Episode 15 - Try
25 March 2015
I'm not sure how I feel about the climactic scene of this episode.
I wasn't sure if Rick had been adequately brought to the boiling point he reached. His behaviour in the scenes with Jessie suggested that he had gone over the edge. He was creepily forward and admitted that he wouldn't necessarily intervene in a less attractive woman's marriage. Yet somehow Jessie took his disturbing possesiveness as a sign that she was special to him and gave him the go ahead to beat her husband up. Although it sounds like I hated that scene, I didn't. In a way this is the most fascinating The Walking Dead has ever been. Out in the wild Rick is ruthless but kind. But now faced with real life again he has lost his moral compass and is not acting out of pure motives anymore. But did it feel earned?
The fight was poorly choreographed. It felt like Rick should have been able to take Pete down quicker but I guess they wanted to him to be dramatically bloodied and struggling. His speech made some sense but it still didn't feel quite like he should have been this emotional at that moment. It was also a foolish moment to attempt a power grab given that he was standing alone and Darryl is outside the gates.
Michonne's decision to side with civilisation is an interesting one. But I don't know her well enough to fully believe it. Sadly I don't think we will get a chance to explore her reasoning though. In case you didn't notice, a vicious group of survivors called the Wolves are coming to Alexandria next episode. The writers emphasised this so much that it makes me wonder if they are coming so that Rick will be proven right about needing to run the town. I really hope this isn't the end of the exploration of how our group function in Alexandria but things are about to change one way or another.
We all knew one day Carl would have a romance story and this was about what you'd expect. We've seen multiple characters go through what Sasha is but she played it fine. I couldn't tell whether her wiping out of the Walkers was meant to back up Rick's point that his group knew how to survive or if it was merely another Wolves hint. Again Glenn was excellent in telling off Nicholas.
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