Spoilers for the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, which aired last night, follow
Last night’s midseason finale of The Walking Dead was full of head-slapping moments, stupid confrontations that didn’t need to happen, and lots of dialogue. Our band of survivors could have done fine if they just could have avoided fighting amongst themselves for a single goddamn day, but no, they had to go picking fights when they should have been plotting against the zombie horde which broke through the fence. I guess that’s as realistic as it gets, humans under stress argue, but it still seemed pointless and frustrating.
We only lost one character, Deanna, who went out in a blaze of glory, using her bullets on the zombies instead of taking her own life as she succumbed to the virus. The others escaped using the “cover yourself in zombie guts” trick they learned in the first season. You would question why it took them so long to do this again, but then the final scene really captured how terrifying it was to try and navigate through the zombies, especially when that little idiot Sam started yelling “mom, mom,” presumably blowing their cover. We’ll have to wait until mid February to find out, though. Here’s a quick recap from E! which covers all the major points:
So, who didn’t make it out alive? Well, that would be the aforementioned Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh), who took a bite to the belly while trying to help Rick (Andrew Lincoln) during the Great Steeple Crash of 2015, which sent all of our heroes into far-flung corners of Alexandria to wait out the infestation. Deanna and Rick wound up in Jessie’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) house with Michonne (Dania Gurira), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Father Gabriel, and Jessie’s awful sons Ron and Sam. (Seriously, is there anything worse on this show currently than those two little turds? I don’t think so.)
Maggie (Lauren Cohan) found herself up a ladder on some shaky scaffolding, out of ammo and out of options. Rosita (Christian Serratos), Tara (Alanna Masterson), and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) barricaded themselves in a garage/Alexandria’s make-shift classroom. And Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride) locked themselves in the empty house Morgan was housing the wounder Wolf, with Dr. Denise (Merritt Wever) hanging out in the basement with the bleeding SOB.
From there, the episode was largely a waiting game. Waiting for Deanna to die. (She did, but not before taking out a few walkers in a blaze of glory.) Wait for Morgan’s pet Wolf to get lose. (He did, after Morgan and Carol went to war over him, knocking each other out cold, leaving poor Denise to probably die when he took her outside as a helpless Tara, Rosita, and Eugene looked on in horror.)
Wait for Ron to screw everything up. (He did, when he decided now was the best time to fight Carl, thereby luring the Walkers to the house, forcing everyone upstairs to ward the never-ending stream of zombies off.) Wait for Rick to remember the zombie guts trick from season one. (Which he did finally, using two dead walkers to cover his whole gang in guts, so they could get to the armory undetected.) And, finally, wait for Sam to screw everything up even further. (Which he did when he couldn’t pretend to be brave and instead started saying, “Mom! Mom!” right as they were in the middle of the walkers.)
I want to know if Glenn saves Maggie, if Rick and company all make it out alive (although both of Jessie’s kids and father Gabriel can get bit as far as I’m concerned), and if Rosita and Tara survive. I’m also rooting for Daryl, Abraham and Sasha, whom we didn’t see at all this week. The stupid storyline between Carol and Morgan was massively disappointing to me. Both of them annoyed me in different ways and while I was once attached to those characters they’re too mired in the perspectives they represent – life at all costs vs. survival at any cost – for me to care what happens to them now. Writers, please stop shoving that obvious moral dilemma down our throats.
Mild spoilers for future episodes of Walking Dead follow
During the commercial break for AMC’s new show, Badlands, (which I tried to watch a couple of weeks ago but could not get into, it’s like a video game) they played a preview for the next episode. It shows Daryl, Sasha and Abraham getting waylaid by a group of bikers from Negan’s gang, who we know will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The leader (another guy, not Negan), tells Daryl that all the stuff they have now is the property of Negan. The thing that bugs me about this prologue is not that there’s another villain, it’s that we’re probably looking at more capsule episodes next year where the first one focuses only on Daryl and company. Considering how long they made us wait to learn about Glenn, I would suspect that we won’t know what happened back in Alexandria for at least a couple of episodes.
Here’s the preview for next season. Spoilers.
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