This episode is all about cowards, who the real ones are and how they f*$k things up.
Alexandria has a whole town of people who have not been through the flames and either burned, lost their humanity or come out the other side stronger and clearer. Pete says that they have lost things but the real loss is losing people over and over again. The civilization that Alexandria is will not last in the new world and people like Nicholas, Gabriel and even Aidan are the reason why.
Alexandria has been lucky, very lucky and that has made them ineffectual. They don't know the reality outside their walls and when faced with it, some of them crumble, some of them run and some of them hang on to the delusion that they can carry on in the ways of 'before'. There are a few that will figure out that following Rick and learning from his group are the direction of the future. When Gabriel told Deanna that Rick and his group were dangerous and not to be trusted, I thought, you know maybe he is right. They are no longer civilized or even have the capacity to be civilized in the way that Alexandria expects them to be. But then I thought about the walkers that will eventually come and the real 'bad' people who will eventually come and it was apparent to me that Alexandria's days were always numbered and that Rick and his group are their only hope. Tobin could see that and gave up his position to Abraham.
The troublesome piece is that most of the people in Alexandria haven't experienced enough of the outside world to understand that they have to change. It will take further disasters for them to come to this conclusion and I imagine we will lose more people along the way. I've said before that the writers are good at getting us to feel as the characters feel and this week I was ready to kill Nicholas. I am glad that Glenn didn't but I think he will regret it. I was crushed along with Glenn as I watched the walkers devour Noah alive. I could have lived without those visuals but they were effective. We have to wait along with the group to see if Tara makes it. And if Rick kills off the doctor, how will they save her or future casualties?
The character pieces I most enjoyed this week were Carol and Eugene. Carol is not as closed off as she would like to be. You could see that she appreciated Sam's feistiness but it is clear that she does not want to get close to him. She is sure that she could not bear to lose another child and she won't risk her sanity for a child she doesn't already know. However, I don't think she is going to have much choice in getting close to Sam. He and Jessie are living her life from 'before'. If Rick doesn't take care of Pete, Carol will. I particularly enjoyed Eugene, the self-professed coward, who really wasn't at all. I was afraid he was going to leave Tara and then I was afraid he was going to take her and the van and take off. He didn't. He even stood his ground when Nicolas tried to get him to leave. I am getting to like his character more and more which doesn't bode well for his survival.
The biggest and most dangerous coward is Gabriel. He is another person who hasn't seen enough of the outside. He has been saved by the group more than once and yes, he saw them do terrible things but there was always a reason and our group does not leave 'good' people to die. That is Gabriel's M.O. I wasn't sure if he was trying to protect himself or if he has broken completely. I thought that Deanna could see that he was not altogether there but I am worried that the news that Aiden has died and the lies that Nicholas might tell could turn her against Rick and the others. It does seem that our group brings death and destruction with them but really, it was there all along just waiting for the right time.
Bits and Pieces
Daryl is looking good in that leather jacket.
I think the delusions of Alexandria were quite clear when Reg was talking to Noah and said that he would still be around when Noah was his age. All I could think was, are you kidding, you're lucky to have lasted this long.
You could see that Abraham was happy to be back killing walkers. I can see how the Alexandrians might find that a little weird.
Tara has a crush on Holly. I know that people wanted some love action but I think the shit is going to hit the fan before we can get to that.
Rick was using the broken window theory to flirt. That was a pretty absurd moment.
I enjoyed Eugene's logic about how he had paid his dues. Only he could come up with that equation.
Why didn't they just pull up a truck to the warehouse and loot the place?
The look on Glenn's face when Eugene asked about Noah.....
Professor: “How is it that you called this extremely early morning meeting, yet I’m the bringing breakfast?
Noah: “Cause you’re a good guy?”
Professor: “The evidence seems to go in that direction.”
Eugene: “The shit will be right and I will install said shit.”
Eugene: “So you’re aware, I’m on record as stating that I should not be here. You well know that I’m not combat ready or even for that matter combat inclined.”
Carol: “None of these are problems, Sam.”
Pete: “Let’s be friends, man. We kind of have to be.”
Sam: “We don’t have to be friends, just doesn’t have to be quiet.”
Abraham: “Mother dick.”