The Walking Dead – Alone
by Jonathan Pilley (@omnicomic)
Like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead is adapted from previous source material. This review is not meant to compare similarities and differences between the show and comic. It’s meant to be read purely as a take on the episode as it stands.
That being said, SPOILERS AHEAD.
“You’re so happy to be alive then why are walking into the heart of darkness.”
While Bob may have graduated from being alone to being in a group at the prison, his overall lot in life hasn’t improved that much at the start of the episode, considering he finds himself in some thick fog along side Maggie and Sasha. The scene played out almost as a nod to the stage on Left 4 Dead 2, where the torrential downpour brought with it a slew of new zombies. They’re in that position because Maggie continues to search for Glen, a search that Maggie quickly calls off the search to travel to Terminus instead. The thing that was strange about the decision though was Sasha’s objection to it and the subsequent blaming of Sasha for their current predicament.
That’s not to say that Maggie is a fool for searching for Glen; in fact, Glen is out searching for her as well. The way the scenario was presented in the episode though implied that Sasha was the one behind finding Glen, not Maggie. Ultimately, it appears that Sasha is really just trying to preserve herself, while Maggie is desperately seeking Glen. Bob is sort of stuck in the middle, but seems to have a renewed purpose in life thanks to the prison, even though it’s no more. He really wants to help Maggie for whatever reason and the brief flashback of his life showed that he didn’t enjoy being alone. He’s insistent that they all stick together, primarily because he doesn’t want to be on his own again.
Daryl’s transformation from redneck hunter to all-around good guy continues, as he now offers piggyback rides and flowers at graves. It’s not exactly out of character for Daryl, especially as he’s teaching Beth the finer points of tracking and using the crossbow. Their relationship is strengthening at a rapid clip, thanks in large part to their close proximity to one another. Beth is getting Daryl to open up immeasurably more than anyone else in the group, including Carol. It’s very likely that Sofia’s death paved the way for Daryl to become the well of emotion that he is now and it definitely doesn’t bode well for the culprit behind Beth’s situation at the end of the episode.
“Alone” spent most of the episodes with the characters finding some solace in one another. Daryl started opening up courtesy of Beth, Bob found a group he could actually call family and both Maggie and Sasha realized there was something for them at Terminus. All of the survivors need a goal to work towards and it’s becoming clear that the goal is Terminus. Daryl is taking a slight detour with the group that invaded the house where Rick, Michonne and Carl were staying. It definitely seems to be more of a move out of desperation to survive as opposed to aligned values, but in spite of Daryl’s recent displayed disdain for wealth, the new group makes sense for him from a familiarity standpoint.
There are three episodes left and “Alone” simply moved the pieces into place in order to get things lined up for the season to end. It was pretty ho-hum when it comes to action and dialogue, exploring the current motivations for the survivors more than anything. Daryl and Beth’s companionship has felt a little odd and Maggie, Bob and Sasha is more Maggie’s persistence than anything else. They’re not boring character per se, but the show thrives more on paths crossing and acting intertwined. The show has proven it’s capable of offering cliffhangers to keep people coming back, but “Alone” didn’t really advance the story as much as it advanced the characters. The thing is, aside from Daryl and Maggie, most of the characters felt pretty minor when compared to some of the others. Still though, the season looks to finish up strong from here on out.
Rating: 3 out of 5