Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 7, Episode 5 “Go Getters” (B-)

So this show is capable of multitasking, though we don’t get to see quite everyone in this hour, with just a brief glimpse of Rick and no sign or mention of Ezekiel’s kingdom. I just wish I found this part of the plotline more engaging. I’m a big fan of Xander Berkeley and have been puzzled to see his name in the credits each episode when he hasn’t appeared prior to this episode, but now he’s back as Gregory who, recovered from what he calls a stabbing misunderstanding, isn’t eager to do anything else to make the Saviors angry. It’s good to see Jesus, who initially showed up as a troublemaker, turn into the best friend that our group could have asked for and a loyal ally in their efforts to resist and eventually kill Negan. It was good to see Maggie and Sasha take charge of the situation and team up with Jesus to stand up to Gregory, who was ready to give them up right before the Saviors made him kneel just to humiliate him. Maggie saying grace at the end of the episode was a nostalgic callback to Hershel’s preacher past, and a rare moment of calm coupled with Carl’s rollerskating outing. Seeing Jesus hop into the back of the Saviors’ truck at the end of the episode was at least some sign that excitement and action is soon coming, hopefully in the form of freedom for our friends, and it’s a good thing that he’s there since Carl was ready to get himself in big trouble by going after Negan alone.

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