by Sherry Lipp
Had I not watched The Talking Dead I would be approaching this episode of The Walking Dead a little differently. But, now that I have, I can’t unsee it or unthink about it. The Talking Dead usually doesn’t influence my thinking on any particular episode. I just leave it on while I write my thoughts on the show because I think it’s fun to hear the panelists, and Chris Hardwick, talk about the episode. It also gives me reminders on little details that may have slipped my mind. Sometimes I agree with what they say, sometimes I don’t, but it never influences my opinion – until tonight.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
I would have been happy to go into next week thinking Glenn (Steven Yeun) had died. Whatever happened next would be a surprise, because I wasn’t even thinking anything would happen next. I did have a brief thought that Glenn survived being pulled off the dumpster with Nicholas (Michael Traynor) because he was underneath Nicholas when they fell. And then it appeared he was engulfed and eaten by walkers, so I thought that was it. Had I turned off the TV when the episode ended I would still be thinking that. I would have written that it was kind of a lame way for Glenn to go out considering all that he had done and been through.
But, a little seed of doubt has now been planted in my mind because Glenn was not shown in the “in memoriam” section of The Talking Dead. They left things up in the air. Maybe he died, maybe he didn’t. I would rather be surprised, but that’s life. Are we supposed to think he’s dead and then be surprised that he made it? Are we supposed to think he survived and then be saddened when he turns up as a walker?
If he survives it may by one of the most improbable survivals the show has ever had, and there have been a few. But, I can’t help but remember way back when Glenn covered himself in zombie guts in order to disguise himself. It could be. But, I’m going to stop guessing and wait for next week.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) also seems to be in an impossible situation. He’s the real cliffhanger of the episode because even though he’s surrounded by walkers he’s in an RV. I thought by the defeated look on his face that he was going to get killed right then and there, but it looks like he has a chance.
Had it not been for the last 10 minutes, I would have said this episode was good, but not all that noteworthy. The main purpose was to catch Rick’s group up with Alexandria and push everyone in the direction of hopelessness. We’ve seen most of it before. But, the wolf attack on Rick was a cool scene and took me by surprise. Nicholas shooting himself in the head was also a shock and a truly chilling scene.
I’m going to skip the cool and not cool this week because I would be repeating a lot of the thoughts I already stated. One final thought that would have made it into the not cool section is Daryl (Norman Reedus). They’ve turned him into The Fonz. He used to be interesting, now he’s just cool. I seriously hope they bring back some of the elements that were character building from the previous seasons. Have they really done all that they can do with him?