This week's episode of The Walking Dead
was, in my opinion, just meh.
It wasn't terrible, it had some action; but for the second-to-last installment of the season, I expected much more.
Daryl is traveling the woods with the merry band of misfits that surrounded him the last time we saw him. I have no idea what purpose these backwoods thugs serve, to be honest. But they're being kind of dickish to Daryl, and I don't appreciate it one bit. He holds his own, of course, but still. I am no fan of these dudes. We find out they're on track to Terminus as well, and we see Daryl realize that his crew will probably have traveled toward the same refuge. All of the other crap that happened with them was stupid, so we're moving on.
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We see Carl, Michonne and Rick traveling the tracks en route to Terminus, and other than Michonne and Carl splitting a candy bar (the wrapper of which we spy on the tracks when another group travels the same route later), and them saying that they should be close to Terminus, they have no real place in this week's story.
We FINALLY get to catch up with Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita. Glenn spots one of the walker-blood signs that Maggie made and we see him inflate with joy before our eyes. He negotiates with the others to keep going so that they don't lose too much time, and we know that there's no way he is slowing down now.
When they come to a dark and scary tunnel, Abraham tells Glenn that he knows he won't be convinced to turn back around and take the detour, and so this is where they part. Abraham refuses to lead Eugene into an unlit tunnel that undoubtedly holds walkers and unforeseen threats that would certainly endanger their lives. So Glenn and Tara navigate it alone.
Glenn and Tara come across a pile of walkers under a collapsed portion of the tunnel's ceiling. They distract the walkers and try to climb over when Tara gets stuck. Glenn refuses to leave her and tries to free her leg from under the stone when a group of six comes into the tunnel and shoots the walkers that have caught Glenn and Tara's scent. We see the group consists of Maggie, Sasha, Bob, Rosita, Eugene and Abraham. Eugene led Rosita back to the track where he calculated that Glenn and Tara would come out, because he was unwilling to leave them. There he stumbled upon Maggie and company and they saved the day together.
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But, the important news here is that Maggie and Glenn are reunited, and all is right with the world (inasmuch as it can be, during a zombie apocalypse). Their reunion is so ridiculously sweet, I just adore them. I am so thrilled that they've found each other, but I never had any doubt that they would.
They regroup together and decide to power on to Terminus before venturing to Washington, just to see what it's all about. We see them reach their destination, and before they even cross the gates, I have an uneasy feeling about this place. It seems a little too Woodbury/Pleasantville-esque for my tastes.
And that's that. And while I am thrilled that Maggie and Glenn have reunited, the overwhelming feeling I have is that of being underwhelmed. Are my expectations too high? Perhaps. But it's only because the bar has been set that high. Kirkman set this precedent, goddamnit, and I expect him to keep up his end of the bargain! As in, I will continue to be a loyal follower as long as he continues to give me the high quality work I've come to expect. That's not unreasonable, is it?
Until next week, Deadheads!
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