By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
This episode focused mainly on the development of the people of Alexandria. I know it’s not the most exciting storyline, but the show can’t just be non-stop action every single episode. The characters have to develop, and seeing people who are so far behind the apocalypse learning curve compared to the main characters is pretty interesting. While it may require some suspension of disbelief to accept that people can be this far into the outbreak without experiencing any violence, seeing the “oh shit” looks on the faces of the Alexandrians any time reality smacks them in the face more than makes up for that. The people in the safe zone have been sheltered, literally, for a long time. We even get the impression that the ones who have been outside the walls have had it easy compared to Rick’s group. Some are accepting reality more easily while others are ready to give up, but everyone is affected by what is going on right now. When all is said and done, the strong will survive and the weak won’t. That is really what The Walking Dead is, a story of the world returned to a state of nature. It’s a Hobbesian state where life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Some of the Alexandrians are ready for this world and some aren’t. Seeing the writers weed out their own characters every week is still a captivating story.
Maggie and Glenn
Another week went by without an answer on Glenn. Scott Gimple did say that Glenn will be back in some form. If that form is only a baby, I’m going to be highly annoyed. But I don’t think that’s the end of it. After this week, I’m more willing to accept that Glenn is still alive. The writers spent too much time on his character, and they made a big deal about his name going up on the memorial wall and then that name being taken down by Maggie. I feel like something big is being teased by the writers, and that big thing can’t just be Maggie’s pregnancy.
This was a big episode for Rick. The people of Alexandria are starting to come around, even if it is only a little at a time. It started with Aaron defending Rick at the beginning of the episode and culminated with Ron seemingly making peace with the man who killed his dad (assuming Ron isn’t planning on using his newly-acquired gun skills to kill Rick). One of my wishes at the beginning of the season was that the Alexandrians wouldn’t drag their feet coming around to Rick’s side, and so far they don’t seem to be doing that (although it’s hard to tell since this season, not counting flashbacks, has pretty much taken place over the span of only several days). The sooner Rick re-takes his place as the leader of the group and the main character of the show, the sooner we can get back on track to more exciting storylines like the Wolves and the Saviors.
I really liked the scene with Maggie and Aaron wiping names off the memorial wall. It was short and simple and was in keeping with the message of hope that this episode tried to convey. Plus, it had the nice comic-relief of Aaron suggesting the perfect name for Maggie’s unborn baby.
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