Sewer Bonds Can’t Be Broken
After not having much to do this season, Aaron steps it up big time this episode. He not only defends Rick’s walker herding plan, but is carrying around a suitcase full of guilt over what he believes is his role in the Wolves attack. When Aaron sees that Maggie is planning to sneak out of Alexandria to find Glenn, he decides to go with her. It’s not just because Aaron is a truly good person, it’s that if he can protect one person then he can help to assuage his misplaced guilt.
Aaron shows Maggie that there is an underground sewer system that will take them outside the walls, and I’d like to know why this hasn’t ever been brought up before? During the Wolves attack wouldn’t Aaron and whoever else knew about this exit used it to help some of the Alexandrians escape or hide? Maggie opens up about her fears that Glenn is dead, and then in the least shocking reveal ever says that she’s pregnant. Like, Aaron she is struggling with guilt. If she weren’t pregnant she would have been out there with Glenn, and maybe if she were, he’d still be alive. “I don’t get to know what happened. I don’t get to know why it happened.” Maggie is talking about Glenn, but the line feels directed at viewers of the show who are still (like Maggie) looking for some closure about Glenn’s fate. This show is being a real jerk. The sewer suddenly turns into a Lucio Fulci movie with some ooey gooey sewer zombies, but Aaron saves Maggie.
Whatever happens Maggie has a friend (and possible godfather) in Aaron with whom she shares a bond, and a semi-optimistic outlook on the future.
With Eyes Wide Open
You know what this show needs? More Bland Jessie, said no one at home. However, this season of TWD is all about character development, and for the most part they’ve been doing a great job, like in last week’s spectacular Morgan episode. Since Jessie’s the love interest that only Rick wanted, we have to watch her evolution. Unlike the other Alexandrians who are upset that their suburban dream has been crushed by real life, Jessie is no longer willing to turn a blind eye to what’s really going on outside the walls. She’ll bury bodies and stab a neighbor-turned-walker because that is real life, and she DGAF what her judgmental, chicken soup pilfering neighbors have to say about it. Jessie represents the philosophical dividing line between the people of Alexandria.
Between killing a person and giving a speech to her neighbors, Jessie is ready to carpe diem and ends the episode in a lip lock with Rick. Never mind that these two have zero chemistry. Where is Michonne in all of this? This pairing is going to cause problems with the neighbors and with Jessie’s kids who aren’t going to like that mom’s new boyfriend killed their dad. How many episodes before Jessie dies and sends Rick off into another crazy tailspin?
Brains to Chew On (aka Final Thoughts)
So not only did Rick and Jessie get lucky this week, but Denise Cloyd and Tara got to lock lips. One guess which character pairing is worth rooting for?
Does anyone care about the love triangle with Carl, Ron, and missing Enid? Nope. Didn’t think so.
Special mention goes to Dr. Denise who may have spent a bit of time whining but, unlike the other residents of the SafeZone, she keeps trying (and makes medical textbooks her b***h). Denise’s problems are relatable, which is what makes her a more successful new character than the random extras.
So no Carol this week. Boo! Where’s the fallout from her takedown of the Wolves last week? Wouldn’t Carol’s secret identity reveal be the talk of the book club?
Ron asks Rick for shooting lessons (after narcing on Carl). There’s no way that this is sincere, right? Could Ron be setting Rick up to either go after Enid in the hopes that he is killed during the rescue, or is he learning to shoot so that he can get revenge on the man that killed his father?
Let’s talk about Glenn. This is the second week in a row that Steven Yeun has not been in the credits. Now this could be a misdirect but it could also be a signal to audiences that Glenn isn’t coming back. As much as we’d love to see Glenn survive, I’m not sure that there is a logical and satisfying way to do that. With only three episodes left in the season, let’s hope that we get some answers, and soon.