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Episode 15 - Us

28 March 2014

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Synopsis: Glenn finds the messages from Maggie and pushed on into a railway tunnel with Tara. Abraham, Rosita and Eugene leave them to it but Eugene insists on picking them up at the other end. Joe teaches Darryl the rules of their group.

The Good: It was good to see Eugene get fleshed out a bit. He’s friendlier and more alturistic than he first appeared but remains socially awkward. He also seems a little naive to trust that Terminus will be a safe place to go.

I liked Tara’s mini-arc. She was so guilt-ridden over what the Governor did to Hershel that she would gladly have given her own life to help Glenn reunite with Maggie. In the end she didn’t have to and it was a pleasant conclusion to have Glenn introduce her as simply a stranger who helped him out of the goodness of her heart.

Darryl’s time with Joe’s crew established a couple of basic points. One was that they do have something of a moral code which helps explains the events Rick glimpsed from under the bed (when two men fight over a claim). The second is that they will recognise Rick when they see him which should lead to drama.

The arrival at Terminus was interesting and the too-good-to-be-true appearence lends intrigue to the finale.

The Bad: Glenn should not have gone through that tunnel. If he has faith that Maggie will wait for him at Terminus then he should go around. If he is afraid that she was killed in the tunnel he can always go back later and check. His actions should have cost them their lives.

It’s not just the weird looking Walker-rock pile up in the tunnel that was problematic. It’s the complete lack of definition for Glenn’s character. His overwrought determination to find Maggie just feels like every cliched film or TV show plot you’ve ever seen. It’s never been adequately demonstrated why their love is so strong or why he has to throw caution aside to so desperately push toward her. Gestures like burning the photo will remain empty until this is addressed.

Maybe I missed it but I didn’t see any hint from Darryl that he was looking for Beth. He could easily have slipped away from Joe’s crew, who didn’t seem that bothered if he had. Surely he could have made his way back to the mortician’s home to look for clues?

The Unknown: I was also confused by the sight of Darryl’s rabbit hunting partner shot through the head. Did they kill him for lying? Or did they beat him up so badly that he died and had to be shot? It felt like a clumsy way of reminding us that Joe’s justice is too brutal to be honourable.

Terminus seems like a trap. Or at the very least not a real sanctuary. A one woman welcome crew who doesn’t take any defensive measures and is just thrilled to see them? Yeah it’s not real. This was a moment where the happy indie song felt like deliberate misdirection.

Best Moment: Glenn introduces Tara to Maggie.

Conclusion: This was the weakest non-Governor episode of the season which is pretty disappointing leading into the finale.

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  • Yeah I'm not sure how Daryl would know its Rick just from the candy bar. I think it was put in there so that the audience knows. Personally I think they're setting up for a Rick vs Daryl until they see each other kind of scenario. There would be a lot of tension as they are probably the two biggest characters on the show

    Posted by Tiarnan, 29/03/2014 11:17am (4 years ago)

  • I'm not sure he saw the candy wrapper or knows that Rick is who their hunting. But I take the point about not wanting to be alone. I still find it bizarre if he has even temporarily abandoned Beth. He went off alone in "Chupacabra" to look for Sophia with much less of a personal connection.

    Interesting idea about the Walker worshippers...

    Posted by The TV Critic, 29/03/2014 12:42am (4 years ago)

  • I think Darrel made the right choice in going with Joe's group. He was in complete despair when they found him. Events happened to convince him he needs people and he saw the candy wrapper on the tracks. Knowing Joe's gang wants Rick dead, Darrel's first loyalty is to Rick et al. He will want to help Rick and get Rick's help deciding how to track Beth.

    Posted by Yogabon, 28/03/2014 5:36pm (4 years ago)

  • I had a thought I wanted to share before the finale: After the frustration I felt with the lack of explanation as to why Lizzie cared so much about the walkers, and after wondering why Terminus would be left so wide open for anyone to enter, I am now wondering if Mary, and anyone else who may be with her, are walker worshippers. Our survivors could be walking into a trap designed to provide food for walkers, as opposed to food for cannibalistic people. This would provide a reason for having shown previously that a person could love walkers, and would make more sense, dramatically speaking, than using insanity as a cover-all explanation. (Please note, I am not suggesting that Lizzie wasn't mentally unstable, just that her presence might have been more than meets the eye.)

    Posted by Matt E., 28/03/2014 10:39am (4 years ago)

  • I heard about the painting and how it looks like Mary from Terminus. It certainly does bear a resemblance. Perhaps the family at the house Carl and Michonne were at was Mary's. I go into that a bit here on my speculation of who might die in the Season Finale here:

    http://www.thetvcritic.org/forums/other-tv-shows/show/174

    Posted by Fluids, 27/03/2014 5:34pm (4 years ago)

  • In episode 11 when Michonne and Carl are in the house just before she discovers the room with the dead family she finds a painting with a Woman, who looks ridiculously like Mary, covered in blood and then when she walks down the corridor there is another painting off a sunflower and sunflowers were shown last week at Terminus. Do you think I'm reading too much into this or is it foreshadowing from Gimple?

    The first link is a brief YouTube clip of what I'm talking about. The second link is a comparison of the painting and Mary. And a final note there is also separate paintings (not in the video) of a barking dog and bunny rabbits which would reference Lizzy and Daryl s story lines.

    http://youtu.be/_j4W6uOHyYI

    http://media.comicbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/terminus-painting.jpg

    http://media.comicbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/puppy-painting.png

    http://media.comicbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/bunnies-painting.png

    http://media.comicbook.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/sunflower-painting.png

    Posted by Tiarnan, 27/03/2014 12:14pm (4 years ago)

  • Does anybody feel like Daryl is in real hot water right now? I think he's stuck between Joe and Rick's group.

    If Daryl lies to Joe about knowing Rick, he could be killed along with Rick.

    If Daryl doesn't lie than Joe could kill him still for knowing Rick.

    Rick could end up killing Daryl because he sides with Joe.

    I don't think it is looking very good for Daryl in the Finale.

    Posted by Fluids, 27/03/2014 3:07am (4 years ago)

  • @Ben F.: Couldn't agree more about the ideas surely running thin... I think at some point the show will have to evolve beyond people basically just running from temporary home to temporary home, avoiding the apparently infinite "Deus ex walkinas" that show up when the plot calls for it. Personally, I would love to see a town/city much larger than Woodbury, where the walkers and the disease itself are integrated into every day life. It's been noted many times, by many viewers, that the true drama/danger in TWD comes from humans, so it would bear to reason that a new society would allow more human interaction than do the forests of Georgia.

    Posted by Matt E., 26/03/2014 1:18pm (4 years ago)

  • The most important event for me in this episode was that we finally got a glimpse of Terminus. From the beginning, everything was weird; no guards and not so many people (unlike Woodbury) but it seemed clean and safe. Meanwhile, something was telling me that Terminus may isn’t what it seems it is. I guess something bad is going on back there.

    My feeling got stronger when Mary welcomed our survivors very kindly. And she didn’t even ask them to put their weapons down… or you know these precautions. I guess maybe there were some people on her side who were protecting her, secretly. Or maybe she wants them to feel safe and comfy and then do whatever she planned to. (I say these because I have experienced something like this situation in The Walking Dead Video Game).

    Dayle’s situation was a piece of excellent writing. His connection to Beth pulls at one side of him while his other side feels that he has finally found a group he’s somehow belongs to. And as we kinda sure that Joe’s group will encounter Rick’s on next episode, I guess their reuniting can be so exciting. Meanwhile, Joe’s vision about new world and new laws once again described the Walking Dead world and its people in a very effective way.

    Totally, I liked it. But I’m not sure, I really love the producers’s new approach to the storytelling or that old one. I think the finale episode can help me to make my decision.

    From the beginning of half season, we’ve been seeing that writers put an emphasis of character development. So, I think while we care about characters more that before, we deserve a big, shocking, tension-filled, action-packed, crazy episode for next week which worth our long time waiting.

    thanks

    Viewer score: 65 / 100

    Posted by Reza, 26/03/2014 11:35am (4 years ago)

  • Some speculation: I believe Michonne knows Tara was at Woodbury 2.0. If that is the case then Maggie will find out that Tara was with the Governor. That may cause friction between Maggie and Glenn because he fibbed about how he met her.

    Posted by Fluids, 26/03/2014 2:39am (4 years ago)

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