WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 – There are only four episodes left in Season 5 of “The Walking Dead,” and the most oft repeated phrase as to the group’s new direction is “If they kill Daryl, I won’t watch anymore.”
And we know they could. They have killed favorites in this season and past seasons for no other reason than they felt the need to — or to express that in the apocalypse, the rule is random death to anyone at anytime.
The have killed kids and pregnant women. And old men. All of it for effect because the group could have physically gotten here with Laurie, and Herschel and Lizzie, Mika, Beth and Tyreese… but it would not have been anywhere near as fun.
But this indiscriminate offing of beloved characters, does it put Daryl at risk? Daryl is not a character with a genesis in the original source material, and Kirkman says he won’t be written into the comic book.
So does that make him expendable?
One hopes not. Killing Beth was one thing, Tyreese and Herschel, another. Having Carl kill Laurie was brutal. But the fans accepted it.
If they kill Daryl, it may mean the end of a very large fan base if social media threats are true. What do you think? I know our group of watchers said, “they kill Daryl, that’s it.”.
and if they did kill Daryl…
So the group is in Alexandria, which is like Disneyland to people that have been living in the grime of the apocalypse.
Rick Grimes tells Deanna, the former senator from Ohio who rules this roost, not to let anyone in the gate. That trusting anyone, including him and his group, will be the end of Alexandria as she knows it. Threat, promise or warning?
“You should keep your gates closed,” he tells Deanna.
“Why?” she asks.
“Because it’s all about survival now, at any cost,” he replies. “People out there are always looking for an angle, looking to play on your weakness. They measure you by what they can take from you, by how they can use you to live.”
“Are you telling me not to bring your people in, or are you already looking after this place?” she asks.
As the group, as we to the band of Rick, Carl, Judith, Michonne, Tara, Rosita, Abraham, Louis, Noah, Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Father Gabriel, Carol and Daryl begins to settle in, we see that they are as cunning and feral as a group of foxes.
Carol puts on a deceptive demeanor as easily as the rose sweater she wears in her interview. She speaks kindly of her ex-husband Ed, who beat her regularly, and volunteers to work with the elderly and young. Carol knows that is where she will be able to do her best reconnaissance, gather information as to what is really happening in Alexandria.
Deanne is no dummy. She tells us she is as sly as the group by telling Rick if she had not been elected, she planned to become a professional poker player. She just needs the dark glasses.
And Deanne knows that she has to deal Michonne and Rick, whom she sees as the groups leader, discounting Carol (big mistake). Remember Carol removing her gun when they turned in their armaments?
A “she may be quiet, but she carries a big stick moment” if ever there was one.
Deanne knows Michonne wants Alexandria to work and that Deanne needs Rick to reconnect with his sense of past self to keep the group in Alexandria. What better way to do that then to give them roles of assumed power as the Alexandria police department. But just because they have guns, and a badge, do they have power or are they being overpowered?
Carl and Carol are kindred spirits, worrying that living in this “Pottery Barn” world will make them soft:
“If we get comfortable here, if we let our guard down, it’s gonna make us weak,” Carol says.
“We won’t get weak,” Rick answers. “That’s not in us anymore. We’ll make it work. If they can’t make it, then we’ll just take this place.”
But Rick and Michonne are not sleeping. Daryl is hanging back, killing possums and gutting them on the plastic board porch — a stark contrast between the “surburban” Alexandria and Daryl’s feral nature, inbred into him from way before the apocalypse.
Remember, Daryl never lived in a nice house, with nice parents and books artfully arranged.
Two directions — the group becomes the protectors of Alexandria. Deanna absolutely needs help controlling the dangers within from Jessie’s husband, whom Rick encounters while out on a midnight walk, and Aidan, who has already gotten a beat down from Glenn.
Spoilers say that Aidan will eventually kill Glenn, and in the comic book (yes, if you are not aware, this property has its genesis in a fabulous comic book series) Glenn is killed. However, “The Walking Dead” has used the book as a guide, not a bible. And speaking of Bibles, where is Father Gabriel? We have to assume he has moved into the church rectory… right?
And will Rick find Morgan on one of his walk-arounds? And speaking of walk-arounds, when Rick returned to the house to get the gun in the blender, it was gone, but all of a sudden there are walkers there, climbing out from under the same debris that was there when Rick stopped by the first time.
How does that happen? Unless it was a plant, a trap?
Daryl is not letting go of his guard or his grime as he has yet to partake in a baptismal shower, though Carol has threatened to hose him down. Daryl’s response is “you look ridiculous” as Carol heads off to help with dinners for the elderly in her J Crew style slacks and sweater.
Speaking of baptismal showers, Rick gives the female viewers and the aforementioned Jessie a clean-shaven treat. But the Rick that emerges, with the steel blue eyes, is he going to be a hero or a villain?
As he says, either it will work in Alexandria or they will take it.
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