After the survivors were able to get ahold of themselves and find some small measure of peace inside a church they met who is arguably my least favorite character in the entire series. Father Gabriel is a coward and I know Eugene is as well but at least Eugene is useful whereas Gabriel could not have less of an impact on the group dynamic. Around the time of this new arrival we lose a character who I feel should have been around longer however without his death Sasha may not have become the Sociopathic walker killing machine that she is right now. Then again that way of thinking is likely to get her killed so I hope after tonight Sasha follows suit with the others and chills out. The loss of Bob Stookey was made all the more traumatic by the fact that he was being cannibalized by Gareth and that weird hillbilly Tyreese said he had murdered.
One of my favorite scenes from this season so far I’d like to say came when Gareth and CO. thought they had the upper hand on Rick’s group. Little did they know they were about to be brutalized in what just might be the most animalistic any of them had ever been up too this point. What followed this small arc was a great story line for Beth chronicling where she had been since she had been kidnapped near the end of the previous season. Turns out she was Kidnapped by police officers from Atlanta’s Grady Memorial and forced into some type of weird Internment camp. Most of the people here are treated like human garbage and either beaten or raped depending on their gender. Suffice it to say this is not a place she wants to be but she has become much more independent at this point. It’s here she meets Noah who just happens to be the lead role from 2005’s drastically underrated comedy show Everybody Hates Chris. Being the second character from that show to appear on the walking dead I’m half-expecting This guy to show up. Then proceeding to yell at everyone for wasting bullets and making sure they know how much each individual piece of food they consume would have cost. Noah has been a great character to have on the show as his place in the group had never really been affirmed until the episode in which he died.
By the way #EverybodyAteChris…..Genius.
The Mid season finale ended with the absolutely devastating loss of Beth at the hand of her captor Officer Dawn Lerner, who blew the back of Beth’s skull out as a muscle memory reaction to being stabbed in the vest by a small pair of scissors. Beth more or less had it coming at that point I’m still not entirely sure what she was hoping to accomplish with that act. What’s done is done though and Maggie’s heart wrenching cries are what the viewers are left with for what seemed like an eternity as the show took its winter break. Just in case you forgot that sinking feeling you had in your chest at that moment here’s the face to remind you.
After a grueling two month wait we are finally rewarded with a depressing episode where in one fell swoop two characters lives’ are turned upside down. During the opening Rick is speaking with Noah about Richmond and what type of security they had there. After a short deliberation with the rest of the group Rick decides that the extremely long trip is worth it. Once they arrive however they find out that the community has been completely ravaged and everyone inside it is dead. Noah freaks out and takes off over the wall where he runs to what I can only assume was town square where he collapses into tears. Similar to the way Rick did when he found out Lori had died giving birth to his daughter. (Nothin’ weird about that though) Tyreese has a great speech for Noah about how this isn’t the end and that’s after telling him about facing the world for what it is. Don’t these people know by now that if they show any type of character development or get an unusual amount of screen time in any particular episode their number is just about up.
As the laws of this show seem to dictate Tyreese gets bit while standing in what I assume was Noah’s room. He proceeds to lose it by seeing hallucinations of Mika and Lizzie and then Beth followed by that weird hillbilly he should have killed back in starting eight of the season. Then things get super weird as David Morrissey shows up again to essentially call out Tyreese as weak and useless. I can only guess that all of this is being caused by the massive drop in blood pressure. All the while Noah is off looking for rick and the others to help. Not really sure why he left Tyreese there but I suppose it really didn’t matter as he somehow got himself stuck under screen door. Thinking back on that moment it’s a wonder he lived long enough to have ever met this group. Getting back with Tyreese, he has bunkered himself underneath a desk while listening to Andrew Lincoln talk on the radio about pretty much everything that had happened up to point in the season. It was really cool and at the same time terrifying. In a quick scene Rick is pulling on His arm telling Michonne to take it off in one blow and boom. She does it by tapping it slightly in a hurried motion.
So Tyreese dies and everyone is super bummed but they still head off to DC. I know I haven’t mentioned it up to this point but Morgan has been on their trail ever since they left the church but still hasn’t shown up yet. I understand they have traveled a few states away but seriously if ricks beard can grow three inches in length between Coda and what’s happening and what’s going on, then I am pretty sure Morgan should have popped up by now but whatever I’m over it. They spend the next few episodes nearly starving to death until a pack of wild dogs shows up which spawned my favorite parody video of the year so far which can be seen Here. Then some water gets left in the middle of the road with a note attached to it and of course despite the fact that most of them are about to die from dehydration they don’t take. Also it’s worth noting that while they have an extreme lack of food and water Abraham is drinking what looks like rum. So obviously He’s the genius of the group. Not the guy with the Power Mullet. So right where are we now??? Yeah, okay. The water in the street was left by a guy named Aaron who is from a town called Alexandria. Finally a safe haven for this tattered group to take shelter in. naturally everyone is scared to go here since the two previous communities that they had found sheltered leaders filled with murderous rage. After a tense entry and the death of Rick’s beard (which by the way Norman Reedus now keeps in a Freezer?) things begin to seem safe.
This is not the case however as on their first run outside the walls for supplies Tara is critically injured and Noah is eaten alive while Glen is forced to watch on in horror. They return and again everyone is super bummed at this latest loss but rick is still trying to nail Jesse, Carol is still threatening children and Father Gabriel continues to demonstrate how much of a tool he is. Once rick finds out that Jesse’s husband beats her and her children he goes back to full on neck biting killing people in a church rick and gets into with Pete. This results in the majority of the town circling the two after the fight spills out into the streets. Rick then pulls a gun on everybody because he thinks everyone is going to kick him out he then gives the following speech.
“You still don't get it. None of you do! We know what needs to be done and we do it. We're the ones who live. You, you just sit and plan and hesitate. You pretend like you know when you don't! You wish things weren't what they are. Well, you want to live? You want this place to stay standing? Your way of doing things is done. Things don't get better because you-- you want them to. Starting right now, we have to live in the real world. We have to control who lives here”.
Then Michonne floors him and the episode ends……..An abrupt ending to be sure. The end is coming this weekend, be it a member of this community or the town itself. This finale promises to be a spectacular ending to a phenomenal season. Now all that’s left for us to do is sit back and see who makes it out of here alive.