Okay, I know I complained last week about the character-driven, limited action episodes of “The Walking Dead” lately, but that was before I knew there was going to be a Daryl Dixon episode! Just when I thought I couldn’t want to hug him more…lucky Beth! But let’s start from the beginning. Mmmkay?
Beth becomes frustrated with Daryl, since he pretty much never speaks and when he does speak he’s moody and cold. I would find that incredibly frustrating too…especially if that lack of communication wasn’t being replaced with some smooching or something. TMI? Beth decides to focus all of that pent up frustration into finding some booze. The craziest thing is, she has never had a drink. How long has she been zombie apocalypse-ing it now? Still no drink? I can’t think of any situation where I’d want a drink more, even if it’s probably a bad idea to be drunk when you’re attacked by walkers.
They eat some snake jerky and then Daryl finally agrees to help Beth procure some liquor. Cool.
They stumble upon a country club, which based on my limited knowledge of country clubs from film and television, seems like the perfect place to find booze! Day drinking is pretty much all they do in those places…am I right? She finds some wine! But quickly must use it a weapon to kill a walker. D’oh! Unfortunately, the next thing she finds is Peach Schnapps and she cries. SHE CRIES! I have honestly never related to a storyline more than Beth’s plight to get inebriated after a stressful time and only having something disgusting available to do the deed. I’m looking at you, old bottle of Grappa! Daryl finally shows a little humanity and refuses to let Peach Schnapps be Beth’s first booze. Good Boy.
So he takes her to a shack for some moonshine? Um, okay. We learn that this place is similar to where Daryl grew up. Oh, feels are coming. They drink the harsh moonshine and then play a game of “I never”. Daryl gets rager drunk and pisses in the shack. Oy…Daryl. Beth fights back though and doesn’t let Daryl walk all over her. “I know you look at me, and you just see another dead girl,” she yells. “I’m not Michonne. I’m not Carol. I’m not Maggie…but I made it!” Okay, I’m officially shipping Daryl and Beth now. Sorry, Carol!
Then Daryl admits what has really been going on with him. He blames himself for Hershel’s death. Oh man, I officially got teary-eyed here. Beth hugs Daryl. Daryl lets himself be hugged. I basically died.
Later, Daryl reveals who he was before “the turn” happened.
Basically, he got into brawls with Merle while getting high. Kind of a loser. Sorry, Daryl. Beth reveals her own insecurities about being strong enough to survive. These two actors kill it this episode. Best episode for me since the season started back again in February. I could have watched another hour of these two.
The episode ended with the duo burning down the shack using the moonshine and cash Daryl inexplicably took from the country club as kindling. Good times!
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