The Walking Dead: Twice as Far Review


By: Jonathan Pilley (@omnicomic)

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 want to live, you take chances.”

Carol showed signs of cracking in “The Same Boat” and it’s very apparent that it might have actually been real to an extent. She was just getting to a point where the pre-apocalypse Carol was as a domestic homemaker with a daughter and an abusive husband before being kidnapped. And while she’s not really going back to the abuse piece, she does want to settle a bit and not have to constantly deal with danger. Her approach with Maggie seems to reflect a rekindling of a sense of motherly hope in her.

Daryl, Rosita, and Denise are sort of three generations of survivors in a sense. Most of the show focuses on Rick’s core group and how everyone interacts with them so it’s good to see the different members getting to mix it up. The trio ventured out to investigates the possibility of medicine in a nearby apothecary. Meanwhile, Abraham and Eugene are making their way to a foundry where Eugene wants to set up shop for making bullets. Both “adventures” came with plenty of introspection for all the parties involved.

Both Denise and Eugene are convinced they can be tougher than their previous personas would have allowed them. Denise wants to venture out personally to look for medicine and is convinced that she’s capable of holding her own. Eugene feels something similar, steeling himself up to believe that he can handle even a single walker without problem. The inexperience on both of their parts shows, with Denise falling apart emotionally at a parent who essentially drowned her child and Eugene feeling man enough to tell Abraham he can do things on his own.

Denise seemed content to continue make completely foolish decisions in an attempt to prove something to herself maybe? First, she went into the darkened room at the pharmacy without telling Daryl and Rosita just to do it. Second, she went into a car after a walker for a cooler even though Daryl and Rosita advised her against it. The latter scenario almost proved fatal for her, but she waived off their assistance to do it herself. The entire scene was essentially a microcosm of the series to this point.

The show hasn’t been shy about making Rick’s group out to be the survivors of all survivors, capable of making it through tough situations and making tough choices. This was best exemplified about meeting the Alexandrians. They were pitched as being hopeless people lucky to have made it this far in the world and Denise was in the middle of selling Daryl and Rosita on that when a completely unexpected arrow from Dwight showed up and killed Denise, which in a way sort of proved her point.

Dwight and his gang sort of threw Daryl’s sympathy in his face, primarily by using Daryl’s crossbow to kill Denise. Dwight wanted access to Alexandria for all the same reasons Rick and his group want to keep it safe and if it wasn’t for the survivors being who Denise was talking about, they’d all end up dead. Still, the loss of Denise is going to be another motivating factor for Alexandria to strap in and take the fight to Negan and the survivors.

The back half of the season has spent a lot of time dwelling on the notion of whether killing is ever justified in the new world. Much of “Twice as Far” spent time looking at the group going about their day to day in a way of establishing such killing as the new normalcy. Carol decided she was done with it all, refusing to make that decision to kill when necessary going forward and basically leaving the settlement. Her decision was made out of a personal choice, but that choice had an unintended consequence of throwing that entire normalcy into disarray. And whether or not she actually finds her way back to the group, it’s clear that she’s done surviving in the way Rick wants to, but it also raises the question of if there’s any other way to survive.

“Twice as Far” tied in the aforementioned discussions about killing for survival with finding a strength to survive. The two things are often reliant on one another and those not willing to kill are presented as not willing to do what it takes to survive. The episode was somewhat oddly placed in the grander scheme of things and it feels as if the show wanted to take a breather before hitting its end. It did hammer home its point that sometimes you have to be willing to go farther to survive and that mantra will be tested in the remaining two episodes of the seasons. “Twice as Far” was pretty status quo as far as The Walking Dead goes, but it’s likely the calm before the impending storm that will likely accompany the close of the season.

Three Stars

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