The Walking Dead: Forget Review

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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.


“People are people. The more scared they get the more stupid.”

With all the survivors settling into their new roles, the group dynamic within Alexandria is coming into focus. Despite the seemingly open arms they’ve been embraced with, the situation doesn’t stop Rick, Daryl and Carol from meeting in secret about subverting the group. It’s natural that they’re extremely skeptical of the village’s largesse, but it does seem a little paranoid for them to want to steal the weapons cache. Rick is given a position of power, which he plans to use to his advantage. Michonne on the other hand is skeptical of her responsibilities, even though she gets a spiffy police windbreaker as well.

Much of the episode revolved around a dinner party that all the citizens were invited to. This was used pretty effectively to frame the memory of what the world used to be like before the bad stuff happened. Rick and the others have built such a façade of caution around them that they’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to be human. They’ve sacrificed basic human traits such as compassion and trust for and worry and cynicism. It seems that the people of Alexandria actually are decent and there’s the potential that they are actually genuine in their acceptance of the group.

The issue is that it’s possible the group has become so hardened that they’ve forgotten how to be human. Daryl and Michonne are attempting to remember. In the past, Daryl would never eat dinner (and drink wine) with a gay couple. In Alexandria though, he’s reconnecting with what it means to be civil and of course the prospect of fixing up a motorcycle helps. Michonne feels out of place as a constable, but she realizes that the world may not be just about slashing a sword. There’s a strong symbolism in her mounting her sword over the fireplace in her home, reinforcing a notion that she’s ready to “retire.”

And then you’ve got Carol, Sasha and Rick. Carol has completely changed from the timid person she used to be; now, she threatens little boys with being isolated and killed outside of the walls in exchange for silence. Her transformation isn’t a surprise, but it was a little surprising to see her take her chance encounter with the boy to a very, very dark place. Rick is content to make passes at married women. And Sasha is experiencing something akin to PTSD when confronted with the possibility of a home-cooked meal. Sasha has lost something like just about everyone else, yet she seems to be having the most difficult time reconciling the reality of a pleasant place.

It’s clear that the group really wants to settle down and stop traveling. It’s also clear that they’re far more capable than anyone else in the settlement. Sasha is a fierce sharpshooter and wants to make her way to the watchtower, which is recklessly abandoned. It’s one of the many signs that the city’s inhabitants are far from prepared if they’re compromised. There are a few within who are better equipped than others, including Aaron who was responsible for bringing the group into the fold.

Aaron still has something to learn, so pairing him up with Daryl on the nature walk was pretty good for him. Their unlikely partnership was created as a result of tracking down a horse named Buttons. Aaron never had the tracking ability to capture him and bring him into Alexandria and even though Daryl is more than capable of doing it, the plan hit a snag. It was interesting to see that Aaron was actually pretty good with the gun, taking out zombies with little hesitation or issue. It’s worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses, because if the survivors do plan an insurrection, he might be an enemy.

“Forget” was another episode focused on Alexandria that seems to be setting viewers up to have the rug pulled out from under them. What’s really interesting is that Rick and Carol especially are turning into the very people they think they’re protecting the others from. When not dealing with the Walkers, the group has dealt with all manner of people who demonstrate different levels of evil. That Rick and Carol are resorting to similar thoughts and plans is a little disturbing, as it’s possible they’ll completely wreck any chance of normalcy the rest of the group could have at Alexandria. Daryl and Michonne seem to be content to make a go of it at the town (as do the others), but it remains to be seen whether Rick is right again about leading the group. He may be destroying one of the last good chances they have at surviving for real.

Rating: 5 out of 5


    One Comment

  1. BroganMarch 11th, 2015 at 2:01 am

    This episode was intense! I loved seeing Daryl give Alexandria (and its people) a chance. Right now he seems more likely to settle in than Rick.
    I just have to say it… Did anyone else find the song at the end… Distracting?

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