The Walking Dead Episode Review: “The Next World”

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You know, every week I think, “The Walking Dead can’t get any better”. Then Sunday roles around, they air the next episode, and, oh what do you know? It got better!

“The Next World” is set two months after the mid-season premier and we see right away that things in Alexandria are changing. Everyone has settled down and is making lives for themselves.

In this episode we see Rick and Daryl going on what they’re hoping will be a successful run for supplies. However, in typical Walking Dead fashion things don’t go as planned. At first the run seems to be going great, better than great in fact.

Rick and Daryl find a giant truck full of food and other resources, but as they continue scouting out the area they run (quite literally) into a man named Jesus. Well, Paul, but his friends call him Jesus.

Long story short,: Jesus steals the truck, Rick and Daryl get the truck back, Jesus ends up on the roof of the truck, Rick flings him off, Daryl chases him around a field, the truck ends up at the bottom of a lake, Rick and Daryl bring Jesus back to Alexandria to find out more about where he’s from.

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This entire episode was gold. Right from the start there was so much humour and so much bromance. Rick and Daryl are going on their un and as they’re driving down the road Rick decides to put on some music. Evidently he’s done this before cause Daryl literally begs him not to put on the CD and I can’t say I blame him as the music Rick puts on is so typically Rick it’s ridiculous (and hilarious).

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Something else I found hilarious in the first several minutes of the episode are Daryl’s interaction with Denise and Rick and Daryl’s interaction with Eugene. First of all, the whole thing between Daryl and Denise is adorable as she’s asking him to get pop for Tara (as a surprise) and Daryl’s response? “The hell’s pop?” Despite this, he makes it a mission to get the ‘pop’ for her, but unfortunately that doesn’t go as planned either.

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Both these conversations were fantastic and Rick and Daryl’s faces both times were hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing.

However, it wasn’t long before that laughing turned into swearing at my TV when Jesus came along. Now, I would like to say that I haven’t read enough of the comics yet to have met this character, but I knew he was coming cause everyone was talking about it. However, up until Sunday night I’d been pronouncing it ‘Hey-Zeus” and now I’m really curious how he got the name Jesus.

I’m also really curious as to why he’s such an ass and how he got so good and kicking ass. Rick doesn’t trust him at first (he’s too clean) and Daryl instantly doesn’t like him, but Rick wants to give him a chance.

I really liked the parallels here to Season 5B when the group first met Aaron. They didn’t trust him because he was too clean and that time it was Rick who wanted nothing to do with him and the others who thought they should give him a chance.

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They ended up bringing Jesus back to Alexandria in order to find out more about him, but that also doesn’t go as planned and he escapes his ‘cell’ I guess you’d call it and breaks into Rick’s house (I’ll get to what he interrupted in a few minutes).

Can I just ask though, where the eff is Daryl when he breaks into the house? Rick said Daryl was guarding him so obviously Jesus didn’t just slip past Daryl and escape, so where is he?

Alright, before I get to what was probably the biggest event of the night, I want to talk about Carl, Spencer, and Deanna. Michonne sees Spencer leaving Alexandria and heading into the woods by himself. She follows him, despite his protests, and is there when he is forced to put down his mother. She is also there to see Carl (who had been out in the woods with Enid) lead Deanna right to Spencer.

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At first I thought, “Oh great, Carl lost his eye and now he’s back to being a lil’ shit like in season two”, but no, that wasn’t the case at all. After she confronts him, Carl reveals to Michonne that he did what he did because Spencer needed the closure. Just like Carl killed Lori, Spencer needed to be the one to put down Deanna.

He also says that he would do it for her. He says that if Michonne were to turn he would put her down because that’s what family does. In a weird and slightly creepy way that was really sweet. Families used to do things for each other like shovel the driveway or pick up the dry-cleaning, now they shoot each other in the head.

Alright, are you ready? Are you sure? Cause I’m not. I’m not ready. Oh wait a minute, yes I am. I’ve been ready for several seasons now.

RICHONNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It happened guys! It happened! Rick and Michonne did the do!

Shippers (and non-shippers) everywhere were squealing both literally and technologically from the moment Rick handed Michonne those mints. No this was not a hint that she has bad breath, but was rather a substitute for the toothpaste he wasn’t able to save from the lake truck.

Now, I ship a lot of the characters on this show. I’m a fanfiction writer, it’s what I do. However, I normally know that my ships will never be canon, they will only exist in the fanfiction and fandom world. But not anymore (at least not with this ship)!

Richonne is canon!

I can’t even tell you how happy I am. It was so sweet and so wonderful and they kissed and next thing we knew they were naked in bed. Granted, Jesus then broke in and scared them both, but still. The moment had already happened which means Jesus ruined nothing and Richonne was happy!

I’m so glad this finally happened (can you tell?). Rick, Michonne, Carl, and Judith have been like their own mini family within Team Family for ages now anyway and now they just made it official.

So much happened on Sunday night! Walker Deanna, Rickyl Bromance, Richonne, and more! Next week looks intense with Jesus possibly leading the group to his camp and I am so excited.

What did you guys think of “The Next World”? What was your favourite part?

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier Review: “No Way Out”

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead****

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Season 6 | Episode 9 | Aired: February 14, 2016

The Walking Dead is back! It’s back and boy did it return with a bang!

Yes, last night was the mid-season premier of season six and I honestly think this is the best episode of the entire series. I’ve been saying that a lot lately so that’ll tell you just how amazing season six has been so far.

We pick up directly where the mid-season finale left off with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham being confronted by members of Negan’s group. Just when it seems like a member of Team Family is going to get killed in the first thirty seconds of the episode, something unexpected happens.

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Daryl hits Negan’s gang with a bazooka or rocket launcher or something similar and literally blows them away. Daryl Dixon, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest badass to ever exist.

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Seriously, what a freaking amazing way to start the show. They kept showing that scene in the previews up until the point the explosion happens and I was not expecting that at all! Then Daryl just walks out from behind the truck all badass with his rocket launcher and it was AMAZING!

Back in Alexandria, things are less amazing. Walkers are everywhere and Rick, Michonne, Carl (carry Judith), Ron, Sam, Jessie, and Father Gabriel are attempting to make their way through the herd. However, things very quickly go wrong.

Father Gabriel takes Judith to his church where they’ll be safe (why would you trust this man with your baby? After everything he did!), but the others keep moving forward. That is, until Sam sees a young boy walker and freaks out, remembering what Carol had said to him about the monsters coming to get him.

Now this whole scene really tripped me out because I wasn’t sure if maybe Sam was imagining it or what was happening. I thought maybe after everything that had happened he had finally cracked, but no, unfortunately that’s not what happened. It was not imagined or a hallucination, the monsters really did get him.

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The walkers got Sam which, of course, set Jessie off (understandable, she’s seeing her son being torn apart in front of her). She then starts screaming which brings the walkers down on her (nice Walking Dead guys, kill Rick’s sort of love interest on Valentine’s Day!). To make matters worse, Rick is forced to cut off Jessie’s arm to save Carl as Jessie is still holding onto him even as the walkers devour her.

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Now, before I move onto one of the biggest, if not the biggest, thing to happen in the episode can I just say that I was actually kind of sad to see the rest of the Anderson family (because yes, we also lose Ron).

Like, yeah Ron was a lil’ shit and Jessie annoyed me to no end at points (it was getting better though! I was starting to like Jessie more), but I was really sad they killed Sam! I knew the Andersons died in the comics so I figured it was going to happen, but I was hoping maybe if they killed Ron and Jessie they’d let Sam live and give him to Carol or something.

Either way, I’m sad to see the actors go. Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie), Austin Abrams (Ron), and Major Dodson (Sam) all did a fantastic job. Their characters were memorable and they went out with a bang. Congrats to all three of them on their phenomenal job on the show, on any future projects, and on being the first characters we actually cared about to be killed in this half of the season!

Alright, now let’s move on to something major that happened last night. Like I said before, Ron was lil’ shit and he lived up to this right to the very end when Michonne stuck her sword through his back. Why did she do this? Ron was going to kill Rick. Obviously, Ron’s rage was aimed at the right person, but at the same time can you really blame him for being pissed at Rick?

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Rick killed his dad and as far as Ron’s concerned, Rick’s the one who led them out into the herd which just killed his mom and brother in front of him. Thankfully, Michonne steps in before Ron can kill Rick. However, the gun still goes off and instead of Rick being shot, it’s Carl who gets hit. Right in the eye.

That’s right, it happened! Carl lost his eye! I’ve been saying for how many reviews now that this was coming and it finally happened and it was gross and gruesome and so amazing! I am really excited to see how this progresses the characters as it’s safe to say this will have a major impact on all of them, but what will that impact be? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I do have to say though that Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs did a great job in this scene. They both do phenomenal in all their scenes, but this one in particular, their reactions were spectacular and the whole thing was so well done.

Now, the episode ends on kind of a happy note. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham make it back to Alexandria and they, along with Rick, the rest of Team Family, and the Alexandrians all pull together to take back their home. This resulted in one of the most badass montages I’ve ever seen with everyone taking down walkers left, right, and center.

And can I just say, before I move on, I was terrified they were going to kill Aaron or Eric. In the comics Eric dies when the walkers invade Alexandria and I was literally yelling at my TV screen because I was terrified either he or Aaron were going to die. Thankfully they didn’t which means Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson will be back on my screens again! Thank you Walking Dead creators for giving us that.

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Also, please take a look at this photo and tell me that Eric isn’t totally badass. He ran out of the house to kill some walkers and then they show at the end of the episode that he did all that in a freakin’ boot cast for his ankle. Badass level is off the charts.

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This episode was intense and insane, but oh so amazing and I can’t even imagine how they’re going to top this. So much more happened that just what I talked about here so if you haven’t already seen the episode you need to.

We’ve seen so many of the characters do a complete flip in this episode and everything that happened is only going to inspire more evolution for all of them and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

What did you think of the mid-season premier?

Did you cry more at the loss of the Andersons or Carl’s eye?

Next week’s episode looks beyond amazing! It looks like it’s very Daryl and Rick focused so I can’t wait!

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*None of the pictures are mine. They were found on tumblr*