The Walking Dead review, "Us"

The Walking Dead review, "Us"

The latter half of this season of The Walking Dead has been leading us through character arc after character arc along the road to Terminus. Tonight we finally reached the promised land and, at the very last minute, met a woman named Mary, who seems like a nice enough lady. But the Governor also seemed decent enough at first, and we all know how that turned out. Beware, is what I’m saying.

The Terminus stuff, however, was just the capper on a darling little episode that was content to explore the meaning of “Us.” Let’s look in on our merry (or sometimes not so merry) bands of zeroes.

Glenn, Tara, and the people who want to save the world: These folks have been bonded together because of a chance meeting on the road and because Tara is unable to give up her guilt about being complicit in the execution of Glenn’s lady friend’s father. Despite Abraham having very strong feelings about getting Eugene the Mullet to Washington to save the world, everyone else is just content to blindly follow Glenn, because true love and, apparently, Glenn is really persuasive.

I really enjoy watching Abraham, Mullet, and Rosita interact with one another. These are people who have been traveling together for a long time. They have a rapport. They truly are an “Us.” Glenn and Tara didn’t actually become an “Us” until the end of the episode when he wouldn’t abandon her and when he made up a story for how they met, protecting Tara from Maggie, who probably wouldn’t have been too happy to find out that this girl stood by and watched as the Governor kill Hershel.

And now the world savers, Glenn, and Tara have hooked up with Maggie, Bob, and Sasha. Everyone wants to see Terminus, because why not? Even Eugene is all, “I can save the world any old day. Let’s take a quick detour into something completely unknown that sounds way too good to be true.”

This is the group that eventually arrives at Terminus near the end of the episode. From what we can see so far, Terminus is a beautiful place, full of sunflowers and ladies who cook. I’m sure there’s way more to the story. There’s always more to the story. Except T-Dog’s. Because he’s dead. #NeverForget

Daryl and Friends: Daryl is now stuck with a bunch of men who like to shoot crossbows and lives by the law of “Claimed.” Joe, the head honcho, believes that as long as these men respect one another’s “claims” and as long as they always tell the truth, things will be fine. And then he gets Daryl day drunk, so now he’s totally on board.

This Joe guy seems to have taken a liking to Daryl for some reason. Maybe he sees him as a younger version of himself. Who knows? What we do know is that Joe is heading to Terminus right now for the express purpose of stirring up shit and hunting Rick, the guy who turned one of their friends in that abandoned house.

Carl and Richonne: These three are just one big happy family, balancing on train rails, eating candy bars. Everything is awesome, as they say. And it’s probably not going to stay that way forever, which is too bad. #Richonne4EVA.

Next week, it looks like everyone’s converging on Terminus. So that should be exciting? Is that the word I’m looking for?

Other Stuff:

  • Some really good lines in this episode. After Harley cuts the bunny in half and gives Daryl the butt: “Ass end is still an end.”
  • Also Harley: “Ain’t nothing sadder than an outdoor cat thinks he’s an indoor cat.”
  • Abraham on Glenn’s path back to Maggie: “That’s a long, dark tunnel full of reanimated corpses.”
  • I love how hot Eugene is for all the girls. What a dork.
  • Why didn’t Glenn and Tara just dip their heads in zombie guts and rub them all over each other’s bodies? Couldn’t that have gotten them out of the tunnel alive?
  • Hey, Glenn and Maggie are back together! Now we no longer have to hear about Glenn and Maggie getting back together! Small victories!

What did you think of the episode?

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