I think that everything I have seen on TV in the past two weeks started at a point in time and then backtracked to “how we got here”. In The Walking Dead episode East, the “point in time” showed absolutely nothing—blood dripping on the ground, voices, gunfire—so what was the point? The Walking Dead is necessarily about how “cool” it all is, it serves fans who find the zombie apocalypse cool. But the coolness of the dripping blood was somehow the Anti-Cool for me; it was too cool.
In other words, I enjoy this show, and I acknowledge it does not speak to my better angels that I enjoy something so gory and violent. But an all-too-clever celebration of that gore—the blood on the asphalt—is a turn-off, at least for me. It reduces the show to that one element—LOOK AT THE BLOOD!—and mocks the viewer for acting like there’s more to it.
The world is ours, and we know how to take it.
I am at this point so riddled with anxiety about the 90-minute finale and the introduction of Negan that it’s hard to focus. Did we watch an episode of The Walking Dead? Was it good? Negan is coming aaaaaah! There were visuals in this episode that were nods to readers of The Walking Dead comic book. At all times, this show does a great job of being separate from its comic book origins. Key characters—notably Daryl—don’t exist in the comics, and others have different fates. Carol is dead by this point, and Andrea is still alive. So the show definitely stands on its own, but there are always little winks at readers of the comics, little bits of “Hey, we know you’re out there”. Which is cute. And yes, the symbol on Carl’s gun is one such nod. More I will not say.
Rick’s quote above speaks to an over-confidence that cannot be anything but foreshadowing. He will certainly have his ass handed to him next week. Especially because, as confident as he is, everyone behaved stupidly this week. Running off alone when you know you’re surrounded by an encroaching army? Running after people who run off alone? Stopping for long, meaningful chats without watching your back while you’re running off alone? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE ARE YOU NEW?
What I believe…I’m not right. There is no right. It’s just the wrong that doesn’t pull you down.
It’s fine to discuss the morality while driving; driving is actually a great place to chat, since zombies and Saviors aren’t sneaking up on you. I do think they drive way too fast, though. There’s enemies and there’s walkers and there’s natural roadblocks and no governmental road maintenance, so I really think 25 mph is plenty.
Carol is the one person who doesn’t act like an idiot, and she cries while doing well. She’s been pulled down, to use Morgan’s term, by the killing she’s done, and now we know the weeping while held prisoner by the Saviors wasn’t fake. While Carol isn’t stupid in the sense that she can handle an attack, she’s extraordinarily stupid to head out on her own and imagine this means she’ll have to kill less. She doesn’t want to kill for those she loves makes sense if, when on her own, she’s willing to sacrifice herself. If she’s now Gandhi and would rather die than kill—clearly that’s a choice she shouldn’t make for Rick, or Tobin, or Judith. But if she’s going to kill to defend her own life—a perfectly valid choice under the circumstances—then it’s pretty obvious she’s going to do that a lot more without walls to defend her.
Now I think I’m that much more ready to tear the world a brand new asshole.
Michael Cudlitz must love reading his script every week—Abraham invariably gets the best lines. He’s the Roger Sterling of The Walking Dead. Abraham, with a military background, is comfortable seeing the post-walker world as a military situation: He made his peace with killing long ago. He also articulates a clarity that Carol could, potentially, gain: Love doesn’t make you weaker, it strengthens you.
I think Carol will be back. Unless she gets killed by Negan. Or maybe she comes back and then gets killed. Or maybe Abraham gets killed. Or Daryl.
Oh my GODS THEY SHOT DARYL. The episode ends with blood on the screen and I’m talking about Carol? What’s wrong with me?! Okay, folks, calm yourselves. No way did they kill Daryl like that. He’s the most popular character on the series. If they kill him, he’ll get a great death scene, and he’ll be killed by the main villain—not killed off-screen, and not by a henchman. Dwight’s an idiot who, by his own admission, cannot shoot straight. If anything, Dwight shooting and wounding Daryl saves him. Will Negan kill someone who’s already wounded? Maybe not. I hope not.
In truth, I don’t want any of these characters to die, and I know at least one of them will. Hence my anxiety. I mean, go ahead and kill Father Gabriel. That’ll be fine. Otherwise, I’m anxious. Maggie appears to be miscarrying. What with all that bruising on her lower back, and her experience held prisoner by the Saviors, I’m not surprised. The horror is that it leaves her on the list of potential victims. Roberta said she thought murdering a pregnant woman might be too far even for The Walking Dead, but murdering a no-longer-pregnant, and grieving woman? They might, rabbit, they might.
Have at it, folks, who do you think will be available for a guest shot on Law & Order real soon?