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The Walking Dead S06E10: "The Next World"

Welcome to another episode of The Walking Dead, sponsored by Orange Crush! The only soda for surviving the zombie apocalypse and losing all your supplies in a lake. "The Next World" was all about those people remaining in Alexandria mourning the deaths of Sam and Ron Anderson from the Season 6B premiere, and it was a cathartic journey for viewers as well. Just kidding! Ron and Sam (and Jessie) weren't even mentioned once, because the show couldn't get away from those two dopes fast enough, either. Here's hoping that the zombie versions of them show up so we can watch them get killed all over again. 

Instead, "The Next World" jumped forward in time a few weeks to erase all the horrors (and schadenfreude) from the zombie assault on Alexandria and get on with business. And that business involved bromance and romance! 

It's absurd that The Walking Dead hasn't incorporated more Rick and Daryl adventures in its previous 76 episodes. Absurd, I say! They are the two biggest badasses in the series (though Carol and Michonne might kick my teeth in for saying that), so cordoning them off together to let them do their thing seemed like something that should be on the top of The Walking Dead writers' room whiteboard every single week. Thankfully, this episode featured the two of them front and center on a supply run, and it was one-million percent amazing. 

With the terror of the zombie horde behind them and the streets of Alexandria magically cleaned up from the walker genocide of last week's episode (so glad we didn't get a "cleanup" episode of confused Alexandrians dragging corpses that split in two when pulled—wait, actually that sounds pretty cool), Daryl and Rick be shopping! Denise wanted some "pop"— which is how weirdos say "soda"—because Tara mumbled about it in her sleep and Denise wanted to give her a treat. Eugene wanted some sorghum and Michonne wanted some toothpaste because... well, you'll see why. Basically, the need for toiletries, organic produce, and sugary drinks instead of bazooka ammo and pointy sticks meant that life was returning to normal in their little 'burb, just as Deanna had promised Rick. 


Rick and Daryl eventually came upon a truck loaded with supplies and snatched it up quicker than you could say, "Oh they're not going to have this for too long because something bad is going to happen." On their way home, Daryl stopped to get some of that "pop" and the two ran into a lone survivor. Or should I say the lone survivor ran into them. The man's name was Jesus, who fans of the comics will know. But for us who didn't, we couldn't have seen the slick con he would pull when he stole Rick's keys, created a diversion with some firecrackers and a lie about incoming zombies, and then hauled butt out of there with their truck.

Thanks to a flat tire (convenient!), Rick and Daryl caught up to Jesus and took their truck back, tying up Jesus on the side of the road. But Jesus must be part Houdini and part Spider-Man, because he managed to surf the top of the truck like Teen Wolf, starting another struggle between the trio and ending with the truck slumping into a lake. 

Much of Rick and Daryl's conversations that weren't for comedy (seriously, this was the funniest episode of The Walking Dead ever—more on that later) were about Rick's change of heart with regards to saving other people. I talked some about this last week and vented some frustration with it, mostly because I prefer the Rick who survived at all costs because he made me believe in his ways and the show did so much fantastic heavy lifting to convince me, but it looks like we're definitely getting the old Rick who wants to save everyone and their mother, so his plan was to bring Jesus back to Alexandria and get him fixed up. Yes, the same guy who stole their truck and left them for dead. But in Jesus' defense, he did save Daryl's life by shooting a walker that was creeping up on him. Perhaps he's a lovable rogue and not the cold-hearted villain we thought he might be? Meanwhile, in contrast to Rick, Daryl was coming around to the idea of NOT saving people, like Rick said before. Okay, The Walking Dead, if your idea of character development is sliding your characters back and forth on the morality spectrum, then fine. 

Sliding over to the side of compassionate this week was Spencer, whose mysterious treks into the woods caught Michonne's eye. Turned out that Spencer was searching for zombie Deanna (his mom) in order to finish her off, because he needed to after spotting her walking away during the great scrum in Alexandria from last week's episode. That's a noble gesture, but let me just say that if my mom, cousin thrice removed, pet cat or anyone in between becomes a zombie, do not worry about leaving them for me to kill. They're all yours! Do whatever you want with them, I really do not care. Stab them in the face, dress them up like 1920s babies in sailor outfits, whatever. I do not understand this show's obsession with family members needing to kill zombified versions of family members. Carl would later say that he couldn't kill Z-eanna because he felt someone close to her should do it. Nope! In the case of Andrea and Amy from Season 1, I get it. Andrea was with her as she died. THAT made sense. After a few weeks, I don't need closure badly enough to walk around the woods by myself in the hopes I can give mommy a goodbye shank. (Also, Mom, if you are reading this, I am sorry!)

Also, WHY are people walking around the woods for no real good reason? In addition to Spencer going on walkabouts, Carl and Enid would go into the forest and just hang out? Everyone say it with me: STAY IN THE HOUSE, CARL! Especially since your depth perception is all kind of whacked. 


However, maybe it's good he doesn't hang around the house because otherwise he might walk in on what everyone will surely be talking about. Rick and Michonne did the nasty. When this show wants Rick to change, it does it with gusto. I mean, it was just an episode ago that he was in a living nightmare watching his girlfriend getting eaten, complete with "remember the good times" flashbacks. There are definitely a few problems with this. Where did this attraction to Michonne come from? What happened during the time jump to bring them so close together? Why isn't Rick mourning the loss of Jessie? Would he jump right on Michonne so soon after his last girlfriend died? Why wasn't any of this set up for more than a single episode? Do any of us actually want this? On the flip side, a zombie apocalypse can be awfully stressful, and nothing relieves stress like a romp in the sheets. And that's the only realistic excuse I can think of for this happening. 

Personally, I'd rather ship Daryl and Rick. Did you see the way Daryl fed Rick chocolate? That was adorable. In fact, the chemistry these two showed together was probably the most fun interactions any two characters on this show have had. The Walking Dead has problems developing its characters because it usually has no choice but to feature them in tragic circumstances, and the series ran out of things to say about that several seasons ago. But by putting Rick and Daryl in a relaxed situation—which still fit into the apocalypse survival of it all by having them bond during a supply run—both of them really popped and came alive. This was great stuff. I know the show's DNA doesn't allow much fun to be had, but here's evidence that it should make way for more of it. 

But before I wrap things up, let's talk about that ending! As Rick and Michonne lay naked in their bed after a bout of mattress testing, Jesus entered the room (ummm, knock?) and said, "Rick, wake up. We need to talk," while Rick and Michonne stood buck naked armed and ready to kill. What does Jesus have to say? And how awkward was that? 

"The Next World" was largely successful because of Rick and Daryl's excellent adventure. But let's hear it for Jesus, who appears to be a welcome addition to the show. That's not an easy thing to say given how many forgettable characters have come and gone, but he's already showing more personality than most of the other zombie chow ever did. Praise Jesus!



FESTERING BITEMARKS

– Whoa, did you guys see Eugene's calves? Not bad, HUGE-ene!

– Do we really need more "We are your family" talk? And do we really want Spencer to be part of the family? 

– There was ZERO mourning for the Andersons. Nothing. It's like it never happened. That's so great!

– Rick arguing that they didn't know Denise but she turned out to be good and saved Carl's life doesn't really apply to picking up new people. Rick, don't forget, you essentially invited yourself into Alexandria, where Denise already was. You were the stranger, not her. 

– Rick just blew through stop signs like they were nothing. Carol from Last Man Standing would be pisssssssed.


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Feb 27, 2016
Jesus, the escape artist / magician . . . let;s pair him with way of the stick Morgan for fight fun and Glenn for getting into and escaping life and death situations. Never pair Jesus with the rest, death may ensue.
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Feb 25, 2016
"That there is a criminally underrated grain that could change the game with our food situation from scary to hunky dunky."
Daryl playing tag with Jesus was fun to watch!
I'm liking this Jesus guy!
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Feb 25, 2016
I've found this season rather entertaining... I binge watched the first half a couple of days before the debut of the second half... Mmm maybe I should have waited to binge watch the full season...

Anyway Richone was coming for quite a while! Michonned has been like a surrogate mother for Carl and his sister from the very beginning.

It felt sweet and comfortable, so am satisfied with the way they hooked up. Anyway Maggie & Glen have cornered the romantic market on the show, LOL!
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Feb 24, 2016
The good about about this episode, Jesus. That guy must have super powers, how did he untie those knots so quick, and jump on top of the van? He made Rick and Darly look like the two stooges. Looking forward to what he does next. The okay, Spencer following his Mom to off her, with Michonne following behind, giving him the we're family speech. The bad, Enid, annoying still. The out of the blue, Richonne, at least for me. I've never shipped these two, and it was weird because their friends, and just not romantic, no sparks what so ever. The hints they've been making about Sasha and Abraham, I can almost see it. Both of them were in such a dark place, very similar, and slowly, you see them start to pull out of it. Their caring for one another. They recognize , or see some of themselves in each other, so there's this bonding thing that happens. I"m not saying Rick and Michonne have not gotten close , but I just saw it as more of a brotherly sister like thing. Glad someone explained it had been two months . How did we know that? Okay Rick, I know, Jessie who? Must of been what Lori thought. Rick who?
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Feb 24, 2016
I thought this episode was pure gold, beginning to end. I read spoilers about Rick and Michonne getting together. I've been hoping they would get together since Season 4 so I was pretty excited and expected Richonne to be the highlight of the episode. Boy, was I wrong. Rick and Daryl together was hilarious! And I have never enjoyed the introduction of a new character more. Jesus will be a great addition to the cast. Can't wait to learn more about him.
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Feb 24, 2016
If I was an actor I wouldnt bother with acting gig on Walking Dead. I think for an actor it's such a waste of talent. Especially for those who come and go like side notes.
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Feb 24, 2016
Michonne is as good as dead now that she has been in contact with
Rick's penis aka. The Widower....
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Mar 12, 2016
DWL. Too good!
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Feb 24, 2016
Although it was slower in terms of zombie killing action, obviously, it was able to show some compassion (looking for and finally killing mom; the conversation between Carl and Michonne on the front porch, etc), and still have some great fun and be fast paced despite being 'slow'.

Yes, for sure, for more of Rick & Darryl. Great fun!!
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Feb 24, 2016
This episode was magic! Jesus seems like a great character. He was instantly likeable and I can't wait to see his story unfold.

Also, I loved the zany, Looney Tunes-ish humor of this episode. It was both a breather episode but a must-see and not something a viewer could call "filler."

Oh, the shipping spectrum, I usually don't root for couples in post-apocalyptic fiction and this show is no different. Even Glenn/Maggie barely manages to tug on my heartstrings. But the hookup between Rick and Michonne was perfect! I didn't even realize how much I wanted that to happen until it did. Yay!

On the Rick/Daryl subject... I don't see it. If we're talking same-sex pairings for these two I'd go with Abraham/Rick and Jesus/Daryl (or Aaron/Daryl... please don't hate me too much for that because I adore Eric/Aaron).

Looking forward to next Sunday's episode!
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Feb 24, 2016
Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
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Feb 23, 2016
For me this was definitely the best episode of at least the last 2 seasons, which have been really boring for me (do they really need to show us the same conversations 300 times?). I'm glad they changed the rhythm and cut down the whining and such. It was really a breath of fresh air. I hope that now that Jesus is here (finally!), the show changes the dynamics towards this direction.
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Feb 23, 2016
What a refresher! I actually LOLed at the pithy humor, instead of howling at the regular load o'WTF moments.

Any episode that is Morganless gets two thumbs up from me.

Jesus has to be a true badass survivor to be that clean (as Rick noted) and to cruise the Southern forests in the summer whilst clad in a bitchin' leather trench coat. Never let 'em see you sweat.

While we didn't get to see the streetwalker cleanup, it would have been mighty interesting to see how it was done. I'm betting Abraham scrounged up a front loader and a street sweeper. Kudos to Our Gang for their excellent pavement scrubbing, not a gob of goo to be seen. Brought to you by Amway. Perhaps next we'll have one of the famous double back, while you were scrounging episodes that shows the fun.

I raised an eyebrow when Michonne intro'd in a towel, and thought she was already hooked up with Rick. So the surprise ending was even more surprising to see, that this was their first coupling. Five bucks says it was just two ships passing in the apocalypse, and they'll fist bump and share the occasional nudge and wink. Get it when you can during the end times.

I hope Carl is practicing being the Left Handed Gun and not just bouncing balls for P/T.

"Miiiiister Anderson..." What was the cookie kid's name ... darn, already forgot him.
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Feb 23, 2016
Good to see they didn't more the Andersons, and clean Streets!!! I am wondering where they dumped all the bodies, did they bury them or burned them??

I was really pissed about the truck, but still, they could arrange a run and dive in the lake and get some stuff out for themselves.

The Chemistry between Daryll and Rick has Always been great, and this episode it was great also.

Rick and Michonne, well it was coming for a while, after that much stuff they have been through.

Carl and Enid stuff, yeah it sucked. But was nice to see that Enid doesn't want to go outside anymore, to the forest.

Jesus looks like an interesting character to me. I was glad there was no Morgan in this episode.

They seem to proceed on the expansion


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Feb 23, 2016
I think you meant Last Man On Earth Tim, i thought you were a fan of that shitty show???

Anyway why has this episode gotten good reviews please? it wasn't terrible but it wasn't exactly good either (it garnered a 9 on IGN..... A NINE?????)

Carl/Enid stuff sucked

Spencer/Michonne stuff was cliched and said a billion times on this show (although i liked seeing zombie Deanna)

Rick/Darryl stuff was funny i guess

Rick/Michonne - too soon after Jessie's death as a viewer - i get there has been a time jump and the Anderson Family were universally hated but it seems a bit too soon IMO

I will give it a generous 5/10
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Feb 23, 2016
I think they should have shown them banging. Just this once, then never again. 2 min full nudity. Too much to ask?

While being a filler, I did enjoy the Rick and Daryl time a lot. Reedus seems to be a cool dude anyway, and Lincoln was perfectly showing this singular mood, you know, having a stressful time with family and this ugly break-up with soccer mom behind you, worn out from hard physical work, and now relaxing and laughing for the first time in a long time, enjoying a mild adventure, and the unconscious anticipation of great sex in the near future. Those summer days are the best.





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Feb 23, 2016
I wasn't surprised about Michonne and Rick but definitely didn't like it. It was awkward, like a brother and sister making out kind of awkward.

Love the Jesus guy. I hope he sticks around for awhile. And, I guess Jesus IS always watching - even when you're sleeping. lol
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Feb 23, 2016
NICE Santa Claus reference....
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Feb 23, 2016
Whatttt?
How could you NOT see the Richonne love ship happening? It was a slow ass build starting from seasons ago but I definitely felt it and considering how Twitter was going off on Sunday night I know I'm not the only one. Last week when Jessie died I instantly thought great maybe now Rick and Michonne can get together finally, I didn't expect it to be the very next episode!!!! And when watching talking dead, we actually find out that it's been TWO MONTHS since that whole ordeal. And I don't think we needed to see the weeks in between where Rick mourns Jessie. We know that Rick and Michonne, Carl and Judith have been living together like one big happy family so it's no surprise that that happened. When it did happen I wasn't like what? I was like finally!!!!! (But honestly though I was freaking out, cheering, shouting, all kinds of annoying things) so happy!!!!!!!!!
This episode was hilarious and I am so happy we finally get more Daryl this season! More Rick and Daryl please!!
Also I am loving the new character, I feel like he may be a new fan favourite!! That last scene was hilarious!!


I did want a little more action though! (Don't get me wrong I did enjoy this episode) but I was telling my friend the other day how TWD will have this AMAZING episode (last weeks) and then the next few episodes are slow and boring and dragging. I just wish they knew how to make every single episode INSANE. Like Banshee does. (Seriously guys, watch that show). So during this entire episode I kept waiting for something terrible to happen like for them to run into the Saviours or whatever. Basically I am very nervous and terrified about Negans arrival !!!!!!! I want it to happen but than I don't want it to happen!!!!!!!!
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Feb 23, 2016
Shame she could'nt have those walkers from eairler season as bridesmaids although would have a problem with the flowers LOL
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Feb 23, 2016
I agree that we need more of Rick & Daryl Action. These two are the perfect match when it comes to "go and kick some ass"-stuff. Now we know how hilarious they are if being the ones whose asses GET KICKED! I loved every minute of them outside Alexandria! Jesus is a freaking Ninja Turtle..lol.. and funny too. Also, I'm sure he was just pretending to be knocked out for the majority of time, so he was able to learn more about his captors. Finally there they are: Richonne! It felt like Christmas when "it" happened. lol.. I hope that doesn't put Michonne on the death list, because...Lori...Jessie...
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Feb 23, 2016
Loved how Rick was rocking the car around. Everyone should have known then he was awake. They should have dropped him when they where carrying him just to see how Jesus reacted.
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Feb 23, 2016
So people (some anyway like Tim) are shipping Daryl and Rick, but no one has even mentioned Daryl has NEVER had a love interest! ? The only people he ever got close to beyond his brother Merle, was Aaron/Carol/ & Beth! So I'm going to say what everyone else is thinking. Daryl likesmen, and may even have his eyes on Rick. Sorry fangirls;-p This was a pretty good episode, and the magician named Jesus is a great addition to the cast. I can tell he is going to be a great asset in bringing much needed drama to the show going forward. Richonne FTW!!!
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Feb 23, 2016
Daryl is a typical example of "Hard shell, soft core". I am convinced that he is afraid of bonds or of feelings and so far the group has not encountered a woman, with which he could afford a loose relationship. This would have led to problems in the group, so he did not mind. When he was with Beth alone, he seemed to develop somewhat romantic feelings towards her, but her kidnapping has prevented their further development. So, IMO, Daryl is not gay. He just didn't find the right woman (or had enough time to develop a relationship with one) yet.
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Feb 24, 2016
I think Beth was the closest to a love interest in the sense there was a set up for it. Carol is more of a soulmate, the only person who knows how it feels like to be Daryl whether they grow romantic, antagonistic or just grow together as characters.

He doesn't strike me as gay, Daryl's just someone who has no game.
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Feb 24, 2016
You ever heard of a secret gaya hillbilly? I certainly have! If not gay, I say lock up livestock at night Alexandrans;-p In all seriousness though, not having game is no excuse why he wouldn't of made of move on either Carol ( who offered him some a while ago) or sweet Beth when they had that heart to heart before burning down that house! People need to face the fact that when they do end Daryl's run on the show whether it be by series finale, or by Lucille. The writer's are going to piss the fan girls and cause a online riot! I'm just calling it now. I think that would be awesome if that happens. Progress BABY:-)
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Feb 23, 2016
Well as seeing he has survived this long ZA, I don't think that is a good enough excuse IMHO to not get it in;-p As gaya is not widely accepted in our world or thiers I think that is the TRUE reason he hasn't found love/crush! Bi-DARYL FTW!!!! Sorry again FANGIRLS!
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Feb 23, 2016
I'm guessing TWD takes place in a period where Jesus would not know about 90's era Brad Pitt?
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Feb 23, 2016
And yes, more Rick and Daryl episodes please

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Feb 23, 2016
Rick and Michonne had similar mentalities throughout the past 2 seasons. They've just never been on the same page emotionally. One of them would be struggling with the idea of abandoning the remainder of humanity, while the other was busy trying to come back to it. Didn't feel like the hook up came outta nowhere... It kinda grew from trust and friendship throughout all the hell they've experienced. It's more sensible than romantic, but hey, Glenn and Maggie's relationship wasnt that great to begin with. Rick and Michonne make a good team. Surprised this didn't happen sooner.
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Feb 23, 2016
Uneven episode after the balance was right last week a more somber one this week good points Rick and Daryl road trip, I do think that this Jesus is a ruse. Well Neagan tried the aggressive approach now he trying to fool our survivors with the quiet one . The low points was Spencer wandering the woods to finish off his mum really also Carl and Enid wandering . Stupid quite frankly these people do dumb things what with walkers and wolves around really, also the Michonne and Rick relationship stupid after last week his girlfriend he jumps in bed with michonne really why . Hopefully next week the wolves will stir things up otherwise we be back to the farm season .
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Feb 23, 2016
I think we all learned something today on Walton's Mountain.
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Feb 23, 2016
I liked Spencer's plot and I wished Carl or Morgan would've been there instead of Michonne, for then it would've been about what this means - when you are able to shot your mother or you can't shot your wife - rather than "the family talk" which, I agree, it has been done.

I hope Carol and Enid mention Sam or Ron, or at least Rick acknowledges the Andersons are gone, if only because they were family too (if not for Rick, at least for Spencer, Denise and so on).

As to Rick and Michonne, I just don't see it. Other than stress relief sex or a one night stand gone wrong (they didn't use protection). While this ensures neither of them will be killed off for seasons to come, he never showed any interest in her nor she in him so I can't get invested in them as a pairing.
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Feb 23, 2016
After how last week's episode ended and this one started, I'm guessing the lesson learned is that after spending a little time in Alexandria, even the best survivors will start to go soft and let their guard down.

So, you're in a zombie apocalypse. You hit the mother load and find a cube van full of supplies. Wouldn't the smart play being take it directly home instead of "taking a different way home to see what you can see"? This is a BAD idea. But then again, it's Rick's, so I guess it's just an idea.

Yup, bad idea. And what happens when you cross a bad idea with a little stupidity...



LMAO! I don't know if that was meant to be played for laughs, but it was hilarious watching these two dumbasses just standing in the middle of the road watching their haul drive away.

So, Michonne is on guard, sees Spencer walk into the woods with a shovel and goes after him. Question: who's on guard duty?

"There are still people out here. We should bring them in", yup, three weeks and Rick's reverted back to his pussy farmer self.

Are Rick & Daryl the dumbass comedy troop this episode? Yup, definitely playing for laughts. I mean, right?

And nope, I'm not getting into the clear and obvious fan pandering of Rick & Michonne. I do wonder though how long it took for them to clean up all the corpses from the roads and lake.

"Denise wanted some "pop"— which is how weirdos say "soda"

Hey! Easy there Johnny 'Murica!

"Thanks to a flat tire (convenient!)"

Enough said.

"[Jesus] managed to surf the top of the truck like Teen Wolf"

Ha! Well played!

"Okay, The Walking Dead, if your idea of character development is sliding your characters back and forth on the morality spectrum, then fine."

Did you just get here? lol

"There are definitely a few problems with [Rick and Michone]"


Like I said, transparent pandering. Of course they weren't going to take the time to setup this story. WHen has TWD ever done that?
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Feb 29, 2016
Not only, why wouldn't they drive the truck with supplies straight home, but also, why would they leaave the car behind?! And plan to come and get it another time?! Why not bring both vehicles back to safety at once?
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Feb 29, 2016
Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to ;)
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Feb 23, 2016
It was cute and awkward all at the same time.
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Feb 23, 2016
I wasn't awkward, that's the problem. It was a deliberated and consensual sexual encounter, much like Lori and Shane's used to be back in the day.
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Feb 23, 2016
jut because its consensual, doesn't mean it cant produce awkwardess...
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Feb 29, 2016
I saw no awkwardness between them. It was more like coming home. Warm and comfortable and relaxed with lots of mutual trust.
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Feb 24, 2016
Just because it can produce awkwardness doesn't make it awkward per se.

Tara & Denise were more awkward at their first kiss than Rick and Michonne last night.
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Feb 23, 2016
I'm not against Rich and Michonne getting together, they're adults more power to them. My only thing is, like Tim said...it really came out of nowhere. Or, I'm more oblivious than I previously thought.

Also, yeah...Rick and Darryl together should happen more often. Bro time!
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Feb 22, 2016
It's been a long time since my face has spent this much time in my palm. Horrible episode.
All you had to do was drive the truck from point a to point b and then it ends up in a lake.
And who the fuck carries firecrackers around.
And Ricshonne has no chemistry whatsoever.
And Even more "you're family" speeches.
Jesus seems interesting though.
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Feb 23, 2016
I did like Jesus, he seemed sharper, confident and smarter.
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Feb 23, 2016
The second I heard "Let's take a different way home to see what we can see", you just knew this was going to end badly. But, this is what TWD does...make otherwise semi-intelligent charcters do stupid things to create drama
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Feb 23, 2016
We all have Hindsight Moments in our lives. Sounds fine at the time then turns rotten. Hold My Beer moments are the worse...
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Feb 23, 2016
All of which are trumped by the, "Hey, watch this!" moments ;)
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Feb 22, 2016
Aaaaahhhh I love this show, even when it's funny. I approve Richonne AND Rick\Daryl. (Is there a name for that one?)
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Feb 24, 2016
I've heard Rickyl pretty often.
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Feb 23, 2016
How about Darick? :D
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Feb 23, 2016
I approve! :D
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Feb 22, 2016
End of Days.
Trump is called none Christian by the Pope.
Lucifer and now Jesus are here.
Matricide for a Jewish zombie martyr.
A white lead gets it on with a black one.
I was expecting Bill Maher to guest on The Talking Dead with a New Rules closer!
Seriously though, Rick and Michonne can only lead to strife. Two alphas in a relationship that has to make the big decisions without but darling I think or, I can't believe you did...quiet shoulder time.
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Feb 23, 2016
Please tell me you're not against Rick and Michonne on mixed racial grounds. Segregation has been over for a while now.
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Feb 23, 2016
The seriously though comment should be the clue.
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Feb 23, 2016
I'm not very bright.
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Feb 23, 2016
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Feb 22, 2016
I loved this episode. This Richonne thing is a bit akward, but in that kind of life, is there amazing things anymore ?
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Feb 22, 2016
Not a good episode, but some nice things happened. Daryl and Rick together in a light comedy road trip called "The Law of Averages".
Then Rick and Michonne finding a way to turn their brains off. I liked how quick they pull on their weapons while naked and sleeping, right after having sex.

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Feb 22, 2016
This episode felt like a sitcom, and I mean that in the best way possible. It was nice to see a "lighter" version of the characters, just because it reminded me that they were people. I think it makes the eventual dark and serious moments have more weight. If everything is dark and heavy all the time, it just becomes the norm, and you only see grimdark version of the characters, which we've seen more than enough of during TWD.

This is the version of Alexandria we should have been presented with, and it feels more in line with the comic version as well. Jesus was...a little more slapsticky than I remember in the comics, but eh, it fit the tone of this episode so that's fine. If anything, it'll just make him more memorable. I'm curious to see what they do with him, since Morgan took on a few of his traits, just with a pacifist angle.

Carl not staying in the house made me laugh. Actually, all the characters just casually leaving the safety of the wall was pretty funny. It was probably the weakest part of the episode. I feel like the writers wanted us to care about Deanna way more than we actually did. They treated her death with more fanfare than most of the other characters I can think of. And I like how Michonne was so deeply affected by her wise words of "Girl, you should try and be happy with your life" great advice there, Deanna, I'm sure Michonne never would have thought of that before. Seriously, Deanna wasn't a good character, and she gave the most generic and bland advice ever. She was no Hershel or Dale.

Enid is the worst, other commenters have covered that. Rick and Michonne was kinda out of nowhere, but I'm hoping it was just a fling as opposed to anything romantic. I mean, they did say they both needed to unwind and not think, and they definitely hinted they needed comfort. I think they'll want to play it off as romantic, because neither one seems like the type that would really get a one night fling. Rick especially seems like he'd try and convince himself there was something more. I think by the end of the season they'll split, but who knows, I know it's a popular ship so the writers could try and drag it out for that reason alone.
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Feb 22, 2016
Rick and Michonne was expected but definitely not so soon after Jesse's death. As for Daryl, Carol has dibs!
Jesus is hot, gotta admit. Also quite funny.
For the love of Jesus can't someone give Carl a HAIRCUT? He looks ridiculous. Also I still don't care about Enid.
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Feb 29, 2016
Lots of people say it was too soon after Jesse's death, referring to Jesse as Rick's girlfriend. Did I miss something? They did exchange a few longing looks. It did seem they could have fallen in love, given different circumstances. But it never happened, did it? They were never together. So why the need for time to pass? Or did they actually kiss/makeout/have sex and it was so bland I don't even remember it?
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Mar 01, 2016
At the very least it was an impressive makeout, but the impression I got from the scene is that Rick actually had sex with Jessie.
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Mar 01, 2016
Wow! I have no memory of it, but I believe you. Ok then, I kind of understand people's reaction better knowing that, however personally I believe that in an apocalypse world like Rick's, people behave a little differently than you'd expect in a pre-apocalypse world. I think it's totally fine, in a zombie infested world where friends and family can - and do - die all the time, where each day can be your last, for Rick and Michonne to seek and find comfort and warmth and closeness in each other, whether it's love or friendship, whether an almost-girlfriend recently died or not... It's different for them. And I'm glad for them.
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Mar 01, 2016
It should be telling that Rick had flashbacks of their time together while Jesse was getting eaten by zombies. He was pretty close to Jesse and there were feelings involved and he would have been in a relationship with her had she made it out alive. But the writers realized the Alexandians sucked for the most part and killed almost all of them.
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Feb 23, 2016
I've always seen it like Daryl has dibs on Carol more than anything else. There's a tangible emotional connection between them, they gravitate towards one another in a way that's satisfying and unexpected and keeps me at the edge of my seat.
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Feb 23, 2016
ionee I worry your 'shipping obsessions might push you over the edge.
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Feb 22, 2016
So the Richonners got what they wanted which was to be expected after they killed off Jessie. The writers have gotten so good at pandering to the viewers. I don't think Rick and Michonne work as anything other than close friends and I feel the same way about Daryl and Carol yet there's another pair that viewers won't shut up about and I'm sure they'll throw them together too at some point. Just because a man and woman have a close bond it doesn't mean they need to get together romantically. The way they brought Rick and Michonne together seemed so contrived. Idk maybe it's just that I don't see any chemistry between Danai and Andrew and that's the problem. I hope this is just a hook up.

I seriously can't stand Enid. Like really can't stand her. Are they going to flesh out her character at any point or just have her be a sullen, withdrawn teenager indefinitely? She's not worth all the effort that Maggie and Glenn have put into her and I'm starting to get angry when she's on screen. I mean, you can't even say hi when someone walks up to you and says hello you rude, ungrateful little shit. Everyone talks about how they hate Carl and I'm like Carl's fucking awesome compared to Enid. Go get bit, Enid.

I love Jesus. The character on the show not the guy on the cross. Although I'm sure he was a great guy too and I would have loved him as well. Anyway, I digress. Don't know this Jesus' story but he's a million times more interesting than the deadbeats we've been with for the past 2 seasons so hopefully we get to keep him.
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Feb 22, 2016
You should watch Talking Dead. Danai saw the chemistry and knew it was coming for years. The writers have been building towards it before anyone even shipped them en masse.

I've never "shipped" them at all by the way. I just saw chemistry between their characters, and I believe that best friends make the best lovers.
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Feb 23, 2016
Danai saying stuff on Talking Dead is not a substitute for plot or character development on the show.
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Feb 23, 2016
What I'm saying is, she saw it, and so did I, and so did thousands of others. It's better that it's not obvious and on the nose, because that's poor writing.
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Feb 23, 2016
Releasing relevant plot points or details after the fact on The Talking Dead about an episode where those points or details were vague (at best) or missing all together (at worst) is common place for TWD.

Perfect example from this episode, Maggie says they've been working for weeks to clean up the town. On The Talking Dead, it has in fact been two months since the previous episode.

This happens ALL the time
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Feb 23, 2016
Bing! Bing! Bing!
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Feb 23, 2016
"The writers have been building towards it before anyone even shipped them en masse."

The writers might have known this was coming for years, but they certainly haven't been building anything. This was the first bit of meaningful playful banter between these two. And from a chemistry standpoint...it was kind of painful.
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Feb 24, 2016
The writers aren't very good. I've known that for ages, lol. They have their moments, and when they do they are brilliant, but by and large they make dumb choices. But my main point has really just been that we could see it coming, because the signs were there. I'm not arguing that the writers did well with it, I'm just arguing that we could see it.
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Feb 24, 2016
We're probably saying the same thing then. Yes, many saw it coming, but not because of anything the writers did. They were two high profile characters, fan favourites, who were likely going to be around for a while. It makes sense that people start shipping them to one degree or another.

Had they never gotten together, that would have remained consistent with the story up until now, because up until now, there's been nothing more than friendship, mutual respect and survivor admiration.

{shrug}
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Feb 23, 2016
They just aren't good at flirting. I've never shipped them, but I could still see it maybe coming.
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Feb 23, 2016
Just because everybody knew it would happen eventually doesn't mean the writers did a very good job at laying the groundwork for their relationship. Hell, that they're likely to be two of the last surviving members of the group alone would be reason for people to ship them.

But no, the chemistry between Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira just isn't there for me. Contrast those two with Daryl and Carol or Glen and Maggie who's rapport together, under the exact same circumstances, lends perfectly to a relationship.

It's not a big deal since we're not dealing with a great work of art here, but the notion that the writers have been building up to this for years just doesn't ring true to me.
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Feb 23, 2016
Banter is the only sign of chemistry now? Nope.
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Feb 23, 2016
She has talked to Carl more about her past and how she felt during those times than Rick. I felt like she was there more for Carl and Judith.
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Feb 23, 2016
No, not at all. Banter has nothing to do with chemistry, but it does have something to do with actually establishing these two are interested in each other beyond friendship. Shippers aside, I've seen very little in the way of these two growing closer over time...in part because of their circumstances. But her notion that writers have been "setting this up" rings false to me. I'm sure that's always been the plan, but like so many other TWD plots, what's intended and what's on screen are rarely the same thing.

Chemistry to me is how naturally two characters are together. From a survival standpoint, no problem, these two are perfect. Watching them trying to flirt on the sofa...that was hard to watch.
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Feb 23, 2016
I disagree on this. Back in the prison there was plenty of chemistry between Rick and Michonne, and I kind of expected them to go there at some point. Then s*t hit the fan and things just moved on with Richonne becoming as an almost impossible afterthought. Then there was Jessie. or was there anything more than Rick lusting after her? with the insight we've got into this it's quite hard to tell. So now, even though at this point it's hardly anything more than a good ol' hook up with plenty of benefits, it's quite expected. In a zombie apocalypse it's actually quite surprising that hook ups or something more serious do not happen more often. That's why if Abraham is going to ditch Rosita (and it seems he is at least thinking in that direction) for Sasha it will be completely OK. That's why Richonne - be it a romantic bond or just 'hit the sheets' and be done - is OK with me. Or be it Darick (Daryl and Rick) - anything goes when the world goes to hell
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Feb 22, 2016
I kind of agree with Rich and Michonne. I don't think they work as a romantic couple, but I dunno, I didn't take their scene together as romantic, more them just wanting to do something that didn't require them to think, or whatever the wording they used when they talked about wanting to escape their stressful days. Knowing the characters, I think they'll try it because they don't seem like the type to understand one night stands, but I don't see it lasting.

Enid has to be one of the producers or writer's daughter or something, because I can't understand how else she's gotten so much screen time/survived this long.

Some comic spoilers, but in there, Jesus jumped like right up to main character status and became a fan favorite, so I think he'll be sticking around for awhile.
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Feb 22, 2016
On last night's Talking Dead, Danai said that it had been two months since the last episode, so that probably explains how clean the place was. And they probably held a service for the dead but we missed it.....
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Feb 23, 2016
This is one of the biggest problems with TWD's development as a show. It'll shortcut the episode then explain things in TTD. Maggie said they'd spent weeks cleaning up the place, but it actually been 2 months? {head shake} This show.
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Feb 24, 2016
How they explain/show time passing on this show has really frustrated me. I didn't even know until Season 6 that only two years have passed since the pilot! And I only found out because Andrew Lincoln in an interview said they were "2 years into the Apocalypse." I agree that they shouldn't rely on Talking Dead to explain gaps in the show. But sometimes, they do explain things in the show, I just don't catch it because it's only hinted at or mentioned briefly. I catch a lot more of those subtleties when re-watching episodes. TWD likes to be very subtle.
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Feb 25, 2016
"TWD likes to be very subtle"

I was right with you up till then :)

There are a lot of adjectives I'd use to describe TWD, subtle isn't one of them. To me, subtlety and clarity aren't mutually exclusive. Rectify and The Leftovers are subtle in their story telling, but the story they're telling is clear and concise.

TWD I find uses a sledge hammer with the "moral" of their stories. Where they get in trouble is either with little hints or easter eggs that nobody but the most die hard of fan will catch or (and this is far more often the case) they'll cut corners, take shortcuts, break continuity or otherwise change the rules all together to fit a narrative.

In both cases, they'll use TTD to point those things that were too easy to miss in the episode or explain those things they couldn't bother to include.

It's clearly working for them, but I find it lazy.
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Feb 22, 2016
Funny how Enid would not stay inside the fences when she first got there. Told Carl they could not defend or keep the compound safe. Now she wants to stay inside. Carl must really think this girl can not make up her mind. LOL. or She had to see that they could defend the compound to make her feel safe. Hard to tell with teenage logic.
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Feb 22, 2016
I hate Enid inside the walls. I hate Enid outside the walls. I hate Enid in a box. I hate Enid with a fox. That is all.
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Feb 22, 2016
Very Clever.
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Feb 22, 2016
So Deanna shot and killed all the zombies that were attacking her in the upstairs of that house and avoided being eaten. She then died after being bitten by a zombie earlier that night and went full on zombie mode. She then wandered around the house aimlessly, as zombies do, and eventually made it outside. She then wandered outside of the fences of Alexandria. Apparently getting in and out of Alexandria is easy for a zombie. All of this without anyone noticing. Zombie Deanna apparently didn't see any live person to attack either before she wandered outside the fence. She then roamed around the woods just outside of Alexandria for weeks before finally her Carl and Enid found her, then Spencer and Michonne.

I really have no point, I just thought that Deanna shouldn't have made it as far as she did.
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Feb 23, 2016
Of course, silly is what this show does.
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Feb 22, 2016
Not to mention not only was she discovered 2 months later the same day Michonne followed Spencer to see what he was doing but she walked up at the EXACT moment when Spencer could answer Michonne with "And that is why I'm out here."
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Feb 23, 2016
She wasn't discovered two months later, Spencer mumbled something about having seen her before and that is why he was going out there every day looking for her. She also did not happen to walk up to him at that exact moment. She was only there because Carl led her to Spencer, if he hadn't, then its likely Spencer would not have found her that day.
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Feb 22, 2016
The last bit I can write off, it's just a TV thing. Nobody wants to watch TV where you had realistic waiting time. I don't think she was necessarily discovered 2 months later, though. Well, at least not for the first time. Spencer definitely knew she was out there, which makes me wonder how many times he's found her, but couldn't bring himself to kill her. I think having Michonne there was finally the push he needed, especially since he knew that if he didn't do it, she would.

It is kind of weird that she escaped the slaughter at all. I guess its possible that a bunch of the zombies just wandered off after the town got destroyed. Spencer might have even herded her away because he couldn't kill her.
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Feb 22, 2016
For the first time, I don't totally hate an Alexandrian. Spencer and Denise are okay in my book now.
That doesn't mean I'm going to cry for them when they die, but I don't totally hate them.
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Feb 22, 2016
As for Rick and Michonne, it does make sense to me. They are incredibly close, and even Carl is very close to her (he called her family and likened her to his mother in this episode). They've always been the ones either person goes to when they need advice or they want to share something. Rick seems as close to her as he does to Daryl and Glenn, who I'd imagine are his best friends. It just seems right, and they make a beautiful couple (seriously, that woman gets hotter each season).

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Feb 22, 2016
I loved that episode!

The true Rick returned. The one we saw in the car with Shane, who laughed and joked with his friend when everything was okay (his conversations with Daryl kinda reminded me of that scene), but he still has a hint of a hard edge about him. That's the perfect Rick in my opinion, and he seems happiest when he's a mixture of badass and positive. Notice how all the doubt has gone from his mind, and he's truly centered and at peace with himself and what his mission is. It's the true Rick.

I liked everything else about the episode too. If you're going to do a slow episode, do it like this.
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Feb 22, 2016
Finally a Rick and Daryl episode. Can't even remember the last time these 2 work together, loved it. I was shocked by Richonne just because I've read the comics since 2004, so I definitely didn't see it coming, I love how the tv show can still shock the comic readers and how the characters of the tv show have become their own.

Now that I think about it, Rick and Michonne have been through an insane amount of stuff together, and it kind of makes sense for the tv show, just would've been nice if they built it up a little more earlier in the season and maybe created a bit of a triangle between Rick and the 2 ladies but I guess they were going for the twist shock.
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Feb 22, 2016
This was one of the absolute worst episodes of The Walking Dead to date. First off, why would Rick and Daryl only take one vehicle back to town? Clearly that was dumb considering there was two of them. I guess they really wanted to make a second trip to retrieve the car. So dumb.

Second, nothing happened. We get it...there isn't going to be action every second of the day but can't we just skip to the action...this is a TV show after all. I'm thinking 16 episodes might be too much for these writers :(

If anyone is interested, check out my review/recap of the episode here (w/ lots of original memes and gifs from the episode): http://mikeydislikesit.com/the-walking-dead-the-next-world-review/

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Feb 22, 2016
If you made it so far, then you know it's always a packed action episode followed by three or four slow, then it starts building up to the finale, which is mostly a not so good finale. Then we wait for one more year to the action packed premiere which should have being the finale in the previous season. So we all know what we get and learn to live with it. If not, why keep watching?
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Feb 23, 2016
The circle of life on The Walking Dead.
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Feb 22, 2016
If skipping to the action is all you want, you're watching the wrong show.

In fact, just go watch movies. TV shows have actual plot and character develpment.
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Feb 22, 2016
This show doesn't :(
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Feb 22, 2016
Most people who watched this episode disagree. You're evidently just interested in action, judging by what you said.
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Feb 23, 2016
I'm not interested in just action. A good show is able to balance character development with plot (see Fargo, The Leftovers, etc). This show, unfortunately, doesn't seem to know how to do that yet.

Plus these characters are the worst. They make some really dumb decisions which makes it hard for me to root for them. For example, Rick and Daryl leaving the car behind even though they both could have drove one vehicle each. Instead, they get robbed by a guy named Jesus and are left stranded. It was pure luck that they caught up to the guy on foot. There are just too many instances like this that drive me nuts.
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Feb 22, 2016
More Rick and Daryl adventures pls. It was so funny. Rick and Michonne hooking up doesn't surprise me one bit
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Feb 22, 2016
So what possible point could there be to changing Jesus' last name, never mind how he was encountered? And to pairing up Rick and Michonne after omitting the relationships she had with Tyreese and Morgan in the comics.

I'm not saying the series should precisely follow the comics, but these seem like the latest examples of change for the sake of change. Surely the creative team can find more satisfying and/or interesting ways to demonstrate their creativity.
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Feb 23, 2016
Someone has to replace Andrea, if only they'd done it more sensibly.
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Feb 23, 2016
Nobody has to replace anyone. Real life isn't so neat. But it just so happened that it made sense with Michonne, so it worked out.
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Feb 23, 2016
Good thing it's not real life.
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Mar 01, 2016
If a show doesn't at least attempt to emulate real life in terms of believability, then it becomes impossible for the audience to escape into. Tying things into neat little symetrical bundles and doing things like replacing people like-for-like only serves to break immersion for those of us without OCD.
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Feb 22, 2016
I agree about his surname, but enough is different in this timeline to make Rick and Michonne make sense. She didn't hook up with Tyreese, which means she's going to be less guarded, etc. So it just makes sense.
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Feb 22, 2016
Didn't say it makes no sense. But is it somehow better or more interesting? If not, is it just different for the sake of being different?
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Feb 22, 2016
I think it is better. Her relationship with Carl is already motherly, as evidenced in a few episodes so far, so it adds a new dynamic to the whole group. Plus, she's already very much like Rick in her opinions and attititudes, so I feel like they'll make one another stronger. King and Queen.
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Feb 22, 2016
the best show on tv is this I watch it every day..
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Feb 22, 2016
People, it's been SIX SEASONS. None of them have been perfect. This show has absolutely never been accurate with laws of physics and other sciences. Characters continually make dumb choices. I certainly don't watch TWD to get any kind of "Breaking Bad" level of stylized reality. This show just is not "favorite series" material. But if you're still watching, then you're along for the ridiculous ride and complaining about how unrealistic this show is just makes anyone doing so look pathetic. What, You really expect to tune in one week and the show will have magically fixed all of its problems? You're living in a bigger fantasy than the one in TWD. I have come to accept the show for what it is - mediocre with flashes of brilliance. Now, the only time I really get upset with the show is if they try to insult my intelligence too much (like Glenn's dumpster fakeout. When we don't see a body for 4 episodes, it's painfully obvious he's still alive. This show doesn't have cojones big enough to leave us on edge for more than a month about the fate of one of its most popular characters) or kills off a character they didn't understand (Beth's death was bullshit and the "reasons" behind it made absolutely no sense. Why would you think that tiny blade - or maybe it was a pair of scissors, I honestly haven't watched that episode since it aired and probably never will again - would be enough to instantly kill that lady cop?). Gassed up cars and random detours are not cardinal sins in a TV show. It's like someone else mentioned below: just about every TV show ever made has just let the protagonist park their vehicle in the space right next to whatever building they need to enter. Hell, the characters on "Lost" always had shiny, new shoes on the island. These things may make you realized you're watching a TV show, but when has that ever been a real crime? It's like people expect everything on TV to be Emmy-worthy. Why do you even bother nitpicking shows like TWD or The Flash? Just. Don't. Watch. Go find something that fits your idea of perfection and watch that. Television is a very diverse medium. You will find your pleasure if you look hard enough
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Feb 22, 2016
Which mean, by your logic, that we might as well be watching Big Brother or a soap because it's all crap anyway. I don't buy that. TWD has a decent hype and a good budget to spend, but the writers seem to sleepwalk through the scripwriting most of the time.
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Feb 23, 2016
No one should watch Big Brother or soap operas. So-called "reality TV" and soap operas are the absolute lowest form of the medium. I will agree that the writers of TWD seem to fall asleep at the wheel a lot, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a show for what it is. Was this episode perfect? Hell no. Was it all kinds of fun? Hell yes it was. The character interactions in this episode were the best they've been in far too long. I enjoyed this episode for what it was: a fun, stupid romp that gave us room to breathe after the near fall of Alexandria and a much needed refocusing on the head space of some of the show's most promising characters. This show will probably never get its act completely together. Six seasons in, that should be accepted by all who still tune in week after week. There is occasionally moments (and even full episodes) of sheer brilliance. These moments are obviously enough to keep people watching. Why watch if all someone is going to do is hate on everything they didn't like? I've hated many an episode of TWD. But I haven't quit watching and neither has anyone else on this board. Quit your bitching or tune out. This was fun and that's all it was trying to be. That's success in my book. Hell, the pacing was way better in this episode than in last week's. The last 20 minutes or so was awesome, but those first 20 or so minutes had severe pacing issues. Still hasn't stopped me from watching. I will also agree with a lot of commenters on this board and say Enid totally sucks. But again, we haven't stopped watching, have we? The show must be doing something right if everyone still tunes in. If this show was as terrible as a lot of you make it sound, we wouldn't be on here commenting. We all would just drop the show and wash our hands of it
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Feb 22, 2016
Most TV shows do. Only a handfull are well written throughout the whole season as Breaking Bad was. Person of Interest, Banshee, The 100 season 1 and 2, Fargo season 1, Game of Thrones (though not all seasons).
The Walking Dead has a good premier, a good mid season premier, sometimes a good finale, and that's it.
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Feb 22, 2016
Good comment! I like the "any kind of Breaking Bad level of stylized reality".
As a big fan of the comics, I am just happy that the TV show has got quiet near the story of the comics, That is good enough for me and I just hope we get at least three or four very good episodes for this half season. That will make my day
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Feb 22, 2016
I have no strong feelings one way or the other about this episode. I will say, though, that I was expecting Jesus' character to be introduced differently. I'm curious to see how they will deviate from the comics with him. I've been waiting for his arrival for so long maybe I hyped it up too much? I don't know, I guess I'll wait for next week's episode to make further judgements.
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Feb 22, 2016
Loved the episode. Nice funny and entraining. Love how they Introduced Jesus to the show. A lot better than Preachy Morgan. So tired of him crying about killing all the time.
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