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?”

Daryl

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.

ASDFGHJKL

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.

Mushu Understands

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!

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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?

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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 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!

Morgan

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.

Daryl Dixon backup

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.”

Do It

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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The Walking Dead Episode Review – “Try”

Walking dead

Season 5 | Episode 15 | Aired March 22, 2015

Oh boy, where do I start? This episode was just like, BAM! BAM! BAM! One thing right after the other.

Even right at the start of the episode, before the opening credits start, there is already so much going on. Deanna and her family are grieving the loss of Aiden and seem to be blaming Rick’s group or at least growing suspicious of Rick’s group; Sam returns to see Carol; we learn that Sasha is still struggling to adjust to life inside the walls; and Daryl and Aaron see a light while out recruiting. Literally, one thing hits you right after the other.

Like I said, Sasha is still struggling to adjust to life inside Alexandria and once again she travels outside the walls to hunt down walkers. She is later joined by Michonne and Rosita who were looking for her and I believe someone on Twitter described their fight with the walkers as being like Charlie’s Angels.

Also outside the walls in last night’s episode was Carl, who once again followed his new friend (and potential girlfriend?) Enid. Nothing says first date like running through a walker infested forest. The pair sat together and talked for a while before being forced to hide in a tree from a bunch of walkers passing by. The tree looked quite cozy and I’m actually really excited to see where they take this. Dating in the world is hard enough without adding the zombie apocalypse to the mix.

It's Their World

“This is their world. We’re just living in it.”

We're Just Living in It

Also getting cozy this week were Jessie and Rick, who seems to have gone from zero to inshane since entering Alexandria. After getting in a brutal fist fight with Jessie’s husband, Pete, and then pointing a gun at Deanna and the other Alexandrians which resulted in Michonne knocking him, I cannot wait to see what is going to happen in the season finale. Like Rick, come on man, you don’t even know Jessie. Yvette Nicole Brown said it exactly right on Talking Dead last night. Rick is creating this ideal picture, he likes saving people, and Jessie needs saving.

I think Rick needs to pull it back a little and realize that, despite thinking he has good intentions, maybe beating the hell out of a guy in the middle of the street and then threatening the people who let you into their town, might not be the best idea. Especially when you have two kids to keep safe.

We also finally saw Daryl and Aaron out recruiting for the first time and it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. Instead of finding people to bring back to Alexandria, the pair found pieces of a walker scattered over some grass and a woman who had been tied to a tree and torn apart. Daryl kills her when she comes back as a walker, but not before we see the ‘W’ carved into her forehead. I believe this is the forth walker we’ve seen with this on them now.

Walker - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

I’m only on comic #3, but through the magic of the internet I’ve heard a lot of people talking about a group called the wolves. I reckon the speculators are probably right considering all the hints that have been dropped (“Wolves are near” written on a wall, Carl reading a comic about wolves, the W’s) and honestly I am so excited to see where this is going in the show.

Last night’s episode was in your face from the get go. There wasn’t a single moment where things slowed down and it was great. Definitely a fantastic change of pace from some of the past episodes in Alexandria.

Next week is the 90-minute season finale and I am both excited and terrified. It was announced that Scott Gimple, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, and a surprise guest will be on Talking Dead next week and whenever they have a surprise guest I’m always concerned about who might be dying.

Talking Dead

What did you think about last night’s episode? What did you think is going to happen next week?

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Walking Dead Episode Review – “Spend”

****Warning: This review will contain spoilers for the most recent episode of The Walking Dead. If you have not yet seen that episode and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading now.****

Walking dead

Season 5 | Episode 14 | Aired March 15, 2015

Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead started off great. The opening shot is of Daryl on his new motorcycle which, if you looked at the #TheWalkingDead tag on Twitter last night, had people freaking out and incredibly excited. Norman Reedus was apparently equally excited which you can see in the AMC video below.

Yes, it was very exciting. Daryl has a new bike, the group seems to be settling down in Alexandria, things are good! But, this is The Walking Dead, and things never stay good for long. As the episode went on things gradually went from bad to worse.

While out on a run (which, by the way, we learn that somehow dubstep survived the apocalypse), Glenn, Tara, Eugene, Noah, Aiden, and Nicholas run into some trouble when Aiden accidentally shoots a grenade that was attached to the uniform of a walker. The resulting explosion releases walkers that had previously been trapped behind a fence and leads to Aiden’s death. The blast also severely injures Tara and the group must race to get her back to Alexandria and get her help. However, this proves difficult when Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas get trapped inside a revolving door surrounded by walkers.

This scene was probably one of the most gruesome I’ve ever seen on this show. The group has been in a lot of sticky situations where I’ve sat back and gone, “How are they gonna get out of this one?” This time I was just trying to figure out which of the three were going to get eaten. In the end, Noah ended up getting dragged out and Glenn could do nothing but watch as his friend was torn apart only inches from where he sat. I actually had to look away from my screen at that point because it was so gory and I would have to say that Noah’s death was probably one the worst I’ve seen on The Walking Dead. His last words of, “Don’t let go” to Glenn were also so powerful and said so much that I think the character definitely needed to hear at that moment. As gruesome and awful as his death was, I do have to congratulate whoever first said, “Everybody Ate Chris”.

tumblr_nla9ycatVt1up427go1_500Back in Alexandria, things were less bloody, but still just as bad. After last week when Carol threatened Sam you’d think he would be staying as far away from as he could. Instead he stole chocolate so Carol would make more cookies and then asked her if he could have one of the gun’s she had stolen but that it wasn’t for him before running off. When Carol goes to check on him later she discovers that Sam’s father, Pete, is abusing his wife Jessie. This parallel to Carol’s previous life Before really makes you wonder what is going to happen. Especially when Carol tells Rick and tells him that he has to kill Pete.

I think we all knew Pete needed to die at some point and that Rick needed to be the one to do it. Ever since his first appearance where he sat on his porch in the dark and talked to Rick about Jessie. This was the episode where in the Talking Dead that followed, Chris Hardwick dubbed him “Porchdick” which I think is probably an appropriate term.

PorchdickAbraham takes charge of the construction crew after walkers attack and one of the Alexandrians almost dies, only surviving because Abraham saves her. This results in Tobin, the man originally in charge, going to Deanna and requesting Abraham take over. Deanna’s reaction after almost seemed like she was regretting bringing Rick and his group in. The group knows how to handle things and get things done in a way that the Alexandrians don’t because they’ve been sheltered behind their walls. It’s starting to seem like Deanna is realizing that she’s giving power to these strangers and the group is stronger than she had estimated and now they may even prove to be a threat.

This thought is only strengthened when Gabriel goes to her and tells them that Rick’s group is no good. That they’ve done things, horrible things, to get where they are and that they don’t deserve the security and safety Alexandria offers. Can I just say, I was yelling at my screen last night when he did this. Of course the group has done things, they’ve fought off crazy governors, cannibals, and dead people. You don’t survive as long as they have without doing some bad stuff. But really, come on Gabriel, they saved his life. He would have been walker food if the group hadn’t rescued him. I also thought it was pretty hypocritical considering he left his entire congregation to be eaten alive while he sat in his church.

I’m really interested and excited to see what happens in next week’s episode. How is Deanna going to react when Glenn and the others get back and she finds out her son is dead? Especially now she has people planting the idea that Rick and his group are bad, will she blame them? Rick and Carol are getting ready to deal with Pete which, if handled the way I think they’re going to, could only reinforce this “Rick’s group is the devil” idea even more.

There’s only two episodes left in the season and I so excited to see where this all goes and also terrified to find out who else might die by the time it’s over.

I think this review might have been longer than last week’s, but so much happened in last night’s episode! Is there anything you would like to see in these reviews? More opinions? Less opinions? Talk about characters more or something else? Would you like to see them shorter? Let me know!

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