If you have not watched this last week’s episode, this post has spoilers, so please refrain from reading if you do not want to be spoiled.
This last week’s episode was filled with absolutely more blood and excitement. This season has so far been aiming towards more gore than some of the most recent seasons. Rick has finally come out of his farmer shell this season, and survival mode has been more real than ever so far. The group running into cannibals was expected, especially if you have read the comic books.
I expected Bob to be “Tainted Meat!” so to speak because, like I said in my last post a week ago, Dale (In the comics) was in the same situation. His leg was eaten by the Terminus people, and he had already been bit by the walkers. Now, for anyone that has read the comics and watched the episode, did you feel like there may have been something different about this scene? I don’t know if it was because I was expecting the craziness of Bob’s words, “tainted meat”, or because I simply felt like it was a forced line from the actor’s lips, but I just didn’t feel the intensity of the event like I did in the comic. Of course, if you’re expecting it to happen, it probably already ruins that part of the show.
With the Walking Dead constantly jumping in and out of the comic book, how does a reader like it when they see a scene actually stick with the book? How does a reader feel when they don’t stick with the book?
As a viewer and reader myself, I feel like when they add a whole new story to the show it keeps me wondering constantly, and I feel like I’m at the edge of my seat. Now, when I know something is about to happen, it’s like that hope and wonder settles in my head all week, until the reveal that the show has stayed true to the comics. The only problem with sticking with the book, you already know what’s going to happen, so you’ve already been spoiled by the it. For me, if a scene doesn’t shock me, or make me get excited like it did when I first read about it in the book, then it’s a disappointment. As bad as this sounds, I was a little let down by Bob’s reveal. This is only because I already knew it was coming that he was bit by a walker.
The massacre and chopping of Gareth and his group was the highlight of this episode because we saw Rick return to his survival instinct mode. We all know Rick has no mercy for anyone that kills in a senseless manner. Yes, maybe Terminus was a sanctuary, but like Rick said at the end of season four. “They’ve screwed with the wrong people” That season finale really escalated what was to come and watching the downfall of Terminus was a beautiful sight to see. I actually had goosebumps watching Rick chop Gareth in a heap of meat with Michonne’s sword.
At the end of the episode, we see Abraham, his crew, Glenn, and Maggie leaving the group to go to D.C. Rick and the rest of his group have stayed behind to wait for Carol and Darryl. At the end of the episode, Michonne finds Darryl appear from the woods, but he has someone with him.
Who is with him? Is it Carol? Beth maybe?
The ever growing question of Beth continues to resound in our minds as we come closer to the reveal of who kidnapped her. Hopefully, the next episode will reveal more to this mystery for all of us, so we can rest easy on Sunday nights here on out.
Who has kidnapped Beth?
A) The Saviors/ Negan’s Group
B) Terminus Stragglers
C) Gabriel’s secret society of religious nuts
D) A lone wolf