The Walking Dead: Now
By Jessica Dwyer
I’ll start off by saying that “Now” was going to have a lot to live up to after two episodes like “Thank you” and “Here’s not here.”
Sadly “Now” just felt like a lot of filler with a very predictable reveal that was delivered in a rather strange way.
Alexandria is now surrounded by walkers thanks to Rick’s bizarre corral plan (and we aren’t actually shown how Rick got out of the RV that was being surrounded by walkers either.) Maggie is delivered the news of Glenn being MIA (Steven Yeun’s name is still not in the credits, but Herschel’s watch is still there.)
Deanna is having a hard time dealing with the situation everyone is finding themselves in and has sort of checked out. The town is losing faith because the constant growling and sounds of the walker horde is just so definite. How can they escape? Deanna’s son is stealing food and booze from the pantry and self medicating. He smacks down his mom with some harsh words of boozy truth. This in turn leads Deanna to tell Rick that he needs to be in charge.
Meanwhile Denise, the doctor we all wanted to wind up with Eugene (who is sadly absent this episode as is Morgan) is 99.9 percent NOT going to wind up with Mr. Mullet. It would seem Tara’s visits have inspired her to not only to keep learning medicine but that she’s not afraid to reveal that she’s also a lesbian and winds up locking lips with Tara. Tara’s girlfriends never seem to survive very long…so this could be bad for everyone.
In one of the episodes most hilarious moments (which I’m sure it wasn’t supposed to be…but I kept having flashbacks to that scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth slap fighting) Carl and Jessie’s son Ron “fight” over Enid who’s left before the walkers arrived. Ron’s actually right in his response to Carl that people will just wind up dying if they go after her and he’s repeatedly asked her NOT to go over the wall. It’s her choice. Keep in mind Ron’s already lost his crazy abusive father (Carl’s dad shot him…remember?) and so he’s probably just done with everything.
In a surprising turn Ron does exactly what he said he would and goes to Rick and tells him of Carl’s plan to possibly go after Enid. He then asks Rick to teach him how to defend himself. I actually was surprised by this and I didn’t get any sort of ulterior motive out of Ron.
Rick and Jessie finally get their romantic moment the evening after Jessie takes out a walker who was created after an Alexandrian gave up and slit their wrists due to the horde. At least shoot yourself in the head in case you kill someone else people. That’s just common courtesy.
It would seem Jessie’s youngest son, the one with a thing for cookies, Sam, won’t come downstairs because of what he witnessed his mom do with the wolf invader. Also there’s a massive horde of walkers outside so he’s freaked out. There’s no telling how the kids will accept Rick’s new romance with their mom since he killed their father. It’s also going to be interesting to see how Rick’s crew take to this new development.
But the big story this episode of course was Maggie and Aaron deciding to go out and find Glenn and Nicholas. I will say that this episode had some of the grossest zombies we’ve seen in a looong while. And the sewer zombies were probably some of the most disturbing in the series.
Maggie’s decision actually pisses me off. She goes so far only to turn around (when she shouldn’t have gone at all.) And it is only a few feet away from a massive horde of angry walkers and after having nearly been killed she admits she’s pregnant to Aaron. Does Glenn even know about the fact she’s pregnant? It was vague in that regard. But either way she goes back to Alexandria where she’s probably got a better chance at birthing the child than Lori had with her baby.
While there we see her decide to wipe away Glenn’s name from the wall of the lost suddenly (because she’s still not giving up…and we the viewers are still being trolled hard.) Aaron tells her Aaron or Erin works both ways for a boy or a girl while wiping away Nicholas’s name (which we know for sure is a false hope.)
Oh and sort of half way mentioned (Carol wasn’t in this episode either) is the fact that Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha are no longer in communication with anyone on the walkies. Just throwing that out there too.
So..”Now” as I said felt like filler. Part of that is the fact we sort of ran through the list of characters we hadn’t heard from lately very fast. Also there’s the fact that the characters viewers are really finding interesting lately, like Morgan and Carol, weren’t in this at all. It’s a filler episode with the one goal of the pregnancy reveal which felt sort of poorly done.
There are three more episodes before the mid season break. I’m guessing if they are going to ramp anything up it will be now. There’s a lot of talk that Glenn is going to be the new Sophia….and we all know how great that went for the viewers as we slowly didn’t care.
But this is feeling a lot like season two’s Sophia reveal all over again. I’m thinking though we’re going to have a very alive Glenn show up a the end of November only to have a very alive Negan appear before the seasons end.
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