Written by John Edward Betancourt
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When it comes to The Walking Dead we have learned that their titles often have some kind of a special meaning. So when we saw the title for this week's episode, the team raised an eyebrow, what on earth could the hidden meaning be behind "Spend"? Well it turns out the meaning behind that title was far simpler than we could have expected...this was a costly episode for the characters and the currency, was nothing short of a pound of flesh.
The Good: What I have always found amazing about this show, is it's ability to give you a taste of hope and rip it away from you in a moment's notice and that's exactly what happened last night. The wonder and luster of Alexandria was torn to shreds as we realized that Rick and his cohorts have basically stumbled into a town of giant weenies and mini monsters. After all, we learned last night that Pete is beating the crap out of his wife and kids thanks to Sam's "touching" moment with Carol to get more cookies and we also learned even the construction team, which should have some level of toughness can't handle a few walkers and almost let Francine die a horrible death if it wasn't for Abraham the badass and his new amazing catch phrase. I have to figure out how to integrate "Mother Dick" into my daily routine. Also, before we move on we have to take a moment and thank the show for two Dawn of the Dead shoutouts with the mall helping people survive and naming a character after a lead in the film, Francine.
But those two examples of how screwed up and unprepared the people of Alexandria are paled in comparison to last night's ugly supply run to get parts for the power grid in the city. It was a run that looked like it was going to go nice and smooth, until Aiden decided it would be wise to shoot the torso of an Army walker, igniting a grenade and screwing the whole thing up. On the plus side, Eugene finally grew a pair and learned to fight his way out of a mess. Aiden became a walker-ka-bob thanks to his stupidity, but the greatest disaster of the night was yet to come.
Nicholas, in a panic managed to trap himself, Noah and Glenn behind the glass of a revolving door and a ton of walkers, and rather than follow the plan that Glenn laid out for a safe escape he panicked again and in the process of escaping managed to get Noah killed in horrific fashion. In fact this is another one of those quick, out of the blue deaths that left me in total shock. Noah died badly, and the fact it came at the hands of Nicholas' stupidity somehow made it worse. It allowed me a moment to cheer Glenn on when he beat the crap out of Nicholas, but wow, what a devastating ending to the episode. To make matters worse, if that's at all possible, it turns out Rick and his friends brought a total coward with them into the city because...
The Bad: Father Gabriel tried to warn Deanna about the group and I now hate him. I mean seriously. Rick's group saved your life, keeping you from being torn to shreds by walkers or eaten over a spit roast by Gareth's group and this is how you repay them. This guy is an idiot and I don't understand how he can't quite figure out that the world is a pretty ugly place anymore. This was a twist as shocking as Noah's death and it absolutely infuriated me.
The Verdict: This turned out to be quite an incredible episode. Filled to the brim with some of the goriest effects I've seen in some time on the show because holy crap were they cringe worthy and not to mention, this has truly set the stage for a showdown between Rick's group and the weenie festival that is Alexandria. Here's to hoping something comes along to bring them together because wether they see it or not...they need each other.