Hello everyone and welcome back to our Walking Dead chat! Well, chalk up another hour of excellent television in the books. This episode focused on our Washington-bound crew, most specifically giving us a peak behind what makes Abraham tick. Now, I usually don't spoil anything in the opening paragraph, but I just have to ask. We didn't REALLY think they'd make it to Washington did we? Let's dive in!
- I guess the best place to start is at the end because it informs everything else! Eugene lied! If anyone was really paying attention (or apparently read the comics), they probably could've figured it out. I think he was reluctant to leave the church and then in this episode he certainly seemed to be sabotaging the effort. Glass in the gas tank!? Crazy. He certainly picked a good time to let them know he was lying. If he didn't they were going to be racing into a another farm full of walkers.
- Abraham was pretty P.O.'d at the news as we learned it was his whole existence for living in the post apocalyptic world. We were informed a little of his backstory throughout the episode. Basically, his motto is "only the strong survive". We saw him murdering many people to keep his family safe. We don't know if those people were threatening his family or he was just killing anyone who came close to them to ensure their safety. What we do know is that he freaked out his family and they left him in the middle of the night. Abraham found his family turned and dead with their insides eaten out. He was about to end his own life when Eugene showed up with an emergency and a "mission". I'd imagine if anyone traveled halfway across the plagued country after facing that kind of trauma only to find out his important world-changing mission was a sham, yeah I think they would want to lay the smackdown on Eugene as well!
- I would say that it was questionable if Eugene survived that beatdown, especially given the flashbacks, but they were pretty bad at keeping it a secret on Talking Dead. They kept talking about the future of the season and Eugene. About 40 minutes in, Eugene was talking about his character then hesitated and said something like, "oh wait, is my character alive? 'IF' my character is alive, he'll have to do such and such..." So, I'm guessing Eugene will be fine but he's going to have to start pulling his weight. My guess is he won't be on anyone's favorite people list!
- Glenn and Maggie discussed feeling guilty for leaving Rick and crew. I know it was structurally important to separate the crew to make the story more interesting this season, but logistically I don't think Maggie would've left without looking for Beth first. They just lost their father not too long ago in the story timeline. Of course, they were probably following Spock's advice in Wrath of Kahn and were on a mission to save the world.
- Creepiest scene of the night had to be Eugene watching Abraham and Rosita get their business on and both Eugene and Abraham being cool with it. It was a segueway into a scene with Tara where she pretty much indicated that they're all friends and would get each other's back. Eugene was confessing that he only thought he was alive because of his "mission" which in his head was a lie. He was reflecting on Gabriel doing what he thought was necessary to survive too. A big theme of the night, which I already mentioned, was that only the strong are remaining in the world. But, maybe that's only partly true. There are the "smart" ones too. And Eugene claims to be smarter than any of them. Of course, that claim earned him a nice few shots to the face!
- The commentary on the mullet was bound to happen and was awesome when it finally did.
- Lots of good walker kills in the episode, but the winner had to be Eugene grabbing the fire hose and spraying them down. The power from the hose was strong enough to deactivate the brains. Crazy! This was pretty much Eugene's "coming out" and "repurposing" party. His mission was a sham, but he's starting to show that he can help with their survival. We'll see if that sticks!
- I probably would've forgotten about this detail, but our frequent commenter MJ was frustrated with Talking Dead not bringing it up! So, what's up with Abraham's wound on his hand? It keeps bleeding? I took from it that it spoke to his rage issues. He kept brutally punching things/people with it and reopening the wound. I don't think it has anything to do with a walker bite or anything. Surely it would've killed him by now if it was. But, maybe it's signifying something else!