The Walking Dead has done an amazing job at switching up the TV show’s dynamic this season. Instead of the group fearing the undead, we have come to learn the group itself has some real issues. From trust to PTSD, they are not exactly the most collectively sane people in that world right now. Rick Grimes, in particular, has gone from “sane and shaved Rick” back to “I’ll tear your throat out Rick” (which some of us actually prefer). Here are six solid reasons this has been the best season of The Walking Dead yet (and I am writing this three days BEFORE the finale.) Can only imagine how right this will prove to be after that plays.
Carol the Cookie Monster
This is one of those moments when you step back and look at the group differently. What were once your heroes now show us what a zombie apocalypse truly does to the mind. In this case, Carol discovered Sam has been following her and sees her take some guns. When inquiring about this, Carol quickly shows us that the cookie monster was no so much a character on Sesame Street as it is a beast that lurks inside her. I know that jokes is overused, but when in Rome.
She has since sort of redeemed herself by trying to protect said kid, but man, that first interaction between them was brutal.
Rick Wants to Shoot Crappy Husband of Woman He Wants
First of all, just the fact that Rick Grimes is getting feelings for someone after the awful loss of Lori is a great sign, but of course, Rick being Rick, she has to be a married woman. Though we see the exchange earlier in the season at the party that hints at romance, we later see Rick catch view of the married couple, and as the (drunken, crappy) hubby goes to put his arm around her, Rick quitely reaches back to grab his gun.
A very dark moment when we see that the antagonists on this show are slowly blurring lines between real good and bad.
Michonne Hangs up Sword
To see one of the strongest, most intense characters on the show willingly hang up her katana (which has gotten her this far and kept her alive) was shocking to many people. It seemed to symbolize that Michonne was one of the only characters on the show who seemed willing to accept this new place and the lifestyle changes that go along with it. To see how serious this is, just watch above clip of how well she wields it to understand.
Though we do see her tearing apart some walkers later, once she knocked out Rick during his tirade, you knew this was a different Michonne, even if only slightly.
Let’s be honest here. Us horror fans tune into the Walking Dead not just for awesome stories, but because of the brutal and awesome kills. And as far as the show goes, how Noah got torn apart in the glass booth while Glenn stared on in pale-faced horror was one of the most disturbing deaths on the show so far, and one that reminded us that this world plays for keeps and leaves few alive to tell the tale.
Sorry, I know everyone made this joke, but I guess everyone DOES hate Chris. Two overused Walking Dead jokes in one article. You’re welcome.
Rick’s Epic Battle with Pete
Honestly, as far as street fights go, this one was both awesome and brutal. But, in the same breath, Rick is pulling his cards too quickly. To walk into a woman’s home she shares with her abusive husband and say you wanna save her and her child is bound to justifably piss off the hubby. This ends in a bout of fisticuffs that would have even made early 90’s Mike Tyson proud. Hell, they fought while falling through a glass window. Now THAT is a fight.
Problem is, Rick is the new guy, and this made everyone look at Rick like he’s the nut (even though the other guy threw the first punch, which pretty wife failed to mention to angry crowd). Who is Rick gonna be attracted to next? That psycho from Gone Girl? He sure knows how to pick them.
Honestly, I have not even seen it yet, as it is the Friday before that I am writing this. But having seen every episode and knowing the comic inside and out, I can tell you, wow. I honestly can’t believe they killed (SPOILER). I mean, it really was a move NONE OF US saw coming, and I know they may have lost a fan or two with a move that ballsy, but that is the thing about the end of the world and the zombie apocalypse.
There are no puppies and rainbows.
No happy endings. Just not how that world works. On a lighter note…..