The above picture is a spoiler unto itself… so my apologies… but chances are, if you are reading this, you already knew what you were in for. Mea Culpa.
In honor of The Walking Dead’Cast‘s recent 100th episode, as well as the fact that I’m super-crazy busy at the moment, I’m going to forgo my usual recap of the episode, This Sorrowful Life, and give a quick Top 5. Here goes…
#5: Danai Gurira’s wonderfully understated performance. As Merle’s captive and eventual pawn in The Governor’s sick torture game, she went along with everything she had to with a sense of grace and understanding that left me with a sinking sadness for what could have been her horrific fate. To face doom with such poise was incredible.
#4: Glenn’s proposal. Actually… not so much the proposal itself, but the lovely exchange between Hershel and Glenn as the latter quietly asked for the former’s blessing. Scott Wilson has such a lovely demeanor that I couldn’t help but be warmed by the apparently love he has for his future son-in-law, and the knowledge that even in this landscape of severed limbs and decapitated bodies, love can blossom and grow.
#3: Rick’s speech. Although it had the ring of LOST‘s “live together or die alone” speech, it was a much needed turning point from the failure of the Ricktatorship. Obviously, things were not working in The Rick Reich… and it takes a big man to admit his failures, and that is what I saw… a man rising from his own ashes and asking for help. Not an easy thing to do.
#2: Merle’s redemption. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Merle had a complete change of heart, but when her realized the futility of what he was about to do (taking Michonne to Phillip) and how that would change nothing, the racist redneck from hell did the right thing by freeing Michonne and setting up one of the better action sequences of the season. There was something cathartic about watching Merle snipe so many of The Governor’s men while also allowing the zombies that he had lead to the meeting point wreck havoc. A well thought out plan by a man no one considered to have much of a moral center, much less a brain. Well done Merle. Plus… Michael Rooker’s performance was spectacular.
#1: Daryl confronting Zombie Merle. I may not have wept at Merle’s death… but I may have become a bit misty eyed at Daryl’s reaction to seeing his undead brother and his breakdown after having to take him out. Yet another remarkable performance by Norman Reedus in an episode littered with amazing performances. Heartbreaking.
Sorry (or you’re welcome) for the truncated post this week… things have been a bit hectic here at Blahg Headquarters, so I appreciate your understanding. Hopefully, after next week’s season finale I will give a much more detailed review of both the episode and the season as a whole. In addition, next week will see the beginning of the third season of Game of Thrones. If anyone is interested in me doing a weekly review of that as well… let me know. I think it could be fun, and perhaps I will crib this format from Jason and Karen is it’s OK with them (I shan’t step on anyone creative toes).
While you are waiting for next week’s finale, watch AMC’s re-airing of the series from start to finish… it’s fun seeing just how far everything has come in just three short years. Plus, keep your eyes peeled next week for my two of my three favorite zombies… all y’all know who I’m talking about.
Now, where is my meth,
Cornelius J. Blahg
PS: Due to the title of this week’s episode, This Sorrowful Life, did anyone else expect to see a zombified Ira Glass show up?