Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘No Way Out’
It’s been two months since stupid Jessie and her two dumb sons were the only people fool enough to die while wearing guts ponchos.
Alexandria is rebuilding, Rick is so thin he needs to make a new notch in his belt, and Michonne is out of toothpaste. Good thing Daryl and Rick are making a day run for supplies. Michonne puts in a request for spearmint and baking soda, looking all clean and well moisturized in her bathrobe. I see you, girl.
Denise asks Daryl to bring back the soda pop Tara’s been mentioning in her sleep, which means #DeyFucking. Maggie is concerned because she never sees Enid around, and tells the teen to come talk to her if she needs to.
Michonne notices Spencer entering the woods with a shovel and follows him. What is he doing out there? Burying his feelings?
He won’t tell her what he’s doing, but Michonne had too much respect for Deanna to let her son die out in the woods so she continues to tag along.
Carl and Enid are also up to their old tricks of sneaking out into the woods just because, though Enid seems to be over it. When they encounter a walker that they clearly know and Carl refuses to kill it, Enid has had enough. She heads back to Alexandria, probably to talk to Maggie about how silly boys are.
Michonne spots Carl just before a walker shambles into view. It’s Deanna. Michonne holds her while Spencer tearfully puts her down. Then, they bury her by a tree with her initial carved into it.
Spencer has lost his whole family, but Michonne reminds him he still has family and a home, so how ’bout they get back to it.
Later that night, Michonne confronts Carl about being out in the woods and playing hide and seek with walker Deanna. He knew Spencer had to be the one to kill it. He’s been there. It should have been someone who loved her, and he’d do that for Michonne.
Only in the ZA could “I’m willing to be the one who puts a knife through your brain” be an expression of love.
Jesus Take the Wheel
On the road, Daryl points out they haven’t had much luck on their runs in recent weeks. They haven’t found any people and Daryl thinks that’s probably for the best. What happened to the Daryl who understood they need people? I guess after blowing up Negan’s goons he’s like, fuck people.
Rick and Daryl hit the jackpot with a truck full of supplies, but lose it to a slick stranger named Jesus. They take off on foot after him – because they left their car where they first found the truck – and eventually catch up. After a fight, Jesus hands over the keys instead of getting shot.
They’re back on the road for awhile when Daryl realizes Jesus is on the roof of the truck. Rick stops short in a field, sending Jesus flying. What follows is a Benny Hill-esque chase through the countryside that leaves Jesus knocked the fuck out and the truck of supplies sinking to the bottom of a lake.
Happy, boys? Now no one gets to play with it!
They head back to Alexandria with a snoozing Jesus. Daryl has definitely changed his mind about their need to find people, but Rick informs him that he had the right idea the first time. They take Jesus to Denise for mending, and then leave him in their makeshift prison with a glass of water and a note.
Rick says it’s pretty stupid of them to keep going out there and Daryl agrees. But they’ll be doing it again tomorrow. Same bat time. Same bat channel.
Breath Mints & Chill
Like an old married couple, Rick and Michonne rest on the couch, each too tired to talk about their day. Rick struck out on the toothpaste, but did get a roll of breath mints from the vending machine. They giggle, and hold hands over the mints.
Then they lock eyes.
Tentative kisses turn into passionate kisses. There’s face holding and smiling. Pants come off.
Then the heavens opened up and blessed upon us: Richonne.
Jesus Frowns Upon Your Pre-Marital, Post-Apocalypse Sex
Rick and Michonne are butt-ass naked and boo’d up in bed when Jesus rushes in, wanting to talk to Rick.
I wonder if this is another time jump.
The Walking Dead S6E10
This episode was a breath of fresh, spearmint scented air. It was light and humorous, while still keeping the element of danger that always exists in the ZA.
I’ve been highly critical when they show characters leaving their safe zone just because. At least in this episode, they finally acknowledge (first Enid, then Rick) that it’s pretty stupid.
The walker Deanna story was handled well, though I wish they’d have resisted the urge to have Spencer say, “So, that’s why I came out here.” The Walking Dead can’t seem to help itself when it comes to overdoing it or stating the obvious.
It seems they can’t ever have everyone on the same page. The role reversal of Daryl no longer wanting to bring in new people and Rick being for it was fine, I guess, but it felt like we’ve done this before. What saved it in this episode was the introduction of Jesus. Their encounters with him were hilarious.
Of course, the highlight of the episode was Richonne. I tip my hat to Gimple cause I didn’t think he’d have the balls to do it. Their passion and affection were palpable, and smiling at each other while getting it in was the perfect touch that shows what many of us have been saying all along: They just make sense together.