by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
We all know that grief and loss are a part of life and they are certainly a part of The Walking Dead. Reeling from the loss of Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) and Beth (Emily Kinney), the survivors have little to live for. But it’s been that way since the beginning. We’ve been grieving since this show started; loss of life, loss of humanity, loss of hope. That’s pretty much the them of the show and I guess I might be getting desensitized to it because this episode didn’t move me the way it was supposed to. Not even the sight of Daryl (Norman Reedus) crying got to me.
I thought this episode moved pretty show without offering much in the way of character development, but there were a few things I did like.
Daryl is a loner again – Daryl has had much to do lately, so it’s nice to see him rejecting the crowd and eating worms, just like the old days.
Maggie grieves for Beth – It seemed like Maggie (Lauren Cohan) had never acknowledged her sister’s disappearance so I liked that they show how broken up she is over her loss.
Everyone hates each other – I’m sure it won’t stay that way, but it added some much needed tension. Remember how it was between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane (Jon Bernthal)? We could use more of that.
A mysterious new character – A mysterious guy shows up claiming to be a friend. Could be interesting.
The not so cool:
Tighten the pace – I can appreciate that everyone is down and out, but scenes of everyone wearily walking have plagued the show since the beginning. They could have conveyed the mood much quicker and introduced the new character earlier instead of teasing him at the end.
More bad guys? – Everyone the group runs into seem to be murderous lunatics. Is this going to be more of the same? We’ve already had the people who appear to be good, but really aren’t, so let’s hope they have something different up their sleeves.
The pack of dogs when they were starving, the rain when they needed water, the wind when they were about to be overtaken by walkers – divine intervention? I wonder where they are going with that.
How did Aaron know Rick? Does it have something to do with Morgan?