by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
The Walking Dead has really been changing things up over the last few episode and (just like McDonald’s) I’m lovin’ it. I’ve been saying for a long time that I’ve wanted to see a new location and how other survivors have been getting along. Now we have both. Rick’s group is now in the town of Alexandria, which has thrived because it was built to run on solar power. While things are probably not exactly what they seem I don’t think the people in charge are murderous like the Governor or the Terminus residents. I hope they don’t go in that direction, since it’s been done before, but I have a feeling Alexandria may be a part of some kind of conspiracy.
Be afraid of Carol… be very afraid – Her homemade cookies and floral sweaters may have fooled everyone in
Alexandria, but Carol (Melissa McBride) has the most devious mind of them all. She assumes everyone is bad, not that you can totally blame her, but she may be worse than the people she distrusts. I can’t help but wonder if threatening to tie a child to tree and leave him for the walkers will be the final nail her in coffin. Her unilateral decision making is likely to be her downfall. On a side note – why was everyone offering Sam (Major Dodsen) an entire batch of cookies to himself? That seemed like kind of selfish behavior to encourage in the post-apocalyptic world (not to mention it promotes tooth decay and obesity).
Daryl makes a new friend – Daryl (Norman Reedus) has always been standoffish, so it was a surprise to see him bond so quickly with Aaron (Ross Marquand). Maybe it was because Aaron offered him a motorcycle, but I think it’s more because Aaron and his boyfriend Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) showed him respect. Aaron even offered him a job and I think Daryl responded to the confidence Aaron has in him. They accepted Daryl with no judgment and he liked that. Considering Daryl didn’t take the gun Carol stole, I think this could be part of setting up a divide within the group.
The awkward cocktail party/Sasha tells it like it is – After spending so much time out in the woods eating squirrel and grubs, the cocktail party proved to be an awkward experience for all. Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) especially had trouble trying to pretend it was all fine. The people of Alexandria are living in a fantasy world and Sasha wasn’t afraid to tell them so. Rick seems to want to try to fit in, but that kiss he planted on Jessie’s (Alexandra Breckinridge) temple was just kind of weird and is likely to get him in trouble with Jessie’s husband (and possibly even Deanna, portrayed by the inimitable Tovah Fedshuh).
The great divide – All of this boils down to dissension amongst the ranks. Rick, Carol, and Daryl have been plotting a takeover behind everyone’s back, but even they can’t agree. Daryl seems to want to take things as they come, Rick wants to take over the town if things go wrong, and Carol simply wants to take over. This is sure to create problems. I love that they are really stirring the honey pot.
The not so cool: I really liked this episode, so my only not so cool is:
What about everyone else? – I’m sure they’ll get to it but I really want to know what Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and
Glenn (Steven Yeun) think about everything. Glenn had some good moments in the last episode, but we don’t know what he’s thinking for the long term. Same goes for Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Rosita (Christian Serratos), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) – who has been pretty much in the background since his revelation. I want to know what is going on with these guys and gals.
The horse – I can’t knock the storytelling, but I was really bummed out when the horse Aaron had been trying to save for so long was killed. I think that summarized the hopelessness of the entire situation. In the first season the death of Rick’s horse symbolized hope for his survival – the horse died so he could live – but in this case the horse died because that is just the way of things in a take-no-prisoners, post-apocalyptic, every-man-(and-woman)-for-him-(or-her)-self, walker-infested world.