Previously on The Walking Dead, ‘Twice As Far’
Damn near every badass in the Alexandria Safe Zone traveled east in search of a reason for this episode, which only exists because someone told AMC this series needs 16 episodes (and 16.5 hours) to tell this season’s story.
Carol can’t go ten feet without having to kill someone – well, several someones. She encounters a truck of Saviors on the road, and despite her sweet and harmless act, and her begging them to just walk away, she ends up killing most of them. Then she disappears into the fields with a Savior not far behind.
The search party for Carol consists of Rick and Morgan because clearly Tobin ain’t ’bout that life. Along the way, Morgan points out Carol’s desire to change, while Rick points to the bodies she left on the road for them to find as a sign that she is, clearly, still ’bout that life.
They find a few fresh walkers near a barn, and a spear-wielding man searching for his horse. Since Rick is a “pop a cap in the ass and ask questions later” kinda guy, he fires on the man just in case. A quick shove from Morgan makes Rick miss. Morgan finally confesses he kept a Wolf alive long enough for him to save Denise, who saved Carl’s life.
“It’s a circle.”
No, brother. That’s a coincidence.
Rick takes this news surprisingly well. Since everyone’s in a bare your soul mood, Rick dimes out Michonne for stealing Morgan’s protein car. He, too, receives the news well. Then the two split up so Morgan can continue searching for Carol while Rick heads home in case Negan is there bashing in skulls as they speak.
Daryl also goes it alone this week, hoping to pick up Dwight’s trail and right the wrong he committed in not killing him the first time. He doesn’t get too far before Glenn, Rosita, and Michonne catch up to him because everyone refuses to stay their asses at home. Unable to talk Daryl out of his suicide mission, Rosita decides to join him as she’s also down for some payback.
Glenn throws up deuces because he has a baby on the way, and no one blames him. But when he and Michonne stop to have a heart-to-heart in the middle of the damn woods, Dwight shows up because he’s fucking Batman.
Later, Glenn and Michonne are tied up while Dwight and crew roast marshmallows or something. They think they’re saved when they spot Rosita and Daryl, but Dwight gets the drop on them because Batman.
For the record, I am not surprised this episode was mostly a hot-ass mess. The Walking Dead is not above writing their characters doing stupid things just because they need to quickly push the plot in a specific direction. However, this particular episode felt especially contrived since damn near every character knew they shouldn’t leave the camp, but they did it anyway. Then, once they were out there, they continued to make questionable decisions.
Carol doesn’t want to kill, but obviously she still will. So, what was the point in leaving? She loves so many at ASZ and she doesn’t want to kill for them, but she damn sure pulled the trigger rather than bring the Saviors back to her camp (at best) or to keep herself alive (at worst). And instead of going back the way she came to warn her family that they’re in danger with Saviors on the way (because they told her they were), she decides to disappear into the fields?
Daryl first and then Rosita decide to take on the Saviors who killed Denise, knowing it’s possible they’ll be captured and used to force Rick’s hand? That’s dumb. Glenn and Michonne had to stop walking to have that conversation? Dumber.
Listen. If this show insists on writing these characters like they’re not concerned for their own safety, you can’t expect the audience to actually care when they’re truly in danger. Also, enough with the death fake-outs. Daryl should be shot in the damn head, but probably not.
Finally, can we trust the Hilltop folks? Rick assumes the group Carol killed had a spear because it was part of the loot the Saviors take from that community. Later, the guy looking for his horse also had a Hilltop spear. Are these Saviors or people from Hilltop forced to participate for their part in the raid?
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The Walking Dead S6E15 = 7.6/10