Two good episodes of The Walking Dead in a row it is not an unheard of occurrence, but it is auspicious. "The Bridge" continues the strong narrative beginning of last week while Rick, Maggie and the others try to keep everyone together in one community, but some cracks are beginning to appear, and the same can be said for the television series.
The main story of the episode is, as expected, about the joint effort to rebuild the bridge that broke last week, which Rick says is a symbol of teamwork and peace and his nascent nation (zombie). It is not walking around with the metaphor, but neither is the show. by The Walking Dead As a series, the broken bridge represents the connections that must be forged between disparate groups of people to join them genuinely, and Rick is trying to build those and the bridge. Nobody has ever accused TWD of subtlety, but that's fine.
However, Rick's plan to rebuild the bridge is much safer than his hopes that everyone will get along. There is a tent next to the bridge where groups of people from all communities work, with a nearby logging operation for materials. Eugene is working on a dam upriver. There are explorers who look for herds of zombies in all directions, so they can be attracted to sirens, which will also be used after making rock blasts.
There are some artificial moments that are necessary to mess with things and create conflicts, but I think that has always been the case. The Walking Dead. (See Ken's hilariously unnecessary death at the premiere, for example). Here, it begins when an ex-Savior named Justin (Zach McGowan) decides to suddenly become a great asshole, stealing a pitcher of water by pushing a child: Henry, currently relegated to small water, to the ground. Daryl, who has never stopped hating the Saviors, immediately starts a fight, which Rick breaks. Rick decides to let the incident slip, instead of making all former Saviors who work on the bridge irritated, but Daryl is angry (as others, I imagine).
The artificial bit appears later when the group performs its blasting and attracts a pack. Jerry uses the first siren to start attracting them, but the second one does not ring, which means the herd starts heading straight for their registration operation, where Daryl and Aaron are working. A silly guy drops the rope that holds a giant trunk; the guy practically says "Yipe!" And it leaves a cloud of smoke in the shape of his body behind, like a Looney Toons character, right on Aaron's arm, nailing him to the ground.
As usual, the zombie pack is barely managed until the program reaches the pace you want, in this case, Aaron "barely" freed himself, and then it is sent very easily. However, I will allow it for two reasons: 1) Daryl with double daggers and all Assassin's Creed It was amazing, why do not you literally do it all the time? and 2) Rick firing a rope to send a pile of logs rolling into the pack like a damn trap Ewok was as entertaining as he was foolish, and it was very silly.
But Really An artificial part is when we discover why the second siren did not fire; It's because Rick entrusted the job to Justin the jerk that Daryl hit earlier that day. I do not buy that he is willing to kill many people, including many former Saviors (probably some of whom are his friends) just because he is pouting, but it is true that this is within the limits of Living Dead behavior. No, the invented part is Rick's decision to give this guy a life or death job after Rick's middle management kicked him in the ass and he's obviously very upset, he's dreadfully dumb. Either way, the guy returns to the camp (something very strange to do if he intentionally did not execute the siren, so maybe he was telling the truth when he said it did not work), but Daryl hits him again in front of the entire camp, what should be excellent for the relations between the ex-Salvador and everyone else. Rick just tells the guy to return to the Sanctuary the next day. Justin leaves immediately.
Meanwhile, in Hilltop, the saga of Earl and Tammy continues, but they are pretty good things. Apparently, a full month has passed since the first episode, because Tammy, anguished, tells the second in command of Jesus that she has not been allowed to see her husband locked up all the time. I know that Earl tried to kill Maggie and incarcerating him is a perfectly correct punishment, but not allowing an old woman who lost her son to see her safe and her husband incarcerated is in bad shape. Jesus also believes it, but he has been content to accept Maggie's decisions without questions (spoken) during all this time. This affects him, however, and he answers his question to his boss.
Maggie finally gives in and listens to Earl and Tammy, including a conversation about Earl's alcoholism. He urges her to have a solo conversation with Earl, where he tells her his story of drunkenness and attempts at sobriety, and how only Tammy's rigid vision of marital commitment kept her at his side. He explains that Ken's death was too much for him, but boldly, though correctly, he assumes the responsibility of getting drunk and attacking her instead of saying "Gregory forced me to do it". It is not the most unique dramatic scene, but John Finn does an excellent job as Earl and elevates the material.
While all this is happening, Michonne has arrived to ask Maggie for more food for the bridge staff, but Maggie says there is no deal, because she never received the corn ethanol that was promised for the food she gave at the premiere. Apparently, and the ex-Saviors who were transporting him, all disappeared, so Maggie believes that she has been tricked. But between Earl, the agenda in favor of the mercy of Jesus and the constant conversation of Michonne on the drafting of some common laws for all communities, Maggie ends up pulling the traditional "Maggie": the episode begins as a hard person who rejects everyone, but by the end he gives in and decides to do something with a good heart, also for everyone. Maggie sends the food, Earl is released to fix the plow and do other blacksmithing while under supervision, and tells Michonne that she is willing to work with her. Maggie does this all the time, but it still means that the stories are constantly advancing in Hilltop.
Leaving aside the questionable moments, I think these two stories are strong. Obviously, peace between the communities will break into a million pieces, but I like the difficulty of acceptance and the forgiveness that is ruining what Rick has built, and not a villain. Of course, the episode is accompanied by Rick counting, half rejoicing before Negan, imprisoned for life, about the progress made by everyone and how they are working together. Negan is still confident that everything is going to fall apart like a certain bridge, and he tells Rick with sufficiency that, predictably, Negan-y. "The bridge is not the future. It is a monument to the dead, "he says, the dead in this case are a peaceful world.
In the grand scheme of The Walking DeadAll these problems of the plot are quite small, or at least too common to be really surprised. So my biggest concern is how "The Bridge" puts Rick in front and center again, which will only make his death stronger or, more precisely, make the absence of Andrew Lincoln after episode six more obvious , and potentially more problematic for viewers. I could already be looking for a reason to stop seeing. For now, however, we have four more episodes to see Rick see how everything he has built is destroyed. Sounds like fun…!?
At least it seems that there will be two mysteries during the season to keep us busy. The first is that six former Saviors have disappeared from the bridge crew in the last month; Daryl and Rick assume they are parted, but none of them has returned to the Sanctuary, which seems immediately strange, since going out on your own is usually a death sentence. (There are also the Saviors who disappeared while transporting the ethanol destined for Hilltop). He is crowned by the most stupid decision of the episode and, potentially, for the entire season. Justin the asshole decides to walk from the camp to the Sanctuary alone. At night. He, of course, is attacked (fatally?) … but it is by someone who recognizes.
The second mystery is that Anne (née Jadis) and Father Gabriel are falling in love with each other. Wait, okay, that's do not The mystery, but while flirting, Anne tells him that he can ask about his past, but not about his secrets. Hey, remember the helicopter landing pad in the trash kingdom and the helicopter that had clearly been waiting to pick it up last season? Everyone else in the program did, but as they watched that night, Anne heard the faint sound of a helicopter with a desperate look on her face. Desperate good? Desperate bad? Stay tuned for the mid-season finale to discover it, probably!
- Other news: Aaron's arm must be amputated, and by the doctor in training Enid. She does not hesitate to cut off his arm and saves his life. Enid has become a champion, and it made me realize how easy it is for TWD to make these minor characters more empathetic by making them useful for the larger group. It's what happened with Siddiq; The program has not done much with the character, but as the only doctor, if he dies, it will cause serious problems to the characters that matter to us, so I am committed to his survival. Even Earl, a character who has only been in a previous episode, is more convincing because he is the blacksmith of Hilltop, and his skills are very necessary no matter what he has done.
- Aaron's assumption that Daryl would be absolutely a father one day infuriated me a lot. It's a favorite reason for me, but it seems very annoying when you live in the zombie apocalypse.
- I fully trust that the royal bridge will continue as a metaphor for the unity of the groups, which means that when everything goes to hell, the bridge will have been abandoned or completely built, but one of the non-Alexandrian colonies exploited it Quickly as a "Go to hell" message to Rick. Since this is The Walking Dead, my money is in the explosion.
- If you recognized the long-haired imbecile Justin but you could not place him, it's Zach McGowan, probably best known for playing the long-haired Russian imbecile Ivanov in Protection agents. However, you could probably place it, since it looks exactly the same.
- Line of the night, from Ezequiel to Carol, about little Henry: "He'll go to college before you know it."
- If Rick's Ewokification means he dies when an AT-ST steps on him, I'll forgive every shit episode. The Walking Dead forever.