Daryl: “How’s that?”
Rick: “We’re here now.”
Alexandria, our group's new home seems perfect but can our characters forget enough of who've they become to fit in?
They have all the comforts possible in this new world but as Sasha says, it doesn't seem real. Olivia and her prosciutto, Mrs. Neudermyer and her pasta maker, even the poor women who wants to make Sasha dinner, all seem ridiculous in the face of what the world has become. Yet, as Jessie points out, they have all been through something and lost a lot. They are basically good people trying to make the best of what they have now and what they have isn't too bad.
Our characters are adapting in different ways and at different speeds. Maggie and Glenn seem to be doing the best they can to fit in and buy into the hope that Alexandria offers. Abraham is willing to go wherever the beer is and Rosita seems to be going with him. Noah is skittish but malleable. Sasha is still traumatized by the death of her brother. The triumvirate of Rick, Carol and Daryl are the most interesting for me. Daryl actually seems to be the least traumatized of the bunch. Aaron reads him well and gives him exactly what he needs - a bike, acceptance and value. Daryl will be a good recruiter if he doesn't scare the crap out of people first. Rick is trying his best but he is still teetering on the edge. He went for his gun as Jessie and her husband walked by and I thought he would take the first chance he got to take Pete out of the picture. Carol truly chilled me with her threats to Sam. She is very, very broken.
There are some problems with Alexandria. While Deanna is a good mayor, she makes a lousy chief. She has thought about security from the walkers but hasn't thought through the dangers from people. In this way she is still holding onto the past. Not having a lookout in the clock tower seems like a major oversight and she is defensive about it, as she should be. Her dreams for the future are pie in the sky. There is a lot of work to be done before things like commerce can happen. Hope is important but not when it comes from denial and willful ignorance. We get to meet Deanna's husband who looks exactly like a professor. Somehow I can't see him killing walkers with his bare hands. I will say that Deanna is smart enough to not put Sasha up in the clock tower with a gun until she has gotten to know her a bit better. She also wants to make sure that our group gets to know the people that they might consider killing - hence the requirement to come to the party.
I like the people I have met in Alexandria but they seem like walker fodder. I don't want to get attached because I can't see them lasting too long.
Bits and Pieces
Aaron is a very good judge of character. No wonder he was a recruiter. I can't see Eric being much use in that capacity.
Michonne putting her sword on the wall seemed particularly symbolic. I'm not sure why she isn't part of the "in" group. I don't think she is as settled as she appears.
The party was particularly effective at illustrating how out of touch Alexandria is with what's happening outside their walls. Of course, I've been to parties where I wanted to yell the same thing at people as Sasha did, for similar reasons.
Poor Buttons. Aaron is smart enough to know that Alexandria is somewhat ridiculous. He explains to Daryl that it was a child who gave the horse its name. I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been one of the adults.
Of course Daryl can tell the difference between how a walker and a human move. They are completely different. Oh and the walkers growl/moan.
Where were Tara, Eugene and our preacher this week? Tara would have liked a beer.
I would lay money that they find out about the stolen chocolate before they find out about the guns. I'm not sure if Carol was doing that to cover up why she was there or if she just wanted the chocolate.
Sasha: “Come and get me.”
Rick: “Us, we don’t need to be lucky.”
Rick: “People are the real threat now.”
Carol: “You know what’s great about this place? I get to be invisible again (emphasis added).”
Daryl: “The longer they’re out there, the more they become what they really are.”
Aaron: “We’ve heard our share of well-meaning, but hilariously offensive things from some otherwise really nice men and women.”
Abraham: “I don’t know about this.”
Rosita: “They have beer.”
Abraham: “I’m gonna try.”
Maggie: “You’re here with us now. You’re here with family.”
Abraham: “You packing different steel nowadays?”
Abraham: “Live by it, die by it, and eat potato puffs by it.”
Daryl: “I met a lot of bad people out here doing a lot of bad shit. They weren’t afraid of nothing.”
Aaron: “ Yeah, they were.”