From the opening sequence featuring Michonne going through the repetition of trying to balance family life with her more visceral self. Also we see Darren and Rick’s argument, whilst can Rick and the other survivors reconcile their aspirations of being civilised?
I enjoyed this latest edition to season thoroughly, it gives us the feeling of unease within the survivors themselves whilst managing to extrapolate this feeling of conflict to the communities at large.
The opening sequence featuring Michonne (Danai Gurira) draws us into the situation and was a treat to watch. I enjoyed the sense of rhythm so apparent in these scenes. I was left feeling that life had settled and there was a constant, even a daily grind for the survivors.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne playing with Judith (Cailey Fleming), Michonne dealing with the day to day tasks of running Alexandria, all interspersed with scenes of Michonne taking out zombie under cover of darkness. There’s also a not so subtle reminder that Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is ever present, watching from the shadows of their new society.
The rhythm is soon broken, trouble is never far away for Rick and co. This time it's a big problem, the saviours are rebelling and are on the verge of abandoning the construction of the bridge. They’ve gone from top dogs to being part of the pecking order and this is not an easy pill for many of them to swallow.
Especially when they have discovered that the reason their friends have been missing is that they are being hunted and they aren’t allowed to arm themselves.
A tense stand off ensues, bringing to the fore the attitudes of all the various factions within the communities. A watershed moment that marks the end of Rick’s bridge project, the spirit of co-operation between the saviours and the other survivors and (most worryingly) leaves Rick and Darryl (Norman Reedus) at loggerheads.
What an episode! So much fun to watch and it nails what we all loved in earlier seasons about The Walking Dead. That idea of trying to find our way in the world, trying to get along with one another and aspiring to better ourselves. All against the backdrop of the zombie apocalypse.
Personally, I enjoyed the dialogues between Negan and Michonne, they were dark but revealed aspects of both character we had never really known before this episode. These scenes will serve the story in the long run I think. At the end of their interaction I felt Michonne had grown into a much stronger person, I even felt some sympathy for Negan!
And oh, that cliff-hanger! Wow!
- Watched on Fox. 29/10/2018