The Walking Dead Episode 611 [NO SPOILER REVIEW]: Some questions answered, finale potentially set up.
On last Sunday's episode, we saw Rick and Co. follow Jesus into new territory to find out what's going on there and Negan's group (We still haven't seen Negan, which will either be worth the reveal when it comes, or it will be poorly executed...) is still apparently at large, even though the only time we've directly encountered them was that one time during the beginning of the second half of the season, when Daryl bazooka'd the crap out of them. For the most part, this episode on its own felt like not much was happening, but that's not the way The Walking Dead works. Its always been a series of long-run narratives and intertwining stories of various characters eventually coming together towards the finale. But since this is supposed to be a review of the episode itself, I'll say this: The next few episodes will show either how good and necessary this episode was, or how much of a waste of runtime this episode was.
We also see how some of the group feels/reacts to the announcement of "Richonne", which was cute. To be honest though, I feel rather frightened by the prospect of Rick and Michonne's relationship, given the eventual result of Rick's previous affairs... But whatever happens, this show has no problem giving their audiences emotional gut punches via killing main characters. (even though they tricked us with Glenn in the first half of season 6, it felt intense while it happened. Its just that the end result completely ruined the dramatic effect his death would have had.) This episode introduced us to the "larger world" that Jesus was referring to in the previous episode, and set up what is apparently going to be the final showdown of the season. I'm only a little worried that Rick may have let his guard down in his decisions this episode and the last. I mean, why did he trust Gabriel with his baby in the mid season premiere?
Anyway, we are being led towards something big and dramatic. I can feel it. But also, I can't help but think that Carol was pretty much a nothing this season. She's barely had any screen time this entire season, so I'm hoping she has a bigger role to play as we move towards the finale. The main point of this episode was to setup the situation for what is increasingly seeming to be the final showdown between Rick and Co. and Negan Inc. Jesus seems like a reasonably trustable guy, but I think I'll need just one more episode with him to be completely convinced of his trustworthiness. So while not much occurs in terms of continuing where we left off from before, this episode sets up a new situation, and gives a glimpse into what actual civilisation might look like in The Walking Dead universe.