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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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.****

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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!

Check out the preview for next week’s episode below

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