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Walking Dead Calm Before Recap: Shocking, wild, spectacular



Carol (Melissa McBride), Henry (Matt Lintz) and Ezekiel (Khary Payton) have a happy family reunion.
Image: Gene Page (AMC)

People, I was not so thrilled with an episode of The Walking Dead in such a long time. I mean, I was pleasantly surprised when a zombie pierced Jesus. I enjoyed the Whisperers and the Highwaymen crazy and I loved the bizarre way Rick was taken off the show. But today's episode was just fantastic – and the end was so shocking that my chin literally fell off.

Two Things: The first is that I sincerely suggest before reading this abstract. I'm pretty sure I told you this one or two times before other good episodes, but man I could not mean it anymore.

The second thing is in the fourth season. I called the final rick governor showdown the moment of the show's "red wedding", mainly because of the violence and the number of characters killed and the amazing, terrible shot of the blood-filled child seat of Judith. I would like to take that back, because although it was really violent, the fight was not really shocking. We knew the governor would come and there would be a battle. And, of course, we also knew that the Whispers would hang around in the congregations to be inducted into Lydia, and we all suspect that this would happen during the Great Mass, since people on The Walking Dead that can. I never imagined that this would happen – such a surprising and so tragic turn of phrase that Game of Thrones & # 39; Red Wedding matches it better than anything else .

Enough of my prologue. Let's talk about the prologue of the show, which focused on a couple we have not seen yet, and flashes through the anniversaries. They find Hilltop, the lady makes a wooden coin with an "H" for "Home" or "Hilltop". The guy loves them and says everyone will love them and they go with a box of "H coins. It's so sunny and happy and sad that you know they're going to die. They do it on the way to the fair, but we also see Alpha scalping the lady to get blond hair.

It's a micro version of the entire episode, because everyone is incredibly happy to be at the much anticipated show from a new beginning. There's a lot of trading, Earl and Siddiq do blacksmithing and CPR workshops, and there's even an Eugene Dunk tank, which is pretty amazing. The leaders of the communities all come together to discuss the new threat from the Whisperers and decide to reunite. They declare an attack on a community as an attack on all, like a kind of apocalyptic NATO. They sign the pact on which Ezekiels sat, and Michonne even tells Gabriel that he, as chairman of Alexandria should sign him, not her. And then they are very wise that the Whispers will attack Hilltop in revenge for the rescue of Lydia. Every church should send warriors to defend them – immediately. All good.

Nabila (Nadine Marissa) and Jerry (Cooper Andrews) have a happy family moment.
Image: Gene Page (AMC)

The worst thing that happens during the show is that the shitty teenager was holding this zombie in a pit and Henry got drunk because he was still shitty and Lydia lied to that Henry really looks at Addy, who is not fucking teenage girl with the glasses, so Lydia has no chance with Henry. And then we see Alpha in Hilltop wearing the blond woman's hair and hat, and nobody knows.

That shitty teens thing is blissfully resolved – Lydia pushes her goat's shit properly into her faces and Henry fixes her right away – and I think the alpha thing is sort of solved. We see her introduce herself to King Ezekiel, who asks her to assist her in an ominous way in finding winter clothing. Later, Alpha Lydia grabs the movie night and talks to her daughter about how she got too weak to survive, and the camera cuts quickly, suggesting that her mother also killed Lydia.

But first! The warriors sent to Hilltop, including Daryl, Carol, Michonne, and New Kid's leader, Yumiko, face the pair's broken cart at the opening. Because Hilltop still has to be defended, the others continue as the above four tracks follow the path of the Whispers and hope their people are still alive. That's not the case, and the entire pro team of Walking Dead is captured by the Whisperers, who do not mysteriously kill them. (Beta also comes over to make sure everyone knows you just had to give us the girl.)

In fact, Alpha Daryl takes a little trip with him and shows him a flock of, oh, I guess several thousand zombies. She says that her people are among them and they can lead them. This seems completely absurd – how many people can she possibly have there? Do you take layers? How can they possibly keep a herd of this size together? – But it's the level of ridicule that I love to see in The Walking Dead . Alpha has the zombie equivalent of a nuclear bomb, and that's a lot of fun.

Connie (Lauren Ridloff) has a happy reunion with her sister Kelly (Angel Theory).
Image: Gene Page (AMC)

The last thing Alpha Daryl says, before releasing him and freeing the others, is that there is now a demarcation of territories: there is a line, and the Whisperers own the south. All main characters have to stay in the north. When Daryl asks where the line is, Alpha just says, "They'll know." She is not kidding.

Because the line is characterized by several severed heads on wooden tips. Ozzy, the leader of the Highwaymen (I think). Some other people. Earls wife Tammy teen jerk jerk. The teenager who does not shake, Addy.

Enid.

Tara.

And finally … Henry.

That's … that's crazy . It's certainly the biggest launch of the show's lead characters since Negan killed Abraham and Glenn, and that surprise was destroyed by this stupid cliffhanger. This was shocking . I was surprised because the show did not even give us an indication of what would happen until the group first saw their heads from a distance.

Then the show skilfully cuts off the identity of the heads with flashbacks of the characters in the kingdom looking for them: Earl can not find Tammy. Gabriel asks Tara to discuss something. Alden scans the crowd during his performance on stage, but is disappointed that his girlfriend Enid is not there. Finally, we see Lydia panic over Ezekiel and tell him that her mother is in there. It turns out that both are okay. But in the present, Daryl runs to Carol and asks her not to look at him, instead to look at him. And the camera pans so slowly that Henry is the last head.

Poor, friendly, stupid, horny Henry.

The show has brought him into the limelight since the leap in time, making his death difficult – just as the show intended. Even if you thought he was an idiot, we spent so much time following his character as he kept trying to do the right thing, and it's still a big surprise to kill him. That he was a child makes it tragic. And the fact that Carol loved him like a son and she has to bear the sadness to lose another child … that's what makes it personal.

Alden (Callan McAullife) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) share a happy moment
Image: Gene Page (AMC)

I have no idea how Alpha – and probably some staff – managed to do it all to sneak those people around with somebody from the kingdom who sees that. It's downright nonsense because it requires a Joker in The Dark Knight to achieve omnipotence. Nevertheless, I do not care. This scene is so well recorded, so well cut and played so fantastically on all levels that it is one of the best moments of the show. It's the kind of scene that some of those millions of people who stopped watching The Walking Dead after years of bitching, and deservedly earned it deservedly.
[9659005] Season 9 has it I had some ups and downs to be sure, but there were a lot more highs than lows. The fact that this is the season in which Angela Kang appeared as a showrunner should not hurt anyone. The fact that she has managed to turn the show around, taking into account the loss of the main character of the series, is astonishing. Honestly, I think that this is my favorite season of the show. Granted, it took a million years, so my memory of the early days is hazy, but D the Walking Dead was so good this season that I actually washed up more people who did not see it! And I've spent the last few years wishing I could stop seeing it myself!

The episode does not end with the unveiling of the victims. Instead, it ends with a speech by Siddiq, who was also captured but left alive by the Whispers to tell the rest of the horrors he and the others experienced. (I would think that the severed heads on the sticks would have been a message, but whatever.) Instead, Siddiq tells everyone how important the camaraderie they've built between communities. Because even though the deceased came from different colonies, although some of them did not even know each other, they fought each other and protected each other, even if they were doomed to fail.

This message of togetherness is significant yes, but the really great thing about it is that it does not negate everything we've seen this season, which was one of the most disgusting habits of The Walking Dead . The progress the characters have made is not lost or does not seem to be. Sure, maybe the next episode will go to hell, but I do not think so. I think the pact everyone has made has just been cemented by the Whisperers, and I think they will band together in their fight against this bunch of corpse-cosplay crazies. And that's something I'm really looking forward to.

Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and Henry (Matt Lintz) share a happy kiss. It is her last.
Image: Jackson Lee Davis (AMC)

Various Musings:

  • The Mass is portrayed as so safe and happy and so perfect that it was literally a girl born at one Point hopped
  • Another example: Judith and Jerry pretend to be tigers and keep yelling at each other. So amazingly charming.
  • The Ozzy of the Highwaymens is quite philosophical about getting someone to wear the face of a corpse and hang around with zombies. "Strange days, weird ways to deal with it." I'll miss you, Ozzy, assuming you really did.
  • I did not know that Alpha wore the wig in the kingdom for far too long. She tidies up, literally! I also believe that she had found false eyelashes somewhere and put them on a rainy day?
  • Holy shit. If Tara and Jesus are dead, who will lead Hilltop? Daryl? Carol? Rosita? Eugene someone else? This place is located in Trouble .
  • Connie tells her sister Kelly how she felt that the baby was in trouble, that she had a lot of emotions in her, which actually indicated that she herself had a child and had lost. I doubt that Earl wants to be a single dad now that Tammy is gone, so maybe Connie will have a chance.
  • Two other things that made Henry's death so effective are that worried Carol, when the episode starts, would literally go straight to find him because he was missing, but he's just coming in with Michonne, Daryl and the others in. Carol is so relieved! And then there's a moment when Ezekiel realizes: "Our son is taking a girl to a movie on a date today" – and he and Carol are both really happy to be able to realize that moment. It's all to maximize the ferocity of Henry's death, and it was done perfectly.
  • I also love that the Whisperers only impaled heads to keep their brains intact. All heads slowly moved their jaws up and down, and that made the scene so much dreadful.
  • Oh, the thing with the "H" wooden coins was only that Enid could put one next to Heinrichs, uh. It still does not make sense for someone to only make coins with "H" and not other letters, but I thought the "H" for Henry was fine in the end. I am fully aware that this would have infuriated me in a slightly sharper episode.
  • So we did not see which movie you just saw, but at the show an animation called "Quack a-Doodle Doo" was shown, which is real and you can watch it on the link. It plays Baby Huey, a big baby duck who, without fun, is basically a dumb adult with diaper fetish. It's not funny at all, though the crowd in the show laughs uneasily. It's terrible. If this had been my first theatrical performance in about ten years, when I survived the apocalypse, I would probably have become a whisper myself.

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