Just Survive Somehow. We learn what JSS means in the 2nd episode of season 6. I’m not sure I can remember another episode that is slow for the first third and absolutely loses it’s mind thereafter, but before we get to that:
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JSS starts out slow. We learn a little about Enid and how she came to Alexandria. She is definitely a survivor. Not someone to be trifled with, especially by small reptiles. Or even medium sized ones. We see she will do what it takes to survive. She fits our group to a T and maybe that scares her a little.
I’m not sure what else Carol can do at this point. Last season she was zombie apocalypse Rambo. In last night’s episode she dons one of the Wolves clothing and puts Morgan in chains. Totally reminded me of Star Wars. She then gets to the armory and gets guns to hand out to those who were at Alexandria, so they can defend it from the attacking Wolves. Carol was everywhere, taking out as many Wolves as she could. There was a compelling dynamic between her and Morgan, who was trying to subdue the attackers or force them to flee. It will be interesting to see if they influence each other or end up clashing. I don’t know what Carol does for an encore. Walk on water? Resurrect the dead?
Gabriel suddenly wants to learn to fight, which raises alarm bells for me. We know how unstable he is, should they really teach him? Carl was going to teach him at 3pm, but the Wolves attacked before this could happen. Gabriel had to be saved by Morgan.
The Wolves attack seemed random and poorly organized. They did have a semi to attempt to breach the wall, but it got shot up by Deanna’s son and crashed before it got to the wall. Makes me wonder if it was loaded with walkers. We saw the Governor use that tactic in season 4.
Carl disappointed me when he let a raider get too close to him and almost get his rifle. This is not like the pre-Alexandria Carl who would shoot someone who didn’t lower/drop their weapon fast enough.
Watching Morgan take on 5 Wolves was poetic. I’m enjoying every minute of it, and I hope it lasts for the entire season. I am getting a little worried of his desire to take prisoners though. We see how that’s worked out and it’s never good.
Near the end of the episode we see Aaron finds a familiar pack with photos of Alexandria. It seems like he starts to question and blame himself for the attack. Will this effect him going forward? It was nice to see a softer moment from Carol as she found the pack of cigarettes from Mrs. Niedermeyer.
Questions: My biggest question from JSS is: Did Morgan kill the leader of the Wolves? He apologized to him before he hits him with his staff, but we don’t see anything. We know they mentioned last week that if you don’t see someone die on screen, they are still alive. The leader was supposed to be so smart and cunning, for him to go out like that would be kind of weak. He seemed like a cool bad guy too. Maybe he has a twin? Think that is a crazy theory? He even says, “Oh, you can’t [kill] can you?”. He would already have known that because Morgan left him unconscious in a car instead of leaving him for the walkers or worse. If he doesn’t have a twin then it is a mistake in plot/dialogue.
Was this the Wolves main force? It seems kind of odd. Why not study Alexandria and pick the group off when they can. It makes more sense if it was a smaller band to test their defenses.
Zombie kill of the week: There was so much action going on I think they didn’t have time for any elaborate walker killing. Plenty of humans died though. It’s hard no to pick Morgan with his impressive staff tactics. I have to go with Jessie though, defending her home and kids with a pair of scissors. The ferocity and rage. It was a fairly small set of scissors too. She also gave the attacker an extra stab, which was a nice, but gruesome exclamation point.