We’re back in Alexandria with a few more characters and many more zombies. I’m not attached to the new characters just yet and I never really got to know the Alexandria folks well enough to care about them. The development of the townspeople has been thin with the exception of the two who died at the end of last season. The spotlight is still clearly on Rick and the gang with little room for others on the team...with one big exception of course.
There’s a new black guy (Heath) which is nice, but I’m reserving my excitement because I’m sure he will be brutally zombie killed soon. Noah, TDog, Bob, and Tyreese all had some of the worst deaths on the show with Noah’s being so bad that even seasoned veteran Glen couldn’t stomach it. The shining light in the black zombie survivor camp is 100% Morgan. His return has brought a level of calm and cool that Rick really needs. He’s been going crazy since the end of Season 2 and it’s gotten much worse ever since Lori died (she was horrible).
Now to the meat of this episode. The Walking Dead clearly had something to prove since Fear The Walking Dead released hundreds of thousands of zombies last week. Clearly The Walking Dead wanted everyone to know who the real champ still is, and they did. They saw FTWD’s 100k and raised it a million complete with cliffs, 18 wheelers, and face bites. These are the zombies we know, the ones we’ve watched decay over the past 6 seasons. The special effects were top notch as always and I think the speedy emotional development you see in FTWD is forcing the same in The Walking Dead.
Until Rick’s most recent crazy attack, I don’t think he would’ve killed a guy just to keep him quiet. Rick is very much in “plan first” mode. He isn’t so concerned about people, especially those not in his group, as he is with his plans coming together. Yes, the guy was already done for, but that was cold even for Rick. Michone and Morgan pretty much said the same thing and they definitely looked like they were impacted by Rick’s...decisiveness?
There seems to be some chemistry between Heath and Glenn. I think they’ll make a nice team. Glenn even seems to be slowly forgiving the coward that caused Noah’s death.
I like the decision to have Alexandria come under attack already. I was afraid we’d get into some stagnation, but it looks like the show is determined to keep us moving at breakneck speeds.
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