The Walking Dead
Season 5 Episode 13
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Welcome Walking Dead fans! This week we get a closer look at Alexandria but will we get any answers or just more questions? Can our pack of wild dogs be re-domesticated or will they pee all over the floor? Time to dive in…
The Walking Dead
Season 5 Episode 13
*This is meant for those you have already watched the episode so if you saved it for later you have been warned.
Last week ended with the high counsel (or so it appears) of Daryl, Carol and Rick discussing how to handle their new surroundings with Rick declaring that they’ll “just take this place” if the people of Alexandria aren’t doing things to their satisfaction. So this episode begins with Sasha in full PTSD, she can’t sleep and being in such a docile, safe place isn’t putting her mind at ease. You can’t help thinking, “when is she going to just snap and start mowing some Alexandrians down at a BBQ or something.” Who knows perhaps that’ll happen or she’ll finally start to come around. I’m thinking no but hey, you never know. Then it’s another meeting of the high counsel outside the walls. Carol has some plan that we don’t know any details of yet but at least her “little Susie homemaker” act is dropped. They plot to steal some guns from the armory since the docile Alexandrians aren’t so good at security. But the real question is… WTF is the “W” carved into the walker’s head. We first saw this outside Noah’s hometown massacre but we still have no clue what it is. I hear those that have read the graphic novels might but I haven’t so you’ll get no spoiler on that here.
Samurai Cop (I may have to copyright that!)… oops Michonne has a brief but meaningful conversation with Rick discussing why they’ve been made constables. Are the security jackets just a way of singling them out? We begin to see that there is a chess match going on between Rick and Deanna but what is the end game? We don’t know that either. So while we contemplate Daryl is out hunting on his own which turns into a male bonding session between Daryl and Aaron. I had to laugh since Aaron’s excuse for following is that he’s out hunting wabbits but where’s the Elmer Fudd laugh? Come on! But moving on… Deanna puts her politician’s hat on with a stump speech about Alexandria thriving with industry and commerce and blah, blah, blah bullshit. Sure let’s go back to what didn’t work before but that’s a whole tangent I could go on there which would only bore you to tears. Rick points out that Alexandria isn’t as secure as it should be since the walls can be easily scaled finding out that the watchtower is pretty much just a scarecrow with no one in it a majority of the time. Sasha shows up to volunteer for watchtower duty only to get shot down (see what I did there? HA!) Rick perhaps tips his hand too much to Deanna saying “People are the real threat.” Well why not just announce that your very own group is the threat Rick!? In what I think was just Deanna trying to cover her suspicion she announces a welcoming party for the group to get to know the people of Alexandria. Sure because there’s nothing more “real” than people at a cocktail party. If you’ve ever been to one you know that everyone puts on their happy, charming face leaving their real face at home. Leave it to a politician to host something as lame as this.
Was anyone not thinking of this song at the mention of the Welcome Party?
So the armory heist has perfect cover and its decided Carol will be the sneak thief. She’s probably right that she’s invisible plus she’s lulling everyone to sleep with her goody goody act. Then we’re back to Daryl and Aaron’s male bonding moment with the appearance of Buttons the horse. It’s my understanding that this was a little more in depth in the graphic novel so it served as a nice little shout out to the readers. I’m waiting for TWD to run its course before I dive into the graphic novels because I don’t want to spoil it for myself but I do like that little nods to the readers are there from time to time. Daryl gets close to Buttons but then the damn dead show up, of course, and it’s zombie killin time! The FX team on TWD deserves a ton of credit for the awesome job they do. We’ve seen a million zombie kills and they always manage to slide something new and interesting in, serious Kudos to Greg Nicotero and his team.
The little goody two shoes act of Carol just is way over the top at times but does make me laugh. When she’s trying to sneakily unlock the window in the armory for later, the discussion she has with Tobin about not being that adept with a gun had me nearly laughing out loud. It wasn’t so long ago she was storming the gates of Terminus as a one woman army to save Rick & crew from becoming a tasty treat for Gareth. I’m sure some are finding the act annoying but it cracks me up and then, of course, Carol puts the icing on the cake but I’ll get to that, it’s time for the party! I’ve been to “parties” like this and zzzzz just shoot me if I ever get stuck at one again. Maybe it’s just me but I have no time for fake smiles and idle chit chat about nothing. Give me a bonfire, some cold ones and some stinky green and I’d be much happier. Anyway we’re finally introduced to Deanna’s husband, Reg, who built the walls that keep Alexandria a “safe” place. I have to say I’m not caring for the budding romance between Rick and Jessie which probably puts me in the minority. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s the damn apocalypse! There’s no time to “take it slow” these people would be going at it like rabbits (wabbits hahahaha) if this was all really happening which is one shortcoming of TWD. It’s gritty and realistic in every other area but does seem to discount human sexual desire especially with death looming at all times. Just me? I don’t really think so.
Back to our male bonding portion of the show… Daryl and Aaron are still trying to track down Buttons and get him to safety. After a little batch of zombie stompin they arrive just in time to see poor Buttons get taken down by a group of nasty walkers. I don’t like seeing animals harmed (not that the horse was actually killed) but I have to say it really wasn’t as touching as perhaps it was meant to be. If Buttons had been around longer with several failed attempts at trying to capture him bringing him into the safe confines of Alexandria perhaps I would have felt more strongly about his demise but all we had was one moment with Daryl nearly able to get to him then he’s getting taken down and ripped apart. I can only speak for myself but it wasn’t as tragic of an event as it probably should have been. And I’m prattling on a little long winded here so moving on…
The cocktail party is in full swing zzzz. Sorry nodded off there. The budding romance between Rick and Jessie is lulling me to sleep and we get to see her husband in the light finally. He seems like kind of a dick but who knows yet. They talk about trying to have some semblance of “ordinary life” which you know on TWD will be short lived if we really get any at all. Meanwhile Daryl smartly bows out of going ending up back with his new pal Aaron and his partner Eric eating spaghetti as you would imagine Daryl doing. Surprisingly he does use a fork but with all the table manners of a wild dog. Then it’s time for Daryl to learn what his job is going to be. A nice bonding moment over a motorcycle which is obviously right up Daryl’s alley while Aaron tells him they want Daryl to be a recruiter like Aaron himself. This actually struck me as odd since Daryl is an excellent scavenger, for sure, but recruiting people to come to Alexandria? Daryl isn’t exactly a “people person”. I know some of you ladies may swoon but if Daryl showed up in front of you would you follow him? I’m thinking probably not. Daryl may be a good judge of people but looks like he’ll probably cut your throat while you sleep so I’m not sure how he will be as a recruiter but whatever.
Michonne and Abraham have a little moment outside the cocktail party showing the difficulties of trying to adjust to being in a safe place for once. Then comes my favorite part of this episode. Carol sneaks inside the armory where she left the window open but it seems she wasn’t completely invisible to one cookie starved little bastard. I couldn’t help grinning ear to ear as Carol informed the young chap what would happen to him if he told anyone. Carol channels her inner evil like your grandmother whispering some nasty vileness while looking sweet and innocent the whole time. Just awesome! Then back to the boring cocktail party for “the kiss.” It was just a kind peck on the cheek but Rick and Jessie both felt something more. I really hope this budding romance doesn’t get dragged on forever but it’s likely to get dragged on for quite some time as all shows tend to do plus there’s the husband to deal with. So we finally come to the end of this episode of many moving parts with everyone trying to figure out what’s what. Daryl refuses to take one of the stolen guns, Michonne hangs up her katanna and Rick looks like a rabid dog ready to pounce seeing Jessie with her husband. There’s only 3 episodes left so you know some nasty shit is about to go down soon. Don’t be lulled to sleep by this episode that had a ton going on even if it wasn’t all kill, kill, kill all the time.
The episode ends with Rick up against the wall with a walker on the opposite side in a metaphor for the show’s title “Forget.” Can Rick and crew forget what’s happened to this point and live peacefully inside the safe walls of Alexandria? Or is it Rick & crew that are the “people” the Alexandrians should be afraid of? The group is being treated, in a way, like a wild dog let in from the wild who has to be re-trained not to pee on the floor and chew up your favorite sweater but it isn’t unwarranted. I don’t know exactly what Deanna’s game is yet but she is a highly intelligent woman with the scheming and conniving background of being a politician. Her idea of the old world reborn inside the walls of Alexandria is either a pipedream or the beginnings of megalomania that will run amok while she turns into a dictator of Hitler or Stalin proportions. She is a threat which means at some point she and Rick will clash as the chess match was playing out all through this episode. Obviously there will be an outside threat from whoever is carving the “Ws” into walker’s heads but will we see that threat this season or next? Will the outside threat mirror the inner turmoil caused by Rick’s group inside Alexandria’s walls? Will Sasha have a complete breakdown and just start firing into a crowd of Alexandrians? I have no answers yet but I’m definitely looking forward to finding out. Plus just where the hell is Morgan already? I like Morgan so I’d really like him to pop up for good. If he comes in just to get killed in the final episode or something I think my head just might explode! Anyway I’m looking forward to the final few episodes to see how this all plays out though I’m sure most of the answers won’t come until sometime next season. The writing on TWD remains fantastic so no matter what happens I’ll be tuning in just like all of you. Until next week TWD fans… contemplate, speculate and keep in mind with any luck we’ll probably all be wrong no matter what which is why I love this show. Feind OUT!!!
Perhaps its just the metalhead in me but this song was playing in my head the entire episode.
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