TV Review – The Walking Dead – Head’s Up

Photo taken by me – evil zombie clown in Satan’s Hollow, Manchester
Preston, England
November 24, 2015 5:07am CST
Spoiler alerts. Season 6 episode 7 The big and over-hyped hysteria inducing ‘is he or isn’t he?’ mystery is finally resolved. Glenn survived but it is such a contrived ‘with one bound our hero was free’ escape clause that I felt cheated. It wasn’t just a changed camera angle to show the zombies were eating the body lying over his instead of Glenn’s guts that counts. First, the high long fall from the container roof to the concrete would have broken Glenn’s back. Then we saw the sheer number of zombies round him pressed right up to both dumpster and container, so he would have been crushed. That not one scrabbling feeding frenzy zombie ripped into him seems unlikely. As this episode opens, Glenn slips casually under the dumpster and kills the few zombies trying to reach in after him. He then stays there all night waiting for them to wander off. At dawn, he sees Enid who just happens to be standing there watching, as if she saw the whole thing. I can imagine her scavenging in the town, but being in just that specific place seems contrived. Glen, with barely any water, no food, and traumatized by his proximity to death, suicide and cannibalism, still manages to find enough energy and stamina to kill several walkers. Enid and Glenn find the helium balloons and helium gas canister left as a signal to Alexandria by Rick, and somehow avoid the temptation to play at making Donald Duck voices. Fun isn’t an option after the zombies rise apparently. Back in Alexandria, still not reached by Daryl and friends in their truck, Rick effects fence repairs and gives gun lessons to a child, even giving him a gun but no bullets, even though the kid bears a grudge over Rick killing his dad. The kid gets his own bullets and seems to be targeting Rick’s own miserable son, but the spectacular tower fall and fence breach changes everything. There are asides, such as an attempt to escape Alexandria on a grappling hook that endangers many but Rick doesn’t take action against the culprit. He is more concerned about Morgan’s Gandhi stance pacifism, which is about to be exposed when his hidden Wolf - cult turning zombie is discovered. The scene is set for a big mid-season finale next episode. Overall though, this was unconvincing and forced and a badly kept secret survival meant we can’t be sure any dead characters won’t come back now. Arthur Chappell
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
24 Nov 15
that clown is absolutely terrifying
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• Preston, England
24 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt guaranteed to stop kids wanting to go to a certain fast food restaurant for sure lol
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@gudheart (12752)
24 Nov 15
I did not read the full review as I have yet to watch the episode! I was tempted to read it it all but didn't!
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• Preston, England
24 Nov 15
no problem - enjoy the episode
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@gudheart (12752)
24 Nov 15
@arthurchappell I am hoping to watch it tonight :D
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
24 Nov 15
I try to watch parts of the show. Sometimes too gory for me.
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• Preston, England
24 Nov 15
it isn't for everyone's tastes
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Nov 15
I felt sure that Glenn would return alive, but I also thought that his escape was anti-climactic. He should not have been able to get away so easily. The exciting bit was the falling wall and we wonder what happens now.
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• Preston, England
24 Nov 15
it was far too sudden and casually done given how desperate his situation was