After the brief respite of reaching Alexandria, it seems like things have increasingly gone from bad to worse for the The Walking Dead over the past few weeks. Penultimate episode ‘Try’ sees things fall apart even further.
Following a succession of foreshadowing events – Carol passive-agressively leaving out a consolation pasta bake; Glenn (Steven Yeun) clashing with Nicholas (Michael Traynor); Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) bonding; Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) making a particularly horrible discovery, even by The Walking Dead’s standards – events culminate in Rick (Andrew Lincoln) having an almighty, window-shattering brawl with the wife-beating Cary Elwes lookalike Pete (Corey Brill), following which he berates the town for getting too complacent.
Truth be told, it’s a far more bloodless ending than we were expecting, what with Rick staring machetes at Pete at every opportunity, although it does hammer home one fact that was becoming increasingly obvious with every episode: Rick has basically become his old partner Shane, railing against how the world has changed while failing to see that it’s exactly because of people like him that’s the world is changing.
That said, Shane never had the benefit of Michonne (Danai Gurira) being on standby to knock some sense into him. Hopefully this’ll help Rick snap out of the crazy – at least a little bit.
Even without this, battle lines are being drawn and tensions are building – and not just within the walls of Alexandria. Daryl and Aaron’s aforementioned discovery is yet another piece of foreshadowing that surely has to reach a point in the next episode (what with it being the finale and everything). Besides, we’re dying to find out what the ‘W’s carved on the foreheads mean.
Sasha is also going gung-ho, determined to “go on the offensive” and take down every walker in her path. This increased amount of screen time doesn’t bode well for her, especially when you consider Bob, Tyreese and Noah’s recent fates, but her possible destination has two paths: either she can become redeemed, like Michonne, or let the darkness take over, like Rick. Either way, she’s on a hell of a journey.
The Walking Dead sure takes its sweet time on the journey, but as always, it’s worth the wait.