For the just the third episode of the season, it appears that the show writers heard the complaints about last season starting off slow (which I happen to disagree with). This was a heart-pounding and soul crushing episode, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Beth’s (Emily Kinney) death last season. Taking place simultaneously as last week, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group try to drive the walker herd away from Alexandria and are faced with problem after problem. The horn coming from back home is luring the walkers away from their planned route and now losses and injuries are starting to mount.
Rick sends the group ahead to find out what’s happening back home, while he finds a way to lure the walkers back to the road. Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) push the group on to stay ahead of the herd but find that they have to stop to tend to the wounded. That’s where things start to go badly.
Intense doesn’t cover it in regards to this episode. So many tense situations all throughout left you having to catch your breath during commercials. It’s certainly not hard to become so emotionally invested in this show that you feel anxious, excited, or upset when something happens. This episode left a flurry of emotions behind as it almost felt as if it could have been a season finale, leaving you with months of speculate what happens. Happily there is a ninety minute episode next week that hopefully will at least see certain of our favorite characters able to get out of the immediate danger they’re in.
It’s pretty safe to say that the separated herd of walkers will soon reach Alexandria and that they cannot be stopped by the depleted ranks within its walls. The attack by the Wolves has left the city vulnerable and with the losses to the walkers, their chances of the community surviving are pretty slim.
To address the 400lbs gorilla in the room, yes, a major character does appear to die in this episode. For the sake of those who haven’t seen it, that character won’t be revealed here but there are some pretty healthy theories that could explain it all away. It certainly looked like a pretty definite demise, but if you’re a careful viewer there are a few red flags that cast the shadow of reasonable doubt.
There were a lot of tense and memorial moments this week. Great moments between Michonne and Glenn, Michonne and Heath (Corey Hawkins), in fact it was a pretty Michonne heavy episode which we haven’t gotten for a while. It seems like she is back into her survival mode as life in Alexandria seems to have made her a bit soft in her contentment.
So as the Internet conspiracy theorists chat, blog and fill message boards for the next few days, it would behoove you to watch the episode for yourself and make up your own mind. The range of emotions that come into play this week leaves no doubt that The Walking Dead is THE best show on television right now.
Got to give “Thank You” top marks this week for it was truly the best episode of this season so far. That says a lot given we’re only three episodes in so far.
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