This past Sunday was, possibly the first episode of The Walking Dead this season that didn’t leave me pondering character growth or the meaning of life (or at least the meaning of life during a zombie apocalypse).
Now then, I like Maggie, however as the title of this post suggests, I feel like there’s an entire half of this episode I could have done without, and it involves “Maggie and the Newbies” a small but time consuming opener for the act I really cared about, Darryl and Beth (and no, I’m not shipping the two of them, they’re just more interesting). I mean,the whole focus on Maggie, Bob and Sasha felt like a waste of time since they all decided to go to Terminus. Also, Bob is already part of the group, I don’t think we needed the flashbacks.
So, even though things were inter-spaced between Maggie and Beth’s adventures, let’s start with Maggie, and get to what I think will make for actual progression of the plot. Despite my whining the foggy opening of their group was great, I feel like we get a new horror element in each episode. Where was I… yeah the waste of time for determining to go to Terminus.
I’m not judging Maggie for wanting to find Glenn, and I applauded her efforts at communicating via zombie guts where she was going, should Glenn find the signs. I do judge her for going off on her own. I deeply regret any sexism here, but I think a man on his own in a zombie apocalypse is safer than a woman, and I’ll validate that point a bit further down. And why did she have to go off on her own? Well because I feel like Sasha was being a bit of a pansy about things… and yes my thoughts about a woman choosing to be alone in a zombie apocalypse apply to her too. The whole, let’s just stop at some random house to try and stay safe seems like a ridiculous strategy as the show has shown that generally there’s strength in numbers (especially at a place like Terminus), and we’ve learned that in general no place is really that safe, especially if you’re on your own. Bob therefore was the most sensible of the group by heading to Terminus. I don’t know if the writers felt like compensating for what I kind of considered to be unintentional sexism (because both the girls made what I considered the dumb choice… Sasha more than Maggie) But it was nice to see Sasha and Maggie take the most swipes at walkers. Also I’m happy and all that they decided to go to terminus, especially since that’s where Glenn is obviously pondering going, I am just now worried that instead of an entire season at a farm, it’ll be an entire season on the road, but we’ll see how it goes.
Finally, I get that there’s sort of a budding relationship between Bob and Sasha… but I’d be less shocked if we’d seen this kind of affection between Darryl and Beth… which reminds me, the interesting part of the episode….
So, Beth and Darryl together isn’t what made the episode interesting. I mean sure it was nice to see that they could get some rest, and that they’re starting to appreciate each other’s company (I’ll say it again though, I’m not shipping these two, I’m not against it, just glad the show’s above it). What I guess the show is not above though is being a tad plot devicey, which is what Beth’s ankle getting caught in a plot device… I mean trap felt like. Anyway where was I… yes it was sweet to see Darryl help her, and it was nice to see that the two of them could rest up a bit, and to be reminded that the world may have moved on, but in a lot of ways people haven’t. Beth still misses her father, and even an undertaker still wanted to keep calm and carry on. To be honest I didn’t even find that part of the episode morbid. Oh and also dogs… which can also be either ankle biters, or plot devices.
Anyway, things couldn’t stay awesome forever, not in a zombie apocalypse anyway, so not only do walkers ruin their rest, but in chaos Beth get’s kidnapped.
This, along with the people Darryl ends up with at the end of the episode points out how unsafe things are for women alone. Adding to the sexism… and maybe it’s just me, but not only am I less judgemental, but I have a lot more admiration, interest and enthusiasm for why Darryl has to travel all alone than Maggie.
Now… onto those shady fellas that Darryl ends up with…
I don’t think less of Darryl for joining this guy’s posse. What was he going to say “yeah no… please leave me alone and don’t beat me to death?” Then again, I also never judged Andrea for choosing to stay at Woodbury. Also, from what we’ve seen so far from this guy, who was the same one running things at the house Rick had to escape from, I think that if I had a choice between staying with this guy, or at Woodbury… yeah I’d be right back in Woodbury (also any comments about Stockholm Syndrome are not allowed in the comments, but must be mailed and made up of magazine clippings, ransom note style… just kidding but I got those comments a lot last season)…. Anyway I think that at some point we’ll end up with the same kind of dynamic that we had with Andrea coming back to the group, and I’m looking forward to it when it happens.
So what we’re your thoughts on the episode? Leave a comment!