The intense roller coaster ride that is The Walking Dead is back. We got the mid-season cliff-hanger that a quality show deserves.
After being cranky last week about poor plot devices and sloppy writing, I was impressed with the way the prison war was played out. Our group had to leave the prison. Horrible epidemics aside, it is hard to create the kind of drama this show requires while watching everyone settle down in a relatively safe place. I admired how the big question of the season was addressed yet again. Can you come back from the horrible things that you have done and witnessed? Apparently you can’t, particularly if you are a psychopath. While I actually believed that Rick would have found a way to live with the Governor, the Governor, being who he was could not believe in that possibility because he would never do it. The problem with being a stone-cold killer is that you believe that everyone is also one or if not, they should be. The irony is, that in taking the only path he thought possible to save those he loved, the Governor lost everything. It was a mercy and a necessity to put him down. I’m kind of glad that Lily got to do it although by all rights he should have become a walker.
The cost of war is always the loss of innocent lives. Even, without the apocalypse we often kill each other to get what we think we must take from others and we often justify it with keeping our loved ones safe. The end result is exactly what happened at the prison. No one won and many people died. I really felt the loss of Hershel, our group’s conscience and one of the people who had maintained his humanity. The smile on his face just before the governor swung his sword was haunting. The Governor knew that if he let Rick keep talking he would have lost his people to reason and peace. Meaghan’s death was also tragic and I wonder about the children in both camps who now have no safety. Judith’s bloody car seat is an open question. Some people I’ve talked to are convinced she is dead while others argue that they would have showed her death if it actually happened. I guess we don’t really get to find out for a while.
Our group is scattered. There is a bus full of sick and otherwise frail people. How will they survive? Glenn certainly isn’t up to the challenge. Tyreese is stuck with several children all running the wrong way. Bob, Maggie and Sasha are just trying to get out while Beth and Daryl do the same. Michonne is on her own again. We also have two new people I'm interested in. How will Lily and Tara make it? At least Rick and Carl have found each other. I’m sure we could have had an entire episode to bring them back together. If the council was smart there is a rendezvous point but really I’m not sure that would provide much dramatic fun. As it is, I imagine the remainder of the season will be following the fractured bits of our group hoping that they find each other again before the next cliff-hanger. I am more confident after this episode that even though some of the things that will happen next are predictable it will still be an enjoyable and interesting ride.
Bits and Pieces
I loved the look Michonne was giving Hershel while he was saying that they could all live together. I wonder if she could have really let the Governor live?
Daryl continues to kick ass. I love Daryl.
We still didn’t get a resolution to Carol being ostracized. I imagine we will be seeing her again but Daryl was obviously upset. I thought that maybe he thought that if they could reason with Tyreese he could go get her back.
Someone is still messing with rats in a very disturbing way. I really think it is Lizzie. I’m glad that she was there to save Tyreese but seeing those two girls with guns and the cold-blooded way she shot Alisha was more than a bit creepy to me.
Things that annoyed me – the prison has had hordes of walkers at the fence every day. Was today a walker holiday? Lily sitting on the roof of the van with her child quite far away, particularly with a walker coming. Wouldn’t you call your daughter over to you if there was imminent danger? Actually wouldn’t you keep her a lot closer if everyone had just gone off to war?
Things I could live without – poor Hershel with his throat cut gasping for breath. Creepy flood plain walkers. I would say Daryl’s walker shield but actually that was a good idea even if it seems to me in reality that the bullets would just go straight through.
Governor: “They’re with bad people.”
Lily: “Am I?” (I just yelled at the screen – hell yes!!)
Glenn: “I could use a vacation, Get Away, just for a weekend.”
Glenm: “You know our anniversary is coming up.”
Maggie: “It is?”
Glenn: “One of these days.”
Rick: “She’s a survivor.”
Daryl: “Stop saying that like you don’t believe it.”
Rick: “We get to come back. We all can change.”
Governor: “Kill them all.”