So, Glenn (Steven Yeun) is alive after all then, despite the fact that logically he really shouldn’t be.
Okay, so Nicholas’s body was covering him, but half his body was still exposed. Yeah, we like him, but since when has that ensured people’s survival? Still, at least he’s free to fight another day – accompanied by the strangely indestructible Enid (Katelyn Nacon) – with his latest actions including offing one of the most gruesome zombies we’ve seen in a while (the walker in question has what’s left of one his eyeballs stuck to a rusted post. Ew).
Elsewhere in Alexandria, the theme seems reasonably consistent: the newbies teach the existing residents how to survive, who in the meantime seem intent on self-imploding – all the while everyone continues to hold Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) in contempt. Take Spencer (Austin Nichols), who decides that doing a tightwire act over a baying horde is the smart thing to do (the cretin even has the nerve to complain about losing a shoe. The old Rick would have ended him right there).
Still, we get the comedy gold moment of Tara (Alanna Masterson) giving him the finger, which ties with this little exchange between the lesser-seen Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) in the hilarity stakes (“What are you scared of?” “That would be dying.”).
Then there’s Ron (Austin Abrams), aka the ‘there’s definitely something up with him’ kid. Someone nicking live ammunition after specifically being told not to is never a good sign, and our hunch is that will prove true here. We’re intuitive like that. We can appreciate the temptation to shoot Carl, but still.
There also seems to be tensions arising as new friendships grow. Rick gets his back up at Morgan (Lennie James) over the adverse effects of his pacifism. This is fine, as Rick could disagree with anyone, but it’s worrying that Carol (Melissa McBride) seems to have her doubts over him. When some of the most reasonable characters are at loggerheads, that’s when you should be worried.
Then the walls come crashing down. Now you should be worried.
That’s how you end an episode. Roll on next week.