Thursday, November 12, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 5 “Now” (B)

After such an intense, focused episode as last week’s, it feels disjointed and convoluted to return to such a crowded hour with developments on a handful of fronts. Theoretically, the story of how Rick got away with the RV might still be to come, but now we just got thrown into seeing the mess that Alexandria has become following the brutal attack experienced a few episodes ago. Most concerning is Deanna’s breakdown since it mimics Rick in his more paralyzed moments, unable to adequately guide the group because he just can’t get himself back together. Her son helped snap her out of that a little bit, but it’s going to be a tough road getting back to where they used to be. Involving Carl and other youngsters in the goings-on in Alexandria and its outskirts was an obnoxious bore as usual, and it’s still best to leave things to the adults. It was good to see Aaron step up to make sure that Maggie didn’t charge headfirst into danger all by herself, and he’s definitely the show’s most good-natured addition in a long time, always looking out for the best in people and willing to open his perspective to new ideas. It’s also nice to see Denise and Tara bonding, since those are two people living on the outskirts of different groups of people and they could use a friend, or more, as the case may be. I suspect Alexandria won’t be a reliable home for long, and I’m eager to see who will be able to make it out and survive on the outside.

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