Welcome back to Walking Dead Weekly. Season 6 continues with the premiere of “No way out” last night. All I can say is, “Wow!”. They balled out. I thought the season 5 premiere, “No Sanctuary” was the best premiere to date. This blew it away. I can’t imagine a better episode ever. Before we get to all that,
Pretty much every question was answered tonight. I’m not even sure how they did it. Full disclosure, I started enjoying some adult beverages a few hours before the premiere (I recorded all of season 6 and watched them prior). It helped me enjoy this episode more than any other episode in the history of The Walking Dead.
This was an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. Starting with Daryl nuking “Negan’s” posse. I thought they could use the rocket launchers on them, but didn’t know how. When the lead dude told one of his men to take Daryl to the back of the truck, I briefly thought about the RPGs Abraham found. Of course, the direct threat of him or Sasha being shot made me quickly forget about it. Then BOOM! I had tears in my eyes and started laughing, and “fist-pumping”. I really did. What a way to kick off a season.
Cheese: There was relatively “no cheese” in the episode, save for Carl getting shot in the eye, and living. I’m not a ballistics expert, but I kind of think if you get shot in the eye, the bullet will exit out of the back of your head. Especially from a 9mm round. I suppose it’s possible that it doesn’t, but that seems highly unlikely. Having watched the entire first part of season 6 right before this episode, I had some other things that annoyed me. (after watching Talking Dead, they kind of explained how it “grazed” his head and fragmented into his eye–makes sense, still slightly cheesy)
All the feels: There were so many times I had a lump in my throat or tears streaming down my face. When Glenn was distracting the walkers with gunfire, with Rick going “Braveheart” on the walkers, then Gabriel takes up the machete, and finally–Eugene “nutting up” and getting into the fight. The sight of Alexandria being cleared out. They threw everything you could possibly want in an episode and then some.
I was not surprised: They kind of hinted at it at the end of the first half of season 6–Sam started calling out for his mom. He freaked out, which lead to him being eaten. Jessie then freaked out, which is understandable, which lead to her being eaten.
I was surprised: Denise making it through the episode. I was going back in forth with the Wolves leader using her as a meatshield or her making it out with him. They kind of cheesed out with him getting bit on the arm, and then having him kind of save her. Maybe he appreciated that she helped him out. It’s a stretch. Either way, she lived, and that was pretty cool. I’m also surprised that the majority of the crew is intact. I thought for sure Abraham or Sasha was going to die. Also surprised that the dude they met on the road was not Negan. He was talking about him in the 3rd person, and that could be because it wasn’t him. I have heard from other people that they did a good job of casting him, so perhaps they were wrong. Negan is supposed to be a really bad dude, so perhaps we haven’t seen him yet.
An eye for an eye: I did read about Carl losing and eye, but I wasn’t sure how it happened. It differs from the comic, but the result is the same. Seems like it was much worse in the comic. I’ll just leave it there. If you want to spoil yourself, you can here.
Redemption: Gabriel taking Judith was only part of his redemption, he then took up the machete and got his hands bloody. He was on my list of characters I couldn’t wait to see die, which sucks, because I love the actor, and his character’s story. Usually when a character like him redeems himself, they die soon after. Hopefully that doesn’t happen with him.
Stuck in my craw: Since I watched the first 8 episodes of season 6, I had some things in my craw, so to speak. Like when Enid was saying “goodbye” to Carl. She said: “That’s how we-” and got cut off by Carl. There was some talk going around that she was part of the Wolves, which doesn’t seem to be the case. She also had the keys to every building in Alexandria. In the episode “JSS” it showed her arriving at the front gates. More on this later.
No one gets to clock out today: I love Eugene. He gets some of the best lines in the show. He is now a lean, mean, walker-killing machine. I hope he continues dropping lines for a long time to come.
Cheese 2: Okay, I said relatively no cheese, but there was a little more. Glenn had his back to the wall, running out of bullets. I was fully preparing for his 2nd death scene. Machine gun fire erupts from the top of the wall and it was Sasha and Abraham pulling the trigger. I don’t care. It was glorious. Glenn though, the guy is slippery. I wonder though, if they are lulling us into a false sense of security.
Daryl “RPG” Dixon: Or “Mister lake of fire”, you pick. The dude is rising to “Chuck Norris” status. Seriously. I cannot wait to see what else he does this season.
Rick’s scene with Carl was a great way to end the episode. Just when you think he was going over the edge, he pulls back. He also raised his “ass-kicking” status to legendary quality. He’s got an orange border folks.
Questions: As many questions were answered, we still have a few. If that wasn’t Negan who they blew up, who was it? Some random henchman with all that personality? A twin brother? I have a feeling we will be finding out sooner or later. Maybe in the last episode?
Morgan and Carol: That whole thing kind of needs to be addressed. I mean, harboring the Wolves leader, than fighting off Carol to keep him alive. I love Morgan, but this can’t go on. I hope things get resolved and he can put his beliefs and skill to good use. Maybe train others how to fight.
In the sneak peak for next week’s show, you hear Michonne ask, “What are you doing here?” They then show Enid and Spencer. It could be editing to throw us off. I don’t see Spencer as the type to be going off alone (although he did try, a couple episodes ago). I hope he is not playing for another team because I really like his evolution as a character. Could he an Enid be conspiring?
Furthermore, did Enid meet up with Negan’s crew? Probably not, because they don’t seem the type to let people go.
What happened to “Bonnie and Clyde”? The two former Negan members who ripped Daryl off (took his bike and crossbow). We can’t be done with them. Daryl needs to at least get his crossbow back. Did they go back to Negan and trade both to get back into the group? Did they follow the trio back after they blew up the biker gang?
That’s all I got for now. I look forward from hearing from a few of you fans who I regularly talk with. Let the conversations commence!