‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Alexandria is safe no more as zombies attack

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

The Walking Dead recap season 6 episode 8 mid-season finale ‘Start to Finish': There goes the neighbourhood.

Whoaaaa, here he comes! This episode – the so-called mid-season finale, with obligatory cliff-hanger ending – opens in the bedroom of Ron Anderson (Major Dodson), the younger son of Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) and her late brute of a husband Pete.Well, at least the Greene family midseason-finale streak has been put to rest with “Start to Finish.” But that doesn’t mean the Alexandrians got away clean from the events of season 6’s midpoint. Fans of the Walking Dead comic books have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Negan — arguably the series’ most diabolical villain — for weeks now.

As the walkers spilled into the streets of the Safe Zone, Deanna did not go gently into that good afternoon, and Father Gabriel made a Star Wars reference. But this season has been all about the impossibility of keeping the outside horrors at bay, and as the camera follows a line of ants from the window to the half-eaten meal Ron has left on the floor, it’s a portent of what’s coming.

In a teaser promo for the second half of the season, Daryl (Norman Reedus), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) are driving down the road, minding their own business, when they happen upon a group of bikers brandishing weapons. And that omnipresent danger made itself a hassle from the start, forcing most of the main players to split up and run for the nearest shelter available. He notably kills Glenn Rhee within moments of meeting him, and after show favorite Glenn (Steven Yeun) barely survived this season on the TV series, fans are obviously wary of this new baddie. For some like Maggie, that means lone wolfing it up to a watch platform (which occurs in a protracted sequence of walkers grabbing at Maggie’s feet; it’s meant to be tense, the surviving Greene scraping by to save her life, but knowing the show just revealed the pregnant woman’s husband had survived after a weeks-long cliffhanger saps the scene of any tension it’s meant to have). Though we have not seen him on the screen yet, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast in the sadistic role, and it’s clear we’ll see him in February when the show returns.

For others, like Rosita and Tara, it means holing it up in a garage with Eugene, who reveals he’s still too scared to fight and happens to be the “Always Accountable”-ending cliffhanger voice over the radio. And for a much larger group, which includes Rick, Carl, dumb Ron (I believe it’s his official character name), an injured Deanna, and Michonne, shelter means running to Jessie’s house. She’s been bitten, delivering one of the series’ best reactions to the reveal with a perfectly timed “Well, s—.” Deanna quite calmly accepts her fate, mostly consoled by Michonne at her side. I mean, Maggie is cute and all, but still… Enid (Katelyn Nacon) thinks he’s off his Lazarus-shaped rocker. “This is how it happens,” she says. “And it always happens, Glenn.” The end, she means.

He believes they’re all dead, in fact, including Carl, so he might as well take him out now, as he intended to before the walkers flooded their town. Dumb Ron locks the door and pulls his gun on Carl, but Rick trained the boy well, and he’s able to wrestle it out of dumb Ron’s grasp before he can actually use it.

Just go,” he says. “But that’s how you lose people – even after they’re gone.” The world’s least-qualified doctor, Denise (Merritt Wever), is down in a basement enjoying a sparkling tete-a-tete with the captured Wolf man (Australian actor Benedict Samuel, late of The Beautiful Lie). He replaces his lost gun with a shovel, but misses Carl and instead whacks apart the glass window of the outer door, alerting passing walkers to their presence. The walkers eventually break through the door, but by this point, Rick has chopped open the other door leading into the house, rescuing the two boys as the undead pour into their once-safe haven. And so they prepare for their inevitable departure, which includes dealing with the dying Deanna. (It also means addressing dumb Ron’s attempt on Carl’s life, to which the young Grimes says “Look, I get it: My dad killed your dad.

It was something her husband Reg – the architect of this near-Utopia – used to say when things got bad, she says, kind of dodging the question because she can’t get Google translate up just at the moment. “I’m lucky, Michonne,” says Deanna, who has seen her husband decapitated, her dream overrun by the undead, her son revealed as a cowardly drunk, and her own life brought to an abrupt end by a blade and a bite. “Working with my family towards a better future was all I ever wanted,” she continues. “That’s what I got. I got to do what I wanted right up to the end.” In the garage of Jessie’s house, Carl finds Ron, and offers the kind of solace only the deluded can muster. “My dad’s gonna figure something out,” says Number One Son. “He always does.” “That’s bullshit,” says Ron, who is a total douche but in this respect at least is spot-on. “Your dad’s just going to get more people killed, because that’s what he does, that’s who he is. Deanna didn’t save Rick earlier during the walker surprise because she likes him, thinks he’s a good man, or because he can grow one hell of a beard. He is concerned about Deanna, who Michonne has a final sitdown with while the rest of the group tries on this season’s hottest zombie-gut-tinged clothing.

Michonne offers to end Deanna’s life now and save her the trouble, but she refuses. “Someday this pain will be useful to you,” she says to Michonne, quoting a Latin phrase her husband used. When the herd breaks into Jessie’s house, he proposes the survivors gut a couple of zombies and cover themselves in their entrails, then make a dash for the armoury. “I’ve done it before,” he says, and he’s harking back to season one, when this stunt worked a treat until it started raining.

That’s not a knife, this is a knife: Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) have a full and frank discussion about the best way to deal with Wolves. Rick and the others wander through the herd looking like extras in a Lady GaGa video, while Deanna gets off her deathbed to open the door on a hall full of zombies.

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