In this episode we finally get back to the meat of the show.
I really liked episode 604, and not just since I’m an aikidoist who also takes care of goats. It was important to see what happened to Morgan. More importantly, the episode offered a feeling of hope that had been missing from the show for a long time. The fact that this feeling was communicated through the words of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, just made me love the episode all the more. Still, it was a dirty delay keeping us in the dark about what really happened to Glenn at the end of episode 603. Episode 605 showed how the average people of Alexandria were dealing with the events of the first few episodes. This was necessary, but the episode felt padded. It was odd not to see Rick and Carol discuss their experiences and process the events and make plans for next steps. And still the truth about Glenn was delayed. Episode 606 felt even more like filler. I’m guessing the group that Daryl came across will come up in a later episode, but otherwise nothing was advanced except for the possibility that Daryl may not be so noble with the next people he meets. But we’ve seen Daryl go through this before and so the episode seemed like fodder to extend the delay regarding the truth of Glenn’s fate. And, I’m sorry, Norman Reedus just isn’t a good enough actor to hold up an entire episode.
And I was right (as was most everyone else). Glenn lives. I have to say though that the delay of this reveal took some of the steam out of my annoyance at how contrived the whole thing was. But to carry on my prediction, I think Maggie will only see Glenn for a moment before he is finally killed by a new threat. I think this because of both the comic and what happened to Beth last season. We’ll see if I’m right.
Yet it is a bit odd that Glenn seems not to be affected at all by what happened to him. He just seems to need some water and he’s good to go. After failing with Nicholas, he’s ready to try it all over again with Enid. It makes his whole fake death seem even more pointless.
I’m still not sure about Enid. In this episode she doesn’t seem like she’s with anyone, especially not the Wolves. Still, the things she said in episode 602 make me think there’s more to her story than we’ve been shown.
The best thing about this episode is that it brings all the differing philosophies to the surface without hammering any one of them to death. The interrogation of Morgan was really well done and we can see how much Morgan wants to prove to himself that there is another way to be in this world, a different way than Rick and Carol take. Michonne seems more in the middle. While she thinks Morgan’s beliefs are too simplistic she likewise thinks Rick’s way of going about things is too narrow-minded. There’s something bigger at stake and Deanna, while seemingly naive, is a part of that bigger picture.
While I liked this episode overall, I think the whole thing with Spenser was a non-starter. It seemed to be there only to put someone in danger and to make Rick realize that, hey, maybe he really cares about life after all. And Carl is a jerk. I guess that makes sense for the age the character is and what he’s gone through. Still, he was lording it over Ron when Rick was teaching him how to hold a gun. And do Rick and Carl really have no idea that Ron might, you know, be a little mad that Rick killed his father? I guess maybe guilt is making Rick extend a hand to Ron, but you’d think Carl would be a little suspicious at least. Oh, and apparently Tara can’t miss now.
I’m not sure what to make of the entire Carol/Sam conversation. I like that it happened, though it was odd that supposedly Jessie couldn’t hear them while Sam had to shout from the second floor. But Carol’s words were chilling. It seems odd that after her experience with a homicidal child earlier that she’d tell a kid that killing is what keeps you from being a monster. I don’t think this is going to end well.
Overall, episode 607 felt like the real version of what episode 605 was trying to be. This time, the plot lines, character arcs, and philosophical competitions are all moving again. I hope the show can keep firing on all cylinders for awhile.