Previously: Review 10x16 A CERTAIN DOOM
- S10 x 17 HOME SWEET HOME -
Directed by David Boyd
Riveting, right?! Thanks to all concerned for this great start to the bonus 6 😁.
Lydia was such a good choice for the 'where we're at now' summary at the start, and it's promising that Michonne was included in the recap, which I hope means that we will get to see her again, wherever she is ('under the same sky, looking at the same stars'), not to mention her reunion with Rick. Also, great to see 'Lauren Cohan' back in the titles!
...and isn't Hershel just perfect? He's the image of Glenn (genius to put him in a baseball cap!), and I loved how, afterwards, Angela showed those two couple of scenes from S1. I know we've all seen them so many times, but it's never not a good time for a Glenn scene!
When Daryl looked up at him, sitting in that tree, he had a kind of wonder on his face, like he was seeing his old friend again. 😍
That was a tense moment between Carol and Maggie, when Carol revealed, in words of one syllable, the truth about how Negan got out and why, and what happened the night Hilltop burned. It was absolutely the right thing to do - to tell it to her, straight, so that Maggie would know the score from the off; it showed respect for Maggie's feelings, not to bullshit her. I wondered if Carol has had so much grief from everyone about the things she's done that she thought, what the hell, I'll just say it. And who could blame her? It was brave—and totally Carol. ('Did you kill Karen and David? 'Yes.' *walks away*)
In every conversation between Daryl, Maggie and Carol, you could feel all the years and memories between them, all that they have endured together. During that enormously touching scene when Maggie talked to Daryl in the shelter—in which Daryl, as always, said so much by saying so little—she felt safe enough to show her vulnerability. She trusts him, because they go back to the beginning, when she was the farmer's daughter and he was the rebel with the crossbow...
Bit of a reminisce here...when, with Cole, Elijah and Kelly, they went in to clear out the walkers so they could sleep there, I was immediately taken back to when Daryl and Maggie were part of another group of five, clearing out the walkers before they could shelter at the prison, in 3x01 Seed.
|RIP T-Dog and Glenn. Miss you, Rick|
Back to the present, and this Cole guy put my back up straight away - when he started being critical about the prospect of living in Alexandria, I thought Daryl was going to say, you don't have to come... I can see there being some friction between the two of them, especially as it looks like Cole is Maggie's right-hand man. I look forward to seeing him put him in his place (go on, Carol!) (Or Negan? Or Gabriel?).
Interesing to hear how Maggie has spent the last few years, and hear her talk about Beth, Glenn and Hershel—and that Georgie has gone to some town out west—will this be the Commonwealth?
|Once Home Sweet Home......|
Kelly was an inspired addition to the crew in this episode, just the right person to go along with Daryl, especially with the missing sister situation, to which Maggie can so relate... I think we're going to love Elijah, and he seems like a handy person to have around. The scenes through the woods were proper TWD scary—and even the name 'The Reapers' is enough to send a shiver down the spine! And what did Suicide Man mean by 'Pope marked you'? It was almost brushed off at the time, but one of the things I've always loved about TWD is how things are said or seen and you don't realise their significance until later (like when Michonne walked past the 'Wolves Not Far' graffiti in 509 What Happened and What's Going On),
When the group reached what Beta and the Whisperers had left of Alexandria, Cole said 'Home Sweet Home' in a derisive, sarcastic fashion, but he didn't know that to Maggie, it is. It's the place where she lived with Glenn ... and Abraham, Sasha, Enid, Deanna, Carl, Tara, Noah, Rick and Michonne. Though now there's a cuckoo in the nest...
Stuff I'm hoping for:
- Maggie talking to Judith about the day she delivered her, and more about Lori.
- Negan not doing anything to backslide the progress he's made...
- Everyone appreciating Carol and all she does for everyone, again!
- More Rosita, and Rosita and Gabriel as the power couple :)
- Daryl and Carol getting closer... please, can we have a little bit of that before the season ends (and I don't want to think about this Leah woman until I've seen the next episode!)???
- Eugene meeting Stephanie....soooon!
- Cole getting put in his place.
- More Aaron, more Alden, Kelly and Luke - and more from the background characters still there from S5 - Scott and Barbara!
- Just a bit of happiness for Ezekiel?
- Daryl and Carol talking to Hershel about the Glenn they knew even before Maggie did.
Until next time....