TV Review – The Walking Dead S06E08: Start to Finish

For those who haven’t been keeping up with The Walking Dead…last week we found out that Glenn (Steven Yeun) did indeed survive and was found by Enid (Katelyn Nacon).  After some jawboning and resistance, Glenn convinces Enid to return with him to Alexandria.  However, things aren’t going well…as they seldom do back in Alexandria.  The walkers are at the walls and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) decides to come up with a plan to lead them away.  But before anything can be set in motion the damaged tower comes down and the walkers spill inside.  That’s where this week’s episode begins.

As the walkers begin to pour in, Rick and the others scramble for shelter.  Maggie (Lauren Cohan) barely makes it to one of the watch platforms while the others find refuge in the houses.  Separated from each other, everyone has an obstacle to overcome.

Carol (Melissa McBride) confronts Morgan (Lennie James) about the wolf he has tied up and forces a fight between them. During the fight, the wolf gets free and takes Denise hostage.  Tara, Rosita, and Eugene (who finally has a useful skill) come to the rescue and then stupidly give up their guns.  Even as the wolf threatens to kill Denise, they so easily give up their weapons.  With Carol and Morgan out cold, the wolf escapes into the streets with Denise.  This was a major bone of contention for this episode.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes and Tovah Felshuh as Deanna - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMCOther than that major plot discrepancy, the rest of the episode is very well written.  This was a heart-pounding and suspenseful hour of television and exactly what we needed after a few toned down episodes in a row.  There is a death of a substantial character but, you will need to watch the episode in order to find out who it is.

We finally get a reason to like Carl (Chandler Riggs) again in this episode beyond his uncanny knack of doing stupid things and getting himself in trouble.  He does something very noble (however stupid) for Ron and shows that he’s growing into a good man without his father’s dark side.  Carl gets a lot of hate from fans and for good reason but it is nice to see him do something significant that makes you feel a little better about him.

That’s brings us to Jessie’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) kids, Ron and Sam.  Each has become a huge liability to the entire community.  Ron (Austin Abrams) is just an angry teenager who has really lost his sense of right and wrong.  He’s angry at Rick for killing his father which is understandable and he’s angry at Carl for his closeness to Enid.  Sam (Major Dodson) on the other hand is turning into a bonafide psycho.  He’s just a child who’s having to survive in a gruesome world that he doesn’t understand.  Coupled with the little mind-fuck that Carol played on him, there is no wonder this kid has no idea which end is up.  All he understands is that there are real monsters out there that could come in anytime to kill him.  That kind of knowledge can be nearly impossible to deal with.

Steven Yeun as Glenn Rheen and Katelyn Nacon as Enid - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMCRick comes up with a plan to make it out of the house after the walker manage to get inside.  It’s a trick they’ve used before and could have been used A LOT more often to get themselves out of jams.  But that would make The Walking Dead a rather boring show now wouldn’t it?  The plan seems to be working perfectly and poor little Sam starts to have a freak out.  Now this is in no way condoning the killing of children, but on a survival point of view, Carol really needs to show that kid the flowers.

Can we say cliffhanger?  Although it is a little subtle the episode ends with Rick and others in a rather awkward and exposed position.  Knowing that help in the form of Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham is on the way, can they make it in time to be of any help.  There is also Glenn and Enid nearby sneaking their way past the walkers.  Glenn has eyes on Maggie, so you can rest assured that she will be his first priority.

The whole episode is acted superbly with props going out again to Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna, who delivers an outstanding performance along with Danai Gurira as Michonne.

  • Favorite Line – “Look man, I get it.  My dad killed your dad.  But you need to know something, your dad was an asshole.”  Carl Grimes
  • Favorite Moment – Carol and Morgan taking each other on over the fate of the wolf.


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