The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Now”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 5 | Aired: November 8, 2015

I loved this episode! We were back in Alexandria, it was gross, and we saw a lot of development for a lot of the characters. I don’t even know where to start!

Alright, we have to start somewhere so lets start with Jessie! Everyone knows I’ve never been Jessie’s biggest fan, but these past few episodes… She’s becoming a serious badass and I love it so much.

Alexandra Breckenridge was amazing this episode and portrayed every emotion perfectly from Jessie’s attempt to get Sam to come upstairs to killing Walker Betsy, every emotion was clear and heartbreaking and she just did such a wonderful job.

I’m going to continue with the Anderson family for a moment because Ron and Sam and really on opposite ends of how they’re dealing with things.

Ron is still pretty angry about everything, but we saw him offering to help Rick out and ‘looking out for’ Carl. I still only trust Ron as far as I can throw him and really don’t know what to think about his sudden helpfulness, but I think we can assume for now that he has an ulterior motive.

Ron and Rick

As for Sam, poor Sam. I just felt so bad for him! While Ron is dealing with everything that happened by getting angry, Sam’s too terrified to even go downstairs in his own house. Why? Because he knows what happened down there, but if he stays upstairs he’s safe because nothing changed upstairs.

I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him everything would be okay. He looked so sad!

You know who else looked sad? Aaron. Oh my gosh I wanted to give him a hug too. He feels so much guilt over the Wolves finding them and he desperately tries to make up for it by helping Maggie when she wants to go and look for Glenn.

Seeing Maggie and Aaron individually makes me incredibly sad right now so seeing them together basically just had me wanting to cry for every one of their scenes. But oh man, Lauren Cohen.

This cast does an amazing job every week, but there are always a couple members of the cast who seem to stand out the most in each episode and Lauren Cohen did a phenomenal job in “Now”.

At the moment we know about as much as she does in regards to Glenn. Some think he’s dead, some think he’s alive, we just don’t know and neither does she which is really what’s killing her. All she wants is to know if he’s alive or dead because then she can deal with it and move forward, but she can’t handle not knowing. Especially because (MAJOR SPOILERS) she’s pregnant.

Maggie

I haven’t gotten that far in the comics yet, but I think many people, even those who haven’t read the comics were thinking that’s what would happen. And it did. Maggie is pregnant, we don’t know what’s going on with Glenn, but on the plus side, Aaron got Maggie to laugh a little when he suggested she name the baby Aaron/Erin.

Seriously, his friendship with Team Family is adorable and I love it.

Aaron or Erin

Alright, what else should we talk about? Deanna! She was pretty badass last week when she killed that walker. I mean sure, after that she seemed to be losing her mind and I’m a little worried she’s going to get more people killed, but hey, she’s trying.

Someone who I thought was trying, but maybe not so much was Spencer. He seemed to be trying to hold Alexandria together and do what his mother couldn’t right then because she was still processing everything. Then he stole some food and alcohol from Alexandria’s storage and got drunk.

*Slow clap for Spencer*

Seriously dude? You didn’t remember to close the gate last season while you were sober, should you really be drinking?

He’s also a mean drunk (everyone in Alexandria is a mean drunk, why do they still have alcohol there?) and he had it out with Deanna, blaming her for everything that had happened to them.

Spencer and Deanna

At the end of the episode he’s up in the watch tower and as Deanna (who is slowly losing her mind) walks past it we see blood on the wall. Now, a lot of people thought it might be oozing through from the walkers on the other side, but I’m more wondering if Spencer did something stupid while he was up in that tower.

He was looking down on the walkers like he wanted to throw himself over the wall so I’m really curious to see what happened there.

Something quite pivotal happened last week which was Deanna handing over the figurative keys of Alexandria to Rick. Rick says they still need Deanna to lead, but she disagrees and says the people need him. If they would work together to lead the town then it would be perfect. Alone I’m not sure either of them are stable enough to lead anything.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens now the Ricktatorship has officially begun.

Something else major and adorable happened last week! Tara and Denise kissed! Yes, I was so excited hence the exclamation marks!

Tara and Eugene

When we first met Denise I was kind of like, ‘meh’ and I was just desperately hoping they didn’t hook her up with Eugene (sorry Eugene), but having her with Tara is adorable and wonderful and their moments in this episode were so cute. I can’t wait to see where these two go next and what the writers have in store for them (please don’t kill them).

There was another kiss last week, but before I get to that I want to talk about the domestic between the two kids of those people who kissed.

Carl and Ron finally got into an actual physical fight last week. I say finally because with everything that’s happened so far it was kind of building to that, but I’m not going to lie, it was kind of a pathetic fight.

I didn’t expect much from Ron since he’s been living inside the walls and I doubt gotten into too many fistfights with the other teens in Alexandria. But Carl’s supposed to be a tough guy, taking down walkers and people since he was ten.

Ron and Carl fight

They literally just slapped each other a couple times. Like, they shoved each other and waved their arms at each other and that was it. Come on boys! Your dads went through a window when they fought, at least mess up each other’s hair or something.

Ah well, maybe we’ll see that next when the boys find out their parents kissed. Yes, it happened. The Rick/Jessie kiss that some people were excitedly waiting for and others were dreading.

I am warming up to Jessie. She’s starting to become more badass and we’re sort of seeing a similar character progression like what we saw in Carol once Ed was out of the picture. But I’m still not a fan of her and Rick together. I’m sorry, don’t attack me, but I just can’t see it. I don’t ship it guys, not yet. Maybe I’ll be convinced as the series goes on, but not right now.

Rick and Jessie

However, I do have to applaud Alexandra Breckridge who said on Talking Dead she was a little worried about the kiss because she knows how the fans of the show are when it comes to Rick being with basically any female.

She really doesn’t need to worry though. I’d say majority of the fandom may not like the character, but we usually love the actor/actress who plays them. Lori for example. Couldn’t stand Lori, think Sarah Wayne Callies is awesome and seen a bunch of her other stuff just cause she’s in it.

This really was such a great episode. So much stuff happened, so much character progression and insanity and oh my gosh I can’t wait to see what happens tonight!

We’re going to find out what happens to Abraham and Sasha and it looks like there will be a lot of Daryl in this episode so I’m very excited.

Let me know what you thought of “Now” and give me your predictions for tonight!

Did you like the Jessie/Rick kiss? How about Tara/Denise?

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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?

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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