Written by John Edward Betancourt
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I would love to say that last night's episode was the calm before the storm that is the midseason finale, but that was simply not the case. Yes, this was the setup for what will likely be an ugly and splatter filled finale, but rather than go easy on us, "Crossed" was a surprisingly action packed episode of the show, filled with some of the best scares I've seen all season.
This episode was obviously about one big thing, bringing Beth and Carol back to the church, but there were plenty of other little tidbits to talk about before we get to that. First up last night was more of Father Gabriel's weaselness rising to the top once again. After getting a quick lesson from Carl on how to use a machete and seeing that his church has become a fortress to ward off the dead and protect Gabriel, Carl, Michonne and Judith he decides to rip out the floorboards in his office and escape into the world.
As Gabriel does that, Glenn and his camp are waiting for Eugene to come to. Abraham is at his scariest here, still filled with anger over Eugene's lie and at a loss as he stares into the distance unsure of what to do next and while they wait to see if Eugene is okay and not critically injured by Abraham it turns out to be time for Glenn to bond with Rosita and Tara as they forage for supplies. It turns out that Eugene is okay, and that seems to finally pull Abraham out of his funk. But as I said before, the centerpiece of last night was the beginning of the rescue mission.
Yes, Rick and a team return to Atlanta to plan out how to get Beth and Carol back. Rick's plan is to waste everyone in Dawn's group, something that Tyreese and Daryl disagree with, opting for hostages as bargaining chips. In fact, this was one of the most interesting moments of the night, watching these two men, but more so Daryl, keep Rick's crazy in check. They clearly trust Rick and have no problem letting him throw down when necessary but this is the difference maker of keeping the good men good, having people around that care enough to not let one get lost in all the darkness of the world.
Regardless the plan goes into motion and they capture three from Dawn's camp in what was the scariest and grossest moments of the night. Gross because we were witness to melted walkers from a fire and scary because Daryl almost found himself bitten on two separate occasions. It was intense and awesome, but the stunner of the night was the officer named Bob who appeared to be the only cop worth a damn from Grady Memorial, who used his gentle nature to knock out Sasha and escape.
All in all, I was definitely entertained and was pleased with the fact that this preamble to the midseason finale wasn't just a fluff episode. Sure this one was filler in a lot of ways, but at least it was fun filler. But next week looks ominous to say the least and I keep hearing that it should be a bloodbath. Makes me nervous to say the least, we don't know who is safe in Rick's camp, and it's worse for Carol and Beth being inside the hospital. But sadly we have to wait until next week...