by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Season six of The Walking Dead picked up directly after the events of season five and through some clever back and forth between episodes, only a short time has passed since then. I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about Glenn (Steven Yeun) because he really wasn’t a part of this episode. I know many people were mad that last week’s episode didn’t go back to him (nor did this one), I think it’s fine. Maggie (Lauren Cohen) doesn’t know what happened to him, and while we know a little more than her, we’re in basically the same boat.
There’s nothing wrong with a little suspense. It’s been a long time since the Sophia (Madison Lintz) storyline from season two and really it’s high time someone disappears and no one knows what happened to them. That’s the reality of this world.
I really enjoyed this episode. It was tense and it offered something new. I always like it when the characters end up poking around in some formerly populate area. It’s interesting to see how everything left off. In this case Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) are poking around an office where someone had a bunch of notes about car insurance on a whiteboard. I think what’s so appealing about this show is the idea that none of that stuff is important anymore and under these extreme circumstances it seems like it never was.
On the other side of the coin Daryl (Norman Reedus) is stuck in the woods with a trio of misguided survivors who take him hostage. I liked seeing Daryl taking charge and figuring out how to get out of a situation. He hasn’t had the opportunity to do any thinking for himself lately and it was nice to see him back in action.
The cool and not so cool of “Always Accountable:”
Daryl’s kidnapping: That came out of nowhere. The two girls tricked him and he was caught off guard. That doesn’t happen often and it was an attention-getting way to open the episode.
Daryl’s moral dilemma: Daryl escapes his kidnappers only to discover a cooler of insulin. So now we know why one of them collapsed, but now he has a decision to make. Save someone else or save himself? He “does the right thing,” but is it worth it? In the end the girl dies anyway and he loses his bike and crossbow. Then again he makes it back to Sasha and Abraham anyway, so he’s good. Was it worth it? I think Daryl would still say it was.
Chopping off the arm: One of the marauders gets bit and doesn’t hesitate to tell h is buddy to chop his arm off. Obviously they’ve done this before. I wonder if the earlier victims were so willing or if we have some medical experimentation going on. I guess Rick (Andrew Lincoln) wasn’t the only one to take quick action on a walker bite.
The glass office walker: Just a good jump moment that wasn’t over the top.
Abraham’s uniform: He sounded so happy when he came out to show Sasha the uniform he found fit that I felt a little sad. Those moments of genuine happiness are so few and far between that I forget they even can exist. It was a nice subtle moment and a reminder of just how much has been lost.
The not so cool:
”A man knows” LOL – really Abraham?
Who was on the radio? My very first thought was Rick, but it didn’t sound like his voice. Was it the kidnapper? Or maybe it was Glenn? If I was placing a bet I would say it was the kidnapper now asking for help after he double-crossed Daryl. But maybe they’re going to tie Glenn back to his first appearance when he helps Rick.