On this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we learned that Glenn is one lucky SOB, that not everyone is irredeemable and that no one messes with Daryl Dixon. Let’s take a closer look at “No Way Out,” shall we?
The mid-season premiere opened where the finale left off, with Daryl, Sasha and Abraham being accosted by Negan’s men on the road. The leader does some talking and taunting as he takes their weapons, basically just begging for a punch in the face. He explains that normally he would kill one of them, you know, put everyone on the same page, but he’s not going to this time. This time, he’s going to keep everyone alive, so that our survivors can take him and his men to Alexandria. When Abraham and Sasha question him, he decides he’s going to kill them. That’s when Daryl pulls out the old grenade launcher and blows them all to smithereens. Did I mention that I love that man? Of course, it does put him on Negan’s hit-list, which is never a good thing.
Back in Alexandria, Rick and company, who are still all covered in walker guts, realize that the armory isn’t going to cut it. They’re going to need the vehicles they’ve left at the quarry if they have any hope of getting out of this alive. Realizing they’ll never make it there with Judith, Father Gabriel offers to take her and keep her safe in the church until they can return. Holding hands, the rest of the group makes their way through what’s left of the town. Sam, having flashbacks to Carol’s threats about the monsters, freaks out and manages to get eaten. Of course, Jessie then starts to scream and the walkers are on her as well. Unfortunately, she has a hold of Carl’s hand and Rick is forced to chop hers off to get him free. When Ron pulls a gun on Rick, Michonne skewers him with her katana, but not before he gets a shot off. Sadly, the shot hits Carl in the eye and he collapses. Rick picks his son up and starts to run, with Michonne clearing a path the walkers. (And now if you’ll excuse me, I just need to take a moment to breathe, because that was a completely WTF just happened scene!)
Tara wants to go after the Wolf who has kidnapped Denise, but Rosita talks her down. They don’t have the resources to take on so many walkers, so it’s best if they make sure Carol and Morgan are all right and then come up with some sort of plan. In the meantime, Wolf gives Denise some weird speech about liking what she said before and how everyone evolves or something. It’s weird and creepy, just like he is. As the rest of the group waits, with Morgan feeling what looks a lot like guilt, Wolf forces Denise to escape, claiming it’s safer on the outside than it is on the inside. I’ll have to agree with him on that front. Wolf gets bitten in the melee and Denise convinces him to head to the infirmary, where she can save his life. Looks like another amputation is headed our way. On their way there, Carol shoots Wolf and Denise makes it to the infirmary just ahead of Rick, Carl and Michonne. Now it’s up to Denise to save Carl’s life. As she works, Rick goes bat-crap crazy and heads out into the fray armed with only an axe. I’ve gotta say, Psycho Rick is kinda fun to watch! His psychosis is basically a rallying cry for the rest of Alexandria, including both Gabriel and Morgan, who head out in the streets and start hacking up walkers. It’s one hell of a team effort and a bonding experience to boot.
Glenn and Edith have managed to make it back to Alexandria, just in time to see the wall crumble. They make a run for the church, where they hole up. Glenn tries to convince her to stay put while he goes to get Maggie, but she’ll have none of it. They make it to the guard tower, and Glenn causes a diversion so Edith can climb up to Maggie. The two watch as Glen is over taken by walkers, but is once again saved when Sasha and Abraham show up and kill the walkers with machine guns. I’ve got to say, that Glenn seems to have a nice shiny horse-shoe shoved… well, you know where. Seriously, if I was one of the survivors, I would be glued to his side like a stamp. He manages to survive everything. Not that I’m complaining, because I actually like Glenn and think that Steven Yeun is fantastic in the role.
As the majority of the survivors go to town on the herd, Daryl and company formulate a plan. Gather all the walkers together and light the bastards up. They dump a bunch of fuel in the pond in the center of town and use the grenade launcher to set it on fire. It draws the walkers to it, and like moths to a flame, they burn up. Those that survived the slaughter, that is.
As the episode comes to a close, Rick has an epiphany about the survivors of Alexandria, and makes plans to continue what Deanna started. To make Alexandria a safe haven and make the new world a reality for Carl.
Holy crap, people, that was one hell of a ride! So much happened in those sixty minutes that I think it’s actually going to take a day or two for me to process it all. For all of those that were disappointed that not enough death and destruction happened in the first half of the season, all I have to say is, are you happy now? This was a complete and utter bloodbath, although I can’t say that I’m all that sad about what happened, really. I wasn’t a fan of Jessie and her kids, so their loss is really no big deal to me. A friend and I joked about killing Sam at the end of the last episode because we knew he was going to be a problem. Guess we were right! Was not expecting the Carl being shot in the face thing, however, because I haven’t read the comics. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.
I also found the possible evolution of Wolf a very interesting storyline. He was definitely enamored with Denise and I do think that he was trying to save her, both when he got bit and when Carol eventually killed him. While he was creepy and weird, it was nice to see him actually get a bit of a character arc. He could have easily just been a one-note villain, so it was a bit revelatory. It’s actually too bad he had to die, twice, because I think I would have liked to see how far they might take it. It was also interesting to see a bit of evolution in both Gabriel and Morgan, so hopefully it means they’ve both turned the proverbial corner and I won’t wish a horrible death on either of them anytime soon.
Overall, this was a fantastic episode. It was shocking and gut-wrenching and everything I’ve come to expect from this show. This was probably one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead ever and I hope that the buzz turns a lot of people around in regards to it. I know that a lot of folks have become disillusioned with the show over the last couple of seasons, but with this episode being so amazing and Negan making up the last half of the season, hopefully people will give it another shot.
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