Series Issues: The Walking Dead mid-season finale goes too far

Spoilers ahead. That should be enough of a disclaimer for this one.

Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) in Episode 8  Photo by Gene Page/AMC

(Photo: Gene Page/AMC)

The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone finally seems to kick us out of our reverie. While the Governor manages to convince his camp that taking over the prison is a must, our favorite group of survivors end up having to revisit a battle that they fought they had already won – but this time with much more dire consequences.

I’ve often heard people say that the show is nothing like the comics, but this time the episode seemed to pay homage to the comics in a big way. Some characters are changed and things don’t exactly match but there’s more than one scene that seemed to be picked from the comics. Specially, the very last one.

The Governor gets his tank, and this time he’s got hostages. You’d think there would be dissension in the ranks right there. Only Lilly and Tara seem to slowly realize something is very wrong, but it’s too little too late. If so far in this season it seems life was going to find a way, this episode will literally wipe that smile off your face. It’s survivor against survivor in this one and the result is catastrophic.

We lose one major player from our camp in this episode. It’s gut-wrenching, it’s heart-breaking, and you will feel it. Things are definitely not going to be the same after this particular death. Nobody really wins on this one. Our survivors are thrown to the four winds, scattered and wounded. They’ll probably gather once more, but all advantages and accomplishments so far are gone.

But that last scene, directly taken from the comic (Issue #48, last page) and symbolizing the end of an era – it was just epic. I can’t really tell you what happened in this episode. I can only say, don’t look back. Just keep going.

The Walking Dead returns February 9.

That will do for now.

(Sources: AMC)

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