Glenn: “There’s got to be a way. There’s got to be a different way.”
Sometimes good things can happen to good people even at the end of the world. I continue to think of The Walking Dead as a roller coaster ride and this episode is the part where you are climbing up a very big hill and I expect that next week we will experience the precipitous drop. I predicted that it would take at least until the end of the season for our little group to reunite but I’ve mostly enjoyed the journey to Terminus and I wasn’t exactly expecting that the reunion would be crashed by a roving bunch of nasties out for revenge. All I can say is that next week looks like it is going to be pretty interesting. My one worry is that we will only get half a resolution or an interrupted one.
At least some of our group has finally made it to Terminus. It looks too good to be true. The gates were not guarded or reinforced. There was one lonely woman ready to greet them. They are all good people but have they found good people or wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing? It seems unlikely that with all the signs up such an idyllic, unguarded place would last.
This week we followed two very different groups of people that seem the opposites of each other. The two quotes at the beginning of the review reflect this. On the one hand we have Glenn and his group. I felt terrible for Tara who is in such grief and remorse that she would happily give up her life for Glenn’s dream. I was glad that Glenn refused to leave her when she was trapped. He is still a ‘good’ guy. I was somewhat surprised when Eugene also turned out to be a ‘good’ guy. His little trick of driving to the other side of the tunnel was great. Of course, this could have provided a walker-free way of getting through if anyone had thought about it but I guess finding a car was more of a gamble than Glenn was willing to take. I am developing a fondness for Rosita. She is a kick-ass woman. Of course this probably means she will soon be dead.
On the dark side we have Joe and his band of merry assholes. Joe has found a unique way to survive. He collects ruffians and provides them with a simple set of rules to keep the peace enough for him and those he chooses to survive. The rule of ‘claimed’ reminded me of those childhood rules like calling ‘shotgun’ to claim the front seat. At least everyone understands those kinds of rules. Joe’s group reminded me of pirates. Keep at least a minimum of order through violence and make sure there is enough booty and women to keep the men happy. I’m not looking forward to the pirates reaching Terminus.
I think I am supposed to be worrying about Daryl. Joe is a smart man and knows that Daryl is an asset. He is using Daryl’s past and some favouritism to pull Daryl into the group. Joe knows that this type of violence combined with rough rules is familiar for Daryl. It seemed to be important that Daryl decided not to cover up the body of Len. Still, I can’t imagine Daryl turning on anyone from the prison.
Finally, the best and most important event of the episode was the reunion of Glenn and Maggie. We all knew it was going to happen but it was still sweet. I enjoyed the mirroring of Maggie’s search of the walkers in the bus. Glenn didn’t care that he was drawing walkers to him, he had to know if Maggie was one of them. The look on Glenn’s face and his immediate desire to run, was a wonderful response to the first message from Maggie. The burning of the picture was also very powerful and I hope not any kind of foreshadowing.
Bits and Pieces
The concept of Us was very interesting in this episode since ‘us’ changes depending on which group you belong to. Hearing Rick described as the ‘bad’ guy was an interesting twist.
Michonne and Carl balancing on the tracks was a nice light break. Michonne looks so different now.
The “Let Mom Be” message written on the dirt on the windshield was an effective way to remind us that walkers were once people, particularly in contrast to the efficient and depersonalized way Ford dealt with her.
I really wanted to put a picture of Glenn and Maggie up with this review but that would have been a major spoiler. Still there are some nice ones on the web if you are interested.
Yeah Denise Crosby! This show certainly has some interesting guest stars.
Things I could live without - walker tearing up his face on the barbed wire, walker drool, Len being beaten to death for basically being a jerk.
Eugene: “I am well aware it sounds bananas but looking at the fossil records and knowing what I know about this infection you cannot say for certain it isn’t what killed off the dinosaurs. Now do I believe that’s what happened? No but it’s enjoyable as hell to think about an undead ankylosaur going after a diplotocus. That there is a video game worth a pre-order.”
Ford: “Something you did or something you didn’t do?”
Joe: “So I laid out some rules of the road to keep things from going Darwin every couple of hours.”
Joe: “Hey, ass end is still an end.”
Ford: “Tired is slow. Slow is dead.”
Rosita: “Man Up.”
Daryl: “Hey, there ain’t no us.”
Joe: “You leaving right now? No? Then sure seems like there’s an us.”
Joe: “Ain’t nothin’ sadder than an outdoor cat that thinks he’s an indoor cat.”
Glenn: “I’m sorry I hit you in the face.”
Ford: “I’m not. I like to fight.”
Eugene: “ I have to say that you are seriously hot, Tara.”
Tara: “I like girls.”
Eugene: “I’m well aware of that.”
Tara: “I was just hanging on the 'might'.”
Eugene: “I’m formally requesting a straight-up do over on that one.”
Eugene: “After I save the world. I still have to live with myself.”
Joe: “Teach him all the way.”