This weeks episode of The Walking Dead takes us to the aftermath of the wolves attack. What the safe zone inhabitants have to deal with now that they have experienced some of the worst that has been out there post zombie apocalypse. it was a very slow paced episode with just a dash of walker activity and a few subtle reveals.
Deanna climbs a ladder to the top of the wall, where a plaque with her deceased husbands name is inscribed. She looks at the surroundings of the safe zone from her up high position and sees that people are cleaning up bodies off the streets. Michonne has returned and is conversation with Maggie and some others. She is telling them that Glenn was supposed to burn down the feed store or create some other distraction, but it never went through.
Someone screaming can be heard from the other side of the gate. It’s Rick running at top speed with a stampede of walkers in tow. Deanna looks like her blood sugar has dropped at the sight of so many walkers. Rick makes it through the gates and the walkers press themselves hungrily against the metal walls.
The walls are solidified with additional reinforcements and Rick makes one of his town speaker speeches. He tells them that it may seem like a huge problem having the walker presence at their walls but if they follow through with a plan, they can be safe and over come the issue. He suggests keeping noise to a minimum and even turning off the lights at night. It may seem like a nuisance but Darryl, Sasha, and Abe, will come back from the west eventually and will help lead the walkers away from the safe zone walls.
As always, there’s a safezoner that isn’t too convinced about Rick’s announcement. She calls the safe zone a grave yard. This is when well known safezoner Aaron steps up and defends Rick. He admits to not being prepared for what was behind the walls of their safe town and being lucky to have had Rick and his team save his life numerous times. In addition, he admits that he takes the blame for the wolves targeting their town when they got a hold of his bag that held pictures of the inside of the safe zone. He points out how Darryl wanted to go out there to recruit people back into their place. Deanna walks away seemingly lost. I mean, like lost her marbles lost. She is quite reminiscent of Morgan.
Jessie drags the wolf she had killed in her house out to a pile of dead bodies located in a field for disposal. She begins to dig a grave when Rick interrupts her mid shovel. He doesn’t want killers buried within the walls. There’s some moralistic logic behind Rick’s obsession with dead murderers within the wall. He wants her to wait for Glenn and the others to return, so that once the walker presence is removed, they can dump the bodies outside.
Some weak Alexandrian has the task of rationing food to the masses and fails horribly. The people of the safe zone are expecting death at any minute, although the walkers are not within the gates. They want to eat good and plenty before they die and push the woman to the side. While their stock piling food, Spencer, Deanna’s son, shows up and sticks up for the woman. He makes a speech about survival and how they are going to regret wasting what they have and not being smart about things, when they survive in the long run. The people put back the cans of food and follow his lead. Deanna emerges looking proud of her son, even though she has been looking a little out of touch.
Aaron walks around the front of Alexandria and spots some of the safe zoners writing the names of those that are missing or dead on the back of the wall that is directly in contact with the walkers. Maggie is putting together a makeshift grappling hook she intends to use over the wall. She wants to go looking for Glenn. Aaron follows her into the weapons storage and watches as she heavily arms herself and reveals that he can help her get out to go look for Glenn, while avoiding the walls entirely–with the condition that she allows him to accompany her.
Deanna sits at home staring at her wedding ring and mourns the loss of her husband. She suddenly becomes inspired and pulls out the blueprints of the Alexandrian safe zone and marks it up with plans for a garden and an education base. I guess she figures that her efforts should be placed in realizing her husbands dreams and not moping. She hears a glass break upstairs and I immediately thought that she was going to be dead after all those hopeful ideas. I thought it was a leftover wolf that fell between the cracks and was hiding out in her upper floor. But it wasn’t.
It was Spencer who dropped the glass. He’s been drinking. (Beyoncé voice) He also has a stock full of groceries that he took from the storage. What happened to that speech that he gave the other people? He selfishly discloses that if everyone in that town knew that they could do as they pleased with the food, then they would have dwindling supplies. But, if only one person did it, then no one would be the wiser. That’s one self preserving SOB. Deanna tries to call him out for being a jackass, but Spencer backlashes, blaming Deanna for everything that has happened to the town. He claims it’s her fault they can’t defend themselves because she led them all this time with candy coated dreams. OUCH. Deanna takes the hurtful remarks without saying anything and packs up the food into a bin. I was almost sure that she was going to do something drastic to herself, now that her son had confirmed everything she had been thinking about.
Ron is sitting outside with a blade looking thoughtful, when Carl comes over to ask if he’s seen Enid. Ron jealously remarks that he hasn’t seen Enid since he last saw her with Carl. Welcome to the Young and the Restless: Walking Dead edition. Ron declares proudly that Enid is his girlfriend, she isn’t just a friend. Although Carl has all the feels for Enid, he plays the calm collective guy that is worried about his friend. He just wants to find her. The conversation that follows is basically the ongoing safe zoner vs. Rick’s team argument, only it’s the teenage variant.
Ron warned Enid to stop climbing walls because it’s a dumb thing to do and nothing is safe anywhere. It’s better to be locked up within the walls living the breakfast club life. Carl wants Ron to know that venturing outside the walls isn’t complete blasphemy if you know how to take care of yourself. In which case, Ron is like well then she can, so we don’t have to look for her. Carl is however a member of Rick’s team who is never satisfied with leaving someone outside without any help. Ron tries to stop Carl and they have an embarrassing fight.
This pretty much sums it up for you.
Carl breaks free and walks off to save Enid. Ron threatens that he will tell Rick if Carl tries to go and save Enid. Which means that Rick will head out to get him with a group of people and someone will inevitably die, as it happens so often now. Ron is doing his part at saving Carl’s life, being that he had saved his life earlier. Carl stomps off in another direction knowing that Ron was right about his threat.
Tara pays a visit to the under qualified new ER doctor of Alexandria. Denise is on the floor going through medical books and she pushes one towards the door in frustration when Tara walks in. Michonne’s wounded traveler is running an infection from his bullet wound and has gone into some type of coma. Denise is giving up on his recovery because she can’t figure out what’s going wrong. Meds have been administered and nothing is changing his current state. Tara gives her a pep talk on things sucking when fear is involved. Her encouraging words are not specific, but just imply: “Figure it out.” Denise is hoping for a doctor to fall from the heavens to take over her position so that she could return to her house to read war and peace. That’s great and all, honey, but you are the closest thing to grey’s anatomy in the zombie apocalypse and with such a limited supply of medical professionals, your always going to be needed in a medical capacity. She’s going to have to switch out War and Peace for Anatomy 101 or whatever.
Jessie comes to visit safe zoner Betsy and is greeted by an energy filled walker slamming itself against the glass door of the house. From the bloody wounds at the wrists, it seems Betsy committed suicide and has given in to the fear that hangs over these people who are expecting to die at any moment. (Although there is no immediate threat) Jessie opens the door and kills the walker through the eye. She then gives a speech to Alexandrian’s on the future. It isn’t pretty but this is what life looks like now. In other words, killing walkers and trying to stay above the water is life now. So get used to it. They need a town square in town for all the speeches being dished out. Denise over hears Jessie and something formulates in her mind.
I wonder what doctor mediocre has up her sleeves.
Aaron takes Maggie down into the sewers that run underneath Alexandria. She tries to ditch him, but he insists on going based on the guilt that he carries for causing deaths in his past. He was not like Nicholas but this guilt fest seems to be the mood of Alexandrian’s who aren’t openly expecting death. They’re either blaming themselves for not being properly trained or their giving in to an inevitable death in their weakness. Midway, they discover a ladder that had collapsed in the middle of the sewer pipe.The ladder must have fallen on top of two people trying to escape, because two sewer sludge covered walkers attack them when they remove the ladder. Maggie is caught off guard and Aaron manages to take down the walker gunning for him and the one that had Maggie cornered. When they reach the end of the sewer gates that lead to the outside past the walkers, the low growls of nearby walkers can be heard.
Aaron is confident that they could pick off a few walkers and make a clean escape, but Maggie realizes they are too close to the entrance where they are all congregated. She knows that they can be overwhelmed out there because they are too close for comfort. Aaron decides that he would go on his own, clearly not seeing the danger that lies ahead. Maggie ends up having to yell at him like a school child to get him to listen to reason. Like massive warning sign, the walkers hear them by the pipes and flock to the locked gate. This could have been their end had they gone ahead. Maggie wants to know what happened to Glenn but she’s going to have to wait. She admits burning the only picture she had of him because she intended never to be apart from him. They hug and come to the understanding that gaining closure over whether Glenn is dead or alive, is something that they are just going to have to wait on. Just like us. We are two episodes in and still have no clue whether we really saw Glenn die. Well, at least we know more then they do.
Meanwhile, Denise has her nose buried in a book and finds what she’s looking for. She injects the bullet wound with a needle and extracts some liquid. HOT DAMN she says. She can’t believe she may have saved this mans life. All she needed was a little patience. I do understand the worry that comes from having another life dependent on you. Either way, this is life in the apocalypse, some help is better then no help at all. Denise is so ecstatic she goes to see Tara and kisses her because being afraid sucks.
Ron admits to Rick that he was right about him not being prepared. He snitches on Carl wanting to go after Enid. I originally thought he threw Enid being out in the woods out to coax Rick to find her himself. But then he tells him everything that happened with Carl and I get this feeling he wants to be rewarded for keeping Carl safe. Ron asks Rick to teach him how to shoot and Ron gets his first lesson up at the top of the gate…with his soon to be stepfather.
Speaking of Jessie, She’s at home trying to bribe her other son Sam down with home made cookies. She sits on the midsection of the staircase and Sam refuses to go down to her level to get the cookies. It seems that at such a young age, Sam is experiencing PTSD and refuses to come down from the top floor out of fear. He witnessed the wolves enter his house and watched as his mom stabbed a wolf woman with a pair of sisters on the ground floor. He now associates the upper level with safety and is afraid to ascend the stairs, although the threat is no longer there. I wish Eastman was still alive because he could really help the poor kid.
That night, Deanna tries to sneak into the pantry with the food that her son had stolen. In the middle of street she is attacked by a random walker. She drops her groceries on the floor and picks up a piece of broken glass to defend herself. Deanna has broken through that hazy phase of where am I and has entered a new awareness of survival. She even provokes the walker to come at her. Deanna stabs the walker a million times completely dousing herself in its blood. Rick sees her still stabbing at the walkers chest and slides in really quick and jabs the walker in the head. Deanna has a lot to learn. Go for the head first Deanna.
This random walker is apparently one of the wolves that Carol had killed but couldn’t locate the body. Deanna tells Rick she wants to live and is going to fight for her life. She knows now that life has changed is about fighting to survive. She is willing to put up that fight. All Rick wants is for her to lead. Deanna says that the people don’t need her, they need him. Now we have to question whether she’s giving her power over to Rick or she’s just saying she needs his assistance. Do we have a Ricktatorship or is this just an acceptance of Rick’s doctrine?
Another issue to ponder while we wait for Glenn’s fate.
Rick pays Jessie a visit to explain why he didn’t let her bury the bodies earlier. He thought that the others would be back by now. He also tells her he heard about her little speech earlier. She tries to explain her actions because she doesn’t want to be seen as someone who sees the world as macabre. She wants to share with the other people of the safe zone how life is now and that they should all accept it. This turns Rick on, because obviously he’s going to get aroused over politics, and he moves in and kisses her mid sentence. This episode is busting at the seams with romance.
Maggie is on look out over the wall and she decides to take a minute out to go to the wall where the names are written. Aaron joins her. She takes some solution and wipes out Glenn’s name from the list. I think it’s a good to keep the possibility that Glenn is still alive open. Wiping down the wall name clearly does something relieving for her. Aaron mentions casually as they wipe down the name that the name Aaron can be used for both male and female depending on the spelling. I thought he was indicating that in the future she should remember his efforts and think of him when she has a child. Through the blessings of The Talking Dead, I was introduced to the fact that this was actually a revelation that Maggie is pregnant. This is why Glenn didn’t let her go out with him when she said she wanted to go. I thought he was being cute protective husband and what not, but she willingly stood at the safe zone helping Deanna because they both knew she was pregnant.
Another baby in the zombie apocalypse. I’m not going to lie, I would have found a way to find a years supply of condoms after Laurie’s death. I swear Glenn better not be dead.
Just as the show is closing out, we see blood coming down the walls. It seems the reinforcements may be bending and the walkers may be breaking in soon.
Too much food for thought in this quiet episode.
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