By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
A Plot: You and What Army?
The main focus this week was a fun little road trip taken by Rick and Michonne to find guns for the junkyard group. I understand the complaints people have about the pacing this season, but the story is still working for me. Tonight’s episode added more action as Rick and Michonne fought a herd of Army and civilian walkers that were occupying an old carnival ground. Their part of the episode was reminiscent of the earlier years of this show. It was a simple plot – they needed guns and they needed to kill a bunch of walkers to get them. Rick has to come to grips with losing his friends and the possibility of losing more, and Michonne had to do the same, but the bulk of their time was spent in action sequences. That’s a good thing; while I always enjoy character and story development, this season has been lacking in action. This episode was the perfect way to get back into that.
B Plot: Rosita Hasn’t Conquered Annoyance
I cannot be the only one annoyed with Rosita’s story arc this season, right? I really want to know what the writers are trying to do with her. Are they trying to write her as strong and determined? If so, they’re failing miserably because she’s making terrible decisions and she’s getting other characters killed. Now she’s getting Sasha involved in her annoying antics. I can’t decide if she’s supposed to be written this way or if this is just another example of the writers of this show not being all that great at writing women. I mean, what great female characters have been featured on this show other than Carol and Michonne? Tara has her moments and she’s getting better, Andrea was promising but was killed off before anything could be done with her, and that’s about it. So many others have either been poorly written or have been inconsequential side characters. Rosita is just another example of the former.
C Plot: Tara and Her Secret
The episode also focused a little on Tara and her previous encounter with the group in episode 6, “Swear.” As you may recall, this group has a whole arsenal of weapons, but they don’t trust outsiders because the Saviors came in and killed all the men and young boys. Despite the fact that they tried to kill Tara, she’s kept their existence secret from Rick and the group. It looks like Tara is going to let the cat out of the bag and we’ll have to wait and see how that plays out. I can’t see the group helping Alexandria fight the Saviors, but anything is possible. They met Tara but she’s just one person; they might find the possibility of joining an alliance with Alexandria, the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and the Junkyard (this group needs a real name) more attractive. After all, they should be looking for revenge against the Saviors and they obviously have no qualms with killing people.
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