We get set up nicely for the last two episodes of this season by this episode’s themes of cowardice and courage.
Nicholas and that construction guy display cowardice, exemplifying how the Alexandrians are woefully unprepared for their eventual trials. Eugene finally found his courage, and at least the construction guy had the courage to admit he failed. This admission might be what saves Deanna from declaring war on Rick’s group once she finds out Aiden is dead after having the seed of doubt planted by the other big coward, Gabriel. Gabriel is going to be a walker, soon, so he won’t need his collar or strawberries or hypothetical love of man.
We learn that Sam is probably being abused by the good drunk doctor. I was surprised that Sam is so chummy towards Carol. Given the apparent need for attention outstripping his fear of being strung up to a tree, I’m inclined to agree with the notion that Pete ain’t no good. It will be interesting to see how the Carol / Rick / Pete plays out. I think it would be funny if Carol takes things into her own hands and offs the doc herself.
The biggest development was the death of Noah. I think the show was a little heavy-handed with the beginning and the cheesy notebook entry. Noah was nice, but I’m not tv-grieving over his loss. What I am tv-grieving over is Glenn’s mental health after witnessing it. If he doesn’t show signs of cracking now, I’m a monkey’s uncle. Yes, he’s had and witnessed loss before, but in not such an up close and personal fashion. Also, couldn’t he have shot the glass out? At that close of range, I wouldn’t want to do it, but given the alternatives?
This was another action-packed episode that moved things along nicely. We’ll see how the Alexandrians react when Aiden doesn’t come home.
Body count: Noah, construction zombies, Sgt. Zombie and company, Aiden