Well, the verdict is in: Glenn is alive and other than a bit famished and frustrated, well. Just as we speculated a few weeks back the crafty fellow managed to wriggle his way beneath the dumpster that he and Nicholas had been standing on moments before they went plummeting into a horde of walkers. Glenn manages to kill the few strays that notice his escape route before taking it easy and waiting out the insanity. Of course those walkers get bored with Nicholas and before too long they’ve left Glenn to free himself.
This is a great moment, unfortunately the showrunners made us wait a week or so too many before circling back to Glenn’s story, which really deflates the potential impact of the entire sequence. This could have been a magical time for fans of The Walking Dead, but the insistence to stretch the story out so far and wide leaves us feeling far more disinterested than we should. That’s what happens when you’re bouncing around following Rick, the residents of Alexandria, Daryl, Morgan and Abraham and Sasha. It’s getting to be a little too much, honestly.
But, back to this week’s episode.
Enid makes another appearance, as she’s lingering on a rooftop directly above the location in which Glenn has been trapped. The two link up and Glenn insists on bringing the youngster back to Alexandria. It’s an interesting decision, as in this world, it’s every man for himself, and if someone isn’t feeling too comfortable in their once cozy gated community, maybe they should be extended the chance to decide whether or not to move on. But, Glenn’s heart is in the right place, and that’s why we love the guy so much.
Inside the walls of Alexandria tension brews. Rick’s gone full baby, damn near having a hissy fit at every last thing that doesn’t go his way. He’s holding serious disdain for the residents of Alexandria, as he doesn’t feel they’re worth much of anything, he’s taking out his aggression on Father Gabriel, who’s attempting to form a religious meeting; Rick is just snapping left and right. Some of his outbursts are warranted however. For example, when Spencer decides to toss a grappling hook across the wall to get out of Alexandria to – as he claims – lure the walkers away from the wall, but fails miserably and just about gets himself devoured, Rick has a valid reason for being pissed off.
But the troubles in Alexandria don’t stop there. There’re some serious problems brewing between Carol and Morgan. The two are at odds due to Morgan’s refusal to kill; the five Wolves he allowed to escape Alexandria with their lives are the same lot that attempted to kill Rick an episode or so ago. Morgan’s stance is a potential danger, and the fact that he’s got one of the Wolves locked away in a house (he’s attempting to heal him from a wound he received from a walker) doesn’t fly with Carol, either. This is a growing feud and it’s tough to predict where the conflict is headed.
Another big issue within the walls is Ron, who Rick is teaching to shoot. Ron, still angry and jealous of Carl, who had a romantic moment or so with Enid – Ron’s girlfriend – manages to steal some bullets for the gun that Rick gave him. Of course Rick has no idea of Ron’s true intentions, which seems to be exacting revenge on Rick for killing his father by murdering his own son. That’s got bad news all over it, and we could actually see Carl lose an eye in the live action series, just as he did in the ongoing comic.
As the episode winds down Glenn and Enid make their way back to Alexandria. They notice the swarm of undead surrounding the community and signal their arrival with helium inflated balloons. There’s a brief moment of hope, until a massive tower in Alexandria suddenly collapses opening up a hole large enough to allow walkers inside the premises. Things are going to get ugly soon, although I wouldn’t bank on it unraveling next week. Chances are we’ll make another disruptive jump and pick up on Abraham and Sasha’s story… or maybe a flashback. Who knows these days?
It was a strong episode this week, but don’t expect the focal chaos to remain the true focus in the weeks to come. As already noted, this story has begun to be stretched far too thin, and that’s only working to distract viewers. We get a slow episode, we get an emotional episode and then we get a balls-to-the-wall episode. There’s some inconsistency here and I’m not sure it’s benefiting the show as a whole.