Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Well if there was any worry that Alexandria would be boring in any form or fashion, it should be gone now. In fact last night's episode was still compelling on so many levels and packed to the gills with details so let's get right down to recapping "Remember".
The Good: I think the best way to describe last night's episode is to call it a loaded baked potato, because it was packed to the gills with a little of everything. We got more incredible performances, especially from Melissa McBride and Andrew Lincoln as they put on a tour de force acting wise, but at the same time we were given some heavy insight into what it looks like for people suffering from PTSD trying to reintegrate into a world that is free of terror and stress. Turns out the end result is not good and that's what the majority of the hour provided us with, the painful re-acclimation to society for Rick and his battle torn group. But the episode was not without its lighthearted moments, in fact I laughed my ass off with the scene where everyone had to turn in their weapons.
We also met the leader of Alexandria last night, Deanna Monroe, and she shared some important scenes that we will get into later on today in my weekly breakdown. But she matters because well, she's the first leader of an alternate group we have met on the show that hasn't tried to kill these people or show some weird motivations. She welcomed them every step of the way and I loved that. I loved she gave them jobs and a purpose, and the group has every right to skeptical at this point in time. After all, they have been through hell. I am curious to see how Daryl will fit in here, because he seems to be having the most trouble of anyone in the group stepping back into civilization. Either way, I was glued to the screen the whole way, hoping like Rick and his gang that this town is everything as advertised.
The Bad: My only gripe was that the whole "Rick is the new bad guy" rumor that is roaming around the interwebs will only be fed this morning by Rick's final line last night. The whole idea that he's the new baddie is stupid to say the least, and by making him the villain they would have to end the show with his downfall. This story was never about that, it was about survival and that final line actually did seem out of place. Considering the comics have played such an integral piece to the show, and Rick becoming the next baddie has never happened there, they're not going that route on the show. Just trust me when I say that Alexandria is likely Rick's redemption, simple as that.
The Verdict: My little gripe aside, this was a phenomenal episode, one that I'm certain set the stage for quite a few things since Scott Gimple does that, and again mad kudos to Melissa McBride and her new role as covert spy on the show and Andrew Lincoln for doing another incredible job bringing the weight Rick has on his shoulders to light with some fine acting. Can't wait to see what happens next week.