Welcome back to Walking Dead Weekly. This week’s episode, “Remember” was another very solid issue. There wasn’t much action but man, there were feels, subtext, and a showdown. Before we get started though…
The episode starts out right where we left the adventurers last week–sort of. They kind of pulled a fast one and added 2 scenes (or took them out of last week’s ending). One shot of a person looking out of her window and Daryl shooting a possum and declaring “we brought dinner”. I understand totally why they did it, they wanted to leave us on edge and guessing. It started what was possibly the 2nd best episode next to the Season 5 premier. I feel like I said this before, but this was a damn good installment.
Our heroes turn in their weapons and one by one get to meet Deanna. The matriarch of the community known as, “Alexandria”. The fact that they name it that creeps me out a little. Deanna creeps me out a little. The fact that she is video recording each one of these interviews is a huge red flag. Oh, by the way, she reveals she was a “congress person” and if not for that, would be a professional poker player. **RED FLAG waiving** Serious concerns.
Rick’s interview was wonderful. So many feels. I genuinely felt sad to see how close he is to being lost emotionally. He is most distrustful of the situation and rightfully so. My take on the recordings is so Deanna can study the film. She admitted to being A+ at reading people so she could save those in case she needs to work an angle later. One thing Deanna didn’t mention was what happened to her husband. She said she exiled 3 men. Was he one of them? She seems like the type that would sacrifice a loved one for the “greater good” of the community.
When the group moved into their house and started cleaning up, it reminded me of Season one finale, “TS-19” when they got to the CDC and got to clean up. You felt safe for them. It’s funny. I don’t get that feeling now. Too much has happened. The Beard is gone! So weird to see Rick’s face again. Yes. He has a face!
It was nice to see the group was making friends. Especially Carl. I totally see something going down between him and Enid who is about the same age. I can also see a lot of friction going down. After all, they are teens and Carl has been on the road for a while. Rick seems to have an admirer (Jessie) which her husband made a point to tell Rick his wife cut his hair. I’m still waiting for Rick and Michonne to hook up. While this new woman is attractive, she is no Michonne.
Then there was the showdown. After the golden boy, Aidan, showed some members “the ropes” on how to do runs their way. It ended up in Tara almost getting bit by a walker and Glen putting his knife in the walker’s skull. Sparks flew when the group got back inside the confines of “Alexandria”. Aidan challenged Glen and got “knocked on his ass”, literally. While this was going down, Carl watched Enid climb the fence and head out on a stroll. Carl followed and met up with Rick who was checking on the abandoned house he left his gun at. He found the gun was missing. My theory is that either Enid or Morgan found it. I put a slight edge on the girl because she seems quite curious and resourceful.
Questions: Is “Alexandria” for real? Is Deanna who she says she is? I’m starting to think she is working on some kind of post-apocalyptic social experiment. Handing out jobs, putting people in their place. She seems to be more of a psychologist rather than a politician. I’m a little worried about Daryl, who seems to be pulling into his shell and acting like caged lion. After Rick and Michonne get made “constables”, he seems to go off in a huff. Perhaps he is one of the only ones thinking straight. Carol has her doubts too, but is playing along.
Aidan could be the first one of the first Alexandrites to die or he could turn out to respect the group. That should be interesting to watch develop. Rick drops a bombshell at the end of the show and basically says, “If they can’t make it work, they will take Alexandria” /drops mic. Whoa. I’m really hoping no one was listening in on that. Once again, not having read the comics, I have no idea where the story goes next. Where is Morgan?
Zombie kill of the week: During father and son bonding, Rick and Carl took down a handful of walkers. It was so nice to see. Rick hands Carl a 4′ pipe and he buries it in a walkers skull. It was a beautiful moment.
Wow. That was a lot to go through. Hope you enjoyed this installment as much as I did. See you next week!