Finally the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead from AMC as directed by Greg Nicotero, aired last night which was entitled, ‘What Happened and What’s Going On‘. The episode began with both the apparent mourning of Beth and the honoring of her final wishes by the group deciding to make the last trip she was intending on taking herself, as it is decided to get Noah home to Virginia.
So at last we know how it is that Rick and his group make it all the way to Virginia, except that when they get to Noah’s home, there is nothing left but burnt residences and walkers behind the gates Noah once called home. We also see clues as to an apparent future conflict which may be faced by Rick and his group as the settlement which was Noah’s home was clearly the target of a savage and brutal attack by another group of apocalypse survivors. Could this be a hint of Negan and his Saviors or ‘Wolves’ marauding the Viginia/Washington area?
As we follow Noah, we see him get to his family home only to find a house of horrors with his Mother dead on the living room floor with a baseball bat-like and fatal head wound, which is another hint as to Negan’s involvement as he carries a bat called Lucielle. We then see one of Noah’s twin brothers dead in his room, as well as his other brother having become a walker who then bites Tyreese as played by Chad Coleman, on the arm, before Noah puts him down.
While Tyreese is bleeding out, he is hallucinating by seeing and talking with the spirits of many recently departed Walking Dead cast mates, as Michonne attempts to talk Rick and Glenn into trying to secure Noah’s overrun and walled settlement. Rick however points out the limitations to securing the location, before all three realize that the original idea to travel to Washington as originally put forward by Eugene may be the best destination to actually be taken by the group.
Yet again however we see evidence and hints which would lead a Walking Dead comic book reader to the conclusion that Negan may be in both the group and especially Glenn’s deadly future as Glenn finds a bat on the floor, picks it up and carries it around with him. This might also be a foreshadowing of Glenn’s impending death at the hands of Lucielle as Glenn meets his death at Negan’s hands.
As the group attempts to save Tyreese by cutting off Tyreese’s arm, in order for Tyreeses to have a chance at surviving, we ultimately lost yet another beloved cast member and survivor of Rick’s group as Tyreese dies with the spiritual guidance of Beth, Bob, Lizzie and Mika.
So while the beginning of the episode starts with what seems to be Beth’s burial, it turns out in fact to be Tyreese being buried, with Sasha loosing perhaps the second of the two most important men who remained in her life.
This episode was not only quite a sad shocker, but also gave many clues of the impending Doom in store for Rick and his group at the hands of Negan and the Saviors, as they were called in the comic series. However, careful attention to detail indicates that rather than being called the saviors, they may be called the ‘Wolves’ as we see the words, ‘Wolves Not Far‘ spray painted on one of the walls in Noah’s community.
Likewise, as Rick and his people are trying to evacuate Tyreese, their truck slams into another crashed vehicle as a slew of dead and mutilated zombie torsos fall out of the truck and onto the hood of Rick’s truck, with a ‘W’ clearly carved into the heads of the zombies.
So prepare yourselves fellow Deadheads as we are in store for much more death, destruction and conflict with a new group calling themselves the ‘Wolves’, who may very well be responsible for the upcoming deaths of Glenn and potentially Abraham as well if the comic series can give us hints into the upcoming second half of The Walking Dead’s fifth deadly season!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
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