By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
A Plot: Slowly Coming Together
Rick is still working on building an alliance to fight the Saviors and that effort took an interesting turn tonight. We haven’t learned the name of this group yet (does every group need an official name?), so we’ll just call them the Garbage Pail Kids. I’m not going to lie, I thought this was an exceedingly weird episode and the Garage Pail Kids were the main reason for that. They live in a junkyard and they keep a walker covered in spikes around just in case someone needs to be “tested.” They have no guns but are obviously capable of not only taking care of themselves but intimidating others. Frankly, if Rick gives the Garage Pail Kids the guns they desire, I’m not so sure those guns won’t immediately be turned on the Alexandrians. Seriously, I don’t trust this group or its leader, Jadis.
B Plot: Carol Just Needs a Little Peace
We’ve seen Carol struggle with her PTSD over the years but things seemingly came to a head tonight when she admitted to Daryl that killing again would probably cause her to lose herself. It’s a brave admission for her to make and I like the way the writers are handling her story arc. Hollywood has always struggled to deal with PTSD. So many characters, especially veterans, that suffer from it seem to go on violent rampages; Carol’s portrayal of a person suffering from PTSD is more accurate to what many people go through. She wants to be left alone and she’s isolating herself. She doesn’t trust anyone and she’s rejecting any offers of help. I think she only let Daryl through her door because it would allow her to find out if everyone in Alexandria was safe. Beyond that, Carol has a long way to go before she reenters her old life if she does at all.
C Plot: Richard’s Personal War
Richard desperately wants to fight the Saviors because he sees them as the evil that they are but if he’s not careful, he won’t be alive to celebrate the day when all the communities celebrate their victory. He’s either going to die trying to pick a fight with the wrong Savior or Daryl’s going to kill him. Setting up Carol to take the fall for an attack against the Saviors was ruthless and careless, even if she wasn’t a friend of Daryl’s. We already know Richard’s desperate for a fight, so I think this was supposed to set him up as also being a bit unhinged. I don’t trust him and Ezekial shouldn’t either.
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