Written by John Edward Betancourt
It's a bittersweet day here at Girls of Geek. We get to celebrate the wonder that is The Walking Dead but on the downside, it's a celebration of the mid season finale. Which means we all have to sit and wait to see the resolution of last night's wild episode, "Made to Suffer".
The Good: Oh man, when I settled in to watch this episode, I came to realize that my anticipation and impatience to see the prison gang and the citizens of Woodbury was a waste of time, simply due to the fact that the rescue was the mere appetizer in what will become an incredible main course. Don't get me wrong, what played out on screen was great. Rick and company did a fine job risking life and limb to get Maggie and Glenn back, and kudos to the little guy for improvising on the fly to help break free of Woodbury's grip. We also got to meet a long time character in the comic, Tyreese when he and his cadre of survivors found a way into the prison. I take that back, they didn't find a way, it was right there ready to go, and a hole that big can only mean trouble in future episodes. But the big story here tonight was Woodbury. Not just the rescue, but the Governor once again. I don't think it is a bad thing by any means that we have spent so much time there this season, or that in a way the focus has shifted toward Philip Blake and his attempt to recreate life before the plague. There is something building here and the payoff will be worth it. In fact, the Governor was perhaps at his most disturbing tonight. Between the scene with Penny, the rage that he displayed when Michonne put her down and the complete change in him we all witnessed when the dust had settled. He was controlled evil before this night, now I fear the monster is unleashed. The other big highlight was of course the reuniting of the Dixon boys, and the show delivered on a hunch of mine, the reunion was in no way pleasant. Unfortunately for Daryl, his brother's cowardice and "save my own skin" mentality has the both of them in trouble since our last glimpse of Woodbury for this year was Andrea stunned to see an old friend, and the Dixon boys in a bit of hot water, with the crowd calling for their deaths.
The Bad: The fact that we have arrived at the mid season finale. It's going to be a long wait to see how Rick and the gang get Daryl, and possibly Merle out this mess and already the wait is killing me.
The Verdict: Another incredible episode in what is clearly becoming the best season for the series thus far. If the second half is anything like the first half I will have to invest in more Tums and possibly a handkerchief for the tears, yes I have misted up a few times this year. But alas, before any of that can happen we must wait until February 10th of next year.