The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Alone”

One is the loneliest number.

What else did we learn today, kids? In general, bad things happen when you’re alone. Also, Bob isn’t a fan of being alone.

Touching on a theme that this show is overly fond of, last night’s “Alone” beat us over the head with the familiar lesson of DON’T THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT ALONE YOU’RE GOING TO DIE ALONE STAY IN A GROUP WE WON’T MOVE THE STORY ALONG UNTIL YOU GET THIS VITAL INFORMATION THAT YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW.

All caps and a glorious run-on sentence is about as subtle as The Walking Dead.

Highlights:

– Bob! Bob was the star of the before-the-opening-credits scene. Oh, Bob, I’m sorry, but I don’t care how you took up with our valiant band of survivors. It’s enough for me to know that they found you on a supply run. But, no. We had to see how Bob was STRUGGLING by himself before Glenn and Daryl found him and took him back to the prison. HE WAS ALONE AND THAT IS NOT GOOD PERHAPS HE SHOULD STAY WITH PEOPLE AND BE SAFER. What a fluff scene. Jeez.

– So, Daryl is teaching Beth how to track and use the crossbow. She’s doing pretty well, sneaking up on an unsuspecting walker, when she steps on a snare of some kind, and Daryl has to rescue her. He takes down the walker and frees Beth, who now has a hurt foot. We don’t know the extent of the damage, but she’s limping, and Daryl has to help her quite a bit. They come on a cemetery and well-kept funeral home, where they decide to hole up for a bit. Beth is taken by the care someone has shown the cadavers (someone has also dressed up and applied makeup to some walkers, too. Gross.) and the tidy house, and she waxes elegant about how there are still good people in the world. Daryl’s not so sure, but he begins to be convinced by Beth’s optimistic views. Oh, and also, Beth plays the piano, while Daryl listens from a recumbent position in a coffin.

Pianos don't attract walkers. It's a well-known fact. Image courtesy of AMC.

Pianos don’t attract walkers. It’s a well-known fact. Image courtesy of AMC.

A ragged dog trips Daryl’s alarm wires, and he tries to befriend the creature, but the dog runs away. Later in the evening, while enjoying some remarkably dust-free and organized stores from the house, Daryl and Beth are discussing that they think┬ásomeone has been in the house recently. Daryl decides that they should wait for them to come back and “make it work,” meaning, I thought, they would try to make a life there. Suddenly, the wire alarms are tripped again, and Daryl, assuming it’s the dog again, opens the door WITHOUT LOOKING OUTSIDE FIRST. Of course, it’s a passel of walkers, who force their way in. Daryl leads them into the house and yells for Beth to grab her stuff and escape. He lures them to the embalming/preparation room, stabs a bunch, and manages to double back and get out of the house. He finds Beth’s bag, which looks to have been hastily dropped, and looks up just in time to see a car speed off with, we assume along with Daryl, Beth inside. So, Daryl makes like Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans and starts running after the car. He follows the road until he comes to a three-way split. Exhausted and defeated, he collapses in the middle, unsure of which way to go.

After a time, a group of unsavory types surround him. The leader goes for his bow, but Daryl leaps up, punches the guy, and trains his arrow at the man’s skull. Of course the rest of the men draw on Daryl, but our hero holds his stance. The fallen man starts to laugh and gets up, introducing himself as Joe. It’s clear that these are not nice guys. Let me repeat that: these are not nice guys, ya’ll. Daryl gives his name, and the scene ends, giving the impression that he has taken up with the group…at least for the time being.

BEING ALONE IS BAD! But, is it the worst thing?

– Bob, Sasha, and Maggie are struggling to survive. Shocking, I know. Maggie is still determined to find Glenn, but Sasha wants to find a safe place and settle down. Bob, WHO HATES TO BE ALONE, is trying to keep the small group together. They see the signs for Terminus and start heading that way, because Maggie is sure that’s where Glenn would go to look for her. One morning, Bob and Sasha awake to find Maggie gone, with a note scrawled in the dirt telling them to not risk their lives. Bob convinces Sasha to follow Maggie…but she doesn’t really want to. They continue along the train tracks and find notes from Maggie to Glenn, telling him to go to Terminus. The notes are written in walker blood, by the way. Gross.

They come to a small town and Sasha decides to part ways with Bob, opting to stay in a nice brick building. Bob tries to convince her to continue on, even kissing her (finally), but Sasha remains resolute. So, Bob continues, and Sasha goes into the building. She goes to the second floor and starts looking around. At one window, she looks down to see some bodies laid out, and one looks familiar. She inadvertently and unsurprisingly knocks out the window, which falls and makes a huge crash. One of the bodies immediately sits up. It’s Maggie! But, of course, the noise draws lots of other walkers, and Sasha dashes down to help Maggie. The pair take down all the walkers, and then, Maggie explains her ridiculous train of thought. Apparently, before completely leaving Sasha and Bob, she overheard Sasha saying Glenn was probably dead and that she (Sasha) wanted to find a place to set up in a town. Maggie filed that information away in her head, and after deciding SHE COULDN’T MAKE IT ALONE, she decided to wait for Bob and Sasha at the next town…which just so happened to be the one they stopped at. Nice coincidence, eh? I have no idea why she would be laying down with a bunch of bodies, though. Wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to be up in the same building that Sasha picked? It had a nice view of the train tracks, and Maggie could have easily seen Bob and Sasha.

Whatever. It’s not like this show makes a ton of sense, anyway.

Sasha and Maggie decide to continue on to Terminus and catch up with Bob, who doesn’t hear them until they are about 20 feet behind him. Seriously, why didn’t they call out sooner?

– The episode ends with Glenn looking at a sign for Terminus, and we know (or think) that Maggie was right; Glenn is going to go to Terminus to look for her.

So, that was “Alone.” What did you think? It seemed like a fluffy episode to me, chocked full of unneeded and unhelpful scenes. Not much to advance the story, except Beth getting Beth-napped and Daryl hooking up with the unsavories. I’d like to think those nasty-looking men are behind Beth’s abduction, but I’m sure it won’t be that simple.

Only three shows left!

 

[[Featured image courtesy of AMC.]]

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