‘The Walking Dead’: Knots Untie (6.11) recap
Another week, another episode of The Walking Dead. I’ll be recapping the newest episode – Knots Untie – so if you are not caught up in the series, hold back on reading because this will contain pretty heavy spoilers.
We start with Abraham trying to impress Sasha with a story about a camel eating a set of keys – somehow I don’t see the appeal but Abraham is an odd duck. We see their relationship blossoming in front of us. As if on cue, Sasha announces she’ll be changing shifts which look like it cuts deep for Abraham, who questions why looking hurt and disappointed. Rosita’s voice cuts in and we are given a shot of her and Abraham in the aftermath of some nookie, which begs us to question why was he thinking of Sasha at a time like that? Thus hinting at more intense feelings he has for her as well as Rosita.
We are then all collected into the Grimes household with the addition of Michonne – Rick’s new love interest. After Jesus catches them fully butt naked wielding weapons he waits on the stairs where Carl threatens him. Referring to Michonne as Carl’s Mum Carl puts two and two together when the pair come out partly dressed. In this scene, we aren’t given anything in the way of how Carl feels about this, but we later find out that ‘it’s cool’.
With Jesus mysteriously loose, the gang interrogate him and share disdain at how he managed to outsmart them. He claims they are on the same side and he has a camp – despite lying about this in the previous episode. Rick, suddenly interested, asks about the amenities they could trade and we realise that there are more people out there than we first thought with Jesus noting, ‘your world is about to get a whole lot bigger.’
So with Jesus taking us home to meet the parents of another clan hidden behind sheet metal in a place called Hilltop, a reclaimed living history museum called Barrington House. Gregory, the leader who is the biggest jerk in the new world, meets the gang after a run in with a few timely placed zombies and a car crash. The community is not really anything to be excited about, it’s like a farm/trailer park version of Alexandria – think Hershel’s farm with a big ass mansion – so I do wonder why we want to team up with these guys. Food? but we can grow our own Rick! These guys don’t even have ammo.
Gregory – a slimy fellow who I’m instantly not fond of. Good casting! He has some type of complex, making him feel more important than the likes of Ricks gang – commenting on their disheveled appearance which of course came about saving his folk from nibblers. Sheesh, this guy. With no gratitude being shared around, we are taken back to Abraham torturing himself about his feelings.
Maggie, the delegate in the Gregory situation, cleans up and goes to visit the over-confident leader. With him prying for details, Maggie lays down the real reason we are here – to trade. Sore from her repulsion to his advancements towards her – he refers her by the wrong name again and questions whether or not they get to keep their dignity or do they actually NEED to trade, sharply ending the conversation.
‘They’re back’, an out of breath villager puffs urging Gregory to follow him outside. The gang joins and we meet others who have been to seen the infamous Negan. Things quickly turn sour when the leader of the returning party stabs Gregory in the stomach. Abe gets strangled and starts to pass out, hearing Sasha’s voice instead of Rosita’s – showing us which path he should take relationship wise. After a pretty swift brawl and Rick’s attacker dead with a hilarious ‘What?‘ comments from Rick, the community turns on the gang with Jesus as the peacemaker. Unfortunately for us, Gregory lives through the ordeal. Le sigh. Ultimately, the real threat comes into view, Negan and his Saviors. We always knew this guy would be the big boss at the end of the level and it doesn’t surprise me that he also has this clan under his thumb. This helps build the tension for the big showdown that we are promised as the season finale.
We learn Negan takes 50% of everything from Hilltop in return for them keeping their lives. Why don’t they fight back you ask? Well, apparently they are about as good with a machete as Eugene. Oh, jJoy – another camp who don’t know which way to hold a gun. Maggie offers Gregory a once in a lifetime deal of 50% of everything in return of them ‘getting rid’ of Negan and the Saviors, to which he scoffs. Meet the new boss – same as the old boss but fewer death threats. She lays the law down – brutally telling him how weak his colony is and how he really doesn’t have much of a choice if he doesn’t want to become a ‘dead man’.
But one thing we all know is that there will be a fight, a big one. If you’re a comic book reader – you’ll know what could happen if a certain character meets Lucille – I’m personally praying it doesn’t happen especially in light of recent developments. With Maggie getting her bargain chip of an ultrasound of new baby Greene, the crew head home with their haul and set about plans to get this Negan thing sorted once and for all.
This episode didn’t have much going on but it defiantly set the tone and height of tension for the following episodes. It focused on things that make us human – without the zombies in tow. We have our minds muddled in the ways on Abe trying to figure out his feelings for the girls. We have Maggie who is the ever strong woman who can delegate and push away the advancements of a creep all whilst rocking the whole pregnancy deal. It plays on the things we all hold dear – love, family and safety.