WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 15, 2015 – The first half of Season 5 ended with a Coda and the death of Beth (Emily Kinney), taking every one by surprise. We loved Beth. Everyone loved Beth. Why Beth?
Which turned into the mid -season premier of What Happened, What’s Going On? whose title alludes to the newest threat to the survivors, roving bands of murderous survivors preying on the living.
Those rovers destroyed the protected suburban enclave that Noah’s family was living in, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Michonne (Dania Gurira), Noah (Tyler James Williams) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) discovering Noah’s mother with her head caved in – not the act of walker.
In previews we see the group back together and taking the long walk from Richmond to Washington, D.C. which has long been their destination as a result of Louis’ ruse to get them there.
We lost an important character last week in Tyreese’s brutal death. It is worth noting that the first walker to bite Tyreese was a child, Noah’s brother. An image of a white cottage, the same cottage where Mikkia and LIzzie met their deaths, is seen throughout the show.
If we remember that episode, it is where Tyreese forgives Carol for killing Karen back at the prison and for which Rick threw her out the “group” and leads to a thread throughout the ensuing shows where Tyreese is a constant reminder that those that live must retain their humanity.
So the use of the child as a walker, and the back from the dead cameos of Beth, Lizzie and Mika are a message from the show creators – and I think its that survivors turned walkers on I95 heading to Washington are going to have their last bits of sanity tested via a lack of food, water and that these rovers are out there.
In zombie apocalypse, we have learned, fear the living more than the dead.
The second walker, I believe, was a special one to the show as it was one of those “Easter eggs” in that special effects artist Greg Nicotero payed homage to Arthur Grimsdyke, Peter Cushing’s character from the Tales from the Crypt film segment Poetic Justice, in the episode.
Correct me if I am wrong on identifying that walker. I know the homage is there, we first see him outside – but I am pretty sure he came into the house for a bite of Tyreese as well.
So the long walk begins. The preview from last week shows the living to be close to death. And we know someone is going to die. Or maybe they will give us a break and not kill someone tonight. Hope springs eternal.
So which character will die next. It won’t be Rick, Daryl, Carl or Michonne. Not sure if Maggie belongs to that group. I think Glenn could be expendable to push Maggie to the edge after the elation of finding Beth and the horror of her being dead.
A few prime candidates for who we may be saying goodbye to over the next several weeks:
Noah is on the list as he is not really important anymore. He was part of the “save Beth and get to Richmond” thread. And he bonded well with Tyreese, but we know what happened there. So not sure why we need to keep him around other than we seem to need that “at least one” from each age group – infant Judith (safe), young teen Carl (safe), young adult Noah (not safe) and then we have the 30s – Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Tara – a big group there that other than Michonne, Maggie and Glen, could be on the block. I don’t think it will be Sasha as she takes over as the “compass” of the show as she struggles to maintain the humanity her brother Tyreese often reminded her of.
And then our 40 somethings, Rick, Carol and Daryl – all of which are safe to the end I believe.
Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) has a role in the comic books, but I refuse to read them now. He has not gotten a lot of on screen time, but in the comic books, they say, he is a major playor
Tara has long been on the “expect to be dead” list, could happen at any time and it would probably have minimal impact on the audience (sorry Tara); she plays her role as a part of the Louis – Abraham – Rosita tribe and the future of all three are questionable.
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