The Strolling Lifeless “What Comes After” marked the tip of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) story on the present – however as we’ve since realized – not the tip of his story. I feel that the present goes to wrestle with out the character, however I’m glad that they didn’t kill him – and fyi? I completely known as how it will work out in my final evaluate! This episode was, not surprisingly, written by the staff of Scott M Gimple and Matthew Negrete and was directed by Greg Nicotero (who you too can see within the area of our bodies in the event you look intently!). I cherished seeing some outdated associates again within the hallucinations. And naturally, there have been extra throwbacks to the very starting of the collection.
I cherished that the episode started again in Rick’s hospital room with him in a coma. The birds we’ve been seeing all season morph into helicopters – like those from the bombing of Atlanta – but additionally just like the one which’s going to save lots of him. We get a voice over that additionally takes us again to season one as Morgan (Lennie James) asks what Rick’s wound is – is it a chunk? Comatose Rick wakes up and tells hallucinating Rick to “get up, asshole” – because the walkers are closing in on him.
We would not like that horse a lot for dumping Rick, however he did anticipate him. After all, Rick would be capable of do the superhuman factor and use his personal belt to drag himself off that rebar! And simply as an apart? That horse was not particularly cooperative – in the event you watch intently (and know horses) he nearly goes off bucking on a number of events!
I used to be fairly certain that the early scene with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) was not unfolding chronologically with Rick’s – however later. Jadis tells the helicopter people who she wants to go away, the place she is, and that she has an A. After all, she’s mendacity – however I don’t doubt her when she tells them that she’s prepared and ready.
Rick’s life continues flashing earlier than his eyes as he’s out and in of consciousness – and the walkers proceed to get nearer. In a pleasant parallel, Maggie (Lauren Cohen) and Dianne (Kerry Cahill) proceed on their method to Alexandria. Maggie stops to kill a walker and in a pleasant parallel to Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) scenes within the final two episodes, wipes the walker blood off her arm.
Rick tries to take refuge in a cabin, and no less than manages to sluggish the bleeding a bit. He discovers a typical scene inside – tied up turned individual – after which the one that shot them with a self-inflicted kill shot. It takes actual power to have the ability to kill your pals and family members – to actually let go of them – as we’ve seen so many wrestle with.
We get a stupendous shot that re-imagines Rick’s preliminary entry into Atlanta. This time he’s on a white horse and adopted by an enormous herd of walkers. The voice over tells us he’s searching for his household – and he finds Shane (Jon Bernthal) – and it was a delight to see these two collectively on display once more. The scene parallels the scene from the primary season – which we are able to assumed occurred many instances through the time they labored collectively. The 2 are having lunch of their squad automobile and having a critical dialog – with a number of teasing. The bond between the 2 is obvious to see. They talk about the third man who modified every little thing – who was the one to shoot Rick within the first place.
Rick tells Shane that he’s searching for his household, and Shane is brutally trustworthy as he says it could possibly be argued that Rick is searching for Shane’s household. And Shane claims Judith as his personal. I cherished the banter over whether or not she had his eyes – and the way it was actually good that she didn’t have his nostril! Shane needs to take full credit score for turning Rick into an asshole – for turning him extra to Shane’s manner of doing issues. Shane tells him that it’s glad it was him that killed him. And he tells Rick that the one manner he’s going to get out of the mess he’s in now’s to dig deep to the place the place Rick finds the power to do what needs to be carried out – like when he bit out Joe’s throat, when he killed Garth with the purple machete. He tells Rick to search out the craze, hatred, and loyalty that’s buried deep down. Shane absolves Rick of what he needed to do – and tells him to get up! Simply in time to keep away from being bitten.
Again in Alexandria, Michonne is working and watching over Judith (Chloe Garcia-Frizzi) when Scott (Kenric Inexperienced) reveals as much as inform her that Maggie’s on the town. Michonne is ready for Maggie to cease her. Maggie tells her that she’s there for herself. Michonne asks her if she thinks that Glen would need Maggie to do it – and at this level it’s killing somebody in chilly blood. Maggie is brutally trustworthy when she says that she has no concept what Glen would have wished as a result of she by no means had an opportunity to say goodbye – and that’s a pleasant little bit of foreshadowing for Michonne to not have that probability both.
Michonne additionally brings up Hershel (Scott Wilson) – and it’s a pleasant reminder of the bond that existed between Michonne and Hershel too. Michonne is sort of proper in surmising that neither Glen nor Hershel would need Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to be executed – and definitely not like this. Maggie is bitter that the one factor that she needed to maintain onto was that Glen’s assassin would die, and Michonne took that from her. Maggie is bound that killing Negan will begin issues over, however once more, I feel Michonne is sort of proper that it’ll begin issues over. If you’re going to die both manner, why hassle worrying concerning the penalties to your actions? You may as properly simply do what you need and hope you kill the opposite individual first.
Nonetheless, Maggie additionally is aware of the place to push Michonne’s buttons. She is aware of that if Negan had killed Rick and left Michonne alone to boost a household, Michonne would have killed Negan herself. It’s an attention-grabbing echo of Michonne’s dialog about her sons with Negan within the final episode. It additionally raises the query of whether or not Michonne is presently pregnant with Rick’s baby – is that this extra foreshadowing? And Maggie isn’t incorrect both. Maggie tells Michonne to inform her to cease telling her to only flip it off – and we lastly see that Maggie has been battling this for a yr and a half. She’s tried to place all of it behind her. And she will’t. Gurira and Cohen are merely great on this scene as each reveal the character’s ache and turmoil.
Michonne tells Maggie that she’s simply going to need to discover a method to put it behind her, and Maggie asks – fairly fairly – for Michonne to inform her how. The scene is a lot extra highly effective as a result of Maggie is totally fairly, not hysterical. Maggie confesses that she simply can’t hold dwelling the best way she is – and Michonne lastly says that she will’t inform her a manner. Maggie tells her that that’s as a result of it’s not what you say, however what you do. Michonne asks her if she will reside with what comes after – one other good nod to the title. Maggie tells her that she’ll need to reside with what comes after as a result of she will’t reside the best way issues are actually. Michonne provides her the keys.
I completely adored the scene between Maggie and Negan. Once more, Cohen and Morgan are spectacular. Negan is pleased to see Maggie – as a result of whereas Michonne has the blade, Maggie has the fireplace. Negan’s finish recreation is to die, and he thinks that it is going to be simple to get Maggie to do it. However Negan misreads Maggie – and this time his tongue will get him in bother. He thinks to goad her by reminding her of how he killed Glen and disrespecting him by not even remembering his identify. Negan asks her if she’s lastly come for revenge, and Maggie clarifies, calling it justice.
Negan thinks that Maggie has waited so lengthy as a result of she’s needed to screw up her braveness to do it – not that she lastly was not capable of forestall herself from doing it. He gruesomely describes how he killed Glen. Negan goes on to say that he actually loved killing Glen. He tells her to do it. Have her justice. Kill him – it was price it.
Maggie has the important thing within the lock when she abruptly begins to get suspicious. He retains telling her to kill him, and Maggie tells him to return into the sunshine. The sunshine/darkish metaphor is a bit on the nostril. When he gained’t come out on his personal, Maggie drags him into the sunshine and he continues to beg her to kill him. She needs to know why she ought to, he tells her in order that he may be together with his spouse – and Lucille. He’s purported to be lifeless. He tells her that he can’t be like this, and Maggie abruptly realizes that Negan is simply as tormented as she is. She tells him that she got here to kill Negan, however he’s already worse than lifeless. Rick was proper – that is truly a worse punishment. Life will get higher for Maggie – nevertheless it’s extra prone to worsen for Negan. Leaving him alive is a a lot worse punishment.
We get a detailed up of Maggie’s non-bloody crowbar as she leaves the jail. Michonne is shocked to say the least. There aren’t any phrases on this scene – simply two actors on the top of their recreation. Cohen is sensible as you may see the change in her face – a burden has been lifted. She understands now that Rick was proper – or no less than she’s glad that Negan is paying a heavy value for what he did. The 2 are interrupted by Dianne who tells them one thing is up on the camp – and the three girls instantly go to care for it.
Rick continues to bleed as he rides slowly in entrance of the herd. He continues to slide out and in of consciousness as he seems for his household – and naturally members of that household seem in his visions. The dialogue is so quick – “What’s your wound?” – that I didn’t understand at first that the completely different voices are additionally members of the family who he’s misplaced. It’s Beth (Emily Kinney) who asks simply as Rick finds himself again within the barn on the farm with Hershel. This will need to have been the ultimate factor that Wilson shot earlier than his demise – making it much more bitter-sweet to see his variety and clever face once more.
Hershel is pleased to see Rick and urges him to the very spot the place Rick as soon as sat with Carl throughout an iconic scene. Hershel needs Rick to see the sweetness that also exists on the earth. Rick has an opportunity to apologize for what occurred to Hershel, and for what occurred to Glen and all that Maggie has misplaced. However Hershel tells Rick that Maggie is robust – and his grandson will make her stronger – Rick doesn’t want to fret about her.
Rick tells Hershel that he wants to search out his household and hold them collectively – however Hershel tells him that he doesn’t. Hershel is aware of it’s been exhausting – and Rick admits that the imaginative and prescient of the long run – that little farm within the jail that was a seed planted from Hershel’s farm that was the seed for Alexandria and Hilltop – a world the place issues develop once more – that’s the long run that Carl noticed too – Rick has had a tough time getting there. Hershel tells him they are going to get there. Rick wonders if he can discover his household with Hershel – however he too wakes Rick up and sends him again to the struggle.
I’m fairly certain that the subsequent voice is Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), which is becoming as a result of when Rick opens the door from the primary episode that now says “Open Lifeless Inside” with the “Don’t” crossed out, Rick enters a area of the lifeless and finds – Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Inexperienced)! Which was a terrific shock. I might possible write a whole essay simply on the our bodies mendacity within the area – it’s price pausing. You see Carol (Melissa McBride), Jerry (Cooper Andrews), and Maggie – mendacity in Glen’s arms – although it isn’t Steven Yuen and appears extra like a dummy. The message on the door can be, after all, an echo of what Rick is doing – he’s truly reflecting on and visiting the lifeless as a substitute of locking their reminiscences away and shifting on. The truth that there’s no Carl on this episode needs to be as a result of Chandler Riggs declined to return again – as a result of it’s an enormous gap to not have him have a scene with Lincoln.
Different our bodies of observe – we come again to Maggie alone, Greg Nicotero, Beth, Daryl (Norman Reedus), and Jesus (Tom Payne). After which Sasha rises out of the lifeless. She is clearly at peace. Rick is horrified that they’re all lifeless, however she tells him that it’s okay as a result of he did his half like she did her. The lifeless have already given them what they wanted – the power to do what they needed to for the others. Sasha tells him that they alter one another to assist one another, to make one another higher. Rick tells Sasha that it feels prefer it’s ending.
However Sasha tells him that it’s okay. Little issues finish, however they don’t die. It’s not about just one individual – it’s about all of us – it’s concerning the survival of the species. She tells him that she thinks it’s the great and the courageous who will prevail – and it crosses over towards love. She tells him that he’s not going to search out his household as a result of they aren’t misplaced – and neither is he – however he must get up. And that silly horse takes off once more!
Rick finds himself within the camp together with his wound working blood once more. The camp is stuffed with lifeless individuals – the struggle clearly escalated – however we don’t discover out precisely what occurred. Even virtually lifeless, Rick is lethal correct together with his gun – however there are too a lot of them. We additionally see him kill the woman who was driving the white horse within the first place. As soon as he’s handled the brand new walkers, the herd is there.
Rick limps towards the bridge, and we get one somewhat unforgiveable tease as we see Rick’s “household” lead within the cost by Daryl all run previous him to tackle the herd and save him. Michonne kneels down with him. She tells him it’s okay, they’ll get him out of there. She tells him that it’s not over, that they don’t die. She tells him that she fell in love with him as a result of he’s a fighter and he by no means provides up – she inform him to struggle for all of them. Rick acknowledges that they’re all his household and he discovered them – however he is aware of that “this” isn’t actual. Michonne tells him that it’s and kisses him – after which tells him to get up.
Rick does get up – and continues to bleed and limp over the bridge – he’s going to do what Daryl wished him to do – lead the walkers over so the bridge will collapse. However what Rick’s constructed is just too sturdy – and the bridge holds. And simply as we expect that Rick IS going to exit by walker, Daryl is there to guard him and takes out the walker with an arrow. After which the remainder of them ARE there. All of them rush to attempt to save Rick.
Rick sees what the others are doing, however he is aware of that there are too many walkers – and he doesn’t need them to die only for him. Because the others run to attempt to save him, Daryl stays by him, nonetheless utilizing arrows to attempt to defend him, however Rick has seen the spilled dynamite and shoots it (which wouldn’t actually set it off – however go along with it). Michonne and Daryl each see what Rick is about to do. Daryl acknowledges it and Michonne screams for him to cease – however it appears that evidently Rick goes out a hero. We get a beautiful shot of Reedus – as Daryl mourns his pal alone. Michonne is supported by Carol and Maggie. Daryl is clearly devastated and easily walks away.
After which we’re again with Jadis, and the timeframe is confirmed as she turns and sees the smoke from the bridge. The helicopter is there – and he or she sees the burnt walkers floating down the river. Extra importantly, she sees a nonetheless alive Rick on the financial institution of the river. She tells the helicopter that she has a B – she admits that she by no means had an A. And this leaves us nonetheless questioning about what A and B stands for. Final week, it appeared like an A was a “chief” – or somebody that she turned? And why did she say she thought Gabriel was a B however now was an A? Does B imply wounded? I’ve to say that I’m fairly curious to have this defined!!!
Jadis pleads that it’s not a trick. She’s attempting to save lots of a pal who saved her. She tells them that he’s harm, however he’s sturdy. And we see Rick flying off in that helicopter that he noticed so way back. Did they know even then? Nonetheless, it appears extremely implausible that Rick gained’t be attempting to get again to Michonne and Judith – and the remainder of his household – however perhaps that would be the focus of the films of his persevering with story that we’ve been promised.
I might have thought-about this to be a really satisfying episode had it merely ended there as a substitute of introducing us to the “new” characters. And the time soar. And having Judith (Cailey Fleming) present up with Carl’s hat and a mini-me Michonne katana and Rick’s cowboy boots? No thanks. Frankly, not one in every of them impressed me with their performing expertise. What did you consider the episode? Are you trying ahead to “what comes after?” Was this a becoming ship of for Rick? Are you trying ahead to the films following his story or is that this the tip for The Strolling Lifeless? Let me know your ideas within the feedback beneath!