Written by John Edward Betancourt
THIS IS THE EMERGENCY SPOILER ALERT SYSTEM...YOU ARE ADVISED TO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK...
At long last on The Walking Dead, we have finally arrived at a place where it doesn't seem everyone is planning to eat, or kill Rick Grimes and his band of survivors. Hell, they even have power, food and running water once again in the city of Alexandria and while all those things are fantastic, Rick and his group are still concerned and so are we.
After all, like Rick said, everyone has an angle and that's what we are all wondering, what is Deanna's? Well, today on the breakdown I thought we would take a look at those possibilities, simply because I get the feeling Deanna has tipped her hand without Rick even knowing it and quite frankly, I am fairly certain she has foreshadowed some events for the rest of this season and beyond.
First and foremost, let's talk about that powerful and relevant scene between her and Rick, because I think everything was revealed during their talk. I love the fact we learned more about the end of the world in five minutes of Deanna talking than we have ever learned on five years of this show. We found out that Northern Virginia was effectively evacuated when things got rough and that they have seen few walkers and few people in the area, that's a big plus but I think Deanna laid her agenda on the table right there...she's worried. She's worried because of the fact that these people have never seen a real and major threat during her time as leader of this little colony and she knows their luck may be running out.
She needs a man like Rick Grimes, one that has helped folks weather and survive pure nightmares to get them through some tough times for people that will have no clue what to do when the proverbial shit hits the fan. After all, we know herds of walkers exist and it's only a matter of time before one passes by the city. But there may be a greater threat out there that she has inadvertently caused. Let's not forget that she banished three men from the city because it simply wasn't working out. She may think it was an act of murder but as we know in this universe, bad men have a way of surviving in this world and it wouldn't shock me to see the next great baddie arrive soon and feel a need to take out the town that shunned him.
Knowing Scott Gimple, there is likely more in this episode that I missed that set the stage for the future because that's what Scott does when it comes to this show and I'm good with that. I like going back and seeing all the little surprises he has set up for us and last night our welcome to Alexandria did just that. Something will come that will change the fate of the city forever, in most likely a good way. I have a feeling it will galvanize and unite them and that's why Deanna wants Rick there so badly, because despite his pain and his suffering and his anger...people matter to him and once the people of Alexandria do as well, he will undoubtedly become their hero. Until next time...