by Niall McArdle
Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead was the weakest of the season, feeling incomplete and scattered. Aptly titled “Crossed” it criss-crossed between four different locations and groups.
The episode very much felt like the first half of a two-parter. It was low on action and high on tactics, as plans were made, revised, and messed up.
The episode’s primary focus was on setting up a showdown in Atlanta, and next week’s episode (the last before the series takes a winter break) is now much-anticipated, as it seems likely there will be much bloodshed (yay!) and probably the death of at least one of the show’s main characters (boo!)
The four scenarios were:
Atlanta: Rick & Co. prepared for an assault on the hospital, coming across a couple of Grady Memorial’s police officers, who they took hostage with the plan to exchange them for Beth and Carol.
The Church: The cowardly reverend snuck out on Michonne, Carl, and Carl’s stupid hat, stepping on a rusty nail in the process (if the walkers don’t kill him, the septicemia will.) He wasn’t even five minutes gone before he ran into a zombie, finally managing to put up something of a fight, but he was unable to finish her off because she was wearing a crucifix (presumably if it had been a Star of David, he would have had no qualms.)
The Highway: Or as it’s now known, Team GREATM. There was a yo-yo. There was fishing. Eugene lay unconscious while Abraham spent the episode on his knees staring into the distance, looking like a defeated samurai waiting to have his enemy decapitate him. Glenn, meanwhile, asked Rosita if she wanted to come with them; after all, Abraham’s “mission” no longer has any purpose.
Seven episodes in, Season Five is looking to be the series’ best, but that being said, next week really needs to bring the goods. I’m guessing we’re going to see the demise of either Michonne or Abraham (perhaps both.)