The Walking Dead: Episode 609 - TWD is back in full form (NO SPOILER REVIEW)
When they pretended to kill Glenn in the first half of season 6 of The Walking Dead and then brought him back, I felt like the show was trying too hard to make something dramatic happen just to get more viewers. The bringing back of Glenn (or just the fooling of the viewer by the showrunners) destroyed any emotional impact that that wonderfully executed scene had. I really thought the show got even more guts and was actually going to kill an alpha-character (I use the term alpha since the term main character is too general, and the show has no problem killing those off). However, the first half season went on with Rick trying to get the Alexandrians to learn how to survive in the world they live in. There were intermittent episodes in the first half of this season that took the viewer off from the main story (Morgan's learning of aikido... I didn't need an entire episode dedicated to that. But, whatever, it was reasonably well done even if it was rather longish) Now, however, the show is bringing us back to the main action at hand. Much like the season 6 opener for this insanely popular show, the mid-season premiere for The Walking Dead Season 6 was pretty damn great! It had a great balance of action, emotionally impactful scenes and some of that much-needed Daryl bad-assery.
It pretty much picks up right where we left off at episode 8, Rick leading the group out of the house using the season 1 never-failing method of disguising oneself with walker guts and moving through the massive horde of walkers. That's all I'll say in terms of what actually happens, see for yourself, for the title of this article does say no spoilers. Multiple things are taking place at the same time, picking up from where those events left off in the previous episode, but essentially the fragmented groups are trying to get away from the army of walkers that has engulfed Alexandria after a tower collapsed on the wall. Most of this episode consisted of the beloved Walking Dead formula of plot-driven action sequences, with a little emotional dialogue/scene sprinkled on top to make the viewer feel for the situation. They left us off last episode with a little Negan teaser (He's from the graphic novels, google it) Judging by how that little cliffhanger played out in this episode, we definitely have not seen the last of the Negan story arc. If it goes the graphic novel route, then we are in for some major tears, if you know what I'm talking about.
Major events play out in this mid season opener. Things that will probably affect the characters for the remainder of the season, if not beyond. After both the first and second act of the episode was brutally sad to watch, the third act was looking to become truly tear-inducing. I will say nothing for the actual eventualities, but its rather emotionally satisfying and really entertaining. The show still manages to keep the threat of walkers frightening after being on the air all these years, and it is quite a testament to the writers and directors of this show. They do a really good job in throwing some variety in the way they present the threat of walkers as the seasons have progressed.
Overall, this was a kick-ass episode full of meaningful plot-driven action. Daryl has multiple great moments, and who doesn't love some Daryl action? Rick deals with some seriously impactful event that occurs here. All of this and we are yet to feast our eyes on Negan himself. I cannot wait.