‘The Walking Dead’: The Next World (6.10) recap
Back again with another recap of the latest TWD episode – The Next World. Please refrain from reading if you’re not yet up to date with the series.
We start the episode with an idyllic scene, Rick putting on his watch that is handily placed next to a framed photo of the newly one-eyed Carl and Judith on his lap. This reassures us that he is indeed fine after his hand squeeze in last week’s final moments. We also note that some time must have passed since as he’s sat smiling away after a gunshot to the head, but how long? Two weeks apparently. Michonne appears, dressing gown-clad, fresh from the shower and asking after some toothpaste – peppermint’s her favourite didn’t you know? We then see Carl who, like we presumed, is right as rain despite one eye down. This scene threw me for a loop really. I first thought it was a really far flash forward with how everything seemed so honky dory. Things like that don’t happen in TWD, but it was nice for them to add less horror based writing into an episode. I liked the lighter touch and the idea that these characters have been enjoying a nice little rest.
As Rick heads out the door to go on a run with Daryl, we get a sneak peek of his growing relationship with Michonne as they part with a hand touch, they seem more friendly than usual but not enough that you would read much into it until the later events of the episode.
Switch to Daryl and Denise is there floundering whilst giving him a list of medical supplies they’ll need on the run – with a few additions. She explains the additions of a certain type ‘pop’ is because Tara has been mumbling about it in her sleep and wants to get it as a surprise since they are an item now. She insists it not important, but if he sees it – You know. Rick and Daryl join up in the new car, which I was very happy with. Despite them both being really badass characters, they don’t regularly team up together alone so it was nice to see some of the bromances we know and love.
Whilst on the road they came upon a truck loaded with supplies and snatched it up quick before we all realised that there was no way this truck was going to make it back to Alexandria. Let us be real, this is TWD after all. Happy with their haul, Daryl goes on the quest for the elusive pop of Tara’s dreams. Whilst hitting the mother-load of all orange colour soda, they stumble upon a stranger, or really he stumbles into them. Real name Paul – but Jesus to his buddies – the survivor acts suspicious around the guys and Rick’s well-trained eyes notice his groomed facial hair, noting ‘he’s clean’ as he walks away – therefore insinuating he has a camp, something he lied about moments ago. Even I didn’t see the con he pulled before it happened. With the use of firecrackers to distract the pair, we realise he didn’t stumble into Rick by accident and in actual fact has swiped the keys to the holy mother-load van.
Rick and Daryl run after the van, finding the chest detached and, some way up the road, the van stopped and pulled over with Jesus near the front wheel. Perfect timing for a sneak attack, which the guys pull off well until we realise that Jesus may not be as normal as we thought, fighting them off like Spiderman until the trusty guns come out. Leaving Jesus next to the road with his legs and wrists bound, they guys carry on in the van enjoying treats from their haul along the way. That is until they realise that Jesus – who is clearly also part Houdini – had escaped and has scaled the moving van and is found clinging to the roof. With a sharp break, Rick removes him and Daryl loses his cool which follows in him chasing Jesus around a field (with additional walkers in tow).
During this entire van escapade, there are moments when we cut back to other characters. Namely two pairs: Michonne and Spencer – Carl and Enid. Firstly we are shown Michonne following a shovel-wielding Spencer into the woods and watching him attempt to kill a walker. With him hesitating, Michonne decides to involve herself and kill it before it kills him. Pouty Spencer then can’t explain what he’s doing in the woods, clearly unstable after his mother’s death. After wise words, they then agree to start heading back to camp together.
Meanwhile, Carl and Enid are also out in the woods, wandering around in dangerous territory much to Enid’s disdain. Whilst sitting against trees reading comics, Enid expresses how she doesn’t want to come out here anymore when they spot Michonne and Spencer through the trees. Due to Enid not enjoying her time in the woods, they also decide to head back to camp when they stumble upon a walker. Carl approaches and prepares to kill it in case it becomes a problem until he recognises it. At this point, we don’t get to know the identity of the walker, but you can presume it’s an ex-Alexandrian. The leg bandage gave it away for me as Dianna but we are kept waiting for an actual confirmation shot.
Michonne then spots Carl through the trees, leading the unidentified walker towards the pair. With her confused expression finally melting into understanding, she realises the walkers identity and we are finally given confirmation that it is, in fact, Dianna. As she slowly approaches her son and Michonne we find out why Spencer had been coming out into to woods which he states is due to him thinking her saw her once. Confirming his thoughts, Dianna approaches and Michonne holds her back whilst Spencer says his last goodbyes and ends her. A somber moment but one that I feel felt out of place in the entire episode. The Rick/Daryl part of the episode injected humour and a light touch, and these parts seemed weak as if they had just been stuck in there for the sake of it.
With everyone back at Alexandria, Michonne approaches Carl about what he did with leading Dianna over to her son to kill. Carl explains that it should have been someone who loved her to end it – family – of which he regards Michonne as he states he would do it for her, showing how she’s become a motherly figure to him. Resting at home, Rick is then joined by Michonne and all suspicions from earlier in the episode are confirmed when they share a moment whilst watching Judith on the baby cam. The moments leads to a pretty steamy ending between the pair and that is where the episode leaves it.