Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Let's just get it out on the table now...season six of The Walking Dead is truly holding nothing back. Every single week, and bear in mind we are only three weeks in, is about as brutal as they come and last night...was no exception. So without further ado, let's have a long discussion about "Thank You".
The Good: So...I've had a night to sleep on this episode, not well I might add, and I still have no idea how I feel about it a day later and I don't mean that in a bad way. This is an episode that sticks with you long after it's over because it's not designed to make you feel good or feel bad, you're just meant to sit there, with your jaw hanging loose and well...it accomplished that for sure. If anything this episode was hands down one of the darkest the show has offered us, completely in line with "The Grove" and I think that's what I liked about it. The fact that it was willing to take some big chances, piss us off with that one incredible moment and well...leave us terrified and afraid and completely rob us of hope by the end of the episode. There was never a sense of safety for any character in this episode and like I just mentioned, you saw the fight drain from all of them by the end. Michonne looked whipped, Rick looked whipped, and if they're without hope...things are only going to get worse before they get better.
But we have to talk about THAT moment, the one where it looks like Glenn died. I say looked like because here's the thing, this felt like a moment of deception from Scott Gimple. Something about this "death" was different than the others and I'm not completely convinced that Glenn is dead. Nicholas fell on top of Glenn and we never truly see Glenn's guts get torn out and that final shot above him was about as ambiguous as it gets. I'm not saying Glenn's odds are good if he does manage to survive this mess, but at least he may get a fighting chance. Either way, the sheer terror of this episode, and its bleakness, well...I loved it. We've been feeling safe, well safer, since the group got to Alexandria, we thought things would get better or at least start to and then...the dead and the Wolves reminded us that this is the end of the world...and no one is safe.
The Bad: The fact that we don't have a definitive answer about Glenn is driving me to drink. He might be dead, he might be alive...having my feels twisted like this is just pure evil...
The Verdict: This season keeps churning out one incredible episode after another and this week was no exception. It took us right into the depths of pure horror by keeping us on our toes and potentially said goodbye to a fan favorite and quality character in Glenn. Bravo to this episode for leaving me numb by its end and for forcing me to re watch that horrific scene over and over to see if I can a straight answer on Glenn's fate and for also doing something fans have been asking the show to do for a while now...making the dead terrifying once again.