So this episode is The Walking Dead's equivalent of "The Constant" or that episode of Mad Men that everyone says is the best. Just a perfect hour of TV that set the stage for the season's endgame. It was filled with some of the best moments of the show: Rick's sad reunion with long lost Morgan, which leads to Rick beginning to forgive himself and heal...Michonne showing a softer side...Michonne and Carl bonding over a trip to fetch a Grimes family artifact, which led to warm moments between Rick and Carl, and Rick and Michonne...that closing sequence.
I thought it was just crazy how Rick, Michonne and Carl get swarmed by walkers in the car, and not one of them bats an eye.
I thought the hitchhiker would have made it into town and stolen the car. That would've been awesome. Poor guy. Hope he had good supplies.
I finally decided to watch The Walking Dead Tuesday and was caught up by Saturday evening. I don't care for zombie horror anything but this show is the best.
That being said Carl is lightyears ahead in likability compared to season 2. The way the character is being written as this delicate balance of focused soldier and mature man-child who is still growing mentally and physically is a tight balance. He could grow into being a compassionate leader or cold robot depending on what he continues to see and hear in these formative adolescent years of his. The shot of him leaning on the doors of that restaurant waiting for Michonne while Walkers were banging on the doors behind him was art.
When I saw Rick drive past the hitchhiker in the beginning of the episode I thought "It's a cold world out there man". He doesn't have to worry about that anymore.
Lennie James was fantastic as broken Morgan. I had to fight back manly tears when he told Rick about him and his son listening to Rick's Walkie Talkie updates, until they stopped. That scene was also moving because it made me think about my dad for some reason. Must of been the protective father tone between them.
Holy shit Michonne smiled and had full conversations with people. She likes rainbow cats. That part blew my mind more than how incredibly fast and quiet she is. I also wonder if Kirkman was inspired by the comic book character Blade when he made her?
I liked that Michonne and Rick had the talking to the dead conversation that was in the comics. This really was the grim future of Rick Grimes. Maybe like Scrooge in Christmas Carol, Rick can turn it around. I doubt it though. In the comics, Morgan comes with them, but I guess not. Its a shame, they are going to need the help. Very good and cinematic episode.
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As I was watching I was thinking "This is the BEST EPISODE EVER". Really good. I wish Morgan had joined them, but I get the point they were making.
Only thing that aggravated me was how they wouldn't even wait for Morgan to wake up. Just seems like anyone would've sat there until they saw what his mindset was like and to find out if there were others, where his traps were, etc...
I loved it to and thought it was easily one of the best episodes the entire series.
The problem I had is we see Rick, Carla and Micchone loading the car while Morgan is putting the biters on a gurney. As Rick and crew drive down the road, we see Morgan unloading the bodies to be burnt. It groaned a little but realized, it was typical for this show.
I guess we know if Rick and crew need ammo, they are going to head back to Morgan's. We may not have seen the last of him.
Originally posted by ScottyflamingoAs I was watching I was thinking "This is the BEST EPISODE EVER". Really good. I wish Morgan had joined them, but I get the point they were making.
Hopefully that's all we need for Rick to "snap out of it". A realization that he could become like Morgan should do the trick.
I also thought the hitchhiker was going to yoink the car. Kind of glad it didn't go that way, though. After seeing how Rick left him to die, I now want to re-watch the entire series at some point to see the transition from helping everyone to now.
Morgan's traps are smart and hopefully the jail crew will make their own. Or remember that they can clear away the walkers outside the fence by whistling and stabbing them in the head.
After she turned, Morgan's wife used to try to turn the knob of their front door each night. In the same episode it was suggested walkers could use ladders to get to Merle. Walkers don't seem that smart now, and rather than say this is inconsistent, I'd argue the collective walker skillset has decayed as what's left of their brains slowly fades.
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Originally posted by Matt TrackerAfter she turned, Morgan's wife used to try to turn the knob of their front door each night. In the same episode it was suggested walkers could use ladders to get to Merle. Walkers don't seem that smart now, and rather than say this is inconsistent, I'd argue the collective walker skillset has decayed as what's left of their brains slowly fades.
I was surprised they didn't even break the restaurant door glass with Carl just chilling on the other side.
I don't think Rick is going to "snap out of it" as much as accept that he's going to occasionally see and talk to Lori, but know it's not real. The man has to find comfort somewhere. Michonne seemed cool with it.
And Michonne is FINALLY showing some likability. Had a couple of humorous lines and had some good scenes with Carl who is SO much better than Season 2. Of course him being so stupid then may have been what they wanted.
I like this show. I agree with the sentiment of BigDaddyLoco. It's not raucous, but it's really enjoyable. I especially like the Napoleon character. The nerdy weirdo, but still very much the surly teenager. Very accurate of my memories in those days.