Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘The Same Boat’
Well, we knew we were going to get at least one episode of wheels spinning as we head into the final three of the season. This was it. And it’s not so much that nothing happened. Plenty happened. None of it needed to happen though, and the fact that it all happened on the watch of some of the most seasoned and capable members of our group made it even more frustrating to witness.
Things are pretty quiet in Alexandra as they take stock of their loot gained from helping out Hilltop. Whether or not they’re still concerned about Negan and the Saviors never comes up. Instead, Eugene and Abraham set out on a secret mission at Eugene’s behest, and Denise tags along with Rosita and Daryl to search a pharmacy for medicine.
Eugene is sporting a new haircut and a new attitude, and the latter is mostly directed at Abraham. He waits until they reach their destination to tell Abraham they’re scouting a place to make bullets since they will eventually run out and no one is making any more. To our knowledge, no one within the group has ever thought of this (or if they have, they don’t have the know-how to accomplish it), which is why it makes zero sense that Eugene wouldn’t lay this out before they left. You know, in case he dies out there, leaving Abraham with no idea why it was worth it.
When a stray walker approaches, Eugene insists on killing it, but Abraham steps in when it looks like Eugene can’t handle it. Eugene explodes and tells Abraham his bodyguard services are no longer required.
We know Abraham isn’t one for ass kissing or coddling, so he leaves Eugene alone to head back to Alexandria on his own. If Eugene is behaving this way because he disagrees with the way Abraham treated Rosita, that’s fine. I just wish this group would learn to sort through their personal drama (debating Maggie’s involvement, debating whether or not they will kill, etc.) before they leave the camp and find themselves in life or death situations. Now’s not the time for petty.
This brings us to Exhibit B. Denise refuses to be left behind since the pharmacy was her idea and she’ll know which medicines to take. Grabbing everything would be the smart thing to do, but not as smart as leaving your town’s only doctor at home in relative safety, but all of that would be too much like right. Don’t even get me started on the fact that once they found the medicine, Daryl refused to let Denise identify anything, saying it would be faster to just take it all.
Maybe Daryl’s distracted by his new surly (surlier?) attitude and Rosita’s not thinking straight because her current bed warmer (Spencer) seems to want an actual relationship. Either way, they take Denise with them and that was mistake number one.
The second mistake came on their way back with the meds when Denise ignores their warning about going into a car with a walker inside to see what’s in a cooler on the passenger seat. It takes her a bit, but Denise saves herself when the walker gets loose. Scoring a can of orange soda pop for Tara leads Denise to lecture how the risk was worth it. She’s doing more moralizing when an arrow enters the back of her head and protrudes through her eye socket. If she had a point, that arrow proved that it was a dumb one.
Daryl and Rosita are surrounded by Dwight (the man who stole Daryl’s crossbow in the front half of season six), who is now sporting half a burned face, and others with guns. And they have Eugene. Again, this didn’t need to happen, but here we are.
With an assist from Abe who was hiding nearby and Eugene’s mouth on Dwight’s crotch (not as sexy as it sounds), our group is able to survive the encounter, though Eugene is grazed by a bullet.
So, now they have medicine and Daryl has his crossbow back, but their doctor is dead and Eugene is injured. And for some reason, all of this leads Carol to leave a Dear Tobin letter and hit the road. On the bright side? Abe has had too many near-death experiences lately to waste anymore time and we finally get Sashaham.
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The Walking Dead S6E14
So much of this episode felt like a waste of time, despite some fun dialogue and high-tension action. Morgan has finished building the jail no one asked for, Carol bounces with instructions for no one to follow her, but we know good and damn well people will (and she should know that as well), and now we have no doctor. Damn it. I liked Denise!
I suspect we’ve experienced the last few of our quiet moments heading into the finale as Dwight made it clear his group knows exactly where the Alexandrians live. If I thought anyone learned a lesson from these poor decisions, that would be one thing. But this is The Walking Dead, so we know they didn’t.