by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
The Walking Dead season five has come to end and I’m happy to say it took a completely different direction than I had anticipated. What I expected was an all-out blood bath in the town of Alexandria – maybe a flood of walkers, or a battle between Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group and the townspeople, or maybe both. I’m glad I was wrong. As I said in my review last week, the “shocking major character death” thing has pretty well been played out.
That didn’t stop me from thinking Glenn (Steven Yeun), Daryl (Norman Reedus), or Rick was going to bite the dust at any moment. I even thought it might be Maggie (Lauren Cohan) or Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) for a while. But it didn’t happen. All the main cast is still with us, though we did get a surprising death – Reg Monroe (Steve Coulter). It came in what may have been a slightly too easy contrivance to get Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) on Rick’s side, but it was a shock nonetheless. For a moment I thought Deanna would blame Rick for Pete (Corey Brill) murdering her husband, after all he used Michonne’s sword and Rick drove him to it, but instead she gave permission for Rick to kill Pete.
So is she coming around to Rick’s point of view or just being a self-centered hypocrite? Only time will tell. I have a feeling that once she recovers from the shock of losing her son and husband she’s not going to just let Rick take over. Then again there’s another bad group out there, “The Wolves,” who will likely be hell-bent on taking Alexandria over – and I’m betting Nicholas (Michael Traynor) might already be in with them.
One final note before we get into the cool and not so cool of the show. Could Spencer (Austin Nichols) really be so stupid as to walk away from the gate when Father Gabriel was acting so weird? I mean he was the last person I would be asking for help given the look in his eye, and I certainly wouldn’t have asked him to close the one thing separating the town from the walkers. But I suppose it shows just how naïve everyone there is.
Morgan returns! – Morgan (Lennie James) has been around since the very first episode, more in essence than the physical, so it was awesome to see him in the flesh. I’m excited to see what’s in store for him. Rick leaving messages throughout the first and second season was one of my favorite little details of the show. I loved his stick-fighting skills here, I can’t wait to find out what happened to him since we last saw him – James hinted about an inciting incident for his new lease on life on The Talking Dead.
Carol stands up to Pete – I haven’t been in love with everything Carol (Melissa McBride) has been up to lately, but her threatening Pete was a lot more satisfying than with his son.
Michonne has Rick’s back – I don’t agree with the way Rick, Carol, and to a lesser extent Daryl handled their deception, but I liked that Michonne was still on Rick’s side. I was worried she had fallen for Alexandria’s so-called security hook, line, and sinker. Now we know she wants a place to live, but still is willing to deal with reality.
Father Gabriel loses it – I have been wondering what his deal is the whole time and finally he went over the edge. He seems to think killing walkers is just as bad as killing humans. He was finally forced to face reality and it will be interesting to see if he can cope or if he will continue to be a threat to their existence.
Glenn can’t be stopped – Glenn has always been a surprise force to be reckoned with and no more so in this episode. I thought for sure he was a goner, but he persevered no matter what.
The not so cool:
How did Glenn get out of that? – Okay, so I love that Glenn is still with us, but seriously how did he get out of the convergence of walkers? This is not the first time the show has cut away from a seemingly impossible situation and then not showed how the person got out of it.
Can’t wait until next season – So much going on, this episode did feel a little like setup for the next season, but still I’m glad it wasn’t a big blowout like the prison battle with the Governor. I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m interested to see what Daryl thinks of everything that went down with Rick since he wasn’t there for any of it.
Fear the Walking Dead teaser – Did you catch the teaser for the new companion series that starts this summer? I can’t wait for this, looks like we will be getting some zombie apocalypse back story. If you missed it or want to see it again, check out the video below.