Spoiler Alert: There are spoilers for AMC’s The Walking Dead, season 5 mid-season premiere “What Happened and What’s Going On.”
“What did I think? What did you think? ……..What happened?!!
I had mixed feelings about this episode since I love The Walking Dead and was so excited to see something new but ended up really disappointed. Ever since Tyreese’s moral discovery, his character was becoming quite annoying. I was wondering why hadn’t the writers already killed him off. I didn’t think it would happen so soon since Beth had just died. My love for Tyreese ended when Carol killed his girlfriend and he went all ape-s**t deciding he wanted to die but couldn’t bring himself to simply die, remember? Gosh, go kill something or die already! Now, now, before you start screaming at me, let’s just remember this is just a show — fiction. Call me heartless, but things might have gone differently for the group had he “did what he had to”. Hindsight is always 20/20, right?
Sorry, Tyreese fans… just sayin’.
As you can see I was not happy that they dedicated an entire episode to Tyreese. Not just any episode. This episode was the first one after a long break, so I was really looking forward to it.
The episode played out like an art film as director Greg Nicotero puts it, “Terrence Malick meets George A Romero”. It starts with clips and images that don’t quite make sense until the middle when you start putting everything you’ve seen so far into context. After the group leaves the hospital in Atlanta (with Beth dead), they move on to find Noah’s family who were living in a gated community 500 miles away. Only Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Tyreese, and of course Noah head out. Glenn and Rick know deep down that there was really nothing to go to, but obliged to fulfill Beth’s last wish to help Noah. When they get there, they discover everyone is dead. It looks like they were attacked by people. Noah cries his heart out and Tyreese tries to console him. It kind of works because Noah stops crying but recklessly runs toward his home where he finds his mother’s corpse in the middle of the living room with her head smashed in. Noah had two younger brothers, twins. Tyreese goes towards the bedroom and sees movement under the door of one of the rooms, but doesn’t disturb it. It’s one of the kids, walkers. He goes into another room and sees the other twin, dead on the bed, but not reanimated. He lets his guard down and lo and behold, the other animated twin comes out of the other bedroom and takes a good chunk out of Tyreese’s arm.
The rest of the episode is seen through Tyreese’s fevered hallucinations. He hallucinates a visitation from Bob, Lizzie, Mika, Beth, Martin, and the Governor. It was so awesome to have a David Morrissey cameo as the Governor. He and Martin’s ghosts were there to represent Tyreese’s failure, where Bob, Lizzie, Mika, and Beth were there to tell him it was alright to let go. The exciting part was when the Governor charges toward Tyreese but Tyreese snaps back into reality just in time to see that it was really a walker and was able to fight it off before it could take a chunk out of his face. He ends up allowing the walker to bite his arm anyway so he could get to a weapon to smash its head in.
Rick, Glen, Michonne and Noah eventually get to Tyreese. They cut off his arm in hopes to prevent him from turning like they did with Hershel. With walkers right behind them and a completely injured Tyreese, they finally get to their truck to leave but in classic horror film dilemma, the tire gets stuck in the mud. They eventually make it out but not before they hit a parked truck releasing a bunch of animated walker torsos with heads. Yes, the limbs on each were cut off and each had a “W” carved in its foreheads. I can’t wait to see what that’s all about. Apparently whoever did this were the same people who attacked the gated community. As they head back to the rest of the group, Tyreese decides he’s had enough and asks for the radio to be “turned off”. He dies, most likely from massive blood loss. Cutting off limbs don’t work if they let you bleed out! I’m no doctor but even I know you have to tourniquet that thing. I would have been VERY disappointed if Tyreese survived just because they cut off his arm.
I will admit, this episode was heartwarming, very emotional and very well put together. The only way I can enjoy it is to consider it as a stand-alone, its own short film about a group surviving and dying in a zombie apocalypse. Great performance by Chad Coleman.
Watch the spoilers from AMC below and let me know what you think:
(SPOILERS) Inside Episode 509: The Walking Dead: What Happened and What’s Going On
(SPOILERS) Making of Episode 509: The Walking Dead: What Happened and What’s Going On