The beginning of this episode was beautiful and poignant. The juxtaposition of Beth’s diary entries with the slow motion of Beth and Daryl fleeing the prison and walkers was heartbreaking. Everything has been destroyed, again, so how do you keep on going? I also enjoyed how all the stories connected to each other starting with the journey of Beth and Daryl that foreshadowed tragedies that didn’t end up being the reality. Many people have survived but they are fractured, separated into some very interesting pairings and in different stages of shock and dismay.
Daryl is done. He is on autopilot but any hope and much of his softness have disappeared. He doesn’t comfort Beth and is barely talking. He follows her into the woods when she leaves but takes his time. He will keep moving but something is gone. Beth is holding on desperately to hope but I’m not sure how she will keep moving after the carnage at the side of the tracks. She gave up once before and I’m hoping she doesn’t do it again.
Poor Tyreese is nanny to Lizzie, Mica and Judith. I actually cheered when Judith showed up despite the fact that I was pretty sure that the writers hadn’t killed her off. Tyreese was lovely with the girls, particularly Mica. He was doing his best although it was pretty clear that people with babies don’t survive long in the wild. Changing Judith was truly horrendous although I love how Lizzie made a face and then just chucked the dirty diaper. I guess environmental concerns are not at the top of the list. Mica was scared but she held her ground when the walkers showed up while Lizzie the one who is supposed to be brave has obviously gone over the edge. I was sure she was going to suffocate Judith. Luckily Carol showed up, as unlikely as that may seem. I also cheered for her although it must have meant that she was lurking around the prison or meant to return. Of course there is still her secret from Tyreese which makes this little group very interesting.
Maggie has also gone over the edge. I don’t think she can continue without Glenn which is driving her to do reckless things. Of course, as Bob implies, why should she go on if there is no meaning. Bob is creepily happy. Has he had an epiphany or has he joined Maggie on the other side of crazy, just more quietly? Sasha is still all business although she couldn’t leave Maggie and Bob to clear the bus by themselves no matter how foolish she thought it was. While Glenn wasn’t on the bus (and I was worried) he does wake up stranded at the prison by himself. I was afraid he was going to just lie down and give up but like Maggie, he can survive and keep going as long as he has her. He made it out of the prison and saved Tara too. He is one smart boy and continues to be one of my favourites.
So we got what I hoped for, a continued look at each of our characters and their choices as well as some extra walkers and gore for those who need such things. We also have two new plot points - Terminus, a possible community and three new characters in an armored vehicle. They may be connected or they may not. I also wonder if Terminus is going to be a prison or a Woodbury or something better or worse. I haven't always loved this season but I can’t wait for next week.
Bits and Pieces
The wild grapes were a bit domestic looking. Things like that annoy me.
I thought the children were on the bus. Where did they end up? Were they part of the group by the railroad track? I had trouble keeping track of the Woodbury people.
Glenn is such a smart boy. Body armor, molotov cocktails and plain old shoving got him and Tara out of the prison, with supplies! Too bad he is still so weak from the flu.
Things I could live without: The walkers tearing the boy and his father apart beside the railroad tracks. The various scenes of walker head smashing.
Daryl: “Faith, faith didn’t do shit for us.”
Sign for Terminus - “Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive, survive.”
Bob: “Damn. It means I let myself get shot up for nothing.”
Sign on the side of the road: “Hitchhikers might be escaping inmates.”
Sasha: “Shit happens. Not everything needs to mean something.”
Tara: “Hope you enjoyed the show, assholes”
Big guy: “You got a damn mouth on you, you know that? What else you got?”
Glenn: “Things aren’t over.”
Beth: “If you don’t have hope what’s the point of living?”