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REVIEW: The Walking Dead S6 E7 – “Heads Up”

REVIEW: The Walking Dead S6 E7 – “Heads Up”

SPOILERS!

He lives! The past four weeks have seen fans of The Walking Dead left in the dark regarding the fate of a major character. This week’s episode ends the fandom speculation, revealing what really happened to Glenn (Steven Yeun) that day.

For the past month, fans worldwide have been up in arms about the apparent death of a much loved character. We saw the torture on his face as the walkers ripped the guts from his torso… well, that’s what we were led to believe. A tactically aimed camera angle, fans everywhere discussed and debated heatedly, only to discover it was the body of another and not the beloved Glenn becoming zombie chow. Crawling under a dumpster, Glenn waited day and night for the walkers to eventually disperse. Later found by Enid (Katelyn Nacon), fans can breath a sigh of relief knowing Glenn is fine.

Enid and Glenn make a good pairing. Enid’s wallowing pessimism combined with Glenn’s unwavering optimism balance each other out. The two arrive at Alexandria to find it surrounded by walkers and Enid’s all out of hope: “The world is trying to die, we should just let it.” Enid is an enigmatic and often overlooked character. Although a member of the kiddie cast, Katelyn Nacon’s portrayal of Enid is to be noted. It can’t be easy displaying the emotions of a post-apocalyptic affected adolescent. Here’s to Chandler Riggs and Katelyn’s dedication.

This week gave us an entire minute with Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Eugene (Josh McDermitt) in it. Tara’s recklessness almost costs her her life when she and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) have to save Spencer after he tries to leave town. Tara shoots down walkers like a game of whack-a-mole, while Eugene remains useless as usual. Rick is none to pleased with Tara: “Tara, you almost died once for these people, what the hell were you doing?”. The dynamics are starting to show, now more than ever. With it’s driving character development, we further understand how they work with one another. Kill or be killed, honor the dead by living and don’t risk your life for stupid people, just a few of the things we’ve learned from our time with Rick.

Some like when an entire episode is dedicated to one character, others not so much. Opinion was torn when a recent episode focused solely on Morgan’s (Lennie James) back story, we believe it’s these very episodes that add depth to the premise. Depth that was crucial when Rick, Michonne (Dunai Gurira) and Carol (Melissa McBride) confront Morgan on his letting ‘Wolves’ members live. Allowing some of the group of scavengers go, it would be these same ones that threaten Ricks life later on. They all inform him that life without killing is near impossible, to which Morgan reasons that “all life is precious” even if the urge to kill is there. Now, if we hadn’t seen that humbling episode where Morgan went all karate kid and mastered Aikado, we’d probably want him to shut up and start stabbing folk. This is why TWD succeeds; we are given generous time to learn the beliefs and rules of individual characters, so that when and if they disagree, we believe their respective origins.

Meanwhile, Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) and other sheltered members of Alexandria are taking machete swinging classes from Rosita (Christian Serratos). Very overdue, Eugene and the others face their fears and learn to protect themselves. “dying is simple” Rosita declares: “the people around you dying, that’s the hard part, because you keep living, knowing their gone and you’re still here.” Another resonating monologue courtesy of the the shows talented writers.

Morgan pays the new town doctor Denise (Merritt Wever) a visit. The two talk about their faith and lack there of, before Morgan requests her assistance with something. Denise follows Morgan down the street, but not before an onlooking Carol clocks on. Pawning Judith off on Jessie, Carol stumbles upon Morgan’s indiscretion – the surviving wolf that swore to kill him and everyone in town. Is Morgan really trying to save his life? We’d even struggle to not rid someone who swore to kill everyone you loved. We guess Eastman’s way of life really worked. The complete opposite, it will be entertaining to see Carol try bury a blade in the wolf, while Morgan tries stop her.

Morgan and Carol represent the two ends of a spectrum. Morgan is sworn to value all life, while Carol sleeps easy after killing a couple dozen people. We sense a power struggle coming.

Glenn and Enid release green balloons into the air to signal those in Alexandria. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) see’s the balloons while on watch and runs to tell Rick. The two believe its Glenn and ready themselves but not before the eroding clock tower strained by clawing walkers, topples and flattens the town fences, all those inside Alexandria now face imminent danger. With only one more episode until the winter hiatus, we know the next episode will be no less than chaotic. People will die, tears will flow and people will lose each other. Slightly done with all the differing perspectives, here’s hoping next week has the entire main cast in one episode. We’d like Carol, Rick, Michonne, and Daryl all slaying the dead together.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays 9/8c on AMC – (US) & Mondays 9pm on FOX – (UK)

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