‘The Walking Dead’: Not Tomorrow Yet (6.12) recap
The Walking Dead continues with the new episode Not Tomorrow Yet. If you haven’t got all caught up with the series yet – maybe hold off reading on as it will contain some heavy spoilers.
This week we start off with an ever so chipper Carol – an unfamiliar sight in the more recent seasons. Carol has turned hard since we first met her and we all know he as one of the badasses of the group. With the housewife Carol as a stark comparison this week its nice to see some development on her side. No one can be a dagger wielding cold customer all of the time. So we follow Carol on the kitschy montage of her baking; fetching some acorns despite the pesky walkers who ruin her lovely blouse and dishing out the goodies to the Alexandrians. We see the softer side of Carol which is nice – but don’t forget she could kill you with that butter knife if she wanted to.
Tobin accepts his pink cookies as the group arrives back with the RV before Rick orders everyone into the church for a meeting, only letting slip ‘we’re gonna have to fight’, an idea the new chipper Carol isn’t fond of. In the meeting, Rick gives a rousing speech and asks for any objections because it needs to be a group decision. In true Morgan form – he objects to the violence. What is this guy, a monk? He suggests talking it out with the Saviors. With nobody else standing with Morgan, we are told that the outcome will be violent and that ‘if people are gonna stay here, they’re gonna have to accept it’. We then get a shot of Carol counting something – my first guess is how many people she’s killed – not walkers but people – 18 in total.
Tobin and Carol have a heart to heart and we are shown how much their relationship has blossomed over the past few weeks as they kiss on the porch. This shows us that we don’t see everything that happens in this world, it’s only like looking through a keyhole and things happen behind the scenes like Rick and Michonne and now Carol and Tobin. Jarring over to a much less happy scene – Abe is leaving Rosita. I thought this was a horrible scene. He basically tells her she was only his partner because he thought she was the last woman on earth, now he knows she isn’t he doesn’t want anything to do with her. Nasty.
With that harsh moment over, comes to another love stricken couple making an even sharper comparison to the scene we have just witnessed. Tara and Denise are sharing a moment and the first I love yous are shared, showing the start of a beautiful relationship. Straight back into the action, Rick and the team are planning the fight that I thought would be pushed till next week, you now what TWD is like when it tries to build tension. After having some pretty questionable intel – they set off on their mission with Gabriel and his dog collar in tow. Rosita, now angry with the world, starts off on Morgan about his objections to violence and we miraculously see Carol supporting him, after wanting to literally kill him only a few weeks ago. Things really must have changed.
On the hunt for some zombie heads (one of which was a Johnny Depp cameo), Glenn voices his doubts to another member of the group about the plan to attack the Saviors. Carol airs her concern for the pregnant Maggie noting she shouldn’t be out here at all and demands to stay with her. In the past, Rick has used his power to make the weaker or the more vulnerable stay behind but now it seems like he’s done with being a carer making it their choice – a development I’m not too sure I like.
Rick goes to town on one of the zombie’s heads to try to disguise its nose to look more like Gregory’s in the hopes of fooling the Saviors. The others look on in stunned silence until one of the members of Hilltop points out ‘the Saviors, they’re scary, but this pricks got nothing on you’. Yep, introducing the weird and bat shit crazy Rick Grimes we know and love.
We see the first shot of the Saviors base when Andy rolls up in the car ready to start the con. Their base looks to be like a satellite station with a large dish and modernized building. Not really a place you expect a big baddie to live. After the two guards check over ‘Gregory’s’ head, they agree to release the captive and to carry on as normal – that is until Daryl slits the big guys throat mid-whistle. The gang rush in for the raid as the other guard returns who then gets the Michonne treatment. The next few scenes are some of the most brutal we’ve seen on TWD for a while. People are slaughtered as they blissfully sleep, unaware of the intruders lurking in the shadows. It’s a dark few moments which makes us wonder ‘are we the good guys here?’. Glenn struggles with the murder that’s taking place but pushes on with tears brimming regardless, knowing that he’s doing it for Maggie, for food, and for their unborn child.
Glenn notices Polaroids on the wall next to a newly dead Savior which answers our question for us, the image content consisting of executions, brain matter and death – most likely victims of Lucille. Yeah, THESE are the bad guys. A good shot at the perfect moment, to reassure us of the gangs actions and also slightly foreshadowing if they follow the comic story line. With Abe and Sasha confronting a Savior head on, an alarm is tripped and all hell breaks loose. Carol goes on a rescue mission ordering Maggie to stay put. Jesus, Tara, and father Gabriel send the Hilltop rescue back with his brother to ensure the deal for food. Gunfire rocks the facility and many fatalities occur on the Saviors side. The music increases with tension as does the death toll, giving us quick burst shots of violence not unlike the bursts of a gun firing.
One of the more surprisingly bad-ass moments of the new episode was from father Gabe. On approaching a wounded Savior in the tall grass, he orders him to drop his firearm. Citing ‘Let not your heart be troubled…’ followed by more holy words, Gabe shoots the Savior dead finishing his ritual with ‘Amen’. Watching Gabe grow into a survivor has been a long time coming, but to see him also keep his faith and recite it in a badass manner is perfect.
In the final scene, everything seems to be resolved with the gang shutting up shop and moving out after their conquest. They begin the part ways in the various vehicles on the Savior compound in between shots of Morgan anguishing over the events back at Alexandria. Michonne pondering which one of the now dead Saviors was Negan is shortly followed by the rev of Daryl’s bike with an unknown rider atop – the bike which was left with Carol and Maggie. Shooting and tackling the unknown rider we hear a mysterious voice over the walkie talkie. ‘Lower your gun prick, you with the Colt Python’ orders a female voice. Realising they are being watched and ordered to lower all their weapons, Rick picks up the receiver and instructs the mysterious woman to come out. Disobeying his order she reveals they have captives, more specifically ‘a Carol and a Maggie’ ending the episode on a tension strong cliffhanger.
This episode was an interesting one for me, it built up characters and developed their personality. We thought Carol had gone cold and harsh ever since the look at the flowers moment – but we see her more maternal side returning. Did we need her to have a love interest with Tobin – I dont think so but it’s their way of showing that we don’t see everything that happens within the walls of Alexandria. The darker side of the episode was shot well, with highly strung moments making it a stressful episode to watch with the ever present possibility of a main character being a fatality. Ending it on a highly tense note pulls more at the strings of fear we all have for this Negan guy. Is he still alive? Is he a HE in this version? Who is the unknown female and what is to become of Carol and Maggie? Questions are in plentiful bounds whilst we wait for the next installment of the season.