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TV Review: The Walking Dead “Forget”

For the first time in the series’ history, “Forget” gives us the problem of having too many characters.

 

 

With 14 members in Rick’s group, the show at many times struggles to fit every character into the episode. The episode begins with developing Sasha, and then moves towards Rick, Carol, and Daryl, with bits and pieces of Glenn, Noah, Michonne, Abraham, Rosita, Carl, and Maggie. When I see all of these characters crammed into 10 second long slots in the episode, I can’t help but ask, “Why?” The main characters that actually do interesting stuff in this episode are Sasha, Daryl, Carol, and Rick. Why not stick with those four characters, and let the rest of the group just sit this episode out. When you try and force all the cast into one episode, with a cast that’s this big, the characters who don’t make an appearance stick out even more. When I saw the scene where all the characters are partying, I couldn’t help but ask where Eugene, Tara, and Gabriel were. It wasn’t that I really wanted to see them, it was that literally every other character was at this party, so what the hell were they doing?

 

The episode begins with Sasha going out to practice her marksmanship. She gets upset when the sound of her shooting doesn’t attract any zombies. She ends up quietly sobbing on a tree stump, and utters the words, “Come and get me.” Having lost her boyfriend and brother in a short period of time, Sasha feels more alone than ever. Although Maggie lost her father and sister, she still has Glenn to act as her rock, while Sasha has nobody close to her anymore. If Sasha would have allowed herself to be eaten by the zombies, I would have thought this would be a fitting death for her. It would have been a very bitter death to watch, and it would have been quite similar to a death at the prison from the graphic novel. However, Sasha returns to Alexandria with no bites or anything. What the hell happened? Did she get fed up with waiting, or did she just say, “Ehh, I don’t feel like being eaten today.” The episode does nothing to explain her thought process. Later in the episode, she goes to a party with the entire group. Someone there says they are worried about what to make for dinner, and Sasha gets incredibly upset that these are the things that people worry about in Alexandria, while she had to worry about keeping her and her loved ones alive. This was probably Sasha’s most interesting episode, but it was also probably the worst episode since the series picked back up after the mid-season finale.

 

 

Daryl spends the episode hunting with Alexandria’s own Aaron. The two spend the first half of their  excursion hunting down a horse who ends up being zombie chow, and then Aaron invites Daryl over for spaghetti. Daryl has a lovely evening with Aaron and his lover Eric. I think it is great to show how Daryl has changed his acceptance for others over time. His brother Merle was extremely racist towards the late T-Dog in the first season, and Daryl wasn’t exactly the nicest guy towards Glenn. If Merle was alive at this time, he wouldn’t exactly be a Harvey Milk towards these guys, and I doubt the first season Daryl would be either. At this time, Daryl realizes that the sexual orientation or nationality of others are not the differences that should be held against each other. The scene with the horse was not as much a scene of a beautiful creature being taken down as much as it was overly obvious foreshadowing. The horse was a creature born in nature, but domesticate by people, who now has to run every day, and has just grown tired. The only other harry steed that the horse can be compared to is Daryl. There is always the chance that Daryl will not die at the end of the season, but fan speculation as well as word of Daryl playing a more important role toward the end of the season say otherwise.

 

 

Carol spends the episode planning the overthrow of Alexandria. She looks at her current attitude and attire as camouflage of her true self. Carol sneaks into Alexandria’s armory late at night to steal weapons for her, Rick and Daryl. While gathering the weapons, a child from Alexandria confronts her. Carol says that if he doesn’t tell anyone about seeing her at the armory, she will bake him cookies. However, if he does tell anyone, she will tie him to a tree outside, and leave him to the walkers. The scene was entertaining solely based off shock value, but when you think it through more, this was not the direction Carol would have taken. Carol never would have taken such a risk by threatening the child. She either would have killed him to tie up that loose end, or she would have made up a clever excuse to which there wouldn’t have been any question. Threatening the child will scare him shitless, but any reasonable kid would have still have told his family.

 

 

 

Finally, Rick spends the episode trying to decide what to do with Alexandria. He initially considers taking it over with Carol and Daryl, but leans more towards staying with the current residents after he sees Carl make friends, and after he finds a new love interest, in Jesse. Adding a new love interest for Rick makes absolutely no sense at all. As far as the timeline of the show goes, Lori might have died a little less than a year ago, and that is still being generous. Since then, Rick has grown close with Michonne who has taken on the role as Carl’s new motherly figure since she lost a son, as he lost a mother. Making Michonne Rick’s love interest rather than Jesse makes way more sense since that’s what the show seems to have been building up.

 

 

“The Walking Dead” is in dire need of a red wedding. If Season Five ends with several character deaths to help trim the cast, the show will be able to focus more on characters who still have more character to be developed. The show is also in serious need of a villain. I understand that the show is trying to make the current cast “anti-heroes,” but the show is too late in the game to do that. Rick, Carl, Glenn, Maggie, Carol, Daryl, and Michonne have been on the show so long that we understand their motives, and how far they will go. All this leads up to is a fairly obvious progression of events, and bland storytelling.