 2016

Okay, so my original plan was to post the reviews for the past three weeks first and then post this one. Those reviews are still coming, but this episode was sooooo intense I couldn’t not talk about it right away. Plus, I’m not working first thing tomorrow morning which means I can actually get this review out now (more on that in an upcoming review).

So much happened! And so much happened with so many characters I love!

Carol left Alexandria. It seems she just couldn’t take it anymore, she didn’t want to have to kill anymore so she left. Of course, as she was driving down the road she encountered some more Saviours who seemed to be on their way to Alexandria and ended up having to kill them.

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My heart breaks for Carol every time she has to kill someone now. Like, on one hand I get not wanting to kill people, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s really something you can avoid in the world they live in anymore.

But Carol wasn’t the only one to leave Alexandria last night. Morgan and Rick also left in search of Carol and Daryl, hell bent on revenge, left to go after Dwight and the others who killed Denise. In turn, Rosita, Glenn, and Michonne left to go after him.

Rosita

While no one died yet, the only one to return to Alexandria last night was Rick. Carol is still missing, Morgan is still searching for her, and Daryl, Glenn, Rosita, and Michonne are now hostages of Dwight and the others.

The episode ended with Dwight shooting Daryl and I think Yvette Nicole Brown said it best:

“Not like this, Lord, not like this.”

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She was also right in saying that Dwight is not a worthy enough character to take out Daryl Dixon. Daryl has survived everything that’s been thrown at him and while I’m sure Dwight is a real badass, he’s not the guy who would take out Daryl Dixon.

I loved this episode. I mean, I love every episode, but this one delved into the characters and their relationships and really showed how much things have changed since the show started.

The whole conversation between Glenn and Daryl in the forest really showed not only how much they’ve changed as individual characters, but how they really are all a family. I know we all know this already, but seeing these interactions is still a welcome thing and I think it really showed just how much Daryl and Glenn have both grown over the seasons.

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Rick and Morgan’s whole dynamic is so different now than back in season one and it’s really interesting to watch. It was also interesting to hear Rick admit that he now believed Carol was right in killing Karen and David back at the Prison.

It’s kind of ironic that now Carol doesn’t want to kill anymore is when Rick admits that she was right to start killing in the first place.

And while I must admit that I was glad to hear him admit this it also made me really nervous for Carol’s future. Seriously, no one is safe on this show, but as soon as someone becomes the moral compass or people realize a certain character was right all along that character dies.

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We don’t know where Carol is, we don’t know if we’ll ever see Morgan again (not gonna lie, he’s still driving me crazy so if he wants to return Carol to the group and then leave again that’s fine with me), Glenn, Michonne, and Rosita are all in danger, and Daryl’s been shot!

We also don’t know what’s going on with Maggie. She had Enid cut off her hair and then suddenly she was on the ground in pain. I’m with Yvette on this one too, it was the pickles cause I don’t want to think about the other thing.

Next week is the season six finale (so soon!) and there are so many questions that need answering and so many fates that need determining. Someone’s going to die. We know that. We’re meeting Negan so there’s no way the group is making it out unscathed.

I have many theories about who might be going with each theory hurting more than the last so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and cry when it does.

But in the meantime I want to know what all of your theories are! Tell me down below what you think is going to happen next week on the hour and a half finale!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Thank You”

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.

The Walking Dead

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.

Rick Running

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.

Rick Defeated

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?”

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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.

Thank You

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.

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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.

Glenn Falls

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.

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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!

Let me know what you thought of the episode down below! Share your rage and tears and your own theories on how Glenn survived!

Make sure you check out the preview for next week’s 90-minute episode!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review – Season Finale: “Conquer”

Walking dead

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!

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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.

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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.

Oh Sunshine

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:

Called It

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.”

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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.

Closing the Damn Door

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:

Carl and Judith Cute

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:

Now What

Hey, remember when I said this review wouldn’t be too long? Yeah, me neither.

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