Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 11 “The Distance” (B+)

This show has some deeply contemplative themed episodes and also sometimes tends to follow just a few of its characters in a given hour. And then it features episodes like this, which are very stream of consciousness and in the trenches, following the whole group as they move from place to place, unsure of what’s going to come next. That was very much the case here, as Aaron served as a friendly face who seemed all too calm about the state of things, almost too good to be true. It turned out that he was incredibly sensitive, reuniting with his partner Eric after getting truly concerned during the car ride when he saw the flare go up. He’s a fascinating character, and I really am curious to see what lies beyond the gates in Alexandria. Michonne, who defended Aaron’s apparent intentions, made things seem dark again when they were finally looking up when she suddenly got concerned and asked Rick if he had asked Aaron the three questions. Maybe the problem with Alexandria is going to be that they won’t be able to trust the tranquility of things and will feel the need to leave to be able to return to the predictable chaos of the outside world. Abraham and Rosita at least seem to be looking ahead to the future – and Washington, D.C. – with some positivity, and the sound of children playing is certainly inspiring. It’s just so hard to know what’s going to make it all fall apart.

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