Spoilers from Episode 609 follow - you have been warned: The mid-season return, No Way Out, has us reeling from the overall destruction of Alexandria leading to next week's The Next World.
WASHINGTON, February 15, 2016 – During last nights mid-season premier of The Walking Dead, Season 6 (The Plan) CommDigiNews fan chatters agreed that episode 609 No Way Out was the best show of the series. Which is lofty to say as the series has season in front of it.
Rick Grimes and his gang– Daryl, Carol, Carl, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Abraham, Eugene, Rosita, Sasha, Tara, Gabriel and wee Judith – now joined by Alexandrines – Aaron, Denise, Spencer, Enid, and Heath – have defeated the zombies invading Alexandria in a biblical lake of fire.
And the whole episode was filled with much more tension, gore and excitement than anyone, other than show creators, could imagine. The situation was dire, but once again, Rick led his people into an all out assault from which the emerged somewhat victorious.
It will be interesting to see how Rick deals with Carol’s obviously manifesting rage.
So at the time of November’s midseason finale Alexandria was overrun by zombies and Deanna, who represented hope that a normal life was possible, was dead. Rick, in a throwback move, was leading a small group – Jessie, Sam and Ron (the Andersons), Michonne, Carol, Carl and Judith, and Father Gabriel through the walker horde covered in zombie guts with the goal being the armory. (Note to self: Do not give up your guns – when you need them, you need them).
And everyone else was scattered.
Carol and Morgan had a throw-down over Morgan’s harboring of the captive Wolf. Carol, Morgan, Rosita and Tara were left behind after the Alpha-Wolf stole Dr. Denise in hopes of escaping through the horde.
He may not have made it, but for those who watch with hope, he did find his long-lost humanity in saving Denise.
Daryl, Sasha and Abraham were outside the walls, after having run into one of Negan’s Savior gangs – which of course did not go well for Negan’s thugs because, heck, it’s Daryl.
Maggie is alone on a platform being rocked by the zombies and Glenn and Enid are desperate to find a way to save her.
The “get” from last night’s show is that in all things a house divided is likely to fall and in coming together to fight the herd, the result is a lot of dead-dead and rotting bodies cover the streets, front laws, back yards, parks – basically a dead and rotting zombie carpet – covers Alexandria.
And like the now departed Wolf (whose final blow was dealt by Morgan) Rick drops the “US vs. Them” attitude and now seems determined to carry out Deanna’s vision for the community.
“I was wrong. I thought that after living behind these walls for so long maybe they couldn’t learn,” he tells Carl at episode’s end. “But today I saw what they could do, what we could do if we work together.”
But before happiness and those walls can be built around the survivors, there is a question of the dead and rotting herd and this season’s nastiest of villains, Negan and Saviors (sounds like a do-wop band from the 50’s).
In the end Alexandria is saved, everyone reunites in the infirmary where a newly empowered Denise takes control, which was the underlying message of this episode in this watchers opinion. When Rick ran out to be a one man zombie clearing crew, he was quickly followed by Michonne, Aaron, Spencer and Heath; Then Tara, Morgan, Carol, Rosita and even Eugene joined the dead massacre.
It was time for everyone to (wo)man up, and (wo)man up they did.
E Father Gabriel became a zombie killer, handing Judith to a parishioner saying that God had answered their prayers:
“God will save Alexandria because God has given us the courage to save it ourselves.”
The chances that everybody gets to sit around and catch their breath next week are nil. From this bigger than huge mid-season opener, we have a scant seven episode to develop Negan as a threat even as Rick attempts to lead the rebuilding of Alexandria – which hey The Grimes Gang now owns.
Because after his leading the zombie slaughter, no one is going to mess with that level of crazy.
The promo for next weeks, aptly entitled The Next World, shows Rick and Daryl running around with guns drawn confronting some human threat. Because yelling at a zombie just brings more zombies.
Join us for next weeks episode 610 The Next World Fan Chat here on CommDigiNews, Sunday February 21, 2016
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