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Waiting Til October: Why I’m Skipping (Postponing) The Walking Dead Season Finale

Why I’m skipping (read: postponing) the season finale of The Walking Dead.

I usually try to stay away from Twitter during big television moments that are not broadcast live.  It’s not too bad here on the West Coast given the three hour time zone gap; it’s even harder when watching Doctor Who, when I have to stay away from Twitter all day.

I’ve been pumped up about The Walking Dead’s season finale more and more as we’ve gotten closer to the big day.  I had planned to stay away from Twitter today, but like most things, I couldn’t deal with the suspense and I peeked.  After all, I’m the one in the family who opens Christmas presents because I just can’t deal with the aniticipation….  So I peeked.

But something strange happened tonight.  I’ve been home most of the day with a sinus infection, and the television has been tuned in to AMC’s The Walking Dead marathon.  The commercials were pumping me up to watch, and up until 7:30pm I’d planned to watch the finale.  And then I looked at Twitter.

It looked like the writers were pushing the action to the last few minutes of the show.  (As usual)  But then the Tweets started coming in after the end of the show, and there was a colossal sense of disappointment coming from the Internet.  There were no deaths, as had been predicted.  Someone was probably going to die by Neegan’s hands, but at the end of the episode the audience still has no idea who it was.

I’m sure the writing was solid, and I’m sure the story was compelling.  TWD writers are fantastic.  I am a fan of the show, even through the ebb and flows.  I’m not skipping the finale in protest—I’m skipping it for my own sanity!  I can wait until October, in spite of the Christmas present thing.  I know I’ll enjoy the episode much more knowing that the answer is coming up next, as opposed to watching tonight and having to wait six months to get answers.

Six.  Whole.  Months.

Yes, I definitely made the right choice….didn’t I?

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The Walking Dead S6E9 Recap: No Way Out

The Walking Dead S6E9: No Way Out

Original Airdate: February 14, 2016

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock

 

Is there a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to watch the return of The Walking Dead?  Is that even a question??

At the end of the midseason finale, the world was falling apart.  As usual.  Sam kept talking, Alpha Wolf was loose, and Neegan’s men had blocked Daryl’s group from returning to Alexandria.

Tonight we start out back on that road.  Neegan’s thug confiscates everyone’s weapons.  Sasha wants to know who they are, but they won’t be the ones who ask questions.  The thug wants to accompany them on their way back home so they can see where they came from.  He doesn’t believe that they don’t have more stuff with them.  Abraham wants to know who he is talking to, so the man says he will have to kill them.  He was only bluffing…or was he….but then his entire biker gang blows up.  As it turns out, Daryl had a rocket launcher behind the truck and he was able to blow them up.  Abraham bids them good riddance.

Rick and his gang are trying to get out of the neighborhood by walking through the Walkers. Ron and Carl walk behind him, followed by everyone else.  The Walkers aren’t paying them any mind.  Sam looks around in anguish.  They get to the edge of the houses and Rick says they need to get to the quarry to fetch the cars.  Jessie tells Rick that they won’t make it with Judith, so Father Gabriel offers to take her to the church until they get back.  Jessie wants Sam to go with Gabriel but Sam insists that he be allowed to stay with his mom.  Gabriel promises Rick that he will keep Judith safe. Michonne watches as he leaves with the baby.  Jessie tells Rick that she knows he’ll make it and be safe.  They march on; Carl grabs Ron’s hand and Ron allows him to take it.

Tara and Rosita watch through the window as Walkers go on.  Tara wants to go after Alpha Walker, who still has Denise.  Carol wakes up and asks for their gun so she can see what else is hiding in the house.  Morgan wakes up and asks where Alpha Wolf is, and he is crushed to hear he took Denise.

Glenn and Enid lock themselves in the church.  They search it to find weapons to use to climb over the wall.

Alpha Wolf looks down at Denise, who is having a panic attack, and remarks that this is how things turn.

Enid is trying to figure out why Glenn wouldn’t let her run.  As Glenn explains that the people who left her, her family, are the ones who made her who she is.  He lists his family, Dale, Andrea, Herschel, as his people.

Alpha Wolf says that he needs Denise to stay calm, and that he wants her to be safe.

Glenn doesn’t want Enid to run, he wants her to stay in the church.  She says that he was right, and she’s here now and she wants to help him save Maggie.  She’d just follow him anyway.

Alpha Wolf wants to help Denise change.

Enid finds a gun on the altar of the church.  They’re ready to go.

The Walkers keep walking through the streets at night.  Rick and his group are still moving, too.  They form a serpentine chain moving through the random chaos.  Sam hears Carol’s voice in his head telling him that the monsters are going to eat him.  He sees a child Walker and he stops.  Ron tries to give his brother a pep talk but he’s suddenly grabbed and eaten from behind.  Jessie screams and Carl tries to pull her away.  She is eaten as well.  Rick flashes back to his memories of Jessie.  He has to cut her arm off because she won’t let go of Carl.  Rick drops his gun in the process and Ron grabs it and aims it at Rick.  Michonne stabs him from behind.  Rick tries to get himself together, and that’s when he sees Carl’s face.  His right eye is missing.  Carl faints and Rick grabs him, and he runs off with Michonne trying to clear the path.

Tara looks out the door while Morgan contemplates life.  Eugene has a knife with him and he nods to himself.  He knows that they will be fighting their way out, he tells Rosita.  Rosita says that he can’t fight, which seems to upset him.

Alpha Wolf sees the Walkers moving toward the sound of the gunfire.  He comments that her friends must have tried to put up a fight.  They did fight, Denise reminds him.  He says he was selfish.  She tells him to go to hell, and he says they’re safer out there than within the walls.  They make a run for it, but a Walker gets in their way and slows them down.  Alpha goes back to help Denise but is bitten in the process.  Denise tells him that if he gets to the infirmary she can save his life.

Carol in alone when Morgan finds her.  He asks if she had a child, and a husband.  He says that he didn’t want to hurt anyone, and she retorts that he did it for his own purposes.  She regrets not killing him when she had the chance.  “You can’t,” he says, walking away.

Denise ties off Alpha’s arm and tells him that he might have changed, given that he went back for her.  They make a run for it and Carol shoots him from above.  Inside the infirmary Denise finds Aaron and the others.  Rick and Michonne run in with Carl still out cold.  Denise moves into action and starts working on Carl.  The Walkers are still wandering outside, seemingly oblivious.  Rick takes him axe and goes outside to go hunting.

Rick goes on a killing rampage.  With only his axe, he kills several dozen Walkers.  Michonne wants to help but Denise needs her.  As soon as she’s finished, Michonne kisses Carl’s head and joins Rick.  Spencer and Aaron go as well.  The other Alexandrians watch from inside their houses as Rick clears the path, and they run out and start helping.  Soon he’s calling for everyone to keep them out.

Gabriel watches from inside the church.  Judith starts crying so he hands her off to a parishioner and grabs his machete.  He says that their prayers are helping; God has given them the power to save it themselves.

Carol tells the group that Rick is making a stand, and she says that Denise is safe.  Eugene says that no one gets to clock out today, that this is a story that will live on, so he wants to fight.   Morgan runs into Alpha Wolf Walker.  He says he’s sorry, then he kills him.

Glenn arrives in time to see the Walkers trying to knock down the tower.  Enid rushes to help Maggie while Glenn creates a distraction.  He is quickly overpowered, and just when things look really back, the Walkers around him are gunned down in a spray of bullets.  It’s Abraham and Sasha up on the wall.  Once the Walkers are gone, Abraham asks if Glenn can get the gate for them.  He’d really appreciate it.

Glenn opens the gate and Daryl says they’ll have to lead them away.  Inside the walls, the group fights off as many Walkers as they can.  Daryl parks the truck and drains gas into the pond.  The Walkers keep coming as the group backs toward the wall. Daryl launches a grenade into the pond and it lights up.  The Walkers are drawn like moths to the flames.  They stop and turn away from Rick’s group and head toward the massive fire.  And, like the mindless zombies they are, they go right into the fire.

The great thing is seeing how the town has come together to fight as a group.  When the sun comes up, Walkers are all over the place.  All are dead.  The group gathers around the infirmary, where Denise patches Daryl up.  Michonne holds Judith as Rick sits with Carl.  He says he was wrong, that he didn’t think the people of Alexandria were capable of fighting, but now he does.  Now he sees that they can work together and rebuild the walls.  He sees Deanna’s vision now.  He says he had a feeling when it was all over, and it had been such a long time since he’s felt that way.  He wants to show Carl the new world, and he begs Carl to wake up so he can show him.  Carl’s fingers tighten around Rick’s hand.

Talk about a bloody Valentine….  See you next week!