Monday 20 November 2017

The Big Scary U ~ Review #TWD #TheWalkingDead S8:5

Review of last week HERE

As soon as I'd watched the super-extended pre-titles bit, I thought, okay, so who dies tonight?  Gabriel or Gregory?  It's looking like Gabriel... but has he been bitten, or does he have Virginia Walker Innards disease?  Is a Virginia Walker anything like a Virginia Creeper?  And, of course, we know that Gregory is now safely back at Barrington House, eating other people's pancakes. 😜
Gabriel ~ bitten, or fulfilled his purpose?

What a terrific episode ~ I've always loved how the TWD writers show us the same time frame again, from the other point of view.  Finally, we see a little bit of the pre-Walker Negan who once had a wife who he treated like the aforementioned Walker innards, and gain insight into why he thinks his methods are justified: he's created order, stopped people like Rapey Davey having their way, identified the fighters and the workers, understood that people can't work for him if they're dead.

Rapey Davey's final moments, S7:15
One can even see why he really thinks that Rick caused the deaths of Glenn and Abraham.  The jury is out on that one, but he says, 'I killed them, but Rick caused their deaths'.  We know that without Rick's leadership, everyone in Alexandria would already have been killed by the Wolves, and probably the Saviours too, but that's another story.

'I wear a leather jacket, I have Lucille, and my nut-sack is made of steel'

Meanwhile, Eugene brings Dwight a gift of pickles for standing up for him in the chaotic, leaderless meeting when all those Negans thought the real Negan was dead, little knowing that Dwighty-Boy is really trying to cover up his own treachery, which it doesn't take him long to suss out ~ will they work together, or will Eugene rat Dwight out?  I'm thinking the former, now that Negan has told him he'll die slowly if he doesn't find a solution to the current siege problem....  Remember Abraham, Eugene! Do the right thing! 

... (but isn't it nice to see Dwight sounding like the half-way decent guy he sort of almost was, back in the burnt forest?)

A further meanwhile, back at the wrecked truck with one dying Saviour, Rick reminds Daryl that they can't explode the Sanctuary because of all the innocent workers, and because that's still who we arr-rrr ... well, he doesn't actually say that, but I betcha it was on the tip of his tongue.  I can see both their POVs.  Daryl ~ end it today.  Rick ~ be the good guy, but risk getting everyone else dead.  They fight, Daryl zooms off in a hissy fit, and Rick travels along the road, like a wounded War of Independence rebel who's had enough.

And then he sees The Helicopter.  Or does he?  Rick is given to hallucinations, both visible and audible, as we all know.  Is this an homage to Episode One, when he really did see a helicopter, and Glenn and the gang inside the department store (sad: all of whom are dead now) told him he was imagining it?  Or this time, will it come back for him?  And who was the guy with the binoculars?

I did see a helicopter, I did, I did ... S1:1 Days Gone Bye

We wait with baited breath....

For an in-depth study of the character of Daryl, please click HERE. 
(Features Merle, Rick, Carol, Dwight, Aaron, Beth...)


  1. Bahahaha love this, Terry! I had to watch this episode on catch up so I've been avoiding social media for two days!!!! It was great. I loved Negan's confession and thought it was hilarious when he punched Gabriel on the nose. He is the most loved bad guy haha. I thought he might have been bitten which is a new development as I don't think we've watched anyone in this predicament. REALLY hope Eugene saves the day in his own weird way. Daryl and Rick's bromance scuffle was fab and I loved how they both huffed at the end when the truck blew up haha. Intrigued about the helicopter!! Can't wait for next week.

    1. Oh yes, I'd forgotten about him punching him on the nose, that bit was brilliant - darn, I ought to take notes when watching!

      Um, were you joking about not seeing anyone having been bitten??
      Milton Mehmet
      Deanna name but a few!!!

      Yes.... must be some sort of resolution, with only 3 eps to go!!

  2. Hmmmmm, I'm still not feeling it this season...yet. I live in hope, I will still watch, but I think I need to watch this episode again. I'm on the verge of cheering Negan on just to put some of the characters out of their misery!

    Eugene had better step up to the mark (remember Sasha?) or I will be throwing things at my TV!

    1. I felt that about last season, until I watched it all again. I think Eugene will come good in the end, fear not!