First and foremost, it’s nice to know that even in an apocalypse, pasta is still the way to a woman’s heart.
What an episode, huh? Everyone seems to be spinning their wheels. They all know what needs to be done, but they are stalling in one way or another, with the exception of Rosita who has chosen what she wants vs needs. Maybe they should listen to the Hamilton soundtrack.
Need to get caught up on what happened? Click Here for a spoiler-filled recap of episode 12. All set? Let the discussion begin!
It’s no secret that I am no fan of Andrea’s; not in the comics and not on the TV series. So trust me when I say, I love what they have done with Rick’s love life on the show. I totally ship “Richonne”.
This episode was interesting because they somehow managed to turn a supply run into a mini-holiday. Rick seemed so at ease traveling with Michonne, in spite of her daily protests that they should head back home. The mom in me agreed with her; something bad happens every time Rick leaves Alexandria, which is where your children are. Go home.
However, the woman in me —the one who knows how it feels to become so caught up in a moment that you can forget that anyone else on the planet exists, including your own family— empathized with Rick.
Can I just start by saying…never climb on a roof that has puddles on it. I can forgive Rick because he wasn’t there for the one in season 4. But Michonne was. Glad everything was all giggles and sexy time, because that should have been busted ankles at least. I digress.
Rick has been carrying around a lot of survivor’s guilt. It gets worse every season. That’s a lot of baggage to stow and still be expected to move forward. As Rick pointed out, Michonne was the one who saved him. She pulled him back from that psychological downward spiral back at the prison. They saved each other. That’s a beautiful thing.
The downside to being blinded by love is how easily you can lose yourself in a moment, causing hurt (or even death) to yourself and/or those around you. Case in point: Jessie and her kids. Her feelings for Rick were still questionable, but when Jessie saw Sam being attacked by Walkers, she froze. Hell, when that kid screamed for his mother, even I became physically uncomfortable. She was like a deer in headlights; she forgot everyone else around her including her eldest son. That led to her death, Carl’s eye, and her other son’s death. Love is madness. It isn’t always miraculous and happy-ending like Maggie and Glenn were prior to season 7. It’s a gamble.
Why do you think Carol has been so desperate to get away from everyone? She knows that when you love someone, you will do anything for them. She’s afraid of herself and of what she might do if caught in a moment. Love isn’t just a commitment; it’s an obligation and a responsibility. Not everyone in the apocalypse is built to handle that. While others seem to function at their best when living selflessly for someone else. It’s a double-edged katana, what can I say?
But, Richonne aren’t the only ones feeling the feels. Tara and Rosita are going through the motions as well. Tara’s guilt stems from keeping her secret vow to the women of Oceanside. If she doesn’t tell Rick, is she betraying her family? If she does tell Rick, is she sentencing those women to death in a war they didn’t want? Could Judith look any more like Shane?
Rosita has become unglued. Girl, I’d like to say you are going to get yourself killed, but I’m more inclined to think you will be the death of Sasha. You see, Sasha has been feeling that urge to purge, like Rosita. Remember, Sasha sent Jesus to the Sanctuary for details because she is plotting revenge. But, unlike Rosita, Sasha has seen that it would be beneficial to have someone to fight with you. Her patience is only slightly greater than Rosita’s. For Rosita is hell bent on killing Negan once and for all. Lashing out as though she were the only one who had ever lost anything in the apocalypse. This is her turn to be Rick, roaming around in crazy town doing stuff and thangs. Gabriel has been trying his best to get through to her, but Rosita is in an untouchable place right now. If she doesn’t find a way to deal with her pain and guilt soon, and learn to face herself, there will be a price to pay.
That’s the key with this episode; facing one’s self. Michonne had to come to grips with the fact that she is more in love than she realized. In the moments when she thought she had lost Rick, Michonne came very close to pulling a Jessie. If Rick hadn’t taken a page from Glenn’s book of dumpster tricks, Michonne would surely be dead. I think when she realized that about herself in the car ride home, it terrified her. Rick, with all of his Glenn moments and homages, needed to face up to his own demons. He confessed his reality–sleepless nights, guilt about Glenn, etc.–to Michonne. He also realized he loves her. (Was that not the cutest proposal ever? I rank it #1, with Abe and Sasha in the RV as #2, and Glenn’s zombie ring finger to Maggie as #3). Rick needs to get his head back in the game and quit stalling, which he was doing out of fear of what was to come.
Every season has its Serenity Prayer moment. This was it for the characters highlighted in episode 12. “The serenity to accept the things I cannot change…” goes to Richonne. “The courage to change the things I can…” goes to Tara. “The wisdom to know the difference…” goes to Rosita, Sasha, and Gabriel, though I think only one of the three truly gets it.
All in all, this was a fun episode. In its lighthearted rom-com way, along with a big fat tribute to Zombieland, they covered some deep emotional baggage. Bonus points for bringing walkers back into the forefront. This was the first episode in almost 2 seasons that I actually jumped and then laughed at myself (thanks cross-dressing walker with a cosplay prop gun!) And what a freak show! Forget those weird stories they show during the commercial breaks with the chick in the underground tunnel. I want a backstory web series about what went down at that elementary school carnival! How had the Saviors never raided it? They have the numbers. Those guns could easily have been theirs for the taking. And why were so many of them tied up? It looked like the military or somebody had been using that storage building to horde food and supplies. But why tie people up? Who killed the ones that weren’t tied up? Were they all executed? And if so, by whom? They weren’t all eaten and chewed up, so it’s doubtful that a herd attacked the people there. And if the military killed the civilians, they would have known about head-shots, as they did in the first 2 seasons and in Fear the Walking Dead. Plus, the military were also dead. And again, why hadn’t anyone raided those 60-some odd guns? I need to know!
Only a scant few episodes remain this season. We haven’t had a death since Spencer (I’m not counting Fat Joey or the doctor or any other Savior). The clock is definitely ticking. I think we’re due for at least 2 more major deaths. I’d hoped they would kick off the war and end the season with Negan in the homemade prison cell. But, it’s looking like the war won’t actually begin until October. Dang it. Place your bets now. Just keep your hands off of Carol and Daryl, that’s all I ask.
Until next week…