After an intense and successful episode like last week with Rick's departure, we should not expect miracles for The Walking Dead, the sixth is always below, but at least the goal is clear: give an overview of the situation 6 years later, when launching new prospects and asking questions new.
For those who are still wondering about Rick's situation, according to the actor's statement, he will never be back in the series, but, as explained in the previous article, three films will be devoted to his adventures after departure in a helicopter and maybe the path to retrace Michonne and maybe other characters, in one or more of these films.
So we will have an explanation of Rick's long absence, at least for 6 years, and yes, films must eventually catch up with this age.
Michonne, head held and broken hearted
Let's go back to episode 6 with Michonne deeply affected by what she thought was Rick's death. He spoke to him, not only in front of the broken bridge, but also alone in his room.
Incidentally, this broken bridge says a lot, from the beginning of the episode. In six years, it hasn't been rebuilt, which implies that no effort has been made to try to recapture Carl and Rick's dream from a very good public relations.
Michonne is a survivor and she continues to advance for the memories of Judith and Rick. The way he stuck to Rick's little figure or Rick's shirt highlighted how vanishing he was still influencing him six years later.
Even if the new hairstyle is rather good, following Michonne in this episode, I especially feel the impression of déjà-vu.
The themes of the new survivor group that must be accepted or rejected have been discussed quite often in the series, and Michonne's doubts between distrust and solidarity were too direct to Rick in season 8.
So I have a warm feeling, although there is no doubt that there have been important events that have taken place over the past six years and explained their distrust.
We can assume that the scar is explained by fraud and serious aggression after a trusted stranger.
Judith and Henry to replace Carl?
The person who carries the ideal that is so dear to Carl, of course Judith. Overall, this young actress is doing well, but let's say she is more convincing in her dialogue with Negan about math problems and wild dogs than as a character who has a magnum python colt skill like she did at the end of episode 5.
As for how the revolver was found, it looks like it was projected somewhere other than Rick and was found by those who had to find traces of his body.
We know that Robert Kirkman, creator and comic script writer, always maintains that the story is the story of Carl before becoming Rick's story. The series has decided to replace Carl with Judith and Carl's death, which I still consider unnecessary and disappointing, perhaps because of the desire to return a child to the heart of history.
Incidentally, we can also assume that some intrigue around Carl could be reported to Henry …
It remains to be seen what place will be provided for Rick Junior in all this. Indeed, as I expected, Michonne Rick was well pregnant when she disappeared and this 6-year-old boy had to play a lot to give Michonne the strength to continue.
The country is better!
Regarding Negan, it was found in a better condition than the previous six years. He seemed much calmer. Indeed, I was still absolutely convinced that he was honest when he begged Maggie to kill him in episode 5 and that was not a plan as some people suspected.
His story about this wild dog that he shouldn't have collected is probably the true memory of childhood, but it can also be a parable that tells of a famous mystery event that will explain Michonne's distrust and her scars.
Still a new character?
As for the new character group, for now I admit that I am only a little interested in them. To be honest, TWD has suffered too much character, which gives management a bit frustrated because of the untapped potential for many of them. That said, it is possible that great stories related to this group whose dominant personality is clear are Magna and Luke for now.
So far, they have used above all to emphasize Michonne's distrust and are very concrete to launch it on the road to the Hill with Siddiq. I don't think everyone will survive this season, please bet open in the comments!
Before coming to Hill and questions about Maggie, back to the first picture of the episode that revealed us Daryl's mode "Koh Lanta without sacks of rice".
That might be Rick's death which prompted Daryl to isolate himself in this way. Obviously, his efforts to live in the community rose to smoke with the people who had become his brothers. Finally going in the smoke in Daryl's vision, we understand, Rick is still alive and well.
Apparently, we will see more about Daryl in the next episode, an episode 7 directed by Michael Cudlitz, the translator of the late Abraham.
It is not neutral to highlight Michonne and Daryl from the opening of this first episode after Rick's departure because they intended, with Carole, to try to fill the big void left by Andrew Lincoln's decision.
Carole aka Double Face
Carole, let's just talk about it. Of course there will be comments on the wig. Even if my short hair is a better idea, in the end, it doesn't really matter. At best, one can see in it the physical expression of the influence Ezekiel must have on the Queen during their six years together.
Little Henry has become a great teenager and if you wonder how they can find such a favorite actor, it's simple, it's the older brother of the previous one. Other constants, for now, are still irresistible.
Even though there are inflamed conclusions, I must say that I remained quite cold during a confrontation with some surviving rescuers. There isn't much tension, and especially the rather fast way for writers to sort out the fate of Jed and Regina.
In the end, this was mainly to show viewers that Carole remained Carole with what almost became a dual identity. The character's duality has marked us between homemade cakes and cold-blooded murders.
This time, between the need to maintain a low profile to protect Henry and the desire to permanently remove threats, we find Carole in revenge mode with both faces.
The only difference is that now it looks like Carole is out of a crossover between Robin Hood and a small house in the meadow … What you want, as a great philosopher to write, we don't change, we just put another suit on ourselves (Aheum).
In the end, we still found Michonne and the company on one side and Carol and Henry on the other side slowly heading to Bukit.
Attention, the spoiler is a little cautious because I will discuss Maggie's translator situation compared to the series!
That's Maggie! Or not.
Most viewers expect Maggie to always be on the Hill, especially when Michonne refers to convincing the community leader to welcome the Magna group.
But the surprise is that episode 5 is also, until further notice, the last of Lauren Cohan, Maggie's translator. Unlike Rick, this is a character who must return, but in summary, other women are heading for Bukit.
Two obvious candidates are Tara and Enid. Tara seems more likely because the series seems to target Enid as a caregiver.
Rosita, Eugene, and the zombies chat
After not customary, the most interesting and promising aspect of this episode came to us without hesitation from the misfortune of Rosita and Eugene.
Incidentally, Father Gabriel and Rosita's partner did not convince me especially, but hey, after a long time had to believe that the veiled eyes of the pastor wreaked havoc on women.
The person who seems to have changed the most in the last six years is Eugene. Almost forgetting his legendary cowardice, he faced alone pedestrians and even enjoyed climbing stairs that would make anyone dizzy.
When talking about stairs, we repeat the falling blow and the knee is broken, frankly, it's rather big. As if Eugene couldn't ask Rosita to return the stairs to her place …
That said, even with the braids at the place of cutting the mullet and this new courage, it's hard to blame Rosita for choosing Gabriel to Eugene, despite the second awkward effort to make him understand what he had long understood, maybe since Eugene was a voyeur during Rosita's antics with Abraham.
In addition to this cute love triangle, an expedition to expand the reach of radio waves will really lead to contact with new communities, but not necessarily the kind imagined by Father Gabriel.
Warning, new spoiler warnings related to comics!
The first contact with a whisper has occurred! We will see for how long the character will keep Walker's evolutionary assumption, but not too long I hope.
According to statements by several actors, Samantha Norton's performance in Alpha's role will be very frightening, so we can only hope that the arrival of this iconic villain will be destroyed in a series such as a comic book.
Daryl, save the risk
As I said, the next episode must give Daryl pride. If we can maintain the message of the little we have seen about this character in episode 6, it is the nature of adjusting to temporarily make this walker a food tank for birds.
Obviously, the virus is a curse for mankind, but perhaps the opportunity for this planet ultimately eliminates the massive pollution generated by our society. Daryl emerged as a kind of explorer of this new world, wanting to maintain this balance which might be a rare one to see.