The Walking Dead decided it knew better than you this week, playing the moral compass in the only interesting situation on screen.

Guess What

Well, another episode of The Walking Dead aired last night and I watched it. And now I’m forcing myself to write a review because, at this point, my enthusiasm for the show is running on fumes.

We start the episode with a jump forward in time, which is great, because I didn’t want to deal with Carl laying in a bed whimpering and a pile of zombies being burned. It appears that Alexandria is the little town that could, and gang is certainly pulling things together.The Walking Dead S6E10: “The Next World” Review

Rick and Daryl go on a supply run and if you thought it was going to be a successful run then I hope you liked your first episode of The Walking Dead! No, the two run into “Jesus” and it’s back and forth for the whole episode over the supplies in the truck. There is bit of interesting banter, mainly over the idea of who “deserves” what in the merciless ruins of society. Where does line end with scavenging and begin with stealing? It was an interesting concept that was marred by stupid actions taking the goods out of play for both parties.

A hackneyed chase/fight scene is capped with Daryl accidentally knocking the truck into neutral, which allows the flat terrain to roll the truck into the lake. It was a really pretentious move on the part of the show, almost as if the writers were playing mother to two children fighting over a toy. “I don’t care who started it! If you can’t get along then neither of you can have it,” the shows says, acting as a moral compass for itself and removing our judgment from the situation entirely. We can handle complex emotions, show, it’s okay.

Meanwhile, Carl and Enid continued playing the part of “least likable onscreen couple since Padme and Anakin.” I can’t even say if their chemistry is bad because their conversations and situations are so boring that it’s hard to assign blame. In fact, I can’t determine who those characters really are at their cores. Enid, for a while, was a cyclical loner, but she’s become rather bland and Carl, whose roles as “cute kid” has been outgrown, is really an emotionless character. It’s time to turn him into a sociopath already.

Michonne and Spenser went on a journey of their own, as Spenser found Deanna out in the woods. This was the most authentic part of the episode, with actual guilt and love playing into character decisions and conversations. Unfortunately, Deanna had always been a bit of minor character, so her death (and son’s reaction) lacked a good deal of emotional weight.

At the end of the episode, Rick and Michonne hooked up. Shocked? Neither was the rest of America. I was glad to see it only because it had been teased for so long now that it was just frustrating. It’s a relationship that makes sense and could make for an interesting dynamic in the group.

Jesus made for a great little cliffhanger at the end of the episode, as he points a gun at (a naked) Rick and Michonne, ready to get down to business. I wonder who he is working for and if his name is Negan…only time will tell.

Odds and Ends

-There was a Fast Five vibe to a certain part of this episode. GUESS WHICH PART.
-Deanna’s execution was nice and not-grizzly, so points for restraint.
-Carl doesn’t like zombie blood. It’s wet and sticky and irritating. And it gets everywhere.
-Jesus is certainly a great character, as he has a great amount of charisma that makes him likable…something else that undercut by mommy taking away his toy.

Alex Russo likes to talk about television. You can read more of his insane ramblings on Twitter.

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