Rick: “We’ve got common interests. Right now we have the same problems. Maybe we can work on them together.”
This was my kind of episode and I really enjoyed it. That seems to be the pattern in this last part of the season. We get a great episode and then one that I can’t decide if I like it or not. I was expecting blood, gore and tragedy and while we did get tragedy it was low-key and all the more heart-felt because of it. We finally catch up with Morgan again and in many ways I wish we hadn’t. I don’t think Rick forgot about him but he put him at the back of his mind as someone still out there struggling to survive. Morgan is beyond broken though, he has lost all hope and just lives each day to clear as many zombies from the town as he can.
This episode was about character development and struggling with the big questions - the two things I love about this show. We finally got to really meet Michonne. She is kick-ass but she is also still there as herself, with her own code. She goes along to “help” Carl not just to get into Rick’s good books but because she could tell he had something else going on and she was worried about him. She refuses to let him go off on his own and when the zombies attack she puts him behind her. She admires and cares for Carl. Most amazingly, she still has a sense of humour. My favourite part of the episode was when she walked out of the bar with that hideous cat.
We also got some time with Carl. In the first and even the second season we had characters, Carl included, who represented innocence. No one is innocent anymore and that was clear with Carl. He didn’t flinch when they drove past the single hiker, begging them to take him in. He pulled the trigger on Morgan and matter-of-factly told his father that he had to do it. Still, there is a little bit of kid in him as he is willing to risk his life to get a picture of his mother for Judith. He doesn’t cry at the loss of his home and neighbourhood but he is determined to keep that little piece of his past. It’s funny, in the first season and some of the second I found Carl annoying. He was always screwing up and not listening. He still isn’t listening but I’ve come to admire him.
Poor Morgan. I think like Rick, I was hoping at some point they would reunite and Carl would at least have a friend in Duane. Instead, Duane has been killed and turned by his own mother. Morgan obviously cannot forgive himself for not shooting her and must now “clear”. His zombie traps were ingenious but he wasn’t just after zombies. He had booby-trapped for humans as well and the blood on the axe showed that there had been previous visitors. Morgan did try the walkie talkie but by the time he did, Rick was too far away. Rick forgot about Morgan and now has another thing on his conscience. Rick tries to drag Morgan with him. He needs Morgan to have hope, to join them but Morgan refuses. I’m not sure how this will impact Rick who needs hope to stay afloat and keep everyone alive. As Morgan says, he will have to be ready to watch many more people die if he wants to keep hoping. Morgan just can’t do it anymore.
Bits and Pieces
Many poignant moments in this episode. We see the sign for Erin and then we see the “Erin” bracelet on one of the zombies that attacks the car.
The single “hitch-hiker” was a symbol of how much they have all changed. They don’t even hesitate to leave him out there alone and by the end of the episode he is dead. They even back up to pick up his backpack. It felt utterly callous to me. Morgan gets better treatment because he saved Rick’s life but also I think because he represents a past life where Rick was different.
Some of the messages spray painted in the town - Away with You - No Guilt You Know That - Turn Around and Live - Just Listen - Same Ending - No Shitting You. It was confusing. There were arrows that would lead people to his traps but also warnings.
The zombie traps were awesome. I hope they satisfied those who watch the shows for the zombies because there wasn’t much for them in this episode.
The group has conveniently found a motherlode of weapons. It looks like we will have that war.
Things I could live without. Funnily, nothing. Either I am getting immune to all the gore or there just wasn't anything as horrific as usual.
Rick: “He’s alive.”
Michonne: “Do we care?”
Michonne: “He tried to kill us and we didn’t leave him for the walkers. He’s had a good day.”
Rick: “I know him.”
Michonne: “He wasn’t like this then.”
Rick: “We’re eating his food now?”
Michonne: “Mat said welcome.”
Morgan: “YOU... DON’T... CLEAR.”
Michonne: “Psst. I can’t stop you but you can’t stop me from helping you.”
Carl: “I just thought Judith should know what her mother looked like.”
Michonne: “I was going to go back in anyway. I just couldn’t leave this behind, too damn gorgeous.”
Rick: “You can come back from this, I know you can. You have to. This can’t be it, it can’t be, you’ve got to be able to come back from this.”
Morgan: “You will be torn apart by teeth or bullets.”
Rick: “Everything okay with her.”
Carl: “I think she might be one of us.”
Rick: “You want to drive?”
Rick: “Cause I see things.”
Morgan: “People, like you, the good people, they always die and the bad people do too but the weak people, the people like me, we have inherited the earth.”