That is definitely a Big Bang opening to the middle of the season!
I loved this episode for its action and it’s message, which is basically, “Get off your ass and do something!”
This episode picks up exactly where it left off, with the introduction of Negan’s cronies. If you’ve read the books, then you know this is the name of this, and possibly next season’s, Big Bad, and yeah, his followers are a right bunch of assholes. This is why I stood and applauded when Daryl showed off why he is the total badass we all love, by blowing ’em to Hell and back, with Abe’s pet bazooka.
I can’t stop smiling about that!
So Sam’s big mouth didn’t cost the team their lives yet, but Denise is stuck with the Wolf, who may or may not kill her and she is shaking with terror, and Glenn is stuck with Enid, who is now determined to help him save Maggie. Father Gabriel takes Judith to safety at his church, while Rick and the others decide to go for vehicles instead of the armory. Enid finds a gun hidden in the church that she and Glenn have invaded. They try to come up with a plan to save Maggie.
If that Wolf shoots Denise, it will attract the Walkers right to him, but he’s pretty deranged so I’m not sure he’s thinking that clearly. Carol and Morgan are up and about and have to deal with Denise’s kidnapping. The two of them have unfinished business, though. Tara is desperate to save Denise but is talked out of acting foolish by Rosita. Rosita tells Eugene he doesn’t have to fight. She knows how scared he is but he gets some gumption from somewhere. He tells her no one gets to sit it out, including him.
It’s night, and Rick, Jessie, Sam and the others seem to have been wandering among the dead for hours, when Sam starts to panic. Apparently his panic sets off something in the Walkers and they attack him. I’m sure everyone saw that coming. Jessie, distraught and screaming, quickly follows and Ron, with what is once again perfect timing, decides that now is the time to take revenge on Rick and Carl. It’s pointless anyway because if he fires his gun, he’ll be eaten. Michonne takes him out but not before he shoots Carl.
I’m still having trouble processing this scene. I keep thinking maybe it’s some elaborate dream sequence in Rick’s mind.
The Wolf gets bitten while he and Denise attempt to make it to one of the guard towers. She tells him, if they make it to the infirmary, she’ll save his life. He stopped to save her when the tower was right there. He could have left her. I think he liked being around her, and she and Morgan are probably the first normal persons he’s ever had any prolonged contact with.
Morgan and Carol talk. From Carol’s point of view, Morgan’s reverence for life is a selfish gesture, to make him feel good about himself. Carol sees Denise and the Wolf running to the infirmary and shoots the Wolf.
Rick runs into the infirmary with Carl, and Denise tries to save his life, but the Walkers have been attracted, and someone needs to distract them. Rick goes outside with his machete. The others join him. Even Father Gabriel finally grows some nuts, I guess, as he joins in the fight, echoing the sentiments on a sign that Enid read earlier in a church, and one of the prime components of the Christian belief system,
“Faith without works is dead. What does it prophet, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?”
In other words, “God helps those who help themselves.” They can’t just sit and pray.
Enid and Glenn manage to save Maggie from her precarious perch on one of the guard towers. Glenn gets bogged down in Walkers just before the cavalry of Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham, show up with machine guns.
Talk about a Deus Ex Machina, huh?
Most of Alexandria’s heavy hitters are all mixed in and fighting among the Walkers, but the cavalry has a plan. They set fire to the pond, using the fuel from the tanker, and the Walkers, attracted to the blaze, head into it.
There’s an awesome montage of all the Alexandrians fighting the zombies.
The next day, Rick sits at Carl’s bedside, while all the other injured get taped and sewn shut. He tells a comatose Carl that he’s impressed with the Alexandrian’s survival instincts and of his dreams for Carl’s future. Carl responds by squeezing his hand. This is the second time Carl’s been accidentally shot and I have no idea what to think about that. Carl does lose an eye in the comics, so it’s surprising and unsurprising.
Sometimes I don’t have anything philosophical to share, just sheer wonder that we’ve been graced with six seasons of one of the most awesome horror series on TV.
This episode was mad shit tonight.
I love this show!