Well I think it’s safe to say that Sunday’s Walking Dead was able to offer up a lot of mixed emotions, which makes a lot of sense, considering the episode was all about balancing hope and despair. Read no further though if you haven’t seen it.
I found the segment with Beth and Daryl to be possibly the most depressing, out of all the segments this week. I feel like it started off so hopeful, and yet so saddening. I loved the voiceover from Beth’s journal as we heard how she was making herself be hopeful again, especially for her father. Considering that she was suicidal when we met the character this is a long way to come. The fact that she was the one pushing Daryl, and didn’t even say anything when he made the comment about faith not helping her father shows that she’s not only more hopeful, but tougher. All of that hope and toughness though dissolved, when she and Daryl found those walkers at the railroad tracks, and it was rough to see her break down.
If Beth and Daryl’s segment was the most depressing, then Maggie’s was the most uplifting. Just like her sister Beth was able to get Daryl to follow by marching off into the woods, we see that Maggie gets her way, to look for Glenn by striking off on her own. It’s not surprising that Sasha and Bob followed, and I also think that it wasn’t stupid for them to help her with the whole bus situation. She had to find out about Glenn, and they understood that.
And if Maggie had the most uplifting, then despite the return of Carol (HOORAY for the return of Carol!!!), and the possibilities of Terminus, Tyrese, Mika, and Lizzie’s segment was the most troubling.
I felt really bad for Tyrese. Trying to survive the wilderness on your own is tough. Trying to survive it with two girls makes it tougher, add zombies and a crying infant and it seems almost impossible. And that’s not even considering the fact that one of those little girls is well on her way to becoming what Dexter Morgan would have been without “Harry’s Code” (those poor bunnies & what a shame that they weren’t used for food). The scene with her hand on Baby Judith’s face made me squirm more than anything so far this season. Though having Carol back would seem like it might help mitigate any of the above listed issues for Tyrese, odds are the truth will come out about Karen, and when it does it won’t be good.
As to whether or not Terminus will be good remains to be seen. It’s the original name for Atlanta, and essentially means the end of the tracks, or the end of the line. So are we going back to the beginning, or to the end?
Finally if Baby Judith’s Posse got the most troubling, then Tara and Glen get the most hopeful (see what I did there, I went full circle). Anyway, Glen woke up, all alone, which is a rough place to start, and I think that’s part of why he brought Tara with him. As much as Tara is probably the character I was least interested in seeing, the scene where Glenn asks about Hershel was REALLY well done! As far as how things will end up, now that we got a look at Abraham and his posse, all I have to go on are snippets that I’ve heard from those that read the comics, and since the show hasn’t really stuck to the comics, I’m happy to be relatively unaware of where things are headed.
Also, my favorite aspect of the episode overall, was seeing that for the most part, all the characters were covering the same territory as another, and it gives me hope that they’ll all end up in Terminus together. A girl can hope right?
What were your thoughts on the episode? Let us know in the comments!