The Walking Dead – S6 – Premiere Review

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The Walking Dead never ceases to amaze me. The premiere episode, First Time Again, was EPIC! When we last saw our group last season (5), we didn’t know what would happen. Between Morgan showing up and Rick killing “porch dick”, all bets were placed, as to where we would go from there. The opening scenes were confusing to say the least, but as the black and white flashbacks appeared, all I could do was stay glued to the screen.

A quarry, a mass of walkers in the rocky pit, and everyone is scrambling to do something. We see through the series of flashbacks that the gang is intent on trying to herd the horde somewhere. There is a plan. The plan to keep the walkers away from Alexandria. The walkers are penned in the pit, surrounded by semi trucks blocking their escape. As we watch , one of the trucks slide off a cliff, allowing walkers to move forward, towards the community. What to do! In the flashbacks, we figure it all out.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham , Corey Hawkins as Heath and Michael Traynor as Nicholas - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham , Corey Hawkins as Heath and Michael Traynor as Nicholas – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Rick and Morgan have to meet, for the first time again. Rick tells Morgan he’s the guy who doesn’t take chances anymore, and that includes taking a chance on Morgan. So throughout the episode, we see them coming back together. With the death of Reg and the resulting killing of Pete, we are on scope for a body removal. Deanna says that Pete is a murderer and has to be buried outside the walls, much to the chagrin of Pete’s son Ron. Rick and Morgan team up to do so, and that’s when they find the quarry pit of walkers. Ron has followed them and nearly gets attacked by a group of walkers, till Morgan and Rick step in to save him. As these walkers go off the cliff, the scene of hundreds of walkers appears before them. Rick gives a lecture to Ron about being safe in this world, protecting himself  even promising to teach him and his family how to do it. But Ron isn’y having any of it. Do you blame the kid? Rick killed his father! And later, Jesse confirms to Rick, that she won’t have him acting this way to her son and that she looked elsewhere for training to keep them safe. So I guess thas Rick and Jesse won’t have any loving moments yet!

Eugene is manning the gate when what he thinks are strangers appear. It happens to be a few new characters. Heath, Scott and Annie have been on a few week scavenge, and Eugene seems to have a newfound BFF moment (cute) with Heath. He lets them know of the town meeting to explain all that has happened. Heath mentions he knew of the quarry, it was just a small camp of survivors who must have killed their own as they turned. The continuous sound attracted more walkers that fell into the pit, increasing the never ending cycle of growing walkers. Rick tells the people it is a bomb waiting to explode. The only guy who doesn’t agree is Carter. He believes there are other things they can do. He helped Reg build the walls and he thinks they can fortify them. Deanna agrees with Rick’s plan and he starts picking volunteers for the next day. Father Gabriel wants to help, but Rick shoots him down fast! There is no love lost between them here. Glenn wants to go, after telling Maggie she should stay and keep her eyes on Deanna, who is less then herself after Reg died. But there is another reason he wants Maggie to stay out of this dangerous plan. Although not spoken, there is some strong speculation going around the internet that Maggie may be pregnant. That is the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the scene in question. Creepy Nick also volunteers, obviously trying to win back points after nearly killing Glenn. Will he redeem himself?

Corey Hawkins as Heath - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, First Look - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Corey Hawkins as Heath – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, First Look – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The plan is to build a walkway for the walkers and keep them on track, while herding them in another direction, away from Alexandria. While working on the metal walls at an intersection, a group of walkers approach. Rick tells the Alexandrites that they can do it, kill the walkers, but bad goes to worse and the townspeople fail and our group has to step in for the kill. These people are scared, they are weak and untrained, and Rick tells Deanna that they have to arm all the citizens and train them to keep the community safe! This little “see what the townies can do” event, pisses off Carter, who later gathers a small contingent of folks and claims to them that Rick must die! This is overheard by Eugene, who Carter pulls a gun on. This is quickly interrupted by Rick walking in. He clocks Carter and takes the gun away and is going to shoot him, but decides to let him live because he’s being watched by Daryl and Morgan and the rest. Carter, you just got saved!

12107990_1619542654962893_559871563771138754_nGlenn, Nick and Heath, get into a little trouble while clearing out a bunch of walkers that may detract the horde in a different direction. The walkers get a little too close and Nick steps up to save Glenn. Has he redeemed himself? What do you think?

Corey Hawkins as Heath and Michael Traynor as Nicholas - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Corey Hawkins as Heath and Michael Traynor as Nicholas – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Daryl is leading the horde of walkers on his bike. Sasha and Abe are in a car and Abe has to jump out and get all crazy with some walkers that have veered off course. All parties meet up and it looks like the plan is working. Carter even says it looks like it is working, until he goes out in front to stop a stray, and a walker that is caught up in a tree grabs him. With his face bitten half off, Carter is screaming like a girl and Rick and the others run to help him. The walkers are starting to veer off course, going towards the noise. Rick has to shoot Carter to silence him, while the others watch. But this is not the only reason the walkers have strayed from the planned path. There is a loud horn blaring, and all walkers are marching towards it. It’s coming from the community of Alexandria.

All in all, this was one of the most exciting episodes I have seen. The mass of walkers, their constantly changing state of decomposition and the stress level is key to this season. Many things will happen, and people will die. Maybe some of our group will be lost. The “Wolves” are not far. We can only hope that our favorites will survive.

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