Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Last night's episode of The Walking Dead was actually filled to the brim with surprises. You would think an hour of the group settling into Alexandria would be boring and utterly mundane, but nope, not the case. We were instead treated to Carol's darkest moment yet, and the rest of our heroes were completely on the edge. So let's get right down to it and discuss, "Forget".
The Good: Let's start off with the fact that despite being set mostly behind the walls of Alexandria, this episode was filled to the brim with treats and surprises. For one, we finally learned what Alexandria is all about...it's actually legit. This is no Woodbury or Terminus, these are actual decent people trying to piece together a future for humanity. That's pretty freaking awesome, it's just a shame the group is steadily losing their minds along the way. Sasha is clearly suffering from some heavy PTSD and Rick is struggling to handle which world he wants to belong to, it's making for some fascinating character development and clearly we need to find a purpose for Rick and fast before he loses it.
But there were two key moments I enjoyed the most when it came to last night. The first was the fact that after being basically a ghost in Alexandria, Daryl finally got some screen time while out and about hunting and Aaron's offer to him to be the second recruiter for the town was brilliant and touching all at the same time. But the big surprise of the night is one that still has my jaw dropped, Carol taking the time to threaten a little kid. She fired off one of the most terrifying threats not delivered by a villain that I have ever seen and she never fails to surprise just how far she is willing to go to protect her family.
The Concern: I can't call anything bad this week, but I can certainly call this...an unsettling concern, how much the people of Alexandria act like nothing is going on outside of the walls. Especially considering we haven't seen a walker with a "W" on its forehead since Noah's community, someone had to put that there...none of this can be good.
The Verdict: No doubt this should have been considered a filler episode, but the show is clearly handling those differently now, since this episode was packed to the gills with struggles for our characters and a taste of the world they have nearly forgotten. I'm sure the tension builds from here, but I found this to be a pretty solid episode.