The Walking Dead Season 6 Episode 6 ANALYZED

We check in on Sasha, see Abraham and Daryl’s road trip gone wrong, and are introduced to a new group that could spell big trouble down the road in “Always Accountable.”

Note to self: Next time Rick has a plan, take a sick day.

Note to self: Next time Rick has an ambitious plan, take a sick day.

Last week, we were back with the drama in Alexandria, and still no news on Glenn (AMC, you bastards!)

But this week…this week we get to return to Abraham, Sasha, Daryl, and the great walker marathon of 2015.

Into the Woods

Hello? Is it me you're looking for?

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

Daryl is a bit injured from a fall on his bike during his escape, but having an owie on his elbow is really no excuse for the bada** Mister Dixon to be so slow to respond to his new predicament in the woods. Yes, he’s injured, but not seriously, and all he needs is to take a beat to assess the new situation. It doesn’t make sense for a seasoned tracker and survivor like Daryl to behave like a rookie and it hurts the integrity of his character.

The scene where he can’t get it together to take out one shambling walker was a particularly egregious sequence in which Daryl took about five thousand years too long getting his crossbow out, which is such a cliched horror trope. Much of this episode felt like filler, so the writers felt they had to resort to creating conflict and suspense by sacrificing character logic. Had Daryl been suffering from a concussion or other judgment impairing injury, his slow response time would have had context. He has a knife and could either have run or just stabbed the walker. There is plenty of tension in the story already, you don’t need to force it or dumb down one of your most popular characters, show.