Smacking Zombies: Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin Recaps ‘The Walking Dead’ – Season 5, Episode 6
So, this week we get Carol's backstory going back to when she was banished from the group. Alone, scavenging, surviving in desolation. Drawn back to the prison by the smoke in the distance from her little haven, she sees the carnage that was the downfall and burning of her former home…
Back to the present, in the car with Daryl, where we left off the week before last, chasing after Beth. They stealthily follow her car into the city where they lose sight of her, then have to find a safe place for the night, knowing she must be in the city somewhere. Carol knows a temporary housing place to hide out in until the morning to resume the search. Morning comes and we see Daryl burning the dead in a great looking scene.
Flashback to Carol burying the kids with Tyreese… and back to the present. We are downtown and it is desolate, empty. Creepy as Hell, walkers lurking. They create diversions (fire works well) and make their way through the city. They put some zombies out of their misery and we see some truly apocalyptic views of the ATL. Next thing you know, they run into another survivor who strips them of their weapons. Bummer. At least they still have their knives. The dude (who we recognize as Noah, the guy who tried to help Beth escape, but only got out himself) makes off with their s--t, and they continue on their search for Beth.
They figure out the bad guys might be holed up in a hospital, make a daring escape falling off a bridge and walk away from another impossible “how they gonna get out of this one?” situation. It really makes you wonder if you, I mean YOU, would be able to survive. With every daring escape from the walkers, is an escape from death. Would you burn to death in a flaming skyscraper, or jump for a chance a survival? I’d like to think I would jump.
Carol and Daryl are jumpers, and they made it through the fall. That’s a metaphor, as there was no burning skyscraper.
Anyway, they are still alive and homing in on Beth. Ironically, they catch up to Noah, and in a tense scene with Daryl (who would’ve left him to get munched on), Carol shows mercy and saves him from death by walker.
Rad flashback to hero Carol, then back to present, where Noah tells them about Beth, the messed up situation in the hospital, and tells them they can get Beth back.
Daryl: “What’s it gonna take?”
Noah: “A lot. They got guns…and people.”
Daryl: “So do we.”
Suddenly, Carol is hit by a car and then taken away by the people in that very same vehicle. Noah convinces Daryl to let her go, knowing she will get medical help. We then see Daryl and Noah tear off in a truck, and I’m pretty stoked they are going to take down the hospital baddies and save Beth. But they’re gonna need to find Rick and the gang to do it. It’s time for more Rick and company!
Next week is going to rule! This is why the show is so successful in my opinion. The drama is as off the charts as the violence, and the writers and producers have a way of making you sit on the edge of your seat every week whether it’s quiet or really loud. The pacing and atmosphere is always a factor in bringing the vibe of desperation to the forefront in a seemingly no win situation…and then giving us hope.
There is always a “what would I do?” moment, and I am studying my reaction to a situation with our heroes reactions, so that if/when this eventually happens, perhaps I’ll have a fighting chance.
I guess that’s all we can do for now. Until next week, Apocalypse!
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