The Walking Dead: “Thank You” Review

Can I just start of by saying, wow? This season has been almost completely not stop excitement. There is no down time to mourn and I think it’s great since the zombie apocalypse doesn’t really allow for that. “Thank You” was chock full of some great character moments for those outside the wall when the horn sounded back in Alexandria. Let’s dive right in and pray: “please don’t be true”.

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So we fast back sideways(?) to Rick’s team as they try to make their way back to Alexandria to see what the hell that horn was coming from and why. Rick is still in super realist survivor mode and tells Michonne and Glenn to get everyone else back but if slowed down, to leave the group. He goes on with the mission along with Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl as they lead the Guinness Book of World Record’s Longest Walker Cha-Cha Line away from Alexandria. Side note: I didn’t realize exactly how many fucking walkers there were still following the route. A large, large amount broke off and was heading towards Alexandria and it’s hard to fathom that that was the smaller group of roamers.

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Glenn and Michonne have shown a lot of growth throughout the seasons and it’s really shown as they try to hold together the Bad News Bears of the apocalypse. Heath throws constant jabs at Rick and crew’s team and consistently berates Michonne, who is one of the few who cares if these people live or die. Unfortunately, the Alexandrians really weren’t ready to face this threat and haven’t had to with their situation so most don’t survive. We get a great parallel between David of Alexandria and Glenn, who both shared similar stories involving the women they found after shit hit the fan. David is desperately trying to get back to Alexandria to reach his love and say goodbye since he suffered a zombie back scratch. Glenn similarly, had grown and became a better, stronger person after meeting Maggie.

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There were some good moments in the town where scumbag Nicholas had previously abandoned former runners to their doom. As he had been there before, it was up to him to guide the group back to Alexandria but man, was he shell shocked. The whole episode we saw how those events slowly got worse all the way to the end. Glenn decided to try for a distraction to stop the walkers from reaching the town while Michonne, Heath, and two injured Alexandrians were forced to wait for an opening to make a break for it. The break never happens, of course, and they are forced to make a run for anywhere else before they became completely trapped. Naturally, someone trips and bites the dust. My biggest issue with the whole episode was the lack of humane endings for those that were being torn apart. Why not put them out of their misery with a bullet to the head? Save your friends the agony and pain of seeing their entrails ripped from their bodies instead of stopping and staring.

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I really enjoyed how everything that could go wrong, went wrong. Glenn and Nicholas becoming trapped in an alley with no exit, Michonne and company being forced to lose one as they attempted to jump over a fence to safety, and even Rick’s situation, which I will get into. But the BIGGEST event of this episode was Glenn and Nicholas. Trapped with seemingly no way of escape the surrounding horde, Nicholas finally loses it and commits suicide. No redemption for him even though Glenn gave him chance after chance. The blast forced Nicholas to knock Glenn off of the dumpster as the dead body seemed to land on top of our favorite. We next see what appears to be the insides of Glenn be ripped apart by walkers and Glenn becomes covered in all types of blood. It was such a powerfully sad moment as I felt as if I had lost a friend. We as viewers can only hope that was Nicholas’ body being ripped open and Glenn’s scent is masked by the blood of the dead.

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Rick had some interesting moments where he is seen lashing out at walkers, which led to his injured hand. Oh yeah, he did a lot of running. After returning in the RV to I’m assuming was a rendezvous point of some sort, he encounters the same wolves who Morgan decided to let go. Great job, Morgan. Your actions will always have consequences. But to no surprise, Ricky G make short work of the wolves, blasting two in the head and shooting the remainder through the RV. Talk about bad ass! We’re left at the RV then stalling as the walkers edge closer to Rick who apparently doesn’t think shutting doors, even after the Wolves walked right in, isn’t a good idea. We also caught Daryl in an internal conflict, as he wanted to immediately abandon his mission to go help his friends. He is more of a cowboy and not the herder he needed to be for the mission. Ultimately, he returns to continue on the route with Sasha and Abraham but we got some cool shots of him riding his bike into the sunset.

Some of the best moments once again came from the little interactions and call backs to previous episodes. Glenn call Rick a dumbass brought us all the way back to Season One when the two first spoke and that was touching. Glenn also pulled out the watch given to him by Herschel way back, which was nice to see he still carries it around. Michonne completely Mich-owning Heath after an entire day of disrespect reminded us of what our favorites have been through and that Heath and the Alexandrians really haven’t.

Next week’s episode will be 90 minutes and looks to dive into Morgan’s long road to D.C. Hopefully we’ll gain some form of closure on Glenn’s storyline since it was semi-ambiguous. Please don’t be true.

 

 

The Walking Dead: “First Time Again” Review

The Walking Dead is back! Finally! Our favorite characters have returned in Alexandria and the stakes are high this season. Thing pick up in a nonlinear fashion, shifting from flashback scenes in black and white, to the present timeline. It was refreshing to see the TWD in black and white and was a great nod to the first season’s episodes without color. This 90 minute episode was chock full of action and things going wrong so let’s dive right in.

We get a lot of rehash in the flashbacks, which provide some nice moments between Rick and Morgan. I think that worked best to refresh the audience on what’s happened while getting Morgan up to speed. Morgan quickly sees that Rick is no longer the risk-taking second chance kind of guy of the past and realizes how ruthless he is becoming. Rick was quick to kill Pete, although he could have jailed him, as Morgan suggested. He didn’t want to bury him either and would have quickly killed the conspiring Carter in that moment (for a second, I thought he was). Morgan may serve as the “moral guideline” or antithesis of Rick this season and one could guess that since the trailers leading up to the season heavily hinted at a conflict. My guess is Morgan will die. The moral symbol always dies. RIP Dale, Hershel, and Tyrese.

In the flashbacks, we see how things are still very unsettled as Deanna is still grieving and the town is semi-fearful of Rick and his plan. Carol said it best noting that while Deanna is in charge, Rick is in charge. He is running the show and she’s just following his orders essentially. Rick actually had a great plan of diffusing the shit ton of Walkers that were found in the quarry. By the way, what was up with all of those Walkers?! You had to think that there was something holding the zombies back from overrunning Alexandria and that was a great explanation. My only gripe with that is who positioned the trucks to block the zombies off?

While that many walkers being present was one of my favorite parts of the episode, the best thing had to be the interpersonal relationships and fun dynamics between partners. The aforementioned Rick and Morgan dynamic is a great contrast. Rick was more humane and Morgan was at one point crazy, so the two being around each other echoes remnants of the past. Now, they almost switched rules, being that the former has almost given up on humanity and the latter hasn’t. Glenn and scumbag Nicholas is also another interesting dynamic, since Nicholas got Noah killed, left Glenn for Dead, and flat out tried to kill Glenn. Glenn being the good guy that he is, is trying to reform Nicholas but is weary of letting him help in important situations. It’ll be interesting to see if Nicholas gains his redemption of some kind. The car ride between Sasha and Abraham (“We’ll do it live!”) was great. Abraham is, well, Abraham. He does make note of Sasha’s previous suicidal tendencies of the last season.

Let’s wrap with the Walker Parade failing thanks to a well-timed horn. Who sounded the alarm? Who ruined the almost flawless execution of Rick’s plan? Was it one of Rick’s conspirers? The Wolves? I guess we’ll find out next week.

Last Points:

  •   Daryl is a complete badass.
  •   Morgan, Michonne did eat your last protein bar!
  •   Glenn’s pizza line= Perfect