The AMC midseason premier entitled, ‘No Way Out’, of Robert Kirkman’s zombie apocalypse mega-hit show, The Walking Dead aired this Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Not only was the episode immensely entertaining, it was also among the very best episodes of the entire series to date!
“No Way Out’ had potentially more zombie action in one episode than ever before and was literally a roller coaster ride of all things zombie from beginning to end. Fans of the show may be sad to see the departure of Rick’s potential love interest Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge), along with her kids Sam (Major Dodson) and Ron (Austin Abrams), who fans may not be so sad to see leaving the show as these kids caused all kinds of problems last night; least of which was Carl as played by Chandler Riggs, being shockingly shot in the face.
But the episode was about so much more as well, as it started out with a confrontation that will have far reaching implications for the rest of this season and especially all of next season! For just a little while it seemed as if Negan’s scouting party was in fact going to have their way with Abraham, Sasha and Darryl, only to see Darryl once again save the day by literally destroying the entire biker gang with one rocket.
While I did not expect to see Negan’s people literally blown up, it was a great surprise that tied in the episode in which we see Abraham acquire the RPG which pulled everyone’s proverbial butt out of the fire. But the real shocking imagery and most entertaining aspects of ‘No Way Out’ were the massive amount of zombies walking around Alexandria along with the ways in which the dead pounced upon both Jessie and Sam, once it was apparent to the dead that they were indeed meals ready to eat.
Seeing Rick having to chop off Jessie’s hand in order to save Carl, whose hand Jessie would not let go of, was likewise a shocker that was for any comic fan of the series; somewhat anticipated. But seeing Ron then lose it again and attempt to shoot Carl only to be impaled by Michonne was a great twist, especially once we see Carl actually get shot in the eye.
Luckily Denise (Merritt Wever) was on hand in the infirmary and able to tend to Carl after she herself was lucky enough to have survived the zombie invasion, in part because of the Wolves’ survivor (Benedict Samuel), who Morgan took pity on and attempted to save as he himself was once saved.
By the same token, seeing both Father Gabriel and Eugene step up to the plate and see the light of the apocalyptic day was a great addition to the storyline as not only did Father Gabriel help save baby Judith, but both he and Eugene were able to show Rosalita and everyone else, that they too can kill a zombie with the best of them.
Seeing Rick and many other members of the community come out and take back the community in an epic 300-like zombie killing spree which lasted all night long was nothing but pure zombie fun, which was topped off with the proverbial cherry on top, as Carl it seems will indeed survive to see Rick’s promise to him of a better tomorrow.
‘No Way Out’ was simply an amazing Walking Dead episode which only raised the bar with respect to good old fashioned zombie action and delivered on all fronts and was well worth the wait.