Season 6 | Episode 6 | Aired: November 15, 2015
Oh. My. Goodness. This episode from the get go was heart attack inducing.
I love Daryl-centric episodes for the same reason that it’s Daryl. But I also hate them because they stress me out so much cause I’m so worried they’re going to kill him. I definitely yell at my TV a lot more during these episodes than any other and tonight was no exception.
In “Always Accountable” we see what’s been happening with Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha as they continue to lead the herd away from Alexandria while the others all deal with things back home. Needless to say, because this is The Walking Dead, things don’t go as plan.
The three of them are reaching the tail end of their job and getting ready to head back home when they’re ambushed by men with guns. They end up separated with Sasha and Abraham holing up in a small town while Daryl has ended up in the woods, alone, injured, and on foot.
After Abraham and Sasha leave a marker for Daryl to be able to find them, the pair seem to come to some sort of understanding on why it is they both went off the deep end.
Meanwhile, Daryl has been taken hostage by three people who clearly think he’s with a group they desperately want to get away from and seem to be planning to trade him for something. We obviously know he’s not who they think, but they don’t realize that until Daryl helps them out. Twice.
And even with that, even when he’s about to bring them back to Alexandria and give them safety, what do they do? Take his motorcycle and his crossbow. They took his crossbow!
I feel like I may be in too deep with this show since I’m genuinely offended they took his crossbow.
The episode ends with the three of them being reunited and heading back to Alexandria in a van Daryl found when a voice comes over the walkie talkie asking for help!
I have so much to say about this episode and I think I’m going to start with Sasha and Abraham. Anyone who knows me or reads these reviews probably knows I’m not a huge fan of Sasha. I don’t know why, just ever since season three I’ve always just been kind of ‘meh’ with her character.
I’ve always liked Abraham, though these past few episodes he’s been in I just kind of want to hit him over the head and knock some sense in to him. Yeah, that feeling only increased with tonight’s episode.
They’ve all been through a lot so going a little crazy now and then is to be expected. It actually might be a good thing, it shows they still have their humanity when they show that they aren’t unaffected by everything.
But oh my god Abraham. What were you thinking?! It’s like they’ve switched places, him and Sasha. He’s flown off the handle and she’s now the voice of reason. And he needed someone to be the voice of reason.
At one point he leaves the building he and Sasha are taking shelter in and goes out onto a bridge where a walker is hanging over the side. At first he seems fine. He’s found some badass military weapons and a box of cigars. Abraham’s happy, we’re all happy.
Then he climbs out onto this rickety fence thing that’s holding this walker up and starts grappling with it to try and get something strapped to his back. Really, Abraham, really?! I thought for sure the thing was going to fall. He didn’t, thankfully, but the walker did only mere seconds after Abraham seemed to finally lose his mind before climbing back off the fence and onto the safety of the bridge.
He got his weapons, his cigars, and we got to breathe again. I think that might have been the moment Abraham needed because afterwards he found a nice jacket and was looking very clean and spiffy and proud and I think he might be okay.
There are two moments in particular though I want to mention. One is right before he climbs out onto the fence to battle the walker and he just stands there for a moment and all you can see is his face and the bright, glowing white sky behind him. I don’t know if this was done deliberately, but he looked very angelic in that moment and I couldn’t help but laugh because all I could think was, “Mother Dick”.
The other was after he gets back and is talking to Sasha and I think he was… hitting on her…? Was he? Am I crazy? Was I imagining it? Because I thought him and Rosita were a thing so I was very confused.
Also, while Abraham and Sasha are total badasses when they aren’t falling down the rabbit hole, I just can’t see them together. At all. Someone please tell me what you think about this because I desperately need to know I’m not alone in this.
Alright, moving on! Daryl Freakin’ Dixon. FYI, if they kill him, you all need to be prepared for a long and probably not very rational-sounding rant. I’m not (NOT) one of those people who will stop watching if he dies. It’s my absolute favourite show, but oh my gosh Daryl. I will 100% cry and rant if he dies so I’m warning you well in advance of this ever happening.
However, thankfully, that didn’t happen tonight so let’s talk about that instead!
Tonight we saw Daryl in a situation we knew was coming from the preview they released of the season which was Daryl tied to a tree with a gun pointed at his head. There was a lot of speculation as to who was holding him hostage and I think it’s probably a safe assumption to say no one got it right.
He was kidnapped by three people, a man and two women whose names we only learn one of and that’s Tina. They take Daryl hostage because they think he’s part of a group that they’re trying to get away from. Daryl doesn’t fight them, he goes along with it, and waits for the perfect moment to escape.
That moment comes when Tina passes out and Daryl manages to grab the bag and take off into the forest. However, he ends up returning to the people because he seeing a cooler of insulin in the bag and knows the girl will die without it. He ends up helping them escape when members of the group they’re running from find them and it seems like things might actually be looking up.
Side Note: I laughed so hard when one of the guys after them was bit and his friend cut his arm off and all he said was: “walk it off”. All I could think was 1) Pietro Maximoff and 2) Did anyone tell Hershel to walk it off?
Then Tina gets bit. Yup, pretty sure we all saw that one coming. She’s completely dependant on insulin and almost died earlier, she was the only one whose name we learned, there was no way she was going to live.
There comes a moment shortly after this when Daryl and the man are digging graves and I think we could sort of see what was going to happen as Daryl’s looking at the guy. Daryl goes into recruiter mode and asks him the three questions. How many walkers have you killed? How many people? Why?
This moment was so significant for so many reasons. Firstly, it shows that Daryl still has his humanity. Despite everything that’s happened, he still has that piece of himself that’s holding onto that.
Secondly, when he asks those three questions he’s going against what Rick said to do. Rick said they wouldn’t be recruiting anymore people and Daryl didn’t like that and he shows that he isn’t going to listen to that when he asks the man the three questions.
Unfortunately, it comes back and bites him in the ass and the two people steal Daryl’s bike and crossbow (not the crossbow!). I’m really interested to see what happens next with this. I don’t think this is the last we’ve seen of this couple.
Right before they drive off they tell Daryl they’re sorry to which he replies, “You’re gonna be”. Damn right they are. You don’t survive in the world that way anymore. Yeah, sure, you do what you have to to make it through. But if you steal from someone trying to help you and do something for you, they’re either going to kill you themselves or karma’s going to bite you back.
I was so mad when they drove off and I just wanted to give Daryl a hug. He was just trying to help them and they took his stuff and left him there.
I’m really interested to see what Rick will have to say about the whole thing. And what will happen when Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha return to Alexandria and see the chaos that happened there? Between that and these people taking off with his stuff, will this be what sort of pushes Daryl over that edge of being completely unable to trust people?
I have so many questions, as I do every week, but they won’t be answered yet. We just have to wait possibly until next week, possibly even longer with how much this season jumps around (amazing).
Who was that on the walkie talkie? Norman Reedus said in an interview it isn’t Glenn so who could it be? I know a lot of people (myself included) are holding out hope that it might be Glenn (please let it be Glenn), but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
I absolutely loved this episode! We saw some great character development with Sasha and Rosita and we saw a ton of Daryl being a badass good guy which is always wonderful.
Can I also just say that the actors (and crew) did a truly fantastic job with this episode. They’ve gone back and forth a lot this season and some episodes have a ton of cast members, some only have a few. This episode had a few, but it was very focused on Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham with the other characters helping those three move forward.
Michael Cudlitz is always spectacular to watch, he really brings Abraham to life. His one-liners are one of the best parts of this show and I always know that if Abraham is a central character in the episode something badass and hilarious is going to go down.
Even though I’m not a huge fan of Sasha, Sonequa Martin-Green is so amazing and even I can say that she has made Sasha such a multi-dimensional character who I know many people love and are rooting for.
And I know that I might be a little biased since Daryl is my favourite male character, but Norman Reedus is such a phenomenal actor. After seeing him in Walking Dead I watched a bunch of his other stuff and he brings such life to a wide range of characters. There’s a reason Daryl is so popular on the show and it’s because Norman Reedus is a fantastic actor.
I really liked the little Easter Egg (which Norman Reedus said a while ago was coming) and that was when he shoots the walker in the forest after escaping the three people and there’s a Cherokee Rose growing on the back of the walker. That was a nice little throwback to Daryl and Carol way back when, but I’m curious if this is going to mean something more.
Everything is done for a reason on this show and I’m curious as to whether this was just meant as a little throwback or if it means something more. I think maybe it might have been what kind of gave Daryl the push to take the insulin back to them. Like, here’s something from a time where things weren’t as bad as they are now and it sort of reminds him that there are still good people. I don’t know, who does know? The writers, but I’m not one of them. I’m a writer, but in regards to The Walking Dead I’m just a fan who likes to rant about what they saw.
Next week looks fantastic. We’re back in Alexandria and it looks like something big is going down. Michonne and Rick talk to Morgan about how he does things (will they exile him?) and we find out why the wall was bleeding!
I can’t wait for next Sunday to get here already and I can’t wait for the whole group to eventually be reunited. Wondering if it’s going to happen in the first half of this season since there’s only TWO episodes left!
Yup, we’re already almost on the midseason finale and I’m so ready for the chaos that’s going to happen then. They’re midseason finales are always insane and this season has already been crazy so far so I can’t even imagine what they’re going to do next.
What did you think of this episode?
Also, I saw ourglennrhee on Tumblr post this gif:
in response to Talking Dead finally coming on. Yes, a million times yes. Waiting an hour after this episode to go through therapy with Chris Hardwick was basically impossible and I didn’t like it.