Hello everyone and welcome back to our continuing discussion of The Walking Dead season 6! We are inching closer and closer to the introduction of Negan and the intensity is building more with each episode. This one was an episode driven by female characters on both sides and it was a nail-biter! Let's dive in:
- Hats off to Alicia Witt for bringing her A-game to Paula. The whole crew was good. Paula, Molls and 'Chelle were all great characters that I could've seen having longer arcs on the show. But that just wasn't in the cards.
- There was a point brought up in the episode that we've discussed before but should bring up again. Who are the true good guys/bad guys? 'Chelle told Maggie that Rick and crew are NOT the good guys. Obviously, it all deals with perspective. Negan's crew is a threat to Rick and his crew. And Rick and his crew are certainly turning into more of a threat to Negan's crew. Paula's backstory pretty much explained that they all had similar mundane existences before these end of days times. She was a secretary in D.C. and quarantined in her office building instead of with her family (husband and 4 daughters) and had to kill her boss to survive. And she kept killing through double digits (Carol noted her 18 kills again which became 22 by the end of this episode). Anyway, we don't know much about Negan himself yet but we learned enough about Paula to know that they aren't necessarily bad people. They're just looking out for their own. And of course, Rick and crew did just slaughter many of their people in their sleep. (Granted, we must not forget the polaroids above the bed!)
- Early in the episode, we did hear Paula speaking in military speak with the greek letter locations. It seems like they have secured various locations around the area, but don't always keep up with them. Case-in-point the KILL FLOOR got infested with Growlers (their term for walkers) as it wasn't being looked after. Does that suggest that they don't have enough people to man all of their stations? Was it an important tidbit at all? Guess we'll find out.
- One question we were all asking throughout the episode was if Carol had actually lost it. We thought for sure she was playing up another persona of someone afraid to die. But, was it all part of an act? She was playing the part of someone strong in faith (after snagging rosary beads from a walker). But that was all part of her escape plan. I would say that in the end it was all an act if she hadn't hesitated in killing Paula. That was almost a fatal error in judgement. Maybe it was a mix. She certainly made a point that she does not enjoy killing the living. It has been a theme in these past couple episodes (actually, this whole season, maybe even the series given where Rick's point-of-view started off)
- There was a theme to the episode that suggested all of them are NEGAN. Molls said it and then Primo said he was Negan at the end. I don't know if that's an effort to hide their leader. But, I don't think anyone is buying that for a second. And it's not just the fact that it is public knowledge that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast as Negan.
- Maggie told Glenn at the end of the episode that she can't do this stuff anymore. That seemed to suggest that she'll be taking a behind the scenes leadership role in Alexandria if given the chance. 'Chelle also grazed her belly with a knife. I'm going to assume there was no way that damaged her pregnancy, but it sure did give us all a scare!