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Review: The Walking Dead #126

walkingdead_126“It took me a while, but I’ve learned not to question you, Rick.”
- Michonne

The Walking Dead #126 concluded the All Out War story arc, and with it the bi-monthly release schedule. It feels like just yesterday Rick and company rallied the troops and headed over to Negan’s Saviors and demanded change and surrender or face battle. They demanded he step down as leader and cooperate for a new beginning and a fresher start for all the communities involved. Rick’s plan worked from the moment this arc started and, although it may not have ended with zero casualties or injuries, Rick’s side won and we can only wonder where the story goes from this point forward.

We continue the issue from the moment the last one ended and Negan in a state of shock from Rick slicing into his neck. Negan still has enough strength to fight back and he gets into one final scuffle with Rick. The issue was so carefully laid out that every page turn had me wondering if I would find Rick with a knife through his chest or a bullet through his head. I know that sounds pessimistic and cynical, but let’s face it, you all were thinking the same thing. We all worry about Rick and Carl’s limited time in the undead world and when a monumental arc, such as All Out War, is ending it is ripe with major character deaths.

Negan finally succumbs to the loss of blood and faints beside Rick, but not before the cringe-worthy panel where we see him break his leg. As the two fearless leaders lay still in the midst of chaos, Dwight takes possession of Lucille, the barbed wire wrapped bat that defined Negan as the head of The Saviors (besides his leather jacket and the myriad ways he drops the F-bomb). Dwight, now the de facto leader of The Saviors, instructs everyone to lay down arms and declares the war over. As the doc races to save Rick’s leg, Rick instructs him to save Negan’s life. I’ll admit I thought Rick wanted Negan alive only to hand him over to Maggie for execution. I figured Maggie deserved at least that much for the gruesome and horrific way Negan killed Glenn. The issue ends with Rick preventing Carl from killing Negan, explaining that it’s going to be a different world from here on out. they don’t have to worry about Negan, or his tyrannical ways, anymore.

I enjoyed the issue and thought it was the perfect end of the twelve chapter arc. I did not predict both Rick and Negan surviving this long and I believe that is what Kirkman wanted. He has been teasing for a while now that nothing will be the same after All Out War wraps up, but I guess we have to wait until issue 127 to understand what he means. I can see Negan and Rick working together to take out future foes and villains, which would make for some great story-telling.

Another good thing that came out of the past twelve issues is the amazing art by Charlie Adlard. You would think with the fast paced schedule that the art would be lacking somewhat in quality near the finish line, but #126 proves what a stellar artist Adlard continues to be. For an added bonus, Stefano Guadiano will be doing inks from now on when we originally thought he was just on for All Out War. The quality of The Walking Dead will continue to be incredible as a result and I am really excited for next month’s issue (I’m already bummed out that I don’t get to write “in two weeks”).

For over ten years and 126 masterfully written issues we have watched Rick and Carl survive and overcome the most difficult of obstacles. We have trusted Robert Kirkman to deliver, every month, another installment of our favorite post-apocalyptic survivor’s journey through their undead world. The quote at the top is what Michonne says to Rick after he addresses everyone about the future he plans for their communities. I think Kirkman put this line in there as an easter egg for the fans who doubted where the comic was headed during this arc. A lot of fans think the TV show counter-part has caused the quality of the comic book to diminish. I am sure there will be plenty of people who think All Out War was not as great as it should be, however, like I said we have trusted Kirkman with this story for so long, why would we doubt what he is doing now? I love how this arc ended and look forward to Rick and Carl’s future, but I am concerned about how many more body parts they can afford to get injured.

Thoughts and Discussion

– Where will Rick or Dwight hold Negan? This story line begs to have him escape or, at the very least, have Negan assist to fight with them in the future. Either way, I don’t think this is last we will see of Negan.

– “What Comes Next” – Rick says this in his ‘state of the community’ address to the different factions. I predict this is the title of the next arc, but what does come next? Another community with a villain for a leader? Will the walkers become an increasing threat? Will we learn more about the virus and possible government organizations?

Thank you for checking out my Review! Please comment below to discuss the issue further!

Story: Robert Kirkman – Art: Charlie Adlard – Cover: Charlie Adlard/Dave Stewart – Ink: Stefano Gaudiano – Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn – Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Walking Dead #125

walkingdead_125“So that’s what we’re fighting for. A world without Negan.”
- Rick

The penultimate issue of the current story arc for The Walking Dead, All Out War, is also #125, a milestone in the comic book industry. When books reach a milestone readers can expect something ‘big’ to happen to one or more of the main characters. Robert Kirkman has been teasing the past few months that nothing will be the same after this arc concludes and I, for one, was worried it spelled the demise of our most beloved sheriff of the zombie apocalypse, Rick Grimes. The last issue had me trembling before each page, thinking that Rick was too damaged from Dwight’s bolt to continue fighting and survive. Not only did Rick make it into the house, but we learn Dwight did not taint the bolt meant for Rick; Dwight shot someone else with the one tainted arrow he had first. The Walking Dead #125 continues the heart-wrenching story of this grizzly war and Kirkman was right…nothing will be the same when it’s over.

Zombies, walkers, the walking dead. That is what citizens of the Hilltop would normally be accustomed to seeing if they peered over the security walls surrounding their village. Zombies they could handle; they have been battling them since the outbreak began years ago. Now, their vista has been transformed to include the clan that wants nothing more than to see them all enslaved, The Saviors. Negan, the sociopathic tyrannical leader of The Saviors, has been camped just outside their walls since the last battle. Him and his followers have been waiting for someone within to exit the Hilltop and surrender, thinking that because Rick is either dead or dying that they would lack the motivation or expert leadership to continue fighting.

While Negan was outside the walls, Rick was within and his mentality and health are the main feature of issue #125. I was half-expecting him to be lying in a hospital bed, but being a fan of the fearless leader I should have know better than to think he would go down without a fight. For someone who just had an arrow penetrate his abdomen, Rick is up and about and moving with such purpose that it felt like the series had already begun a fresh start with each turn of the page. Now that Rick is positive whose side Dwight is on, he quickly formulates a plan to confront Negan and finally put an end to all the death and destruction All Out War has caused. He acts like a general commanding his forces to take up siege positions and goes out to seek Negan one-on-one. Dubious that Rick is still alive and/or well, Negan figures out that Dwight has deceived him. Their confrontation appeared perfect in an issue with only one left in the arc and I actually believed that The Survivors and The Saviors would work as one with the final issue heralding in the new era Kirkman has been speaking about. Being a fan of Kirkman and The Walking Dead should have taught me better than to think like that. The final page was a perfect ending to 125 issues of comic book greatness.

The Walking Dead #125 is one of my favorite issues of the series. Charlie Adlard is phenomenal the way he makes us really feel for Nicholas’s family heartache. We also get two full page pieces by Adlard; one of Negan and one of Negan and Rick at the end. I love stories where the good guys get mean and dirty in order to achieve their goals. This issue reminded me of the Rick Grimes that had to deal with the Governor long ago. The Rick Grimes that had to take care of The Hunters in such a gruesome fashion. The Rick Grimes that had to rip a man’s throat out with his teeth to save Carl. That is the man I think we have been missing since Negan entered the story. This issue ties everything together nicely and prepares us for the final issue in the story-altering arc. The only thing that remains to be seen is how the event of the final page affects our survivors moving forward. I’m just glad that our old sheriff is back and in fighting form.

Thoughts and Discussion

- Did Rick tell anyone else his plan before going out to meet Negan?

- Does anyone else think that Rick is in a vulnerable position after what happened? Will he be able to get away in time?

- Where do they go from here? What will happen next? Kirkman promised us ‘nothing will be the same after issue #126…what did he mean?

Until Next Time…Thanks for checking out my Review!

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Cover: Charlie Adlard/Dave Stewart
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Invincible #110

Invincible #110

Written By: Robert Kirkman
Art By: Ryan Ottley
Art By: John Rauch
Cover By: Ryan Ottley
Cover By: John Rauch
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN140594
Published: April 9, 2014

All good things must come to an end.

Invincible110-Cover

TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.16 – A

Warning Spoilers Ahead

the walking dead season 4In the season finale of The Walking Dead Rick and the others begin to reunite at Terminus, soon realizing that the marauders are closing in, and that the so-called sanctuary is not exactly what it seems to be.

The episode opens up in the past, with everyone back at the prison, it’s simpler times, a time of happiness. Quickly flash to Rick, alone, covered in blood, sitting on a road by himself, and shaking. We know to expect a tense episode, and we’re not even at the credits yet.

Post credits, we see Rick, Carl and Michonne, still in the woods and surviving, making their way to Terminus. After a quiet moment of teaching, the three are interrupted by the screams of an individual surrounded by walkers. Their quiet moment has gone bad as the three are now on the run, having to change their plans and now figure out where to go to survive the walkers. It leads them to a car, and things are calm again. But that’s not for long… Rick and crew are surrounded by the crew Daryl has joined. And the crew has issues with Rick, they know he killed a member of their crew. But, I don’t remember them ever seeing Rick and I have no idea how they know who did it. But, that’s a plot hole I guess I’ll need to go back and figure out myself.

Out of all of the moments this season, this battle, between Rick and the “bikers” is the scariest of them all. I had no idea how they’d all get out of it and what’s needed to be done to survive, what is done, is brutal, visceral, and frightening. This is Rick unchained, all his pent-up anger is loosened.

But, throughout the episode, we’re shown flashbacks. The flashbacks are mostly between Rick and Herschel. We’ve never seen how Rick became a farmer, a shepherd, and here’s that back story. The episode is clearly about Rick’s finding peace, then losing it due to man, not the walkers. It’s also about what world Rick is giving Carl. As Hershel says, Rick’s war is over, but from the fight we just saw, it’s clearly not. Rick won’t know peace in this world. But, they’re back with Daryl! So… yay?

Rick and Daryl discuss Daryl’s journey and what happened and it’s clear these four are family now. Rick explains his anger that unleashes is a reason they’re alive. We’ve just seen it, and saw it with Rick and Tyreese. Rick is a killer for survival, not because it’s part of some rule set, and he’ll do what he needs to so he and Carl survives. What’s also interesting is Michonne with Carl. It’s clear there’s a motherly/sisterly thing going on with Michonne watching over Carl. It’s a great relationship and is another example of the growth of these characters over this season and the series. It all leads to Michonne opening up to Carl about how she lost her child and boyfriend, an emotional moment for her as she explains her “pet” zombies and how she deserved to drag them around as a reminder. To her it made her a monster and gone. She’s found now, with a new family. But, the dynamic between the three, Rick, Michonne, and Carl is a weird one, but shows how things have changed in personal relationships, along with the new threats.

But, the four have gotten to Terminus and are smart by sneaking in. There they meet the members of this crew and are welcomed. Something isn’t right. Much like Rick and crew, we’re suspicious as viewers, wondering what the spin of it all is. Should we trust them? That answer is quickly provided.

Things quickly dissolve, and Rick and crew are under fire again, up against unknown forces who want something…. we don’t know what, we don’t know why. It’s tense, very tense, and I felt my stomach tighten as the action progressed. I expected the worst. But, through it all, there’s some good moments, as Rick and his team is reunited with Glenn and his. It’s a joining of forces we’ve been waiting for.

After all of that, we’re back in the past. Happier moments. Rick, Carl, Herschel, joined by Beth working on the farm. Cut though to the present, and Rick is about to lead another revolution, and take on Terminus. A hell of an ending as it looks like season five is starting off with war.

Next season can’t come soon enough…. I left the episode shaking, jaw dropped, and counting down the days.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 8.75

Review: The Walking Dead #124

TWDcover124“Once we’re inside–if it moves, kill it! It’s time for this war to END!
- Negan

I don’t know about any of you, but my hand was trembling with each page turn reading The Walking Dead #124. I started reading The Walking Dead about four years ago and consumed about seven years of comic greatness in one weekend. Since, Rick and Carl have been the subject of many late night rantings with my friends, family and coworkers. I know it might sound ridiculous to some, but I actually worry about these characters each month (or every 2 weeks as of late). When Rick lost his hand, I put the book down because I couldn’t believe it, foolishly thinking that his hand would reattach itself after I opened the book again. When Carl lost an eye I had similar thoughts; not Carl, please don’t kill off Carl is what I would think, hoping it would come true if I only willed it. Luckily, for all of us, Carl was ok and actually came out of that disastrous situation a stronger man. Now, with All Out War, we are equally worried about the first family of the zombie apocalypse but the prognosis is murky. Negan is on their doorstep…and he’s not leaving until he gets in.

The Walking Dead #124 continues the All Out War story arc and the continued struggle of Rick and the gang’s search for peace and conformity in the zombie ravaged world. Eugene gets a few extra pages this issue and an awesome splash page from Charlie Adlard. I have a feeling his story is going to collide with the main feature for a dramatic ending in #126. If you remember from a few issues back, Eugene and some other survivors escaped with the help of Carson and other Saviors that were willing to abandon Negan and his tyrannical ways. Eugene asserts his leadership role over Carson and even kills his first human in this issue. Way to go Eugene! I’m liking his character with each subsequent issue and now that he is on the TV show it’s nice to see him get some storylines. I’m excited to see where his story ends up in the next few issues.

Meanwhile, back at the Hilltop, we continue right where we left off with Rick being shot through the abdomen by Dwight’s arrow. Rick knows it was Dwight that did it and say as much. However, he says it in front of Nicholas, who knows nothing of what Rick, Dwight and some others had planned. That was one thing that bothered me about the storyline leading up to All Out War; Rick decided to keep so many people out of the loop that I think It cost some folks their lives. Rick can barely walk so he is helped into the house where most of the hilltop has retreated to. Jesus comes to his rescue when more of Negan’s men come to finish the job and I honestly was worried turning each page wondering if I was going to see Rick with a knife sticking through his throat. They make it into the infirmary and Dr. Carson makes a startling discovery about the wounded after seeing a dirt and gunk covered knife that Jesus brought him. They realize they have not been bitten, but have fevers and symptoms consistent with that of someone who was. They now understand that Negan and his men have been tainting their weapons with walker pus and discharge so even the smallest of cuts would have devastating and deadly results. That’s why we fear for Rick’s life because we think the arrow that hit him will cause him to turn. He can’t!…can he? For now, Rick is fine and if Dwight’s arrow hasn’t been tainted (that’s what I think) theory then he will be fine.

I don’t remember the last time a comic had me so concerned about the outcome. Robert Kirkman has really done a masterful job with The Walking Dead and the All Out War arc. He has been teasing that issue #126 is going to be completely unexpected and awesome and it’s something we would never guess. I have no idea what it could be. I’m almost certain that the arrow that struck Rick was not tainted and if that’s the case then he will heal from it. The only other theory I can come up with is that he will get a fever and turning into a walker will be all but certain until someone, maybe Eugene, comes up with a cure. I could spend all day coming up with strange and odd theories to what I think will be the outcome but that will get us nowhere. What is certain, however, is that Kirkman will deliver an outstanding story once again and Adlard will wow us with art that is out of this world. I suppose only time will tell, one more month to be exact.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Cover: Charlie Adlard/Dave Stewart
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.15 – Us

Warning Spoilers Ahead

the walking dead season 4The Walking Dead opens up with Glenn, Abraham and the rest chatting as they make their way towards somewhere. It’s a bunch of small moments that allow us to get to know each of them a bit more. There’s questions as to what’s Tara’s thoughts and feelings towards Glenn too (though it’s clear it’s not that type of “like”). They then come across a sign we’ve seen before, the one Maggie wrote, for Glenn to head to Terminus. It’s a moment of joy in a bleak world.

The episode quickly shifts to Daryl and the new group he’s with. But also a quick flip to Michonne, Rick and Carl and their journey. There’s issues over with Daryl and his new “friends” particularly a person named Len. But, there’s rules to this group, that at least they seem to stick by. It’s tough to tell, are they bad, or neutral in it all?

Back to Glenn and his group. They’re gaining on Maggie, but that leads them to dark tunnel full of who knows what. Abraham has a mission though, to get Eugene to DC, and that causes them to have to part ways. Abraham leaves Glenn and Tara with supplies, showing off how good his group is. Glenn and Tara for some reason head into the tunnel, filling them and us with tension as they make their way through the darkness. You can hear the walkers, but with so little light, we, and Glenn don’t know exactly how many. Of course Glenn’s plan to get past the walkers can’t go perfectly. There’s a great moment though after some solid tension. I found myself yelling “get some” as bullets flew.

From that happy moment, we then flip back to Daryl who is getting used to, and figuring out this new group. They’re brutal, but they have rules, and seem to protect each other.

Back to Glenn and his expanded group, they reach Terminus, our first eyes on what exactly it is. It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for, Terminus has arrived.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 8.25

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! I can’t wait to do a lot of geeking myself with some creator signings locally and same gaming too!

Around the Tubes

Bleeding Cool – Marvel Announce The Casting Of Patton Oswalt As Agents Of SHIELD’s Agent Eric Koenig – Huh.

ICv2 – Can You Say Ka-Ching? Dept.: ‘The Walking Dead to Get ‘Broadcast Exposure’ – Very nice.

Robot 6 – Kirkman considered killing Rick instead of Shane in ‘The Walking Dead’ – Well that’d be very different.

CBLDF – Barefoot Gen Banned in Japanese City – Sigh.

CBLDF – Indian Cartoonist Receives Death Threats After Criticizing Guru – Double sigh.

 

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TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.14 – The Grove

Warning Spoilers Ahead

the walking dead season 4The Walking Dead opens up with Carol and Lizzie talking. Lizzie admits she shot people, and Carol talks about her personal life a little. It’s some revelations I don’t think we’ve gotten before, and shows we have much to learn about everyone. Tyreese though is having issues, fighting a fever and trouble sleeping through the night. This leads to a discussion between Carol and Tyreese about how the two children are dealing with this new world, each in their own way and each in a disturbing way. It’s a weird family dynamic, and that’s what this is in a way. Mika and Carol head out to find water, leading to an interesting discussion about how Mika sees the world.

They come across a house leading to some moments that add a lot to each others character. Lizzie for some reason don’t see the Walkers for what they are, while Mika has trouble dealing with the violence around her. The two are clearly emotionally disturbed and as the series continues, it’ll be fascinating to see how this all handled… that is if they survive. But, a house should give them some peace right? Instead it shows the psychological issues that have built up and hit everyone.

There’s a moment where you wonder if Lizzie’s world view might have come to reality as the group is endangered. The actions of each person is interesting and it’s actions that say it all. I honestly will say though, Lizzie after this event and what she says disturbed me as much as before. Mika’s innocence compared to Lizzie’s view is almost fresh and welcome….

Then comes the shoe dropping. We knew something was coming and it’s close to the worse case scenario. I thought this is where this plot thread was going, but didn’t expect it to quite go there. And there’s a huge question looming over everyone. How do you deal with this situation? We also have the situation that Tyreese doesn’t know what Carol did at the prison. Both are torn up as to what happened, and the choices are hard. Carol overall is dealing with it as loss as a mother.

The end of the episode is heartbreaking and devastating with actions and confessions that are jaw dropping. The final moments between Tyreese and Carol are amazing, showing off the acting ability of these individuals, something that’s not given enough credit.

The episode shows off why the show has it’s lovers and haters, frustrating some and enthralling others. Closing moments of the devastated house, a quite moment of a deer grazing, this is a show that mixes solid characters, writing, and directing.

This episode is a gut punch and reminds us of the difficult decisions that need to be made in a world where all rules are gone and survival is the only priority.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 8.25

Review: The Walking Dead #123

Walking-Dead-123-Cover“I don’t know…maybe I’m crazy…but I look out at the world before us…and I just don’t see how Negan ever defeats THIS.
- Rick to Andrea about the current state of The Hilltop

If that quote isn’t the best ominous warning I’ve ever heard I don’t know what is. I could hear Negan’s Busta Move truck coming before I turned the page. (does that make sense?) I think that was the quickest that I have ever read a comic book in my life. At least it felt that way. The team behind The Walking Dead know how to draw (no pun intended) us into their world and captivate readers with every issue and this one is a home-run. I’ve always thought that the best comic books are the ones that make you itch for the next issue. You can’t wait for the Trade because you need to know what happens in the story now; then you can buy the Trade anyway because the story is so great. That is what an awesome comic is. That is what a comic book should be; and that is why The Walking Dead is a lot of comic book fan’s favorite. By the way SPOILERS AHEAD FOR ISSUE #123

The Walking Dead #123 continues the ‘All Out War’ story arc and the continued struggle of Rick and the gang’s search for peace and conformity in the zombie ravaged world. But just as Kirkman has been telling us from the start, it’s not the undead we need to be careful of so much as it is the living. Those words have never been so true.

We start a little bit after where we left off last issue with Negan instructing his forces to cover their weapons with walker pus and scrapings to add a little extra bite (that time the pun was intended) to their strikes. Negan has brought his forces out near The Hilltop for an imminent attack and marches before them like General Patton. Dwight is on the first page giving Negan a look and this part of the story is where I think The Walking Dead has done an incredible job. To be able to add such an air of mystery around a comic book character is such a difficult thing to do. However, with Adlard’s drawing, Rathburn’s grey tones and Gaudiano inking each issue of ‘All Out War’ we are treated to such a tour de force in story-telling. Take for example Dwight on Page 1, Panel 3; you can almost sense what he is thinking without a word being written and feel his hatred for Negan oozing through the page. I love the arc surrounding Dwight and the ‘Is he good/Is he bad’ treatment thats been building up. Not to mention the teases that Kirkman and Mackiewicz give us in each installment of Letter Hacks (another great reason to buy single-issues).

Just as Rick feels complacent at The Hilltop, Negan and his forces attack the compound and chaos ensues. Rick, Aaron, and Nicholas band together taking out Survivors when Negan and Dwight catch them off-guard. Dwight is told to take Rick out with his virus-tainted crossbow and its in this moment that we as readers need to decide what Dwight’s endgame really is. What follows is too spoilery for this review but you will not be disappointed in picking up this issue.

The issue is one of my favorites of the series and definitely my favorite of this arc. Eugene will soon be brought into the mix and Andrea and Carl have something cooking that I think is going to be the series altering event that Kirkman has been hinting at. The story is outstanding and Kirkman delivers on so many levels. Adlard is on top of his game and with Gaudiano and Rathburn you can’t help but stare in awe at each page. The splash page in the middle was one of their best and included most of our favorite characters. With 3 issues left in ‘All Out War’ you can’t help but wonder what Kirkman has hidden up his sleeve. March 26th can’t get here soon enough.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Cover: Charlie Adlard/Cliff Rathburn
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.13 – Alone

Warning Spoilers Ahead

the walking dead season 4The Walking Dead opens up with a flashback and answers the question we’ve been wondering, how Bob Stookey met up our group of survivors. Through a pretty bleak opening we see him before he met anyone and get a glimpse of some fo what he did to survive. From there, we flash to Bob, Sasha, and Maggie struggling against walkers in a dense fog. Later they come across the sign for sanctuary and debate whether to follow it or not.

Meanwhile Daryl and Beth are getting along nicely, where Daryl is teaching Beth some survival techniques like tracking and how to use the crossbow. Unfortunately an accident ends the training and forces them to change their plans a bit. They instead head to a house which is kept up quite well, as if someone was recently there. They have to decide what to do, since someone is likely there, do they want to take it all or leave it for the unknown resident. they decide to relax with Beth playing the piano while Daryl falls asleep.

Back to the trio, Maggie bolts, leaving Bob and Sasha alone. Maggie comes across a walker and uses the blood to leave a message. Bob and Sasha follow her and discuss their situation.

Meanwhile at the house, Beth and Daryl’s peace is interrupted as they’re assaulted by a pack of walkers. During their escape, Beth is grabbed by an unknown individual in a car. It’s a pretty shocking moment, and very unexpected.

Back to Sasha and Bob, they’re still following Maggie and get to a point where Sasha wants to stop, but Bob doesn’t want to stay. Instead a moment we all expected to come happens, leading to a heartbreaking scene. What happens next is a bit predictable, But still solid.

There, some unpredictable things happen with Daryl, creating a plot thread that’s unexpected and I have no idea where it’s going.

The episode continues the multiple story lines and chops them up pretty well. There’s a lot in this more muted, quieter episode, some action, some character movement. But, overall, it’s a bridge episode, adding to the plot of the greater season instead of standing on its own.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 7.75

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