In the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, the herd makes itself at home in Alexandria.
Last week, as Maggie and the rest realized that Glenn was most likely alive, the tower that had been teetering on the edge of ruin all day finally collapsed. Of course, it fell on top of a portion of the wall protecting Alexandria and the herd started pouring into the town. Rick told everyone to get inside and started shooting. Michonne, with her amazing self, came out to help and put her sword to work. Deanna tried to help Rick when he needed it, but ended up with an injury when she was attacked by walkers. Rick grabbed hold of her and they, along with Michonne, Carl, Father Gabriel and Ron tried to make it inside. But there were just too many walkers around them. Thankfully, Jessie came out with her gun blazing and created a hole for the group to escape. They made it inside Jessie’s house and ran upstairs to tend to Deanna. Poor Sam, whose been holed up in his room ever since the Wolves attacked, had his world turned upside down again. The kid had avoided going downstairs, which made him feel safer but had also kept him from moving on from the event. That sense of security was shattered when everyone came upstairs and he saw Deanna bleeding.
Outside, Maggie was barely able to get away from the herd, scrambling back on to her post. I have to admit I was holding my breath while watching this scene because I was terrified she wouldn’t make it, especially with Glenn so close to Alexandria. Thankfully, the writers spared us that craziness and Maggie got away from the walkers.
Eugene, still a chicken, was glued to his spot and honestly, it’s a bit tiring. I’ve said before that I understood the terror he felt of possibly being eaten alive by a dead thing. But he’s been with the group long enough to at least attempt to get some balls. He can’t expect someone to save him every time shit gets crazy. If left up to Rick, Eugene would be dead by now. He’d better hope Rick never has to make that choice.
Carol and Morgan are also hiding out, with the former suffering from what could be a concussion. But we know better, don’t we? She played up her injury to figure out a way to kill the Wolf Morgan is hiding, and I don’t blame her. That guy made it very clear that he would kill everyone in Alexandria. Everyone. I have no idea what Morgan is thinking, but that shit he learned before he reunited with the group needs to go by the wayside, at least for the Wolf. Carol did eventually slipped away from Morgan and headed straight for the basement, where Dr. Denise, naïve soul, was treating that psycho’s wound. Morgan followed her and tried to reason with Carol, but they ended up fighting for the knife she was holding. Morgan slammed Carol down and knocked her out, but he ended up joining her when the Wolf made his move and knocked Morgan out. He cut his binds, but before he could kill Dr. Denise, Tara, Rosita and Eugene came in with guns drawn. Instead of them taking a chance and shooting that creep in the “W” on his head, they dropped their guns and the Wolf left with Dr. Denise in tow.
Back at Jessie’s house, Deanna is being treated by Michonne when she discovered that D had a bite mark on her side. She took it in stride though, telling Michonne that she was able to do exactly what she wanted, from start to finish. Then she asked Michonne what she wanted for herself. Good freaking question! What does Michonne want? She’s been so busy being Rick’s sidekick, we’ve never really seen her do anything else. I hope she starts doing more than wield her sword on occasion. Rick shouldn’t be the only one who gets some action.
In the garage, Ron decided to use that time to make his move against Carl. They struggled and Ron ended up breaking a window, which the walkers heard and went straight towards. Rick and Jessie tried to get into the garage, but Ron locked it. The walkers started coming through the outside door and Rick shot the inside one open just in time. Jessie, Rick and Father Gabriel got Ron and Carl out and used a couch to block the stairwell to keep the walkers downstairs. The group decided to leave the house, using the trick of spreading the walkers’ insides on them to escape. Unfortunately, they had to leave Deanna behind. She was already sick from the walker bite and wouldn’t make it. Michonne asked if she wanted her to end her when the time came, but Deanna wanted to do it herself, on her terms. Before she left, Michonne received some sage advice from her friend: figure out what you want for you.
As the group prepared for their escape, Sam had to be convinced to even participate. That kid had dark circles under his eyes and was scared to death. Jessie did her best to convince him that they had to leave, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t think he was going to do it. But Sam pulled it together enough to go quietly into the abyss. Before they walked downstairs, Father Gabriel told Rick that he wouldn’t turn back no matter what happens and for once, Rick didn’t brush him to the side. The group made their way through the throng of walkers already in the living room. When they got outside, all they saw were hundreds of walkers shuffling through the town. They all held hands and slowly began to walk through the herd. You all know that the slightest thing that could go wrong would be mean the end of them in a matter of minutes. Which is why I started panicking when Sam called for his mother while they were walking. Out loud, I kept saying, “shut up Sam, shut the hell up, they’ll hear you!!” Which is where the writers decided to leave us hanging until February. COME ON!
If that wasn’t enough of a “screw you all until February,” viewers also got a taste of what to expect from the new baddie in town by the name of Negan. Who the hell is this person? I really hope Negan is a female because it would be amazing to see a woman terrorize Rick and his group for a change. But we won’t know the answer to that question until next year.
Until then, my fellow TWD junkies, eat, drink, be merry and enjoy the rest of 2015.
The Walking Dead will return on February 14, 2016 at 9 p.m. on AMC.