Season six of The Walking Dead is shaping up to lớn be its best, most dramatic run yet, but drama comes with unwelcome sacrifice...

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By Ron Hogan | October 26, 2015 | | Comments count:0
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This đánh giá contains spoilers.

6.3 Thank You

I’ve been positive about The Walking Dead for a long time. Even the second season, the show’s worst, had plenty of bright spots in it khổng lồ be positive about. New characters, some very inventive special effects, chaotic zombie action. The show knows what we want, & it gives it khổng lồ us. So far, the sixth season of The Walking Dead is shaping up to lớn be the show’s best, because I cannot think of another three-episode run that’s been quite as good as this one.


The show has been improving since that second season. The kích hoạt quotient has been increased in spite of budgetary limitations. The writing has become drastically better, opting khổng lồ show much more than it tells. The direction has remained good to great, thanks in no small part khổng lồ upgrading certain folk such as Gregory Nicotero khổng lồ rotation status. Even the actors have gotten better, partially due to lớn adding good character actors into the mix and the general improvement of familiar faces like Andrew Lincoln & Melissa McBride. For all these wonderful things, there’s a cost. Sometimes, The Walking Dead gives us something we don’t want in the name of drama.


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The previous two episodes of The Walking Dead have ended on cliffhangers, but not the frustrating sort, the exciting sort. Normally, I can avoid the urge to lớn binge-watch things, but all I want to vị is binge-watch the rest of this season, or at least the next few episodes until things start lớn calm down as they inevitably must do. When last we left Alexandria, Carol was conducting a one-woman war on all manner of thugs. That remains khổng lồ be resolved. When we last left Rick and company, half their horde of zombies was heading in the wrong direction, following the sound of the honking semi horn khổng lồ the mostly-defenseless Alexandria.

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The chaos of the zombies leads to chaos among the very people trying to control everything. Rick, Glenn, Michonne, & the rest are faced with a choice: complete the mission or run trang chủ to try khổng lồ save the people of Alexandria? Either way, it looks lượt thích people are going lớn die, and Rick is clear on his end of the bargain. Despite protests from Daryl, Rick’s going to lớn split the group up, going back lớn get the RV lớn lure the zombies away while the rest of the gang goes running back khổng lồ Alexandria, killing walkers on the way. Rick, ever the prophet, tells Glenn & Michonne khổng lồ get back to lớn town no matter what, và if the Alexandrians get hurt or fall by the wayside, leave them to lớn die & get back khổng lồ Alexandria and keep the town safe. Rick knows that the Alexandrians are, at the moment, more trouble than they’re worth, even if Michonne and Glenn don’t agree and do their best lớn make sure everyone gets home.

That sets up a pretty effective split cast, with Rick on his solo adventure và the rest of the gang basically trying khổng lồ get home without any real help. Of course, as the groups get smaller và smaller, due to lớn zombie attacks, accidental shootings, or just getting separated from one another. The Alexandrians are, by and large, worthless. However, Angela Kang, aside from one guy Sturgess, doesn’t make them that poor as survivors in her script. Heath (Corey Hawkins) has proven his usefulness as a runner and David leaps right into the challenges, in spite of his fear. However, they’re just not tempered enough khổng lồ keep their cool when faced with thousands of walkers marching towards gunfire, & that gets people killed. Both them and, unfortunately, others.

Between Kang’s script và the direction of Michael Slovis, the doom is on the wall for someone. Multiple Alexandrians fall by the wayside, and when the gang takes a detour into an abandoned town to lớn try lớn patch up their wounds và attempt to lớn find a car. When the zombies show up và cut off their escape, it leaves Glenn & a seemingly redeemed Nicholas to start a fire & save them. Unfortunately, Nicholas doesn’t have quite the mental toughness, & the more he panics, the more dangerous things seem. This tension progresses throughout the episode, as the number of zombies in the horde grows, and every detour or twist or turn leads khổng lồ a dead-end và a precarious climb to lớn safety for both Glenn và Nicholas & Michonne và her crew. As the show unwinds, it becomes more & more apparent that someone important is going to die, & no matter how much you root for Daryl to lớn show up & save the day or Rick to show up in the RV khổng lồ get everyone lớn safety, it never happens.

I’ve been holding off on just talking about it, but I can’t. Stop here if you haven’t been spoiled yet; however, given that I saw spoilers posted in the comments on AMC’s The Walking Dead Instagram feed, I’m sure folks know by now. Last chance…

The death of Glenn was phenomenally well done. It hurt watching Glenn’s life end, if only because he’s one of the ones I assumed wouldn’t buy it any time soon, particularly so soon after the death of Beth. The dream-like execution of Glenn’s slow fall at the feet of the horde, and the long seconds of waiting for the walkers lớn stop feasting on Nicholas và turn on him gave me just a brief moment of hope that he’d somehow scrabble his way out of yet another predicament that should’ve killed him.


No such luck this time, và as hearts are eaten, hearts are broken. Glenn doesn’t get a hero’s death in the sense that he does something heroic và saves some lives in the process; Glenn’s not getting the T-Dogg treatment. However, Glenn dies for what he believes in, kind of. He believes that Nicholas is a new man, redeemed, capable of contributing. He’s wrong, but at least he gave the man a second chance, even at the cost of his own life. On a different show, perhaps Nicholas would have proved himself. Not this show, not this season.