So here I am, back again, recapping the hell out of The Walking Dead 😉
CF: And because I’m a pain in the butt I’ll throw in a few comments as well. Enjoy, because I read through this already and it’s excellent!
Season 6, Episode 1, Entitled “No Way Out”
- So the mid season finale of The Walking Dead saw little Sam calling out to his mother while the group tried to walk through the valley of walkers undetected. Considering the scene ended and fans were left wondering what the hell happened (but not in a “cliffhanger, what comes next”sort of way), it is no surprise AMC returned to an exciting scene upon its mid-season premiere. The scenario included Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) being pulled over by Negan’s group. While this scene has been around since the mid-season finale and then expanded on over the last few days, I must admit, to see it in full actually didn’t quite work for me to start with, it almost felt rushed, like it was a flashback.
- So Negan’s group are intimidating and manage to get the group’s weapons. Sasha wants to know who they are. The ringleader of the group (he’s played by Christopher Berry but let’s call his Sassy Sam) is like “Fuck you, we ask the questions. Oh, and we are taking you hostage as well.” Daryl reckons they have no other stash, Sassy Sam calls him on his bullshit so asks his mate to take Daryl to the back to search the truck. They spend a large and unsettling amount of quiet time there while Abraham and Sasha play the foot in mouth disease game until Sassy Sam has both guns pointed at them and is playing his own little game called, Am I Gonna Shoot You? It is at this point I am totally expecting at least Sasha to die so let me just tell you how surprised (and, to be honest, just a little bit annoyed) I am when those fuckers are blown to smithereens by Daryl and his new favourite toy, Abraham’s rocket launcher.
CF: I made the comment in one of my recaps that this was Chekhov’s RPG, which is to say once you see an RPG, it’s going to get used. io9 used this same recap, where they pretty much dumped on the whole episode, so . . . This was a cool moment, and I have to say I was like, “Whoa, what the fuck?” I did not expect it, though the second it happened I knew it was Daryl, in the Back of the Truck, with an RPG.
RT: I actually thought it might be the appearance of Jesus Monroe, but alas, it was not 🙁
CF: I thought the same thing and was betting heavy on it. Alas, I was wrong, too.
- So the next bit is kind of cool. There are walkers everywhere in Alexandria and the audience finds them selves trying to look through the herd, looking for Rick’s group. Hang on, speaking of Rick, is that the half walker he got off his bike to kill way back in Season 1? Whoops, she’s gone again… but there’s Porch Dick’s family, weaving their way cautiously through the walkers. Sookie Sam (Major Dodson) even looks like he is holding his shit together. While no one wants to make eye contact with the walkers, Sookie Sam seems curious as hell, just quietly, I think this could end in a blood bath…
- The group take temporary cover, the walkers are close but they don’t seem to notice all the talking. Rick’s new plan is to head to the quarry and return with enough vehicles to lead the walkers out. This seems like a solid plan, but, as Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) points out Judith could be a bit of a problem. That’s okay because Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) – you know, that guy that Rick is this close to killing for being a turncoat twat? – well, Rick totally leaves Judith with him and heads off to the quarry. Apparently Father Gabe is just gonna take little Judith back to his church and keep her safe. Seriously Rick?! We know how that turned out last time. As well as Judith, Jessie tries for Lori Of The Year and suggests Sookie Sam go with the priest as well. Except this is totally a good idea as we will see later on. Of course, Sam has a sook and Jessie changes her mind and seals all their fates…
CF: Given that this part wasn’t in the comic–well, Father Gabe is but Judith attends that Big Day Care in the Sky–they needed to get the Good Father back to his home location where he was in the comic. I will say that Judith is the quietest baby in the world; Rick must be giving her shots of Wild Turkey when the cameras aren’t rolling.
RT: I agree. Where does one get such well behaved babies?
CF: There’s this woman who makes them cookies . . .
- So now we get to the messy part of the episode. While I call it messy, it was actually good, just messy to describe, so I won’t really go into all the deets, just to say that there are plenty of various groups of people holed up across Alexandria all waiting to make their escape.
- Tara’s (Alana Masterson) group: Rosita (Christian Serratos), Carol (Melissa McBride), Morgan (Lennie James), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Heath (Corey Hawkins), etc. This group is concerned with making sure Carol and Morgan are okay (they are, but they’re still shitty with each other and Carol calls him on saving lone W-man for himself not for the group). They are also trying to work out how to rescue Denise.
- The lone wolf (Benedict Samuel) and Denise (Merritt Wever). W-man is trying to get to the tower and out of Alexandria, Denise is just trying to stay alive. Their whole plan is to hide behind a wall while occasionally looking at the walker herd and trying to to turn each other’s view points around.
- Glenn (Steven Yuen) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon). Their mission is to rescue Maggie who is still trapped up on a tower. Glenn is also still trying to get Enid to admit she needs Alexandria.
- Maggie (Lauren Cohan)Maggie gets the token “damsel in distress and needs to be rescued” award for this episode.
- Generic Alexandrian group
Yeah, there’s familiar faces but, basically, they are just there until the bloodbath at the end of the episode.
CF: I did not like that Maggie was still up in the tower and needing rescuing, but then again, it’s not like she was going anywhere. I love the look that Denise is throwing the Wolf Dude. It would have killed him were it physical.
RT: Once again, I totally agree, Maggie would have completely rescued herself except that AMC needed Glenn and Enid to have a little chat before they did the hero thing.
And, as for W-man and Denise’s killer look. She pretty much maintained this during the whole episode. When she wasn’t being flustered, she was rhetorically rolling her eyes at the fact they were still stick in the same place and not a single walker had sniffed them out yet.
CF: Yeah, it was like she couldn’t believe she was saddled with this loser and that he might be the last thing she’d see before dying. Nothing to do but roll eyes and give death looks.
- Walkers everywhere, it’s dark now; a portent of shit about to hit the fan. Rick, Jessie, Sam and the rest are all in a line walking through the walkers. Sam is starting to lose his shit. We know that because he is remembering Carol’s little lecture about how the monsters will come and he won’t be able to run away. Then he sees a little boy walker and stops. it goes to hell in a hand basket pretty quickly after that.
CF: First a point: how the fuck did it get so dark so fast? It was like mid-day when Rick and Co. walked off Jessie’s porch, and then, half way to the gates, it’s pitch dark. If there was one part of the show that threw me off, it was that. Now, let’s get to the hell basket: I’m sure it’s gonna be pretty . . .
RT: Because TV show physics 😉
CF: The sun sets faster when you need it to set fast.Comic book fans know the drill, but for TV fans of The Walking Dead, we get to see Porch Dick’s entire family killed. Oh, except for Ron. Because he has to shoot Carl (Chandler Riggs) in the eye before Michonne (Danai Gurira) kills him. But, before that can happen, Rick has to hack off Jessie hand because she won’t let go of Carl and we see the start of Crazy Rick returning. But at least that gives him enough adrenalin to pick Carl’s lifeless form up and run through the herd of walkers, Michonne starts slashing in order to give Rick a fighting chance of reaching the infirmary.
CF: As someone who enjoys the comic I loved this part. And there was Rick, flashing back on his new girl becoming a pack of Walker Chowtm, and he gets the Sad Ricktm look on his face–then decides to hack her hand off. It was great that they decided to follow the plot line of having Carl lose a eye, and that’s going to play out great. Oh, and given that it was Valentines Day yesterday, we need a card for Rick:
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Your Girlfriend was eaten by Zombies
Sucks to be You
RT: Best Valentine poem. Ever.
- With the end of the episode approaching, shit is going down left, right and centre. W-man and Denise finally find a gap and make a run for the tower. So, of course one stray walker decides to position himself in front of the ladder leading up to the tower. W-man manages to kill it but gets bitten in the process, they then need to head to the infirmary so he can lose an arm as well.
- Just to build a bit more tension (because Rick, Carl and a bitten wolf isn’t enough), we flash to Carol starting to quietly lose her shit. But not in a cool, badass Carol sort of way. But, thanks to her being positioned conveniently near a window, she sees W-man and Denise and shots the lone wolf, thus rescuing Denise. W-man redeems himself by telling Denise to run to safety before he falls and becomes the walker that Morgan has to kill later on.
CF: I wonder if Carol was losing her shit, or quietly regretting not killing Morgan. If you know the comic, you know that Morgan didn’t make it past this point: he was bitten and then put down by Michonne. So it’s going to be interesting to see how these two play out in the future.
RT: Oh, really good call! I totally prefer this angle 🙂
- Did I mention that Tara’s group is conveniently in the infirmary. Lucky about that because they also let Rick’s group in and surgery begins on Carl’s eye.
- Rick can’t handle the pressure of another gunshot incident involving his son so goes outside to chop up some walkers. Remember the generic Alexandrian group? Well they decide to join Rick as he hacks his way through the walkers in an effort to get to the church to rescue Judith.
CF: Rick Hulking out was the highlight for me. It was Crazy Rick on ‘roids just losing shit and not bothering to take names. I know there were a few people who commented that they had a difficult time believing these people who seemed scared of their shadow would take such an action, but they forgot they’re talking about a world where 99.9999% died and came back a reanimated corpses. Need to rein that disbelieve in there, guys. 🙂
- So how is Judith faring? Turns out Father Gabe has totally grown a set of balls and is encouraging his faithful tribe to get outside and reclaim Alexandria because that is what god thinks they should do. This is when I start to get really hopeful that Father Gabe will get killed by walkers. Alas, not this episode it seems 🙁
CF: Keep waiting: he’s still alive in the comic. 😛
RT: A girl can hope 😉
CF: If the actor gets busted driving drunk again, he might become one of the Walkers.
RT: *crosses fingers*
- As well as the generic Alexandrian group, Tara’s group get out there and start annihilating walkers as well. Perhaps this is the plan they should have used all along?
CF: And The Lord God Kirkman said, Thou shalt follow my comic plot line!
- So now it’s time to concentrate on rescuing Maggie. Glenn distracts the walkers by shooting at them and drawing them away from the tower. Of course this draws them all to him and just when Maggie is losing her shit, Abraham and Sasha turn up with machine guns and fixes that problem. Somehow there aim is amazing and Glenn doesn’t get mowed down as well.
CF: Okay, at this point I’m going to take to calling Glenn Beetlejuice, ’cause tease his death once, tease it twice, third time’s a charm, bitches! This bullshit is getting old, and I doubt AMC understands what sort of unholy hell they’re going to unleash when they perform that third tease and then go, “Hey, we’re not kidding this time.” Also, I know I just said dial back the disbelief a bit, but damn, two people rocking and rolling on assault rifles and Glenn didn’t catch ONE bullet?
RT: I am predicting Candyman level of hell 😉
CF: Really, AMC is fucking with the wrong fans. They were ready to burn down the mission over a FAKE death, so just wait until shit gets real.
RT: I think AMC might be stuck between a rock and a hard place here. If they kill Glenn there will be a meltdown from TV fans. If they don’t kill Glenn there will be a meltdown from comic fans. Which is the bigger fanbase, I guess…
CF: I do think they’ll follow out the comic plot line. If they don’t, I think the dirty smack-down could fall to Carol. I think that would hurt people more than seeing either Glenn or Daryl being killed.
RT: I, too, think they will follow the comics, as much as it breaks my heart into tiny little pieces to admit it 🙁
- While everyone is inside killing walkers (and not getting killed in the process), Daryl decides its time to lead the walkers away again. He does this by dropping a LOT of fuel into the lake and uses his trusty rocket launcher again to create a magnificent inferno. The walkers are suitably impressed and head towards the BBQ.
CF: Zombies love a good BBQ. That’s a fact, Jack.
- It is now a slashfest of zombiegeddon proportions as everyone chips in to kill walkers. It gets so crazy fast forward has to be used for the greatest effect and then all the walkers are dead.
- CF: You almost half expected everyone to be sitting on that porch having a cold beer. And the quick-cut montage of the Alexandrians hacking Walkers to pieces was a nice moment of film.
- Now it’s time for Rick to sit by Carl and give the “I was wrong, the people of Alexandria ARE badasses” speech while the audience wonders if Carl will ever wake up. Carl is, obviously, oblivious. That is until his fingers curl around his father’s.
- CF: I found the comic panels for the below scene, and I’m almost certain that they used it to storyboard the scene. Even the wording was the same. They’ve done this before, particularly with the Alexandria scenes.
CF: Personally I loved the episode, and I’m all ready for the next!
You can read the Episode 10 recap here.
(Photo Credits: AMC)
- The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 8: “Start to Finish” (thesnarkingdeadrecaps.wordpress.com)