What in the bloody hell just happened on ‘The Walking Dead’?
“We didn’t end it.”
“No, we started something.”
This exchange between Rick and Morgan in the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 6 pretty much sums it all up.
Alexandria boldly picked a fight with the Saviors, but while no one believes it’s actually over, their mistake might be thinking that they’re ready for the fight that’s coming to them. It’s like they’re prepping tacos for a dinner party of 10 and have no idea that everyone is going to show up with a plus one — along with baseball bats covered in barbed wire.
In this episode, some of the Alexandria group walked into a fight and it may have cost someone their life — or, at the very least, injured someone terribly. That someone is Daryl.
The Walking Dead continued its new tradition of playing mind games with the audience and concluded this episode with a lot of blood and no hint about exactly how badly Daryl was injured.
Here’s what we know: Glenn and Michonne were tied up after being surrounded by Dwight and other members of the Saviors. The pair and Rosita had ventured out in search of Daryl, who took off looking for Dwight and Co. by himself. When they disagreed about how to proceed — Rosita and Daryl wanted to keep looking and Glenn and Michonne wanted to be more strategic — Glenn and Michonne split off to have an eerily prophetic chat about how this fight was going to go sour. That’s when they were captured.
Daryl and Rosita approached their bound compadres slowly, thinking they’d be able to covertly approach and get their friends out of this situation. Unfortunately for them, they walked right into a trap. The Alexandria luck strikes again!
The episode concluded with a shot ringing out and Daryl’s blood splattering against the camera lens.
“You’ll be alright,” Dwight said, menacingly.
In case producers need reminding: If Daryl dies, we riot.
Elsewhere, Carol ran away from home and Morgan and Rick went after her.
This plot has already paid off because we got to see little bitty Carol take on a truck full of saviors by herself. She wasn’t happy about having to kill more people, but she did what she had to do.
Rick was “proud” of her for doing so when he and Morgan stumbled upon the carnage she left behind. Morgan felt bad, because he knew she’d left because she didn’t want to kill anymore.
“She could because she had to — sometimes you have to,” Rick said, making a lot of sense, which is a new thing for Rick.
They didn’t end up finding Carol. In my fantasy, she shows up and saves everyone again, but that’s likely not going to happen.
Instead, Morgan vowed to continue the search for her so Rick could head back to Alexandria where he was needed.
“You’re coming back.” Rick tells him as they say goodbye.
“Yeah, but if I don’t, don’t come looking, Morgan replies.
They also settled some important unfinished business — Rick admitted that Michonne did steal his protein bar. Morgan already knew.
I have a feeling this might be the last we see of Morgan this season, but I hope I’m wrong. If it is, though, I hope he takes this time to reconsider his whole not-killing thing. I guarantee you, Morgan, the Saviors really don’t think your life is precious.
Upon arriving back at Alexandria, Rick asked Abraham if anyone from the other group had returned yet. Abraham said no, but looked out into the distance.
“Any second now….yeah, any second,” he said.
I still don’t agree with Morgan’s whole “all life is precious” campaign slogan — at least not in this world. But I appreciated his logic about saving that Wolf. “That killer saved his life, and then Denise was there to save Carl. It’s all a circle. Everything gets a return.” That was a great line.
I like Maggie’s new haircut.
Those kicks preggo Maggie took to her midsection while in the Saviors hands may have done more damage than we assumed. We saw some bruises during a shower scene with her and Glenn and toward the end of the episode, she began screaming in pain, probably scaring Enid into celibacy for the rest of her life. I hope the pancake is ok.
Where do I send my annoying fan letters demanding an explanation for the inconsistent fog? I hate me, too.
I’m still digging Abraham and Sasha more than I thought I would. That scene where she gave him a cigar and Rosita shot them both the jealous former lover stare was fantastic.