REVIEW: The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 5, Now

A scene from The Walking Dead, Now
A scene from The Walking Dead, Now

Gabriel Brown, 15, a pupil at the Duchess' High School, Alnwick, reviews the latest episode of The Walking Dead. After a run of successful episodes, Gabriel sees if Now can keep up with the high standards set.

It's a shame to say that this episode of The Walking Dead has probably been my least favourite so far.

Following last week's Morgan-centred flashback, this week provides no explanation on the shocking death that occurred in episode 3, coupled with not much else really happening.

We are given the conclusion to last week's cliffhanger, revealing it was in fact Rick who was shouting the phrase 'Open the gate!' It turns out he is being chased by half of the horde of zombies they had previously been trying to lure away, causing the safe zone to become surrounded, leaving its people trapped.

Unfortunately, there is no flashback to Rick's escape from the RV, something I really would have wanted to see. There isn't even a mention of it by anyone, including Mr Grimes himself, and I'm sorry, but just because you're the famous Rick Grimes isn't going to cut it on this one.

Most characters focused on in this episode are minor, such as Tara, Jessie, and Doc Denise. Denise in particular is becoming entirely different to her comic counterpart, and not for the better in my opinion.

Deanna, old leader of the safe zone was looked at in more depth here, showing her finally snap as she stabbed a walker about 20 times with a broken bottle.

The only real action in this episode was Aaron and Maggie briefly leaving Alexandria through some old sewer tunnels, before a shocking (though somewhat predictable) reveal.

Other than that, there isn't much going on. Even the tensions among the people are at an all-time low. It's a shame how after a run of some of its best episodes yet, The Walking Dead falls flat like this.

While giving more screen time to minor characters, who (let's face it) no one really cares about, Now does its best to amount to a storyline but falls flat, making it my least favourite episode of season 6.