Sunday, November 30, 2014

THE WALKING DEAD 5.8

Mid-Season Finale - CODA **SPOILERS**


Well, what have we learned? If you are going on a season-long rescue mission for a particular character... when the troupe went on the mission to find Sophia, what happened? Yeah, well now they've reached Beth and for a millisecond you think "Yay, everyone's back together" and before you know it Beth wanted to go balls-to-the-wall; which I'll go more into detail later. I'd also like to say, for the mid-season finale it was slow. There were definitely some great scenes but, I felt like most of this episode could have or should have been in the episode before the mid-season finale. Either way, for me this was an extremely sad episode and it was even maddening that the Story Sync wasn't functioning for the first half-hour. But, what-eves... Now we have to wait until February 8th of NEXT YEAR - boo!


This episode starts off with Rick chasing after the escaped cop and literally running him down. However, Rick did give him fair warning. Do I think he did anything wrong, absolutely not. As usual, the group doesn't listen to Rick and then he has to clean up the mess. Why can't the group just listen to Rick? It was a shocking scene when Rick actually hits the cop. I agree with The Talking Dead when they say how "Rick's done". Rick has it right though, he gave him the warning, he gave the cop plenty of times to stop and he didn't - it was a great scene especially when Rick says "Shut up".


There are a couple characters that I'm done with! Father Gabriel; He was stupid to leave the the church, he was even more stupid to lead the school herd back to the church, and he was the biggest douche for endangering Judith. Abraham; after the last episode where he went catatonic he was irritating and his alpha BS attitude really gets under my skin. Tyreese; I've mentioned this through out this season how much Tyreese has changed (not for the better) and how much I fracking hate him now! He's the reason that they didn't listen to Rick and just do a stealth mission, and he's the reason that Sasha let her guard down and the cop escaped. He even said as much to Sasha this episode when he was talking about how he could have killed Martin (when he was alone with him and Judith) but, he didn't (he made another bad decision). I would have gladly have rather one of these a'holes to have died rather then Beth!


When the walkers are at the church and it's just Michonne and Carl to fight off this herd, seeing her grab her weapon again was sweet! They were able to escape and then end up trapping the walkers back in the church. They're waiting outside like "now what" when the walkers start breaking their way out and Carl's like "where do we go?" and then a great scene is when the Firetruck from Glenn's group arrives to block the doors. Michonne informs Maggie that they've found Beth and then they all go to Grady to join the rescue mission.


There was a lot of Beth and Dawn in this episode. I felt that Dawn sincerely liked Beth, she thought she was weak but when she learned that she wasn't Dawn sort of cared for her more. While Beth never let her guard down with Dawn, and rightfully so. There was an intense fight between Dawn and another douche-cop where Beth helps and ultimately saves Dawn. After this, Beth is in the room with Carol (who's still asleep) and Dawn tries to talk to Beth to let her know she's on her side. Right at the end of that scene Carol's waking up.

Perspective

Meanwhile, across town Rick is in negotiations with two cops to exchange the two they have prisoner for the two in their hospital; Carol and Beth. The next thing you know they're being led into the hospital by the two officers and the negotiations between Dawn's group and Rick's begin. They first exchange Carol and one of the other cops and then Beth. Like I said, when Beth reached the other side I let out a breath of relief, I really had been holding my breath because there were so many theories out there that Beth was going to die and I was really hoping that she wouldn't because I really grew to love her character.


Then, when Dawn wanted Noah back, I knew something was going to go down. Even more so when Beth went face-to-face with Dawn I knew it was coming and was yelling "NO!" After, I thought maybe Beth was thinking that Dawn wasn't going to let her go either. You could tell by Dawn's face too that she truly didn't mean her slip-trigger reaction to being stabbed. I have to say though, seeing Daryl cry and carry Beth's body out made the tears run - so sad. And FINALLY, Maggie shows emotion for her sister! How horrible though for Maggie; I think now she wasn't really considering her sister because she still has to deal with her father's death and she really didn't know if Beth was alive or not. Then, to get the news that she's alive only then to go to reunite with her and was too late. I think everything hit Maggie just then as she broke-down - so, so sad.

R.I.P Beth Green

Remaining Questions:

It was asked on Talking Dead how the group will deal with this and will they leave Atlanta now? Kirkman said that if you read the comics then you'll know where they're heading (basically). So, we know they're going still going to head north. I think, from what I've read, watched, and have heard that they'll try to rebuild and they'll come across a community where they'll try. In the comic though it was full of Walkers and they decide to leave (if I remember correctly). Also, the group comes across a new character (which Kirkman also hinted toward) who will lead them to a safer zone (sort-of). I'm dreading this because it's when Negan is introduced... Kirkman was also asked about Daryl and if he'll ever find love (saying it nicely), he just commented that Daryl's A-sexual and introverted. He did discuss the hype around Daryl being gay and it seemed that's what Kirkman originally wanted (perhaps like Jesus in the Comics?) but, since the internet blew-up about it it seems that they diverted and they'll just leave it as a mystery (because he didn't directly answer the question either) - Thanks Robert!!

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Links

The Walking Dead Returns February 8th on AMC