The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 11: The Distance

Aaron (Ross Marquand) in Episode 11 (entitled The Distance) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Well it seems we have a new agenda in Episode 11 (entitled The Distance) Season 5 ofAMC’s The Walking Dead. Here’s what went down:

Aaron (Ross Marquand) continues in his attempt to convince Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group that he just might be the only good guy left in the world. Rick’s group fall into two categories over this: Rick says no and the rest of the group saying maybe we should give this guy a chance. The second opinion is fiercely pushed by Michonne (Danai Gurira) who has carried this theme on exponentially from last week.

Because doing that in the past has totally worked for the group before, hasn’t it?

Anyway, because it is mostly a Ricktatorship, Aaron gets kicked to the curb and tied up – just in case. Oh, and did I mention this Aaron dude is pretty annoying. I’m pretty sure he was a member of a cult before the world went to the crapper. So he tries to convince Rick’s group of his genuineness but mixes it up just enough so that you have no idea if he is trustworthy or not (Does it matter how many people I say are with me? No, I don’t want to eat that apple sauce I bought for your baby Rick, for… reasons… stupid reasons. But, hey, trust me when I finally say there is only one other person out there waiting for me at the two awesome cars I have bought here to drive you to safety in.)

If the last episode was all about human suffering, this episode is all about Rick’s paranoia.

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) tries paranoia on in Episode 11 (The Distance) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Seriously though, this episode was weird. At times it seemed to chop and change with no sense of flow. We jumped from one hastily set up scene to the next and I wondered if it was AMC trying to create a sense of urgency or displacement that might come with the overly paranoid but, instead, it just comes across as underdone. I found I was wondering if I had missed a bit far more than I was thinking cool camera work.

Finally, after last week’s cruel dry spell, the group finally have food, water, and cars that run like dreams – until Rick throws a spanner in the works and decides to outsmart what ever plan Aaron has up his sleeve. As a result of this, Rick heads to New-Slabtown/Terminus/Woodbury Alexandria under the cover of darkness and manage to lose the massive RV with the rest of his group inside and plow down a highways worth of walkers in a scene that looked more entry level CGI than what I am used to with AMC.

So now Rick, Glenn (Steven Yuen), Michonne and Aaron are left fending for themselves. Glenn manages to get separated, nearly bitten [insert me squealing in flight]and then does the humane thing by rescuing the still tied up Aaron from a hungry walker. As a result of this, Aaron can prove himself somewhat by helping take out the group of walkers descending on Rick and Michonne. He is still annoying though – especially when a flare goes off and they must hunt down the location of it.

Turns out Aaron wasn’t lying when he said he was following Rick’s group with just one other person. That person is his boyfriend Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) who has managed to break a leg.

Thanks to convenient timing, Rick’s group, Aaron and Eric manage to end up at a secure location and they can hunker down for the night.


The next morning they drive to Alexandria. Not without a battery dying though and thanks to the fact that Glenn was pretty handy with helping Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn)with his dodgy RV back in Season 1 and 2 of The Walking Dead, manages to save the day and the group arrive safely at Alexandria.

The End.

*throws things at the TV for ending on a cliffhanger like that*

I honestly don’t know what to make of Alexandria either! I am getting so over the fact Rick’s group just seem to be jumping from one big bad into the next and would like to see them settle down for a while. However, if Alexandria really is a safe haven, I get the feeling from the hints dropped in Shirewilt, that it will not be a safe haven for long…

Alexandria is introduced in Episode 11 (entitled The Distance) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

So what’s your take on Alexandria? Safe haven or new hell? let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Alternatively, add your thoughts to my conspiracy theories for Season 5 post – I now have a poll up on what Alexandria just might be.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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