First of all, if you’re not up to date on The Walking Dead lock yourself in a room and sort it out. That and be careful because there are some HUGE spoilers here. Ok, so now that’s out of the way…
Are you over the mid season finale by now? Nope, didn’t think so. I’ve been itching for The Walking Dead to come back ever since the credit’s rolled on Episode 8 in December. Herschel (queue massive crying sesh) is dead, the Governor is too (huge sigh of relief) and the rest of the guys have split up, and hightailed it out of there. Whoever else asked if it could get any worse following the emotional horror show that was Lori’s demise recently got their answer.
Mischonne’s up to her old tricks, and snares two walkers before leaving the prison, you know, to chop their arms and mouth off to walk like her dogs? She found Herschel’s head, and popped her sword through it, so that he’d stop being a walker (you know what I mean). Why, you ask? As if anyone actually forgot what The Governor did to him.
Anyway, After focused on two things, Mischonne, and Rick and Carl. Mischonne has a crazy nightmare that seems a bit like a flashback from her life when the outbreak first started. I’d never have pegged her for a rich lady, living in a big old house behind a fence. She’s so badass that I could never imagine her doing anything but cutting people up. It was an interesting twist on her character, but I just question the timing. I know it’s AMC, and they like to drag things out, but who else wanted to see how all the other guys escaped and were doing? I’ll admit, it was good to see the two original Walker guide dogs before they turned.
Carl just blows me away. Not only was he just a kid when the show started out, and is now in his awkward teens, but Chandler Riggs is ridiculous. You can mention all the decent actors in the world, and I’d still rather watch his transformation. Granted, the things he’s had to deal with would change anyone, but Carl Grimes isn’t just anyone. The show has always been admired for how amazing the character’s individual journeys and transformations have been. Carol going from the frightened, vulnerable older lady to someone who’s teaching children to put down walkers is just one good example of it, and so is Carl. He’s gone from the young, snarky kid to someone well beyond his years. Shooting your mom in the head to stop her turning into a zombie is probably as bad as it gets, but he handled it, and even though it clearly messed him up, he’s grown because of it. All you had to hear was his monologue to sleeping Rick to know that he’s not a little boy anymore. Especially after he told him he’d failed his mom, his baby sister Judith and dropped the bomb: “I’d be fine if you died.” Good thing Rick was asleep.
The end of the episode opened up a lot of questions, like who’s at the door!? Where’s Michonne headed, and who was the walker she flipped at seeing, before beheading all those walkers?
No question is as valid as where the hell are Maggie, Glenn, Daryl and the others, and are they even still alive? The ‘next week on The Walking Dead’ clips gave us a few shots, but I need more. After was a slow episode, but that’s AMC for you, and I didn’t mind. The show’s characters are why we’re watching, and while the story is pretty darn good, I’m happy to analyse the relationships, too.
So happy to have it back (If you couldn’t tell, it’s one of my favourites).