Written by John Edward Betancourt
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There's really just one word that describes this week's episode of The Walking Dead, INTENSE. Seriously, what a loaded and heart racing episode so let's just get right down into discussing "Try".
The Good: I'm actually quite impressed with how much stuff the show managed to pack in tonight. It got extremely in depth about what is really eating at our characters when it comes to the safety of Alexandria, which we will get into later with my weekly breakdown, but it also set the stage for the ugly threat that is undoubtedly heading toward the city, and it was brought to you by the letter "W".
Yes, those mysterious walkers showed up en masse on the show tonight, and the crazy people behind it are apparently bold enough to carve the W into a forehead while the person is alive, and let walkers do their thing. Whomever these crazed people are, they are incredibly dangerous and judging from that light Daryl saw in the distance at night...you have to wonder how close they are to Alexandria.
But the real intensity from tonight came from Alexandria itself. From the opening seconds of the show, when Deanna played her son's mix tape, nothing felt safe about the town or its people. Everyone seemed on edge this week, heck even Glenn upped the ante when he confronted the cowardly Nicholas in incredibly bold fashion, and by the way we found out who stole Rick's emergency gun that he hid outside the community...the very weasel that Glenn confronted. But matters were only made worse over the fact that Rick wanted to separate Jessie and her charming husband Pete to ensure the safety of Jessie and the kids...and kill Pete if he doesn't like the idea. It was a bold move on Rick's part since he presented it to Deanna, which she of course shot down. But things went awry went Rick decided to confront Jessie about the danger she was in. Thus came the most incredible moment of the night, as Rick was forced into a knock down drag it out battle in the streets with Pete that led to a moment of lucidity from Rick as he chided and scolded the people of Alexandria on being weak and stupid before Michonne knocked his ass out.
The Bad: That ending. Only because I lost track of time completely watching this one and I was expecting just a little more before fading to black. But since this isn't the first time I've wanted more from an episode...this is a superficial complaint, because of the fact the show is hitting on all cylinders.
The Verdict: Normally the episode before the season finale is pure filler and little tamer than we expect to give us a moment to prepare ourselves, but seriously, this episode was nuts and I loved every single second of it. I'm dying to see if the people behind the W show up next week, and I'm damn curious to see where we go after this with Rick's breakdown in front of everyone. Should be one hell of a finale.