Ending the season with worry; The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Season 6 Ep 8 Start to Finish

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It’s the midseason finale and you can only expect a blow to our feelings and nothing less from The Walking Dead writers. Let’s just say that they picked up the stress levels to a ridiculous level, if nothing else. They didn’t kill off a ton of people, they just left some unanswered questions, a minor death, and some more unanswered questions. Not to mention the fact that we only get to see whats going on with a part of the group. So the premiere in a few months might just open up with some major surprises. In the meantime, I’m still spazzing with worry.

 

The intro was creepy in the most uncreepiest way ever. Sam is still happily content with living the remainder of his childhood in the upstairs bedroom of his home with his mom and brother. Even with Carols stern advice and his mothers pleading, he is still locked up in his room with a severe case of PTSD. Carol’s a little tough with the kid. I would have been scared straight into an army general by now just out of my fear for her. But more importantly, what has he been up to? What has been occupying this little boys time?

He sets out his empty plate on the floor next to the steps when he’s done. Surely his mom will come by to bring it downstairs, since he is afraid of going down. In his room he listens to overly sappy kids songs amidst his toys and draws happy trees and people surrounded by walkers covered in red crayon blood. It can only be expected that one of the first things drawn during the zombie apocalypse is a walker. From his window, we can see a trail of ants making their way down onto his floor to a half a cookie he has left on a plate. The cookie is completely covered in ants and you get the feeling that this is a little foreshadowing to the zombie mess we saw last episode.

That big tower was knocked down by the zombie queue outside the safe zone gates. Rick is quick fast in his reaction and tells everyone outside to get indoors. Rick’s off shooting down zombies as he warns the town and Deanna is behind him, shooting and missing. She still hasn’t learned to aim for the head.

The Showdown

Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Everybody’s running to their homes. This is a full on infestation of zombies. That chunk from the herd is filtering in through the opening left by the defeated tower. Carol and Morgan head back to Morgan’s house, where he is keeping the wolf he has been harboring. Carol trips and falls quickly, but they make it in okay.

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Maggie retreats on her own towards the watch area at the front gate. She climbs the ladder  and almost falls into the zombies below who are pulling at her ladder. After a very long and tiring struggle, she manages to get safely to the top. She collapses face up and sees the yellow balloons drifting in the air. A sure sign from Glenn, she thinks.

Coward Eugene is caught out in the open as the walkers mosey on down the road. He pretends to play dead (standing up with open eyes), in hopes that they  won’t see or notice him. But the near by walkie talkie starts chattering and a zombie targets him. He stands there without doing a thing till Rosita and Tara save him. Mind you, the man is carrying a huge machete. The question here is who was on the walkie talkie? Sounded like it could have been either Glenn or Darryl, with the majority tilting more towards Glenn. The three then run into a garage and close down the gate on the zombies.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, and Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, and Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Deanna can’t keep up with Rick’s quick shooting and retreating, she ends up calling out for help. Her most badass move ever: she shoots a walker from underneath the chin. Rick rescues her from some walkers but she manages to fall on a exposed saw blade and cuts herself deeply in the rib area. Everyone ends up meeting up in their shoot and fleeing move. Rick has to help Deanna walk with her injury. Soon the walkers close in on both sides and Rick, Deanna, Michonne, Carl, Ron, and Gabriel, are trapped.

Jessie shows up cowboy style and picks off a few walkers with her gun, guiding the group into her house. The parade of walkers entering through the open hole in the wall continue to march in.

Glenn is right outside the walls with Enid trying to find that small sign or signal that would queue his way into the safe zone without attracting any of the remaining walkers. Enid is her usual morbid self. She hasn’t said it, but her silence reeks of negative thoughts about the safe zone inhabitants. She thinks they are all dead and they are all going to die if they aren’t. That’s the way it always goes. But like the secret and actual reality, negative self talk is bad for the zombie apocalypse. Glenn confirms that he has to return to his pregnant wife and that they are people there that care about him as much as he cares about him. Enid shut your pie hole and help.

Carol’s injury is a lot more serious then I thought. She’s bleeding from the side of head and she seems a little dazed. Morgan wants to help her but she admits that she doesn’t trust him. In fact, she admits that he’s the last person she would ever trust. Not that she thinks he’s ever lied about anything, she just doesn’t trust him. That all stems from his peaceful way of thinking that is too placid to the point of being harmful. Morgan is as much a threat as the wolves in her eyes. I don’t see it that way. And yes, I’m biased because I love Morgan, but I can’t look at him in a completely negative light—ever.  She tries to get up and gets dizzy and ends up having to sit back down. But not before noticing the locked up door in the basement, which is where he must be hiding his secret. Carol never misses a beat.

Denise (The resident MD) is sitting with the Wolf in the room. He places doubt in her head about Morgan’s return. Little do they both know that he is right upstairs. The Wolf  tries to get her to engage in some friendly banter. Even if he kills her in the future, theres no harm in being chummy for the time being. He even shows her his wound. It looks extra slimy and based on the dirty rag covering it, I could almost bet that the infection will take his life, if not Carol. Denise takes this all in and uses the convo to try continue Morgan’s campaign of love and peace. This wolf doesn’t seem to changed by the propaganda.

Meanwhile, back at Jessie’s house, Michonne cleans down Deanna’s wound and discovers clear bite marks right under the saw blade slice. Deanna is not going to make it, even if she had a chance of recovering from the her other wound. Her reaction: Well, shit.

Deanna is going to die and we have an ever flowing succession of walkers infiltrating the safe zone. What’s the plan Rick? He tells Jessie he wants to head to the armory to get flares. He then can shoot the flares away from the safe zone attracting the walkers out of their space.

Deanna and Michonne have a heart to heart, because the end for her is inevitable. Michonne has hope in Deanna’s  future plans for the safe zone. But Deanna wants to know what Michonne really wants. Yeah, she wants security and safety, but what is she really looking for? I can’t see career goals in the near future for Michonne but this idea is a seed to a future decision. What that decision is we won’t know till much later. Michonne promises to find out what she is looking for in addition to bringing Deanna’s plans for a more organized safe zone to life.

Carl and Ron head into the garage for some step-bro quality time. Actually, Ron is having another negative talk break down. It seems to be the consensus that Jessie’s kids are having a hard time grasping this new reality they live in. Ron calls Rick a killer. Wait a minute, wasn’t it Ron’s father who killed Deanna’s husband? Apparently, people die cause of Rick too. This kid still doesn’t get it. He thinks his mom is going to die, his brother, Carl, Rick the killer, everybody. He pulls out a gun and Carl and Ron get into yet another scuffle. For the record, this one was more together then their first slap fest.

They end up breaking a window and attracting walkers. Soon, Carl is pushing things into the window to hold them all back, but he can’t. There are too many. Rick and Jessie break down the door with an axe and they all, including Gabriel, push against the house doors to keep the walkers pooling into the garage from coming into the house. Rick questions Carl about the fight but Carl covers for Ron and pretends they never had a fight. They head into another room and Ron begins to apologize because he realized that Carl could have ratted him out but he didn’t. Carl, however, pulls out a gun on Ron and tells him to hand over his gun. He obviously can’t handle it right now.

Carl clears the air in the most mature manner possible. He understands that Ron is always going to have something against Rick, because he killed his father. But honestly, Ron’s father was an a-hole. His words, not mine. And that was the end of the conversation.

Touché Carl

 

They all continue to hold down the door, keeping the walkers outside the house. But then Judith starts crying. Rick goes upstairs and finds Deanna’s bed empty. She could have turned and went for either Sam or Judith. When he walks into Judith’s room, Deanna is hung over the play pen. He takes out his axe and Deanna has to wave her hands to let him know she is still herself. She just wanted to see Judith before her time was up. WOW. He almost chopped her right in the play pen. I would have been sweating bullets cause Rick doesn’t hesitate.

Rick carries Deanna back to the bed in another room. She gives him letters for Maggie and Spencer. She wants Rick to watch over Spencer and to consider the rest of the safe zone his people the same way that he considers his small clique his people. He doesn’t want to agree to that because obviously they have their differences, but Deanna pours out some more last words of advice in emphasizing that Rick is the leader of everyone there. Rick has no choice but to take over anyway.

Eugene and the girls are pretty bored locked up in a garage with walker hands dragging themselves across the visible glass at the top of the garage. The theme of this episode is the whole negative talk thing because Rosita gives into the dark side. She doesn’t think they are going to survive and she thinks Abraham is dead. Abe actually has his hands full with Sasha, literally. Wait till Rosita finds out. Tara tries to pull Rosita from her negative ledge of defeat and succeeds with suggesting they find a way out of their current situation. Eugene’s un-useful ass is reading World History. Theres one door to the inside of this house but it’s locked. Eugene reveals he can pick locks. One of his only talents–no, his only talent.

Morgan is a little antsy because he wants to check on the wolf and Denise, but he doesn’t want Carol to be there. Carol seems really out of it from her injury. Morgan’s so desperate to find out whats happening, he steps down towards the basement with his ear to the wind. The lights behind him turn off and Carol is gone. She’s been doing a lot of acting to make her injury seem worse then it actually is.  She surprises him and pushes him down, before heading down to the basement door.

Merritt Weaver as Denise, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, and Benedict Samuels as the W Man - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Merritt Weaver as Denise, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, and Benedict Samuels as the W Man – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Carol opens the door and discovers Denise and the Wolf. Morgan comes in with his staff ready. Carol is wielding a knife. She wants to kill the wolf. And here we go with all that peaceful talk coming from Morgan and Denise. Carol is willing to kill Morgan just to get to the wolf, which I think is a little too far even for Carol. Although I get it. Morgan’s way of thinking could get them all killed. Carol and Morgan have a battle and Morgan knocks her out. Unfortunately, the wolf takes advantage and knocks Morgan out while he’s reveling in his victory.

Back at the ranch, the force of walkers begins to come in through yet another window and there are just too many to hold back. They all head up the stairs and Rick lodges a Sofa as a blockade. He then axes a few of the walkers and drags them upstairs. The new plan is to cover themselves in walker gore and move among the walkers as one of them. They’ve done it before and they must do it again. Jessie and Company plus father Gabriel seem disgusted, but who is going to know better then Rick about these survive tactics.

Wearing some ponchos, Gabriel and Jessie rub all the gook onto themselves with a lot of repulsion. Michonne goes to get Deanna, and Deanna decides to stay and take herself out with her gun. Remember the latin words she wrote on the side of the map a few episodes ago? She reveals to Michonne that her husband always uttered those words when things were going wrong. It means that some day the current pain you’re feeling will be useful to you. Michonne thanks Deanna for believing and leaves her.

Sam is covered in guts and his mom has to give him another speech about pretending to be brave or not scared. Theres something so wrong with her pep talks with him. Sam slops on some walker guts with that look in his eyes, like at any moment he’s going to have a complete break down. Rick is like whatever and I’m waving my hands at him from my house to notice the potential time bomb they are transporting.

The wolf unties himself and Denise begs him not to kill Carol and Morgan. She uses some psychology based on how he thinks everyone is dead. Before he could harm her, Eugene, Rosita, and Tara appear, guns aimed at him. Apparently, they were in the garage this entire time. The wolf uses Denise as a hostage. He has them pass off their guns to him and he exits out the side of the house. I don’t think the wolf realizes what waits for him in the walker crowded streets of Alexandria, but he is willing to risk it all to escape.

Rick brings out Judith and hides her under Carl’s bloodied poncho. They all head out at a sluggish pace. The walkers have not left a single cubic inch of space in the first floor. They are rubbing against them as they exit the house. On the porch, they can see that the entire town is  dripping with walkers and they are going to have to play along to get out.

Glenn climbs a tree on the outside and sees Maggie hitting walkers form her post on the watch area. It must be an amazing relief for him to know that she is okay. I can’t wait till she can feel that release as well.

Deanna lays pale faced and sweaty in what was Jessie’s house, ready to end her life before turning into a walker. She aims the gun at her chin, but is distracted when she hears the walkers in the hallway. She opens the door and shoots all the walkers coming at her in the head. Then she screams a battle cry. Her last moments are glorious and I will miss her.

RIP Deanna

Tovah Felshuh as Deanna - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Tovah Felshuh as Deanna – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Rick, Jessie, and their little group move slowly off the porch and into the crowded streets. Sam begins to call his mom for her attention, since she is holding his hand. But she doesn’t acknowledge him and in the final moments, you can hear that he is picking up his voice to scream.

How did no one see this coming?

Tell me your thoughts! What’s going to be the fate of this rogue wolf with Denise as hostage? Will Sam alert all the walkers with his screaming? Will Glenn call out to Maggie? Comment below folks. This is the midseason finale. What are your thoughts.

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