Recap: The Walking Dead - The Distance
@lcfremont recaps TWD, discussion points - eating the applesauce, zombie jack-o-latern & there is no singing in the zombie apocalypse...
We all know Michonne is completely done with wandering and just surviving, so she's all over the possibility that there is a safe community out there that does't involve cannibals or men who have secret walker children in their closets. By using her secret Richonne ESP skills, she convinces him to let a group go check out Aaron's claims. Seriously, Aaron talks too much and I was more than excited when Rick explained to him, "Just because we're good people doesn't mean we won't kill you. If the five of them aren't back in an hour, I'll put a knife in the base of your skull." Oy, despite this statement that we all know to be a true one, Aaron still insists on blabbing instead of just eating the applesauce to prove that it isn't poisoned. First off, we all had mom's who made us eat food that we didn't like. No, mine didn't do it in a misguided attempt to make me more manly, but I tell you what; if I want Rick to trust me, I'm damn well going to eat the green beans I've presented him with. Please, SHUT UP AND EAT THE APPLESAUCE! Secondly, what a seriously stupid way to hint to the fact that Aaron is gay.
That's cool, though, because we are then rewarded with a supremely awesome wide shot of their car driving through a horde of walkers. Inside, everyone is bathed in a warm, red glow as more and more walker blood and gore covers the car and the level of tension ramps up to an 11. Realizing there are no people in the pictures of this supposed idyllic community, finding a listening device in the car and having not yet asked Aaron the three questions, everyone, well, loses their shit. No one as much as Aaron though. Shades of Father Gabriel with this guy. How has he survived this long? Serious question. Well, he almost didn't. In a wonderful illustration of just how far Glen has fallen from grace, he almost left him out there in the woods. You could practically hear Hershel calling out to Glen to do the right thing.
Seeing Aaron reunited with Eric definitely humanized him in a different and better way, but he's still untrustworthy. Eric is just the sweetest thing this side of the Mississippi and it's really lovely to see someone in a positive mood. Beth lovers, I now understand why you like her, but if Eric starts singing, I'll kill him myself. There's no singing in the zombie apocalypse.
Michonne's pep talk with Rick was equal parts necessary and irritating. Rick has never truly lost his humanity in his efforts to keep everyone safe and I don't know that we need to be telling him to let his guard down just yet. Especially when we have no idea what lies beyond those gates. Did Rick really hear the sound of children or did he want to hear it just like he wanted to hear Lori's voice on the other end of the telephone? The nonverbal exchange between him and Michonne did not indicate that she heard the children as well. She was simply pleased to see his look of optimism and hope. Carol says it best when she tells Rick, "Even though you were wrong? You're still right."
What will we find beyond that massive wall? Will it be a sanctuary or a new version of hell? Either way, how will our group react? Do they have it in them to take down another community of bad guys? Have they been on the road too long and now they're just like the prison inmate who has been released after 25 years? How much more can we expect them to adapt to? I suppose we shall find out next week.
Rick trying to keep Aaron and Eric separated for the night was very reminiscent of Dawn and her power play to have Noah returned to her. Let's hope Rick isn't going down that same path.
Flare walker rules! He was walking Jack-O-Lantern!
The sight of the Washington monument was uplifting in the best way and it was nice to see Abraham smile.
The nod to Dale was bittersweet. It's kind of defeating to realize just how many good people we have lost so far.
Pretty convenient that Rick finds a pile of stuff and thangs that he can hide a gun in while he's taking a moment.
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