Synopsis: With Maggie (Lauren Cohan) in danger of losing the baby and her life, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) leads a group outside Alexandria's walls in an effort to get her to the Hilltop for medical help. However, they quickly learn their journey is much more difficult than expected because the Saviors are blocking all routes to the Hilltop.
Final Thoughts from The Walking Dead Episode "Last Day on Earth"
Thoughts from the season 6 season finale that first aired April 3, 2016.
Talk About Having All Your Eggs in One Basket
First of all, while I don't necessarily disagree with his reasons for leading it, Rick's mission not only took five more guns from Alexandria's defense, he also pretty much took the town's entire chain of command with him too.
Let's be honest here, if we were living in Alexandria, would we feel comfortable with Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) in charge? Personally, I would probably pull a Carol (Melissa McBride), steal a car and leave.
On top of it, did every single one of them need to ride in the RV? If we learned anything from the first couple seasons of this show, that's not exactly the most reliable form of transportation. It just seems like it would have made more sense to have at least one other vehicle, preferably one that could have rammed some of the Savior's obstacles.
At Least Rick Showed Leadership Ability When it Counted
And, when I say this, I am, of course, being somewhat sarcastic. When his group was down and out and surrounded by the Saviors, he just stood there trembling? What the heck was that about? Even Carl (Chandler Riggs) seemed much more calm in that situation than the man everyone was turning to for inspiration/an escape plan.
Is There a Spy in Alexandria?
One thing that stood out for me in this episode was the Saviors being so prepared for Rick and his group. Granted, they could have been blocking those roads for some time in the hopes someone from Alexandria would try to make it to the Hilltop. But, it seemed really well coordinated, as though they knew Rick was coming and was in a desperate situation where he needed to get through.
This makes me wonder if maybe there's a spy inside the walls of Alexandria. The first one that comes to mind automatically is Enid (Katelyn Nacon), mostly because she seemed awfully determined to either keep Carl in Alexandria or go with him for added protection. But, assuming she really has changed, then there might need to be some work to determine who the mole is.
So Who Was the One Who Bought it?
I really hate cliffhangers like the one this show had. A series should be able to end a season on some sort of conclusive note with the confidence people will tune in when it comes back on the air. The whole "you have to watch to find out who is dead" thing just seems like a cheap way to end season 6.
But, that aside, my personal opinion is it was Aaron (Ross Marquand) who had his head smashed in at the end. Being a minor, recurring character, he was pretty much the odd man out of that group and, because of that, is easy enough to kill off (or seriously injure, we don't really know if he's dead or not) without having a drastic impact on the show.
Of course, if it were up to me, I would have picked Rick as the one to go, just to see how the other characters managed to survive without his "leadership" skills.
To tell you the truth, I wasn't overly impressed with this episode. There was a lot of driving around and, other than the occasional Morgan (Lennie James)/Carol filler scene, not a whole lot of action. Plus, as I said, the ending just seemed to be a bit weak, especially when compared to last week's episode and Daryl (Norman Reedus) being shot at the very end.
That being said, I am intrigued by the new bad guy, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and can't wait to see what Rick's group does to stand up to him, if anything.
My Grade: B
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