Alexandria Safe Zone
Well, well, well. Where should I begin? Should I talk about that brilliant season finale last night or get a few small things out of the way first? Okay, let’s start with the small stuff.
First and foremost I am still riding a major high from CoastCon last weekend! Not only was the event a great time, my blog post about it has gone on to become my most read post ever with over four hundred viewings! It really warms my heart to think that over four hundred of my fellow nerds actually took the time to read my post about CoastCon. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Secondly I would like to mention that CyPhaCon will be taking place in about three weeks in Lake Charles, LA. They’ve definitely upped the ante this year by adding Jeffrey Combs and Vic Mignogna since I last posted about their guests. Be sure to look them up on Facebook or on the interwebz. If you can make it down to Lake Charles and the convention, be sure to stop by the USS Lafitte table at the convention. That’s where I’ll be and I’d love to meet some of my readers.
Lastly (at least before I get into the meat of my post), I want to say that The Flash has been blowing me away with its most recent episodes. The show has definitely amped up things with two back-to-back episodes that could easily qualify as season finales. Tomorrow night looks very promising, and I plan to blog about it later this week.
Now, if you haven’t watched last night’s episode/season finale of The Walking Dead, you may or may not want to avoid the rest of this post. I won’t give anything away that hasn’t at least been hinted at all season, but I will definitely say a few things that many will consider major spoilers. So, with that said: READ WITH CAUTION!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
For starters, I really enjoyed this episode of The Walking Dead. It was well-paced, full of suspense and loaded with looking for something. Morgan was looking for Rick and ran into the Wolves. Daryl and Evan were looking for potential Alexandria citizens and, at least to me, acceptance of one another. Carol was looking to protect her friends. Nicholas was looking for revenge against Glenn despite being the real reason that Noah died. Abraham and Eugene were looking for their old friendship, even if it was based on a lie. Gabriel was looking for redemption and Sasha wanted (walker world) normalcy. Rick and Deanna were looking for control in very different ways.
Morgan in turn found Daryl and Evan, who had just decided that they were going to go out in a blaze of glory after being pinned down by a lot of walkers. I’m really enjoying the interaction between those two characters. Hopefully we will see Evan develop even more and eventually become a strong member of Rick’s group within the walls of Alexandria. Carol began telling fibs to members of her own group in order to protect Rick and to also figure out who had really bought into the whole idea of Alexandria. Of all of the characters on the show, Carol is my favorite. She seems to have her head on straighter than anybody else in this crazy new world.
Nicholas, chicken of all chickens, knew that eventually the truth would be clearly revealed about what went down between him, Glenn, Noah, Tara, Eugene, and Aiden. Perhaps out of fear (but more likely out of revenge), he led Glenn into the woods outside of the walls of Alexandria and attempted to kill him. The odds were not in his favor, however, as Glenn quickly turned the tide….and the other cheek….and let Nicholas live. Something tells me that what happened between those two will be resolved later next season.
Abraham, who seems to be taking on the role of grand philosopher within the walls of Alexandria, was duped into talking face to face with Eugene by Rosita. The duo talked out their differences, apologized to one another, and seem to be back on steady footing. I’m glad to see that Eugene has finally grown a spine. Hopefully Abraham will guide him on his way to becoming an excellent ally in the new world.
Gabriel and Sasha’s stories intertwined. Gabriel at first seemed to be looking for death after ratting on Rick’s group to Deanna, intentionally walking up to a feeding walker and whistling to get its attention. Instead of giving in, though, Gabriel grabbed the walker by a noose around its neck and decapitated it. He then dashed its head open with a rock and finished off the poor soul that it was feeding on when he walked up to it. Sasha spent the episode laying on top of a walker bed and then headed to the church looking for answers. She confronted Gabriel and put her gun to his head, but Maggie came in and saved both of their necks, as Sasha probably would have had to answer for killing Gabriel.
Rick, after getting cold-cocked by Mchonne last week, woke up with a ready plan to take control of Alexandria. He hoped that he could do this without bloodshed but, as always, he was prepared to kill anyone that needed to be killed. Deanna was attempting to restore order after Rick’s fight with Jesse’s husband. A “trial” was held where everbody but the two prime suspects seemed to show up. Rick was busy cleaning up a few walkers that straggled into the walls of the city after Gabriel intentionally left the gate open. Jesse’s husband was getting drunk….again….desptie having a confrontation with Carol earlier in the day in which she threatened his life.
When it looked as if Deanna had arrived at a standstill with Rick’s group, Rick showed up with one of the dead walkers over his back and told them what he had found. He then started to reason with Deanna and the rest of the group. Deanna was still on the fence until Jesse’s drunk husband strolled into the meeting and made a futile attempt at attacking anybody that was near him. His first and only victim was Reg, Deanna’s husband. Reg’s throat was ripped open by a machete. Abraham quickly slammed Jesse’s husband to the ground and Deanna, with hate in her eyes, uttered, “Rick….do it!”
And Rick did what Rick does best. He then looked up and saw an old friend standing in shock, Morgan.
That seemed to be the end of it, but we were given a glimpse back at the place where Daryl and Evan had been trapped by the walkers. On a vehicle by the gates of warehouse they had been at, a message was left by the Wolves, a message that let everyone know that they were coming.
What surprised me the most about this episode was that none of the major characters died. I do see at least one or two of Rick’s group, most likely Carol and/or Abraham, passing away at the hands of the Wolves next season. I hope I’m wrong, as both of these characters have become so much more than what they began the show as when they were each introduced. I don’t think Daryl is going anywhere anytime soon, but I have a sneaking suspicion that his character is about to say his goodbye as well.
This was probably the best season yet of The Walking Dead. The finale was excellent (although not my favorite overall), but the entire season was solid throughout, with no bad episodes at all. I hope next season is just as great.
That’s all for now, folks. As always, thanks for reading!