Synopsis: After Beth gets hurt, she and Daryl find refuge in a funeral home. Meanwhile, Maggie, Bob and Sasha debate whether to travel to Terminus.
Review: Even though there were some things I didn’t like about this particular episode of “The Walking Dead,” I am going to start out by applauding it a bit. This is mainly because it took a few minutes to acknowledge what I’ve been saying for some time now, the survivors do have a choice other than finding the next sanctuary (like Terminus).
Daryl (Norman Reedus), for example, seemed content to make that funeral home his permanent residence and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) seemed ready to just live on the roof of some building. Granted, this ultimately didn’t happen. But, at least they took the time to consider it.
In fact, I think Sasha’s debate with Maggie (Lauren Cohen) and Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) raised an interesting question about whether it was best to rely on faith and gamble a bit or be cautious and practical. Of course, I think I would have found some middle ground, such as camping out on a roof top for a few days so the group could get some rest and Bob would have a chance to heal a bit.
I’m still undecided about this new relationship Daryl has with Beth (Emily Kinney), primarily because I’m trying to figure out whether there’s a potential love connection there or if he’s viewing her more as the sister/family he really hasn’t had before. Of the two options, I think I prefer the latter, mostly because Beth is a teenager.
I think my biggest complaint about this episode was Daryl (searching for a kidnapped Beth) running into the men that chased Rick (Andrew Lincoln) out of his house. As I’ve said before, there are already too many people to keep track of. The last thing this show needs to do is add even more characters, especially a small army of them. At minimum, the writers should have saved them until next season (and until some other characters are killed off).
Final Opinion: I still had some of the same complaints I’ve had with some of the recent episodes. However, I think I will give this one a pass because, other than the addition of even more characters, I thought it was halfway decent.