This weeks episode of The Walking Dead starts with the group standing outside the gates of Alexandria. A majority of this episode deals with the group learning how to cope with and live in a community surrounded by others. The episode kicks off with the whole gang sitting outside of the gates of Alexandria, when the gates open the entire group seems reluctant to take the first steps in. Glen takes the initiative and is the first person to enter Alexandria.
Once the whole gang enters Alexandria we see that Deanna the appointed leader who we find out was a former Congresswoman from Ohio's 15th district filming interviews. This is all of course possible because the group has managed to stumble into Alexandria which is described as a sustainable resource with solar power, water cisterns, eco waste disposal, and all for which could be yours for only $800,000. Deanna is taping all of these interviews because the belief of the town is transparency, which means that any of the townspeople could view the interview and know exactly what Deanna is asking all of them.
It is indeed in the first interview, which happens to be Rick that we see what the toll of being on the "outside" has done to Rick. It's my belief that this is one of the most important parts of the entire episode. Rick continuously tells Deanna and the entire town, not to trust him. Not to trust anyone that they might come into contact with. Rick tells Deanna, "You should keep your gates closed." When she asks Rick "Why?", he responds;
"Because it's all about survival now, at any cost," he replies. "People out there are always looking for an angle, looking to play on your weakness. They measure you by what they can take from you, by how they can use you to live."
"Are you telling me not to bring your people in, or are you already looking after this place?" Deanna replies.
During the interview the biggest thing that stood out for me was when Rick went to look out the window, he put his hand on the window and when he took it away there was a dirty hand print still on the window. This is a stark reminder for me as to just what it is that this group has been through,
Deanna seems to be an understanding, caring, and reasonable person. However, these were traits that The Governor had too when he was at Woodbury. It does appear to me that Deann seems to be a little Naive about things, even though she claims to be a good judge of character. Being naive seems to be a characteristic shared by the entire community of Alexandria. Up until this episode it seems like they have become a little too comfortable inside the safety of the walls, while they have been playing army, Rick and company have been out there living it everyday. This is evidenced by Aiden and company keeping a walker that killed four of their friends while out on patrol to get rations. In what is one of the most impressive walkers yet, Aiden was keeping him chained to a tree in order to "pre-game" before they go out on a raid. Only, when they arrive to the tree and they discover that the walker has escaped only to come up behind him, in an attempt to "play" with the walker it almost gets Glen and Tara killed. Upon returning to Alexandria there is a huge scuffle and Glen rightfully punches Aiden right in the face. Deanna thanks Glen for punching Aiden in the face saying that he needed it. The episode ends with us seeing Rick come out of the house after a fresh shave and haircut in his new uniform. Rick is almost completely unrecognizable, this is a Rick that we haven't seen since the first season. Daryl and the rest of the group are taken aback by Rick's new appearance. Will this be the Rick from the beginning season or is this still the Rick we know and just a wolf in sheep's clothing? The episode leaves us feeling a little ominous with the exchange between Rick and Carol which leads us to believe that our favorite rag tag band of zombie killers could possibly become the new baddies!
"We didn't move too fast or too slow, covered some backstory and got one of the best zombies of the season."
AIR DATE: March 01, 2015 | SEASON NUMBER: 5 | EPISODE NUMBER: 12 | RUNNING TIME: 42:00