The sixth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead is now half over as the Mid-Season finale entitled, ‘From Start to Finish’ offered an amazing episode of zombie action that will truly test the mettle of not only Rick and his merry band of survivors, but also the residents of the Alexandria safe zone as the walls which have kept them safe since the beginning of the end of their world have now fallen down; letting in ALL of the dead.
The episode begins with the perceived safety and life affirming reality of the precious Alexandria walls which have kept everyone inside of them safe for the past 24 months; crumble under the pressure of the recent attack by the Wolves as well as the onslaught of the mega zombie herd as it comes through the walls and emerges through a fog-like blanket of horror.
The episode immediately breaks up into several different struggles to survive as everyone scrambles to find safety within a community that is no longer safe as hundreds of zombies are swarming the the once safe and serene streets of Alexandria.
On the one hand Rick (Andrew Lincoln) begins to immediately take out zombies in a futile yet instinctive survivors response as the community’s leader, Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh) rushes to his aid, only to get bit in what ends up being Deanna’s last episode.
Likewise we see Maggie (Lauren Cohan) narrowly escape the clutches of the zombie onslaught as she barely climbs the ladder to the relative safety of a viewing platform on top of Alexandria’s walls, just as Eugene (Josh McDermitt) is saved from certain death by Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Rosalita (Christian Serratos).
We also see Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride) become unsteady allies if only for a little while as Carol’s instincts lead her to uncover the secret Wolf being protected by Morgan, as tensions escalate to all out war between Carol and Morgan over the precious nature of the worthless life of this bad human apple, only to have Morgan’s kindness repaid by treachery.
We also see Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) struggle to find a way into Alexandria despite Enid’s hopelessness, just as Ron (Austin Abrams) still tries to take out Carl (Chandler Riggs), which ends in a struggle between the two, proving to be the catalyst by which the dead are able to enter into Jessie’s (Alexandra Breckenridge’s) house.
At the end of the day, Deanna gives her best advice to date to Michonne (Danai Gurira) about how best to live her life in the zombie infested world they have found themselves in. Perhaps one of the most pronounced moments of the episode was watching Deanna ultimately facie her death much like a warrior unafraid as she empties her revolver into zombie after zombie invader and then screams at the horde with all of her anger and fury in one last act of defiance against the unwavering tempest in front of her.
The end of the episode sees Rick and those with him attempting to camouflage themselves in sheets and zombie guts so as to simply walk past the deadly creatures as he has done in the past and while it seems to work, the episode ends just as Jessie’s young son attempts to get his mother’s attention.
All in all ‘From Start to Finnish’ was an amazing mid-season finale, which left all ravenous Walking Dead fans having to wait until Valentines’ Day, February 14th, 2016, for the mid season six premier in which it seems that we can expect a few more deaths as Rick and the group walking hand in hand confront the Dead they are trying to escape.