The Walking Dead Episode Review: “JSS”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 2 | Aired: October 18, 2015

So I did a countdown leading up the season premier of my top ten favorite episodes of The Walking Dead. After watching this episode I definitely need to reevaluate that list cause this episode was amazing! Seriously, definitely one of my favorites.

Kevin Smith described it on Talking Dead as “receiving oral that won’t stop.”

After last week’s episode that I thought was amazing (though apparently a lot of people didn’t?) I thought for sure this episode was going to feature the herd hitting Alexandria. Nope, not at all, we didn’t see the herd, we didn’t even see Rick and the others at all!

Instead we saw The Wolves attacking Alexandria and holy geez they were not holding back. I think I said that last week too, but I didn’t know the meaning of not holding back until there were people hacking each other up in the streets of Alexandria.

This episode starts off with us getting to see Enid’s journey to Alexandria which I thought was amazing and so mesmerizing.

Enid

From there we return to the group in Alexandria and this episode follows what they were doing while the others were leading the herd away. They were kicking ass is what they were doing, Carol especially.

So many Alexandrians died and so many wolves died. It’s funny because they said it on Talking Dead and I didn’t realize it until they did, but no one that we really cared about died this episode. There was a massive slaughter, but it wasn’t any members of the group and it wasn’t any of the Alexandrians we’ve gotten to know which was strange and yet refreshing.

We also see what the horn was at the end of the last episode (it wasn’t Ron and while it was technically The Wolves, they didn’t do it on purpose). The episode ends with The Wolves either dead or run out of Alexandria and it seems like the worst is over, but I think we all know it’s not, right? That herd is going somewhere and somewhere is Alexandria.

I loved this episode! It was so well done and all the actors were amazing!

Melissa McBride! Oh my gosh where do I even start? I bow down to her! The character progression Carol has gone through in this series is phenomenal and she is absolutely one of, if not the most, badass characters on this show.

Badass Carol

She was just taking Wolves down left, right, and centre. It needed to be done, she knew that, she got it done. But I think one of the most significant moments was right at the end of the episode where she’s holding the cigarettes and sees Sam’s A stamp on the porch of the house and she starts to breakdown.

She does what she needs to in order to survive, but that doesn’t mean she likes it and it doesn’t mean she wants to do it. Melissa McBride has done an amazing job in every episode since the first season, this episode especially I want to give her a standing ovation. Or at the very least all the awards because she seriously deserves them.

Carol

I also need to give huge applause to Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Major Dodson (Sam), and Austin Abrams (Ron). There are so many great kid/teen actors out there, but to get four who are this good in the same show, and especially a show like The Walking Dead is truly amazing. They all did a great job in their roles tonight and I can’t wait to see what happens.

Where did Enid go? Will Carl just survive somehow? Is Sam still locked in his closet? And what will Ron do now he’s seen his mom kill someone? So many questions and I desperately we hope we get these answers next week!

I love Enid’s character! We saw little bits of her last season and she was kind of weird, but she was such a pinnacle this episode. We saw how she got to Alexandria and we saw her bonding a bit with Carl as she helped him protect Judith, and then she basically had one of the best lines on the show and she never even said it out loud once.

just survive somehow

“Just Survive Somehow”. JSS. This is amazing and something that will definitely stick with the characters and the viewers I think for the rest of the season and maybe even outside the show.

One character I’m still really torn on is Morgan. I want to like him, sometimes I do like him, but when he let The Wolves leave asdfghjkl. YOU NEVER LET THEM LEAVE! I know he wasn’t there for Terminus, but we were! We all know this was a bad idea! He let The Wolves live once before and they returned! One of them tried to kill him! Come on Morgan, I’m desperately trying to like you dude.

A character who’s actually starting to grow on me (surprisingly) is Jessie. I’m still not a fan of the Jessie/Rick relationship that might happen, but Jessie as her own badass character is definitely something I can get on board with.

Badass Jessie

She went absolutely nuts on the woman who came into her house and it was simultaneously terrifying and amazing. Terrifying because she killed her and was not holding back, but amazing because now we’re seeing what Jessie capable of when she needs to be and this opens up so many more doors for this character.

Also, like I mentioned above, Ron saw this all happen. Sam was locked in his closet, but Ron saw the whole thing so I’m really curious to see if this is what will finally make him realize that everything Rick is saying is true and that Rick isn’t the bad guy.

We’re also seeing this in Eugene! Eugene spent quite a lot of time helping Tara, Eric, and Alexandria’s new doctor, Denise, try and save one of the women The Wolves attacked. He actually played a pretty key part when he told Denise that she doesn’t want to be a coward. This was significant for him because he was owning that part of himself and I’m interested to see if we’ll see him slowly start to gather more courage like last season with Tara or what’s going to happen.

Something I don’t really want to see happen is a Eugene/Denise romance. They talked about it on Talking Dead and Paul Bettany said if they had kids their kids would be the most nervous children ever which is not good growing up in the zombie apocalypse. Yes. Just yes.

There were two characters this episode I felt really bad for and that’s Deanna and Aaron. Deanna finally saw what Rick was talking about. She understands now that if people or walkers want to get in they will find a way and unfortunately she realized that after a bunch of her people had been slaughtered.

I feel like we’re going to see a lot of Aaron blaming himself next episode, especially if what I think is coming actually does happen. I haven’t read all the comics yet, but I know what happens. I’m not going to say anything because I am firmly against spoilers, but oh my gosh it had better not happen!

Aaron

But yes, Aaron discovers his bag on one of the dead Wolves. The same bag he lost back in the season five finale when he and Daryl got trapped in the van. The same bag that had all his photos of Alexandria in it. Oh no, oh Aaron, I just want to give him a hug.

Technically… what happened is his fault because he’s the one who took the pictures and then lost them, but he’s so adorable and he looked so sad and I just can’t be mad at him for it. That is definitely going to have some major repercussions though.

This week was insane! Completely, absolutely insane! So much happened and we’re only on episode two! Oh my god I can’t wait for the rest of this season.

Next week looks crazy and of course we’ll get to see the rest of the group returning to Alexandria and we’ll get to see what happens with the herd. Will they get them back on track or will the herd hit and the now dilapidated Safe Zone? I think we all know the answer to that.

Let me know what you thought about tonight’s episode! What was your favorite part? What did you think of Carol taking on The Wolves?

Check out the preview for next week below!

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Also, I would like to say thank you to Major Dodson for tweeting me. Apparently he saw my post during my Walking Dead episode countdown and tweeted at me about it. As The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows and he plays such a great character I was pretty much jumping up and down because I was so excited and it completely made my day.

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The Walking Dead Season Six Premier: “First Time Again”

The Walking Dead
Run: October 31st, 2010-Present
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.

Herd

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.

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.

carter

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.

Michonne

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.

Judith

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.

glenn

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.

Abe

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!

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