I’ve definitely seen this before. I know what happens. The Walking Dead is just messing with us. They’re trying to get us all riled up for the finale next week. That being said, I wasn’t thrilled with this week’s episode, “East”. Sure, it had that shocking ending, but other than that, it was the filler-est episode I’ve ever seen. It’s like they miscalculated and accidentally ordered an extra episode to fill in time until the season finale. “East” was disappointing to say the least. (spoilers ahead!)
Carol has bailed on Alexandria. She claims she can’t do it anymore and that she doesn’t want anyone to follow her. A portion of the episode is dedicated to her driving down a desolate highway until she’s attacked by a troop of gunmen in a truck. The men look like they’re about to attack Carol, who puts on her act of being a weak, helpless woman. At the last minute, she uses a hidden machine gun in her sleeve to eliminate the gang. I’m never ever going to get tired of that trick. I love Carol’s ability to fool people so easily, but you’d think at least one person would wise up and catch her ruse. I’m waiting for a moment where she tries this act, and the person is like “Nope!” and shoots her dead. Oh, God – what if that’s what happens in the finale?
Back in Alexandria, tensions are high. Rick and Morgan venture out to find Carol while Rosita, Michonne, and Glenn try to follow Daryl as he rides out on his bike without a word. Rick and Morgan make little headway in their search for Carol, but during that time, Morgan reveals how he kept the Wolf as a prisoner in Alexandria. Predictably, Rick is upset, but I wish he just clocked Morgan across the face. He deserves it. Morgan tries to defend his actions by saying that the Wolf escaped and defended Denise, who was able to save Carl. See, I don’t think Denise would’ve even been in trouble if the Wolf hadn’t taken her hostage in the first place! No, Morgan – you do not get to defend yourself. You were in the wrong in this situation. There is no justification for your actions. It’s like every time Morgan speaks, he makes me hate him more and more. A part of me hopes he dies next episode.
Rosita, Glenn, and Michonne track Daryl to the site of Denise’s death. Daryl not only feels partially responsible for her demise, but he’s also furious about how he showed Dwight mercy, only to have it come back and bite him in the ass. Daryl is out for blood. I said last week how I expected Tara to kill Dwight, but now I’m thinking Daryl will be the one to put a bolt in his head (even if it doesn’t exactly follow the comics). It’d be a true sense of poetic justice. Unfortunately, this show loves to keep us on our toes, so it’s possible that Daryl will never get his revenge.
The plot of the episode was very cut and dry, but it felt crazy-slow and drawn-out. The only part that really got to me was the final few minutes when Michonne and Glenn are captured by Saviors. Daryl and Rosita try to sneak up and rescue them, but they turn around and finds themselves face-to-face with Dwight. You think the episode would end right there – but NOPE again! Dwight shoots Daryl point-blank, and a splash of blood covers the screen. The last thing we hear before the credits is Dwight saying something like “You’ll be all right”. I personally don’t think Daryl is dead; The Walking Dead loves to tease too much. This is like when Glenn “died” a few months ago, but then turned out to be all right (hey, it even fooled me). Then there was that moment when Judith “died” last season, but we find out she was saved at the last moment. I don’t think the show would kill someone, especially Daryl, in such a hasty manner.
Daryl might not be dead, but I think it’s only a matter of time before he meets his maker. Next week, everything will hopefully come together. Last season had a slightly disappointing finale, so I’m hoping this season doesn’t make the same mistake.
Final Grade: C
+ That shocking ending!
+ More bad-ass Carol.
+ Great performance from Melissa McBride.
– Another filler episode.
– I still hate Morgan.
– A very slow episode overall.
– Daryl ain’t dead… yet.
How about that finale?! Do you think Daryl is dead, or is the show just teasing us once again? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!