or: Do it! vs the world needs Rick Grimes
This week, featuring returning guests Mikey McClain, Jason Akinaka, and Aaron Kawakami and they can be found at:
Mikey McClain: redacted
Jason Akinaka: instimatewithstrangers (instragram)
Aaron Kawakami: @kawasaks (twitter)
Director: Greg Nicotero
As the people of Alexandria decide what to do with Rick, the truth about the W’s is revealed. Meanwhile, Glenn must fend himself against Nicholas, as Daryl and Aaron cross paths with a familiar face.
Of course the biggest question is, “who is going to die?” The show creators and even actors hinted that it would be significant? Were we tricked? Spoilers incoming, so be warned.
“Why did you lie to them?” – Glen
“Because these people are children, and children love stories.” – Carol
So much of these season has been about the impressive dedication Carol has put to pretending to be someone she is not, even going to the point of deceiving those in the group. Harsh Carol. She intentionally does not tell the rest of the group that she in fact still has two more guns in her possession. Also, as mentioned earlier, Carol is definitely a wild card because we have no comic version of Carol to use as a baseline.
Mike: Carol is selling Rick out!
Mikey: Or she is just hiding that she still has a gun.
“Come at me. No? Yes? No. You are a small weak nothing. And in this world, you are even less. Play your cards right and you might not have to die. And I want my plate back.” – Carol
“Looks like someone knows how to keep mosquitoes off him.” – Daryl
Jason “Mosquitos? We ain’t even seen any mosquitoes!”
Mikey “Because HE knows how to keep mosquitoes off him.”
“You saw what happened last night. There’s bad people out there.” – Aaron
“That’s why we need to look out for the good ones.” – Daryl
Daryl makes an attempt a Noble sacrifice when they are trapped
Mike “It’s Morgan!!”
All of us “Yeah!!”
Finally the W’s come into play. Are they an extremely satisfying reveal? Not quite, but they are not offensive enough to the plot to derail it. More W’s to come soon.
I want to talk about the “Do it” moment more in setting, but basically, Rick has decided that he will do whatever he wants, no matter the consequence.
“I’m not sorry I did it. No matter what happens.” – Rick to Jessie
“I’m not sorry for what I said last night. I’m sorry I didn’t say it earlier.” – Rick to Michone
“All life is precious.” – Morgan
If Rick’s Glock was a Chekov’s gun, Morgan as a character was an entire Chekov’s bo staff. It was obvious, for the necessity of good writing, that if you introduced a character at the beginning of the arc, and this is the last episode, that character will be there at the finale. And he was worth the wait: Morgan can now kick A!
Mikey: Awww, you got blood on my stick
Abraham and Eugene showdown, which actually becomes a very heartfelt reconciliation.
Jason: Oh my gosh. It’s a hair showdown
Mikey: It’s like the competition of worst redneck hair cuts
Mike: Awww, it’s the first time in a long time the group has been alone with each other.
Father Gabriel and Sasha, the two people I disliked the most, finally come to blows, as they also reach their existential crises.
Sasha sleeping in a pile of zombies because she no longer feels human.
Mikey “Because it’s so cozy!”
Jason “We can fix that this episode… if you want.”
“The Word of God is the only protection I need” – Gabriel
Mikey: Oh, I hope you die!
And Father Gabriel offering himself to the Zombies
“I’m ready!” – Father Gabriel
Mike: I bet you are not.
Mikey: Nope he’s not.
aaaaaaaaand then redemption. Very clever of the writers to bring the two weakest and annoying arcs together and closing them in a rewarding scene, throwing in Maggie, who honesty, has not had much to do. This is how you keep side characters relevant. Okay Sasha and Gabriel. You can live for another episode.
Stand out character worth mentioning is Michone, and her subtle interplay with Rick.
“How could you think that I wasn’t on your side? I didn’t know you out for them. I knocked you out for you. Something might happen tonight. Just don’t make something happen.” – Michone
Michone, first acting as a restraining force to Rick, and then taking up her Katana, proved to be a poignant counterpoint to the other crazy moments in this episode.
“You have to stay home tonight.” – Rick
“Is that what this is now? Home.” – Carl
Because of Alexandria’s walls, the setting is used as a false dichotomy. Inside is contained the lie of civilization, the outside is the truth of the new reality. The world needs Rick Grimes.
“Civilization is why when we stop running and start living together” – Deana
Mike: And then Maggie shrugs. “That’s why we’re going to kill you.”
Glen and Nick in the woods, with’s Chekov’s gun arc finally coming to conclusion. Of course Glen follows Nick out the wall and tries to track down what is going on. What happens in the woods, stays in the woods? Maybe? Of course, Glen takes a shot to the shoulder, and Nick, true to character, abandons another person to the Zombies.
Jason: If Glen is dead, I’m done
Jason: “Zombie glen is going to get you in the end anyways!”
Mikey: “I don’t want zombie Glen, I want real Glen!”
Glen comes back for the sucker punch. More yeahs!
Mike: FINISH HIM!
Jason: Judge, Jury, and Executioner!
“Rick, do it!” – Deana
And finally the climax. Deana has vaunted her so called civilization. Thought
All of us; “Yeah!”
Mikey: Probably the best moment of the entire season.
“There is a vast ocean of shit that none of you people no shit about. And Rick knows every grain of that shit, and then some.” – Abraham
So in the end, no on really important died, and compensating for gender bending, the scene played out exactly like the comics. But was it less satisfying because of that? Not one bit. This new world does need Rick, Glen, Michone, Abraham, Daryl and et al. And maybe even Sasha, Deana, Gabriel, and Nick. And we’ll have them for at least one more episode.
See you all in six months!
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