Last night’s episode, Now should have annoyed me, but it didn’t. Despite not having Daryl, Michonne, Carol, or finding out if Glenn is alive. There were so many nuances and really small subtleties. It was great. Before we get to all that,
***** SPoiler Alert *****
Not trusting Ron at all. In the opening scene there is a quick shot of him looking at Carl and putting his hand on a knife on his belt. There is a clear reason they did that. Not buying his, “I saved your life” BS one bit.
So many good battles in this episode:
Dr. vs herself- We see the Dr. (Denise) sitting on the floor, slides her book across the room in frustration, just as Tara opens the door. Tara and her seem to have good chemistry and that comes out later. Because of Tara’s pep talk, she goes back to reading and finds out how to save her current patient.
Deanna vs her grief/shock- We see Deanna in the opening scene walking away from her people. She is clearly in some state of shock/grief. She is ready to check out until she stumbles upon some folks in the pantry, ready to raid it because they are starving. Spencer comes by and starts out taking some verbal jabs from a couple of them. He ends up getting them to put back some of the food. It was brilliant. I did not miss the smile on Deanna’s face.
Maggie vs her urge to find Glenn- Maggie’s struggle leads her down into the sewers with Aaron. After struggling to kill 2 walkers and seeing how many were outside the sewer, she decides there is no way she could make it to Glenn safely. She also reveals she is pregnant, which probably was the overriding factor.
Aaron vs his guilt/blame- Aaron is clearly struggling with the fact that he might have played a part in the Wolves finding Alexandria. He gives a passionate speech how Daryl wanted to keep looking for people but he wanted to check the cannery. I don’t blame him for it, but he clearly blames himself. In helping change Maggie’s mind, hopefully helped him cope with it.
I thought that was a brilliant moment when Spencer convinced the mob not to loot the pantry. Deanna saw it and I think that was the moment she “came back”. She went to her plans and finished them (which made me think she might die soon) only to find Spencer half drunk. He then blamed her for everything that went wrong, which I thought was a load of BS. Despite all that, she stayed strong and fought back when attacked by a Wolf who turned into a walker. When she told Rick she wanted to live, I was really happy.
The little dust up between Carl and Ron was something I was calling for. It was extremely disappointing. It ends up with Ron basically, “I’m going to tell your mom”–in this case, Rick. It did set up Ron to , “oh by the way” ask Rick to train him to shoot. Which sets up, Rick trains Ron, Ron shoots Carl. Which is setting up some major drama for him and Jessie, not to mention a dead Carl.
Blood on the wall: At the end of the show we see what appears to be a trickle of blood on the wall. Did someone come in or sneak out? My first reaction was that someone sneaked in. It’s kind of odd placement on the wall. It’s not right at the top, it’s kind of maybe 6′ up or so. One theory is that it’s from walkers pressing up against the wall and the blood coming through a rivet hole.
That is a nice explanation but why show it? It could be someone sneaking out. Someone who was bleeding. Na. I like the idea of someone sneaking in. The blood placement doesn’t make sense though. Just have to wait and see I guess.
Questions: How will they deal with the walkers that now surround Alexandria? They show Daryl out by the cannery, it would be neat if he could find the trucks with the music.
Who will die first: Denise after she apparently bested her fear, or Tara, now that she got the Dr. to believe in herself? I hope neither. I like where their relationship is headed. Hopefully a little more in depth than Tara’s former girlfriend.
What’s going on with Morgan’s Wolf? Who is going to find him? Where was Carol during the pantry riot? Seems like she would have been all over that.
Will Rick teach Ron how to shoot? What will Jessie say to that? Before their kiss, she was going to get Rosita to teach them. Does Ron want to kill Carl to get back at Rick or does he hate Carl for his involvement with Enid–or both?
Where is Enid? Was that her blood on the wall? Did she get bit. That would be epically sad for Carl. I could see Ron getting bit and/or eaten by zombie Enid. That would be some form of poetic justice.
With only 3 episodes left, will they wait until the season finale to deal with Glenn? I think they probably will.
Zombie kill of the week: Wasn’t much to choose from so I will just go ahead and give it to Jessie for stepping up and putting down Betsy, who chose to slit her wrist and become a walker.