The latest episode of The Walking Dead’s fifth season, ‘Crossed’ picked up where ‘Consumed’ left off, with Darryl and Noah racing back to Father Gabriel’s Church in order to get Rick and the rest of the group to mount a rescue of Beth and Carol.
The episode begins with our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors boarding up the Church they have currently found sanctuary in. I found this part oddly reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead and could not help but wonder if in fact the noise would only serve to attract more zombies for Carl, Baby Judith and Michonne to fend off since Father Gabriel ran away. It would seem that in this horror filled reality survival advice from a boy soldier is worth a hell of a lot more than any sermon Father Gabriel could possibly offer those that remain.
‘Crossed’ also showed Rick’s people deciding not to use Rick’s plan, in favor of Tyresse’s proposal to swap prisoners, in attempting to get Beth and Carol back from their hospital captors. The group then takes three police officers as bargaining chips after a gun fight in the zombie controlled streets of Atlanta, in which we finally see someone give Darryl a fight which he almost lost.
Likewise on the road toward Washington, Abraham seems lost and uncommunicative as his companions wait for Eugene to wake up and Abraham to come to his senses. Interestingly, it seems that while Eugene seems useless as a fighter, he was instrumental in the group finding safe drinking water as Rosita is able to create a water filter based on a technique he showed her. With Eugene waking up and the group shaking Abraham to his senses, perhaps the road to Washington will once again be travelled by Glenn and the rest of the advanced scouting party.
This episode also tried to show that even the toughest soldier needs support and is not alone as Sasha is still reeling over Bob’s death and with Tyreese’s help she begins to open up again. Sasha decides to trust one of the captive police officers who happens to be named Bob, as his own story of loss in the zombie apocalypse offers Sasha an opportunity to find peace within herself. But it seems that everyone has a zombie sob story that can’t always be trusted as the police officer repays Sasha’s kindness by knocking her unconscious and fleeing for help.
‘Crossed’ was a fun episode with continued character development and good zombie action, which seems to be drawing to a close, with next week’s Walking Dead episode being the mid-season finale. I anticipate this story arch coming to a close and allowing for Rick and his people to begin the next portion of their journey and eventual resettlement in Alexandria, Virginia, outside of Washington D.C. The only question really worth asking is whether or not we will lose another member of our Walking Dead family next episode, while undoubtedly gaining others.
My gut says that we will be saying goodbye to either; Sasha, Beth or Carol, while also gaining several others from the Atlanta hospital, to include the good Doctor Steven Edwards, as played by Eric Jensen. While this particular aspect of the story line did not take place in the comics, with respect to a hospital having kidnapped members of Rick’s group, it is similar to Rick escaping from the Governor and bringing a doctor back with them to the prison.
As it seems somewhat certain that Rick’s group will be relocating to a walled community in Alexandria, which did indeed have a doctor there, bringing Dr. Edwards to the community would seem to serve the same function. But only time will tell and we will all just have to wait and see!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to email@example.com.