Final Thoughts From The Walking Dead Episode "Heads Up"

by StevenHelmer

Thoughts from the season 6 television episode that first aired November 22, 2015.

Synopsis: After surviving the horde of walkers, Glenn (Steven Yeun) tries to convince Enid (Katelyn Nacon) to return with him to Alexandria. Inside the town's walls, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his group begin to finally make peace with some of the town's residents. However, their time of peace and safety is about to come to an end.

Glenn's Survival Wasn't Much of a Surprise

I know the writers were trying to make us believe Glenn was dead. Heck, they even removed Steven Yeun from the opening credits in an effort to throw us off. But, sadly, the fact he was alive wasn't that much of a surprise. Many people (my wife included) figured the walkers were really eating Nicholas (Michael Traynor) and he would find a way to escape.

In fact, pretty much the only real surprise from all of this was him running into the flight-happy Enid. I honestly thought she was helping the Wolves. Instead, it turns out she was smarter than that and was hiding in the upstairs portion of a building, where she was actually much safer than the residents in Alexandria right now.

Speaking of Predictable...

Was anyone really surprised by Ron's (Austin Abrams) decision to arm himself and stalk Carl (Chandler Riggs) in an apparent effort to kill the latter? Ever since he asked Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to show him how to use a gun, I suspected that was the reason.

In fact, this was so predictable, I'm even going to go out on a limb and predict how this is going to play out. He's going to pull the gun on Carl and, because he didn't follow Rick's advice, will rush things, not aim and will miss. My guess is Carl will find a way to disarm him and let him live. But, I also wouldn't be surprised to see Ron get killed, putting a major damper on Rick's chances with Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge).

Patience Proves Not to Be a Virtue

I've said this before, but I'll repeat it again. Rick should have done something about those walkers the second they arrived outside the walls. He hesitated because he wanted to wait for the rest of his group to return. Then, when he realized that may not happen, he still took his time.

It's not like it would have been that difficult either. They could have killed the walkers from the top of the wall. Heck, if they didn't want to waste bullets or attract more by firing their guns, they could have easily fashioned some long-handled spears and killed them, one at a time, with those.

To be fair, Glenn technically could share some of the blame by not immediately trying to draw the walkers away from Alexandria as soon as he saw the town was in danger. But, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt considering he did just survive a horde of zombies, had a teenager pull a gun on him and, by signalling he was still alive, seemed to be at least trying to get some sort of plan started. Rick really didn't have that excuse.

In fact, while Spencer (Austin Nichols) admittedly nearly got himself killed, he should be applauded for at least attempting to do something, especially since Rick's decision to wait is now backfiring and Alexandria is in danger.

On the Subject of Rick...

For someone who was concerned about trying not to make too much noise, he sure was making a ton of it. I'm not saying the walls didn't need the extra fortification. But, I'm finding it hard to believe all that hammering, right up against the wall, went unnoticed by the walkers on the other side and wasn't a contributing factor to the walkers ripping through that building and causing it to collapse into the wall.

Could someone please explain to me why he's still the leader?

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Final Opinion

I addressed this already but it is worth repeating, this episode proved to be very predictable and, because of that, wasn't as entertaining as it could have been. However, on the bright side, Rick's stupidity will likely force Alexandria's residents into finally having to fight for their lives.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 11/23/2015, StevenHelmer
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StevenHelmer on 11/24/2015

The show, in all honesty, hasn't been the same since they killed off Shane.

dustytoes on 11/24/2015

I was looking forward to your review. We are all happy that Glenn is alive, which leads me to believe he may die according to the comic book version. I don't read them, but my son keeps up with that storyline.
Rick used to be my favorite character, but he's had less and less to do that is inspiring and impressive. Teach that teenager to shoot, even thought the kid has had issues, wasn't smart. I have a feeling Carl will end up killing him.
This show is really not grabbing me any longer.

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