Daryl: “We ain’t them.”
We knew the aftermath of recent losses was going to take a toll. Maggie, Daryl and Sasha are at the centre of this episode as they try to find a way to carry on in this bleak and unforgiving world.
From the opening shot of Maggie crying and drinking her tears to she and Sasha watching the sunrise, we observe our group trying to cope with an ever darker reality. We see each of the mourners alone, and for a moment I was worried that the group had broken apart. We then find out that everyone may still be together but they are on the edge of a precipice with no water, no food and little hope.
In the last few weeks I think the audience (well, maybe just me) has been asking themselves why our little band carries on in the face of such horror and loss. This episode gave us a variety of answers. Carol says that we keep going because that is who we are, just like the woman in the barn who refused to shoot herself. For Michonne, there has to be something better ahead, even if she has to desperately convince herself and others that it is there. For Rick, it is not exactly expecting something better, but having the responsibility to keep moving just in case you can come out alive at the other end. For Glenn and many of the others it is because you have other people you want to keep alive and finally, for Maggie at the end of the episode, it was to watch another sunrise.
The movement, in this episode, from despair and anger to resignation was well done. At the beginning it seemed that our group would have to be resigned to die but in fact, they must become resigned to living. It was also interesting to see the group so fractured into individuals with many of them going off on their own or sitting separately from the group. This was particularly marked for our three mourners, Maggie, Daryl and Sasha, but we also had shots of Abraham and Noah off on their own. We still have people who are willing to try and provide comfort. Carol tries to help Daryl, Glenn encourages Maggie to speak to him and Abraham takes a shot at helping Sasha. Rick's story about his grandfather is his own way of trying to make sense of this world for the group. Each of these attempts is rejected and it seems that some people, and therefore the group are coming apart. Perhaps the beginning of the episode was foreshadowing. It isn't until a horde of walkers threatens to break into the barn that they all finally pull together and seem to find their equilibrium again.
The episode ends with a cliffhanger. Our group may have found a way to pull together again but there are no friends outside the group. Even if you are dying of thirst you cannot risk a gift of water. What will our group do with Aaron who claims he is a friend who brings good news?
Bits and Pieces
Daryl is a survivor. Our group should be eating a lot more worms and bugs. Some of the group seemed to have trouble eating dog but that is an accepted source of nutrition in many parts of the world and why would you let meat go to waste? Also I think the group was lucky that this was their first run-in with a pack of wild dogs.
The group is 60 miles outside of Washington, DC. That isn't too far to drive but it is quite a walk.
It was sweet that Carl found and saved something for Maggie. He knows she is in pain. I was glad that she was willing to accept comfort from him and Glenn.
The plan to get rid of the walkers was a good one and clearly illustrated that walkers are not the most dangerous thing in this new world.
I thought that Michonne and Sasha might come to blows. Michonne gave Sasha an order and expected to be obeyed. I'm not sure what that means or how that might play out in the future.
You would think that Daryl would keep his cigarettes in a better place where they wouldn't get crushed. I would also like him to not put one out on his hand ever again.
Eugene was willing to risk himself to test the water but Abraham wouldn't let him. Eugene is a full member of the group despite his past actions. I guess Tyreese wasn't the only one willing to forgive.
Michonne: “It’s still the same. It just is.”
Carol: “We’re not dead. That’s what you said. You’re not dead.”
Abraham: “The plan just got dicked.”
Noah: “I don’t know if I’m going to make it.”
Sasha: “Then you won’t. Don’t think. Just eat.”
Maggie: “Before, this was just the dark part.”
Glenn: “We can make it together but we can only make it together.”
Eugene: “If that’s a trap, we already happen to be in it.”
Maggie: “She had a gun. She could have shot herself.”
Carol: “Some people can’t give up. Like us.”
Rick: “I used to feel sorry for kids who had to grow up now, in this, but I think I got it wrong. Growing up is getting used to the world. This is easier for them.”
Michonne: “This isn’t the world. This isn’t it.”
Glenn: “It might be. It might.”
Michonne: “That’s giving up.”
Glenn: “It’s reality.”
Rick: “Until we see otherwise, this is what we have to live with."
Daryl: “He was tough.”
Maggie: “He was.”
Daryl: “So was she. She didn’t know it but she was.”
Sasha: “Why are we here?”
Maggie: “For this.”
Sasha: “I see it.”
Aaron: “I know stranger danger.”