AMC’s The Walking Dead Twice as Far TV Show Review. The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 14: ‘Twice as Far,’ put something in the air from the start. Ever had a moment in life that became so routine that the routine became life? Well, life has a habit of ending when you get too used to it – makes a point of that, it sometimes seems – and that point is never lost when a show like TWD opens on a life-as-routine note.
Sure, some of this old routine had that new-normal smell – Carol (Melissa McBride) having a real life, Spencer (Austin Nichols) serving as Rosita’s (Christian Serratos) rebound, ????Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) got a gun????, and Morgan (Lennie James) adding an element of ‘choice’ to Alexandria’s threat response, all seemed like things to get used to – but it was still all routine enough to beg the question of how’s it going to end… and for whom.
Ghosts of Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) recent past were the first to come up; but somehow, we wound up revisiting the liability-wants-to-contribute scenario, by way of Denise (Merritt Wever).
So, did anyone mention the current Savior situation to Rosita, or did they all assume that the previous two ep’s worth of slaughter was it? They had to assume the worst was over: between Denise & Eugene’s insisting that they were Walker kill certified, Rosita’s break from Denise & Daryl (over a Daryl precaution), and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), abandoning Eugene in the field (officially breaking up the Washington Trio), a lot was being taken for granted.
That’s usually when life reminds you that it only exists in the context of death.
Sudden, in this case. Between Daryl’s ‘ghost’, the showrunners playing loose with some source material, and TWD’s overall thing for targeting windows to the soul, the new normal came to an appropriately sudden end. Credit to the show for not making it too easy to figure which lifer drew the short straw; but nothing says death-baiting like going back on a previous precaution, and a rant about living (noisily, at an elevated location, no less).
With context to this new life restored, its routine adjusted, slightly. Sure, some of these new developments may take some getting used to – Abe getting the greenlight to be Sasha’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) rebound, Eugene cutting his teeth, and what all this context wound up meaning for Carol’s real life – but somehow, the question of how it will all end… and for whom… still looms large.
That’s a good thing. One surprise death should never be enough, for a show like The Walking Dead, and should serve as a warning/ promise of things to come. Hopefully, that will be the most morbid notion I champion, today.
“Wake up & face your….”
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