If you don’t follow Rick, then you die; The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere “First Time Again”

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The new season of The Walking dead started off with its share of surprises. First of all, there was a good chunk of zombie action that was definitely missing from FTWD. When we last left off, Morgan had been reunited with Rick, and had witnessed Rick off Pete with no remorse. The promos leading to this premiere made it seem like Rick was taking the role of villain again and nothing much was happening with the thoughts of the people of Alexandria (read my promo review [here]), but that is not what happened at all.

I’m going to separate the episode into two, because all through the show, the story flipped back and forth between past and present. (The black and white images detailing past incidents) It won’t bring the same level of anticipation and surprise to this review, but you’ll understand everything that happened.

PAST

After the big Morgan and Rick reunion, there’s no time to talk and Rick suggests that they catch up the next day. Probably because he had to clean all the Pete blood off of him and get a good nights rest. So when they do finally talk, Rick is a little into his frenzy mode and makes it clear to Morgan that he is a different person. Rick doesn’t take chances anymore and basically doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what anybody thinks about his hasty decisions, he is through with waiting and figuring out what is safe. He shoots and then asks questions.

Morgan seems to be a little concerned. But remember where he came from and where he is now, he lives by the same ideals. The only thing is, that I think Morgan knows that he still has some compassion in the world and there is a mild manner about his ways. Rick is very aggressive in comparison. Even though Morgan is inside Alexandria walls, he doesn’t trust him enough yet to let him within his home. Actually, Morgan is set to stay locked up in one of the homes. The level of paranoia coincides with Rick’s no risks taken policy. Which prompts Morgan to say that they have to get to know each other again.

The good news is that Tara wakes up and more then excited to see Eugene’s hair is still the same. She missed out on Noah dying, so she ends up having to find out about all the gruesome things that happened while she was sick. Glenn and  Nicholas had shown up looking all beat up after their fight. Glenn lies about what happened and pretends they were injured in a scuffle with some walkers.

When it’s time to bury the bodies of Ron and Pete, Rick refuses to allow them to bury a “murderer” on the premises. He decides that he and Morgan will bury the body elsewhere. Pete’s oldest son follows them out of town, to find out where his father will be buried. There goes someone I bet you never thought of. When Rick shot Pete, I was more then ecstatic that they finally removed his unstable butt off the show. I never even thought how this would effect his kids, regardless of what type of man he was.

Lennie James as Morgan and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Lennie James as Morgan and Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Rick decides that he would just rather dump Pete’s body and leave, instead of burying him. But Morgan gives him the eye, because he knows that no matter how much Rick has changed, that type of disrespectful behavior has never been Rick’s style. That’s when they discover the mother of all zombie lairs. A queue of zombies in a massive pit that has been blocked off by a variety of trucks, houses roughly a few THOUSAND walkers, not too far from Alexandria.

One of the truck blockades has deteriorated, allowing walkers to trickle through the cracks into the woods. The problem is that one of these trucks is going to eventually fall, move, break, and thousands of walkers will end up on their way towards the safe zone. The safe zone walls can only take but so much, before they crumble under the weight of enough walkers.

Pete’s son almost gets eaten, while snooping on Rick. Rick saves his life but gives him a mouthful about dying outside the safe zone, because he’s not prepared to take care of himself out here. The anger in his voice is a little rough but is really geared toward his anger at the group that never took any measures in training or preparing to defend themselves. Morgan gives him the eye again.

They return to the safe zone and have an emergency meeting to assess the danger that the pool of walkers possess. Rick recommends leading the herd out of the pit and a good way west, to ensure that they never make their way back towards the safe zone. That’s when Carter (Ethan Embry) voices his opposition to the plan and to Rick in general. He wants to take the easy road by reinforcing the breaks between the trucks and just leaving the walkers.

That’s just not going to work because the trucks that are located on higher ground can fall, and there’s nothing that can prevent that from happening. Carter demands that the group not follow Rick because he’s such a bad guy who waived his gun around and killed people. How quickly he forgets that he killed on someone else’s orders and that the same person who died, had just killed an innocent man. Carter is just scared and afraid of Rick’s aggressive tactics. This was everyone before, but the safe zone is waking up to the reality that has developed in this new post apocalyptic world.

Deanna bypasses Carter and anyone else that agreed with him, but that’s cause she runs this 🙂 Meanwhile, a group from Alexandria comes back after being on a run for several weeks. These 3 members were ready to help Rick is his plan. So was the priest but Rick doesn’t trust him for nothing. Deanna tells him he was wrong after her husband was killed.

The group gets right to work packing up dirt and other manual labor related duties for the plan. Carol is walking around giving out drinks and food or something, before she has her first convo with Morgan. He asked Carol if she was previously a cop like Rick, because he noticed that she is always watching, and always seems prepared for a battle. Unlike the people from the safe zone, Morgan can see through that sweet cupcake persona that Carol is playing.

Glenn tells Maggie about Nicholas and she decides to share the info with Tara. Tara is wondering how they aren’t telling everyone that he caused Noah’s death and almost killed Nick. If she could, she probably would have used him as bait for the walkers. But Maggie realizes that the same way Tara had once been teamed up with the Governor, Nicholas to could change. After all, Glenn is not vicious and I’m sure he sees the changes in Nicholas.

They have a little break in at the safe zone with a few walkers. Over 15 people were there,but Rick tries to let the safe zone people use the opportunity for experience. However, Carter and the rest are dramatically powerless and Michonne and Morgan end up saving the day. Everyone looks at Rick like he’s crazy. But I get the point. He desperately wants these people to learn to defend himself. He may just want too much progress too soon.

Eugene overhears Carter trying to persuade a group that the only way to make things better for them would be to kill Rick. Do you hear this?  The guy that can’t even put up his hands o fight a walker suggests that they should kill Rick. HA HA HA AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

Eugene drops one of his glass bottles of jam and gets caught snooping. Carter moved up on Eugene  with a gun like he was going to kill him and then Ricks walks in. He easily snatches the gun out of Carter’s hand and puts it to his head. Let’s him know whose boss and then asks him to try to survive. He wants him to assimilate to the new worlds harshness. This is also probably an effort in explaining his actions that keeps looking at him with the eye.

Rick finally lets his guards down and gives Morgan permission to move out his space and move in with him. Morgan even gets to hold Rick’s daughter. He is allowed into Rick’s inner circle now. A little bit too cautious if you ask me, but atlas he didn’t hold Morgan down at gunpoint.

PRESENT

Rick and everyone involved in running his plan to move the walkers meet up at the site for a dry run. Just as predicted, one of the trucks on a high cliff collapses and creates an entry for the walkers to go in the direction of the safe zone. This forces Rick to call the plan to order prematurely. Carter is wailing that they aren’t ready but he is ignored because there are no choices right now. Rick isn’t calling these moves for the hell of it.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Darryl will lead the walkers by driving slowly on his bike. Sasha and Abraham will follow him for support. Abraham joins Sasha only to make sure that she doesn’t have a death wish. Using flare guns they direct the herd west.

Lennie James as Morgan, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Lennie James as Morgan, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Danai Gurira as Michonne – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

There is one major problem and that’s noise. Anything that can distract the walkers off their route, needs to be fixed. Glenn, Nicholas, and the new guy end up having to kill some walkers locked up in a nearby story with a glass store front. The banging on the windows could totally disrupt the plan, until the guys break the windows and shoot each walker. Glenn and Nicholas working together is downright scary. Glenn purposely has been on his tail to make sure he doesn’t cause the death of someone else. But this time, Nicholas has changed. He has the confidence to fend for himself against walkers and is somewhat looking up to Glenn.

Once that gets corrected, the walkers continue on their route west, without a hassle. Carter even has to approach Rick and apologize for not realizing that the plan truly was going to work. They even shake on it. I should have known that it  They all take positions along the woods to make sure that no strays fall off the tracks. Happy go lucky Carter, runs right into the hands of a walker and gets bitten in the face.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Ethan Embry as Carter - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Ethan Embry as Carter – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

I’m not going to lie, I would have cried my eyes out. That’s a death sentence. Only Carter can’t deal and begins to scream at the top of his lungs, non-stop. Rick has to come in and try to calm him down, but nothing was bringing this guy to center. The walkers began to walk off the trail and in Rick’s direction. Rick ends up stabbing him in the back of the head. There was nothing he could do. Carter was going to die anyway, he couldn’t let him compromise what they had succeeded in so far. Morgan gave the eye but this time, he makes a comment about knowing that as horrific as it all seems some things are necessary.

The sound of the loudest horn ever ruins everything! Non-stop how blowing coming from the direction of the safe zone. And all the walkers are headed east.

WHO IS BLOWING THAT HORNNNN? MAYBE???
Wolves, yes?

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