Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Leave it to The Walking Dead to take what looks like a filler episode through and through and throw in an incredible, jaw dropping, heart breaking plot twist that will likely have massive ramifications for the rest of the season. Yes, that's exactly what happened last night, so let's get into into that revelation from last night's "Self Help".
The Good: This was at times a surprisingly lighthearted episode. We had some lovely moments discussing Eugene's incredible mullet, finding out just how lonely and creepy he is and can be and we shared a few gentle moments with Maggie and Glenn. For a minute there it seemed like the horrors of the world were going to be light in this episode, but then came the flashback. Abraham's temper was on display throughout a broken up, episode long flashback where we learn he killed many a man with his bare hands to protect his family. It turns out his wife couldn't handle seeing this side of her husband, end of the world or not and well...left him with his daughters to face a fate worse than death, being devoured by walkers. It's a fascinating side of Abraham for us to learn since we have only seen flashes of a temper, and now we know why he keeps it so hidden, because he feels like it cost him his family.
But, while his temper may be the bane of his existence, it is Eugene's salvation, for a while anyway. That backstory also showed us how the mission came to be, but well...we learned last night that the mission is a lie. Yes, it turns out Eugene sabotaged the bus early in the episode in an effort to get the group back to the church, why? Because Eugene isn't a scientist and he has no clue how to cure the plague ravaging the world. It was a heartbreaking moment to say the least, for both audience and characters who of course had high hopes that all of this nightmare would come to an end. But it was also so tragic, since well, all Eugene ever wanted to feel was needed. Either way, there will be fallout from all of this...lots of it I'm sure.
The Bad: You know, I honestly have no complaints this week. I laughed and I can't say I cried but I definitely felt my heartstrings tugged on with Eugene and Abraham's backstories, so it was full of good storytelling.
The Verdict: This "filler" episode ending up being full of incredible surprises and well, I really enjoyed this one, it also featured some incredible zombie kills by way of fire hose. Either way, this show is doing some awesome things with its ensemble cast, and this one is more proof of that.