by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Every big event needs a quieter aftermath and this episode of The Walking Dead was it. There’s been so much going on with the Wolves, the walker horde, and the Glenn (Steven Yeun) cliffhanger that it was good to take some time to regroup. I like that characters really seemed to be considering their situation. Not everyone was thinking right, but they were at the very least thinking about their fate.
This episode, “Now,” explored more what the average Joe would think about in this extraordinary circumstance. The question is will the average Joe get to remain the average Joe or will they start to be more like Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the other survivors? These people are totally naïve, and it’s a miracle there’s anyone like this left, but maybe it’s what society needs to reform.
What was cool and what wasn’t in “Now:”
Maggie’s pregnant: We’re up in the air about the fate of Glenn and now we find out that he was about to become a father. How far will Maggie’s (Lauren Cohen) determination take her? She’s lost everyone she was ever close to and yet she stays determined to survive. Maybe the baby will be all that’s left of Glenn.
Reality hits Alexandria: If the Wolves weren’t enough, the perimeter of the town is teaming with walkers. For some it’s a reality check and for others it’s a reason to give up all hope. It’s hard to believe these people have lived with blinders on this whole time, but they can’t now. I’m thinking some will still try though.
Gross sewer walkers: What’s it like to fight a waterlogged walker? Pretty disgusting. Instead of being able to push them away Maggie and Aaron’s (Ross Marquand) just sank into their soft bodies. It’s cool they’re still able to come up with new walker ideas.
Maggie makes the right decision: Maggie likely hasn’t been pregnant long enough for that new reality to set in, so it’s not surprising she was about to set out to look for Glenn. In the past that’s probably what she would have done. In light of her new situation and with everything she’s seen, she chose to stay in Alexandria and take care of herself. I like that they’ve shown her character to change and mature.
Deanna needs some skills: Alright, it’s cool Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) actually fought off a walker (or roamer as she would call it), but she seriously doesn’t know you need to destroy the brain? Talk about ignorance is bliss. On a side note – the walkers still have brains? There must be almost nothing left except the stem.
Final thoughts: I’m not sure what’s going to happen with Glenn. Every time I think he’s dead for sure, I start thinking that they’ll have him show up alive at some unexpected moment. I guess I’ll just have to keep watching to find out.