Director: Greg Nicotero
Cast: Andrew Lincoln/Norman Reedus/Steven Yeun/Lauren Cohan/Chandler Riggs/Danai Gurira/Melissa McBride/Emily Kinney/Chad L. Coleman/Lawrence Gilliard, Jr./Sonequa Martin-Green
Daryl continues his travels with Joe and the rest of his group and learns a bit more about their rules and regulations while others continue their journey to Terminus as well as all the dangers that lay ahead…
The Ups: This week’s episode of TWD was almost in perfect contrast with last week’s episode with it’s level of positive emotions instead of negative emotions. I believe writers Nichole Beattie and Seth Hoffman wanted that not only for the viewer but also for the characters who have practically been running on fumes and at the edge of depression. One scene in particular was done tremendously well to heighten the spirits of the viewer and final showed a ray of hope at the end of this long, dark tunnel. In addition, Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) unbreakable tenacity to find his wife again continues to be so throughout this episode and various turmoils having to do with other people and of course the occasional walker create more and more obstacles. Greg Nicotero’s direction for Glenn’s courage is definitely something to aspire to that I believe people in and outside the show can look up to.
The Downs: The downsides to this episode that I noticed aren’t exactly problems with the episode itself or its production but instead the choices that the characters are forced to make, specifically Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Glenn. What the writers make them do did not sit right with me simply because, those aren’t the choices I would make. If separated from my people I would only care about myself and no one else, I would be able to move faster and find my people in due time. Other than those little pet peeves of mine the episode was great!
Overall: After the shocking events of last week’s episode it seems the bar has been set quite high for the last few episodes of this season so that the ending is just as memorable as all the other season finales. Everything is converging at one point as events from previous episodes become clear and characters make their way to Terminus, all things will be answered once the end is reached and I know I’m not the only one who is excited for it.
Grade 5 of 5