By Lady Cocotte
Tonight’s The Walking Dead Episode focuses on Daryl, Sasha and Abraham. While everyone else returned to Alexandria to help fight the wolves, they continued to lead the horde of walkers away from Alexandria. Sure, some walkers got off-course and ended up outside the gates (20 deep, by Rick’s estimation) but the rest have been lead 20 miles away by our intrepid threesome. Now it’s time to bring our friends home safe.
Daryl, Sasha and Abraham abandon their horde and cruise through a small town on the way home. They’re finally out of danger and we can relax. Oh, crap! Someone’s shooting at them. I forgot that you never get to relax in the zombie apocalypse. If the walkers don’t get you, the humans will. It’s a well coordinated attack. Sasha is veering all over the place and Daryl just lost control of his bike. Daryl gets going again but he’s separated from the others. Sasha barrels through a wall and slows down her tail. Daryl is chased right into a herd of walkers. Sasha and Abraham are out of their vehicle (apparently cars don’t like driving through walls) and they shoot up the car that followed them. So many bullet holes. But not enough for Abraham. He wants to keep shooting but Sasha stops him. She doesn’t want to call attention to their position and she finds Abraham’s lust to kill off-putting.
Daryl loses his tail by driving into the forest. A short way in, he collapses in exhaustion. You don’t often see Daryl in a position of weakness. The forest has been burned and is littered with burnt skeletons, some still walkers even though they have little flesh. The makeup department loves creating walkers in new states of distress. These skeleton walkers aren’t as gross as some we’ve seen but they definitely send a chill up my spine. Even after their flesh is gone, the hunger to feed remains. Daryl removes his jacket to check for injuries (thank you for that). He hears someone coming so he hides his bike under brush. The burnt forest is like a black and white film except for Daryl. He’s the only living thing there so he’s the only color. So far the visuals are amazing. He comes across two girls who raise their hands and plead, “You found, okay? Here we are. We earned what we took.” Uh, okay. Their eyes look to the right and Daryl turns just in time to be knocked out by a blonde guy.
As Daryl comes in and out of consciousness, we overhear bits of his captors conversation (although we can’t tell what they’re actually saying). The next morning Daryl is woken by the blonde man threatening to shoot him if he speaks or moves. “I ain’t who you think,” Daryl rasps. The blonde cocks his gun and responds, “Say something else… Go ahead.” You don’t have to tell Daryl twice. They march through the woods. The blonde mentions giving Daryl to “them” if they get captured, hoping in exchange the blonde and his girls will be spared. “You see, we’re reasonable people. Everybody’s got their code. You feel you gotta kneel, it’s fair enough. We don’t.” Blondie is pissed about something but I’m just confused. Daryl takes the smart route and stays quiet. The girls talk about being home again. Blondie reminds them they’re just there to pick up Patty, nothing else.
Daryl’s captors talk about having set the fire. It attracted a bunch of walkers and after they burned, blondie finished them off with an ax. Oh, so this was what they did right after everything turned. They assumed they could end the apocalypse by killing all the walkers with the forest fire. It didn’t work. “We thought that was what everyone was doing. Fighting it. We’d all win together. We were stupid.” Daryl is done holding his tongue. “Y’all don’t think you’re being stupid right now?” Blondie doesn’t like that. His gun is in Daryl’s face again. He thinks Daryl is threatening him. He accuses Daryl of being someone’s killer in exchange for a home and food. I’m so confused. Daryl doesn’t flinch. “Look, I got somewhere to be. We can make a deal. I can help you out.” Blondie isn’t biting. “We should have never trusted you people to begin with.” Definitely mistaken identity but Daryl doesn’t bother to clear it up. Sometimes he takes being a man of few words too far.
They stumble out of the woods and come across some kind of construction site or plant. It kind of looks like the plant where Daryl and Aaron fell into the wolves’ trap. It’s teeming with walkers. “Patty,” Blondie exclaims. They look distraught. They worry that their friend is one of the walkers. “No, she’s gone,” Blondie rationalizes but it doesn’t look like he believes it himself. They decide to get out of there. One of the girls suggests going back and blaming their leaving on her. The other two aren’t willing to do it. And then she collapses. As they’re dealing with their fainted friend, Daryl grabs the bag they put his crossbow into and runs back into the woods. Blondie shoots but Daryl gets away. Whew. I know Daryl can look after himself but I feel much better when he’s not at the mercy of homicidal blonde men. He gets away but when he pulls his crossbow out of the bag he notices he also took his captors’ insulin. Oh, no. Is he going to be a good guy and return their insulin after the way they treated him? Probably. Is it going to blow up in his face? Most certainly.
Sasha and Abraham are looking for Daryl. They find his shells so they know he was fighting back. Sasha can’t understand why so many people were organized into an ambush without knowing they were coming. Abraham agrees that they were looking for someone particular. It was just their bad luck that they came across them. Abraham wants to look for Daryl but Sasha tells him, “The best way to find a tracker is to stay put. Let him find you.” It’s nice to have sane Sasha back. Abraham starts after a walker to finish him off but Sasha stops him. “You don’t need to leave breadcrumbs.” She’s the one leaving signs for Daryl (“Dixon” written on a door, etc) but she’s worried about walker corpses? I think she’s gone down the Zen Morgan road. Carol needs to have a talk with her.
They hole up in an office. Abraham finds an army uniform covered in medals and then a photo of the soldier and his family. He’s already on the edge so now isn’t a great time for PTSD. Sasha is watching a walker behind glass. It feels different from the Governor’s walker head tank but it’s disturbing nonetheless. Abraham wants to kill it but he won’t. It’s called the Sasha affect. They start discussing their situation. Sasha reminds Abraham that he didn’t have to join her. He disagrees. He thought she was a danger to herself. They both try to out-tough-guy each other about how in control of their emotions they are now. Neither is letting the other get away with any bullshit. They’re pissing each other off but also building rapport. It’s exhausting but they enjoy it.
Not surprisingly, Daryl returns to his captors with the insulin. Stupid, kind fool. This time he’s in control and gets their gun away. Daryl wants something in exchange for the duffle. Huh? This episode is confusing. They don’t have anything to give him but he points out that Blondie was carving something. “Grandfather taught me how…” Daryl cuts him off. “Don’t care. It’ll do.” He takes the carving and throws the bag at them. He’s about to leave when a huge truck pulls up. Several men exit and one shouts out, “Let’s end this.” “It’s ours,” one of the girls responds. “We earned what we took.” The guys from the truck are too clean to be wolves. They warn Daryl’s friends/captors, “You know the rules.” I don’t. What rules? Why doesn’t anything make sense tonight? I know eventually this will all pay off but for now I’m so confused. We’re not going back, Wade,” Blondie yells out. “We’re done kneeling.” These are obviously the guys they thought Daryl worked for. I still don’t understand the kneeling thing though.
Daryl grabs his friends/captors and helps them hide. He gives Blondie his gun back. Blondie can’t believe Daryl is helping him. I can’t either. The diabetic fainted again. Daryl lures one of the guys into a walker. His arm gets bit. He yells for Wade to “take it off.” So he does. Wade takes that arm right off. The truck guys decide to give up. “HE only wanted to take this so far. He only wants ass that’s willing, you know?” No, I don’t know. I don’t know anything. Wade tells the newly armless man to walk it off. My advice would be to cauterize that thing but what do I know? After they leave, Blondie turns to Daryl and yells at him for helping them. “Thanks” works too but whatever.
Abraham looks out the window for signs of trouble but instead sees something that makes him smile. A soldier walker is impaled on a bridge. First Abraham checks the walker’s truck. He finds some big ass grenades and a box of cigars. This is Abraham’s day! Then he notices the walker is wearing the grenade launcher. Well, he has to get that. Abraham’s wrestling it away from the walker as the walker tries to eat him. Abraham stares him straight in the face and screams at him. Then he backs away. It seems like Sasha’s lecture about being safe and “in control” made a difference. Abraham isn’t willing to risk his life anymore.
Abraham pulls out a cigar and watches the walker fall. Almost as if it’s payment for doing the right thing the rocket launcher stays on the bridge, swinging on the walker-less pole waiting for Abraham. He runs back to Sasha with his loot. And he proudly tells her that he realized that he wants to enjoy life until “the great cosmic Pete (ie: Porch Dick) comes to cut my throat unceremoniously and I gurgle my last breath.” And then he tells Sasha he wants to get to know her a WHOLE LOT better. Wink wink. She laughs and tells him he needs to take care of some things (ie: Rosita) first. Damn. I totally think Abraham and Sasha will make a good couple but I really like Rosita. I hope she’s okay with this change in plans.
Daryl asks his (now) friends how they didn’t know he was one of the bad guys. Even though they’d been with that group since the beginning, they didn’t know everyone. Wow. That must be a really big group. The group was good in the beginning but “as things got harder, people got harder.” “People will trade anything for safety… Everything. So they’ve got nothing left but existing.” Sounds a lot like the wolves but with kneeling and weird rules. They come across a greenhouse. The diabetic used to babysit the girls who lived there. The fire melted the greenhouse plastic over them, preserving their dead bodies. The diabetic lays flowers on them which wakes them up and they bite her. Daryl kills them but it’s too late.
While Blondie is digging the diabetic’s grave, Daryl asks him The Questions. He tells them about Alexandria. After the Pete situation, Rick didn’t want to add members but Daryl did. Well, I hope he’s making the right call with these two. He brings them to his hidden bike and tells them they can ride in the car with Daryl’s friends. Blondie asks how many friends are waiting for him. As soon as Daryl answers, Blondie pulls his gun. They take his crossbow and bike and leave him with a few bandaids. “We’re sorry.” “You’re gonna be,” Daryl growls. They ride away but I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of them. Daryl will get his crossbow back. Feeling like a fool, Daryl makes his way through the forest. He comes across a fuel sign and decides to look around. He pulls some bushes away and finds a Patrick Fuel Company truck. The license plate reads: Patty. They may have gotten his bike but he found Patty.
Abraham puts on the uniform he found in the office. Sasha gives him a big smile. They hear a vehicle approaching and grab their guns. Then they realize it’s Daryl and they smile even bigger. On the ride home, Daryl tries to reach someone on the walkie. They hear a faint voice. “Say again?” Daryl asks. The answer comes back faintly. “Help.” There are no promises on The Walking Dead but I think that was Glenn…
Next week: The preview is during AMC’s new show The Badlands so I didn’t see it. From memory of the preview from Talking Dead, Rick and Michonne are grilling Morgan on his decision to not kill. Rick asks him if he really believes he can survive without getting blood on his hands. Then people are running and looking scared. Someone is pulling out a gun. And the wall is till bleeding. What’s up with that? We only have two more episodes before TWD takes a break until Valentine’s Day. Trust me, you don’t want to miss either of them.