Another slow, character driven yet nail biting episode of The Walking Dead this week, but slow doesn’t mean uneventful. Daryl, Sasha and Abraham complete their mission leading the walkers to the 20 mile limit. On their way back to Alexandria they are ambushed by an unknown group, and Daryl gets separated. After wrecking their car, Sasha and Abraham are forced to flee on foot. They find refuge and decide to stay put and let Daryl find them.
Wounded, Daryl (Norman Reedus) is captured by a man and two women who are trying to escape from a group pursuing them. They have mistakenly assumed Daryl is one of them and offer him little opportunity to explain himself.
At first thought, this seems to just be a random encounter with another group of survivors but there are several things that happen that indicates these new people will have to be dealt with soon. The news that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be joining the cast definitely comes into play as the group’s apparent leader is seen, but never from the neck up. His identity is never revealed but this new threat will be significant.
Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) have time to reflect on past events and to explain themselves. Like every character in The Walking Dead, they are broken and affected by some personal tragedy. For some reason Abraham seizes the moment to hit on Sasha in probably the creepiest way imaginable. And in spite of her overall reaction, she doesn’t ever say no to his advances. This leaves us to wonder how Rosita (Christian Serratos) will react.
Daryl makes a decision during the episode that some would think was a lapse in judgement, while others would see it as him showing how his faith in humanity is still present. Daryl is probably the most complicated character on the show. His struggle to find himself and a place in the group has taken him a long way. Now that he truly has something to fight for beyond his own survival it shows just how far his character as progressed. Daryl, more so than Rick, is currently the glue that’s holding the group together.
There were many points in this episode that are still hard to interpret. It is comforting to know that in time most things will probably be explained as nothing is ever shown without a purpose. As Abraham so eloquently put it, “Loose ends make my ass itch.” And loose ends are ever present on The Walking Dead. Take Morgan for example. He was a loose end from season one that we’re just really getting to now in the sixth season.
So since we’re discussing loose ends, the one that seems to be on everyone’s mind…Glenn. Is he dead? Is he alive? The last few moments of the episode provide a glimmer of hope but rest assured we probably won’t find out next week. However if there is one thing we do know at this point, Daryl will get his crossbow and motorcycle back.
Overall this week’s The Walking Dead was solid, but slipped again in marks because after three slowed down episodes, we’re ready for something new to hit the fan. Norman Reedus and Sonequa Martin-Green have outstanding performances this week which wasn’t hard to pull off due to the lack of a broad cast.
Favorite Line: “It is the fruit of some off the chart stupidity. Some grade-A, butt steak idiocy.” – Abraham