Hello fellow walkers and welcome back for the "Oscars" rendition of The Walking Dead! Now, I'm not sure if the creative team behind this show had enough foresight to realize that they would be airing this episode against the Oscars, but it certainly seemed that way. Now, while I really enjoyed the character building episode for Daryl and Beth, it also doubled as an episode where there wasn't MUCH plot movement so anyone that skipped this one wouldn't miss TOO much. Of course, if you count digging into the souls of quiet brooding characters and quiet because they rarely have lines characters as plot movement then there was plenty here! Anyway, I don't think there's too much to discuss in the recap but let's give it a shot anyway!
- We got to see Daryl and Beth check into a golf course country club and take out some golfer walkers. Of course it wasn't all fun and games as we saw horrific scenes of suicides and implied scenes of post apocalyptic social status revolution. But, the horror end point was the bar where all Beth could find was peach schnapps. Comedy ensued while Daryl would not let her first drink be that. Of course, it probably went deeper as it didn't seem Beth was ready to disappoint her father either.
- But, when they got to a house that Daryl and Michonne had previously found on a supply run, and supposedly eerily resembles the place where Daryl, Merle and Dad grew up Beth was ready to get some Moonshine on!
- Now, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the drinking game of "I Never" has been played on at least 2 pop culture phenomenon shows of the past 10 years. So, I can't help but feel that they used that to their advantage and borrowed it for "Character Backstory unveiling". (LOST and Game of Thrones in case the suspense was killing you). Of course, in every version of those games they always get a little TOO deep and TOO personal. It led to Daryl getting angry at Beth's image she built up in her head of who Daryl is. (i.e. someone that's been to jail and NOT as a prison guard) And of course, it led to Daryl's unintentionally (maybe) hilarious recap of who we all assumed Beth was up to this point. Well-off daughter who slits her wrist for attention (well not really, she wanted out of the horror) and just randomly sings in public. Granted, it was the booze talking and it led to Daryl revealing that he blames himself for the Governor's invasion of the prison. It led further to some awkward backwards hugging from Beth.
- After things calmed down, they drank more together and shared more. Supposedly, we learned some huge mysterious backstory for Daryl that I didn't realize we never had. He was his brother's lackey with no personal direction in life until he met Rick and crew. I could've told you that! But, he was pouring his soul out to Beth. Beth was basically trying to cope with the loss of her family and bring out her inner brave (cue Sara Bareilles tune). In the end, her idea was to get rid of their past demons by burning down the Dixon-like house to the ground. Daryl apparently didn't need much convincing as they took the remaining moonshine and did just that. The episode ended with a hint of a smile coming from Daryl as he walked away. Here's to greener pastures you 2!