Originally this post was going to focus primarily on all of the rules Daryl’s had to learn, especially when it comes to something being claimed, however Dr. Eugene Porter thoroughly won me over, so while Daryl will still be discussed along with everyone else (like TERMINUS), it makes perfect sense that Eugene will steal this blog, like every scene he was in.
So, let’s start briefly with Daryl and his… frenimes (do guys have “frenemies”, if not please leave the appropriate term in the comments). Now I get that first of all he doesn’t want to travel alone if he doesn’t have to, I wouldn’t either, however the really depressing part of all of this is a huge reason of why he’s staying with these guys is with Beth (who’s sweater is NOT being worn at the end of the ep…more on that below) Daryl was beginning to believe that he could be more than the type of guy he was with Merle. With Joe’s line about how there’s nothing sadder than “an outdoor cat that thinks it’s an indoor cat” all I could think was: OH Daryl, you’re totally an indoor cat, now get to Terminus! All of that being said on a certain level I can greatly appreciate Joe’s rules, and his way of keeping order, even if the word “Claimed” became my least favorite word during this episode. After all, some people are going to behave more like animals than people, and if these rules keep them from “going Darwin”, then I’m all for it. At no point did Joe play favorites, either when Daryl and the other guy were arguing over the rabbit, or when the other guy tried to frame Daryl for stealing his half of a rabbit, and so, without getting too much ahead of myself, if I weren’t a girl (sorry if that’s sexist) I could see myself being more comfortable with Joe’s group where dishonesty gets you a beating and no one seems too good to be true than in Terminus, but more on that below. Also, speaking of Terminus and the reasons that Joe and his guys aren’t going there for the sake of going there. I don’t think less of Rick for having done what he did earlier this season, but hearing things from Joe’s perspective, if I were traveling with a group, and suddenly a member of that group had been killed by a random stranger and left to turn… I might be a bit perturbed, to say the least. Though I’d probably cut my losses and head to Terminus, instead of tracking the person down just to kill them in a zombie ridden world.
So, in regards to Rick and Carl and Michonne. I’m happy that they’re heading to Terminus, and am pretty much happy that they’re happy. But we’ll see how long that happiness lasts when Joe and his guys track him to Terminus. Also, I think I’ve said it on this blog before, but it’ll be about as interesting as last season when Andrea was at Woodbury, now that Daryl is with this group.
Now before I get to the awesomeness that was Eugene, I guess I have to review the lameness that was Glenn and Tara (mild pun intended). Now I get that he was all excited with that message from Maggie,and the road map to Terminus, but after seeing that sign he started making a few really stupid choices. Like deciding to give up his riot gear, and then going on his own, and then going into that tunnel.
Normally if there’s something that happens onscreen (TV or movie) that I just can’t believe I might say something like “I’m calling BS on this one”, however through the entire tunnel scene, I kept saying “I’m calling STUPID here”. Glenn’s desire to get to Maggie is noble… but going through that tunnel was really stupid. Am I glad that Maggie and the others showed up in the nick of time sure, but it felt a tad contrived, and I would have loved seeing Maggie create the actual cave in, both for visual and storytelling purposes. Speaking of those others, I was referring to Abraham, Rosita and Eugene (I’m still not that interested in Bob and Sasha… it’s gonna take more main character deaths before they’re high on my radar).
Now then, Eugene every line of his was gold, and the fact that it was his deliberately inefficient navigating that lead to the rescue of Glenn and Tara, so that Glenn and Maggie could reunite… well I don’t think I need to keep explaining why for me he won the episode.
However, while most of this group (minus Abraham, who was the only one who kept his gun up as they went through the second gate), seems ready to let their guard down, I’ve got a few reasons they shouldn’t.
Now, there were several people online earlier this week who were trying to assert that the sweater Mary was wearing was Beth’s, and was evidence that Beth had been kidnapped by people from Terminus. I know this because a few forums cited this post, and the pictures of Beth. I’m going to say that I definitely don’t think it’s Beth’s sweater. Both because Mary’s has a pattern, and because Beth’s a small girl and that sweater would therefore be too small on Mary. Here’s a couple similarities that I think are worth noting.
I find it no coincidence that two of the paintings that Michonne stared at in the house with Carl are eerily similar to images we were presented with at in Terminus. Now do I think for certain that Mary is woman in the defaced painting, perhaps, but I won’t say it is for sure. If nothing else though I think it was a deliberate move by the show to present us with a scenario in which everything looks beautiful until you get a little deeper, and then remind us of that as our weary travelers make it to what they think is a safe haven. And unlike either Woodbury or the Prison, even though Daryl’s new group is hot on the heels of Rick, Carl and Michonne, I have a feeling that deep down, Terminus will rot from within, rather than being taken down from without.
Also… as a final thought, I know that like the Prison it is now gone and destroyed, but in a lot of ways I think that Woodbury may have been the perfect go between for a group like Joe’s, The Prison, and Terminus.
I assume with Terminus that we’ll discover that things aren’t all rosy- or sunflowery, because of a too powerful central leadership with secrets. The Council at the Prison wasn’t functional though, and Joe’s group is transparent but brutal. So, out of all the environments we’ve seen, in terms of fortification and a quality of living, Woodbury is still the place I would have liked to stay.
Looking forward to the finale this Sunday. have any thoughts on the episode, leave a comment!