The titles of the episodes always mean something but this week the title hit home more than usual. While an apocalypse is no picnic, being alone in one is not only terrifying and dangerous but also a terrible weight on the soul. One of the beginning shots, with Bob laid out on the top of a transport truck, spoke eloquently to this. The episode moved things along at a more rapid pace than we’ve seen for weeks and also started to bring some of our survivors closer together. Unfortunately it also separated Beth and Daryl, a pair I had been developing a fondness for even if it was heading into romantic territory. The episode also managed to develop several characters that have been somewhat sketchily drawn.
I enjoyed getting to know Bob much more than I expected to as he has mostly been written as a weak man who brings trouble. We find out that he has already lost two groups of people and was acting out because he was terrified of being alone again. I loved the reason he was smiling. I had considered that it was because he had finally cracked. I was impressed that he wouldn’t let Maggie be alone either although he seemed to be okay with Sasha going it on her own. I think he believed that she would eventually follow him. Since he thought he had broken his unlucky streak he wanted to go where the people were. I ended up liking Bob quite a bit.
Sasha also got a bit of development. She is a tough woman but also terrified that her brother is dead. I appreciate how this show explores the various ways that people might react to what happens to them. Sasha would rather live alone than face the fact that Tyreese is gone. Daryl loses Beth, sits down and barely has the will to stand up again until under threat. Maggie goes after her partner against all reason and at the risk of her own and others’ lives. Logic and reason take a holiday on a regular basis and that seems realistic to me.
There were many people who were alone at one time or another in this episode. Maggie went off on her own to find Glenn. Bob went off on his own to find Maggie. Sasha stayed alone to avoid her fear and pain. Daryl sat alone on a crossroads after losing Beth. Maggie, Sasha and Bob found each other and are on their way to Terminus together but Beth is alone with her kidnapper and Daryl might as well be alone now that he is part of Joe’s group, the same group that was at the house of Rick, Michonne and Carl.
Generally this episode was one of the roller coaster rides that The Walking Dead is so good at. I spent the whole episode wondering who was going to die. I was worried about each character at some point in the episode. Bob, Maggie and Sasha back to back in the fog surrounded by walkers was a new high for creepiness and suspense. I was upset when Beth was kidnapped but still hope that whoever it was thought they were saving her. Then I was so hopeful that someone on the train tracks would run into Daryl and crushed when it was that horrible group of men. Finally, I cheered when Glenn found the map of Terminus. I am back to waiting with bated breath for the next episode.
Bits and Pieces
Street signs are heavy. Maggie must have some pipes on her.
Maggie is also very clever writing in walker blood. Would that wash off in the rain?
Did anyone else find the very clean funeral home totally creepy? I also find it weird when places seem untouched although I guess that could happen.
Things I could live without: The whole Joe bunch. Daryl in a casket. Are those things really comfortable? Why would they need to be?
The gore on this show doesn't seem to bother me any more. Is that a bad thing?
Daryl: “You got any questions for us?”
Bob Stookey: “No. It doesn’t matter who you are.”
Beth: “There are still good people, Daryl.”
Daryl: “I don’t think the good ones survive.”
Daryl: “Peanut butter and jelly, pig’s feet and diet soda. That’s a white trash brunch right there.”
Sasha: “If it sounds too good to be true…”
Bob: “Up until now I thought you were the toughest person I ever met, which is kinda weird, because I thought you were the sweetest, too.”
Bob: “Self-awareness is a beautiful thing.”
Sasha: “I am. I am afraid.”
Joe: “A bowman. I respect that. See a man with a rifle, he could have been some kind of photographer or a soccer coach back in the day. But a bowman’s a bowman through and through.”
Joe: “Why hurt yourself when you can hurt other people?” This does not bode well for the future.