Gabriel Brown, 15, a pupil at the Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick, reviews the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
While better than last week’s episode, Always Accountable still jumps between action and ‘calmness’ (as calm as you can get on this show), giving a slightly disjointed feel. However, as a whole, the episode was good.
It was Daryl-focused, flicking between scenes of him and the ever-bonding pair of Sasha and Abraham. This is very welcome, as these three (quite well needed, especially in Mr Daryl Dixon’’ case) have been away from the limelight for far too long, being shown only briefly in previous episodes.
They are finally broken away from their boring filler task of directing the herd of zombies and given their own mini stories withinDaryl is captured by three mysterious people (one man and two women) who appear to be on the run from another unknown group. There is a desire to learn about these newly-encountered threats (?) and it could potentially be setting up future storylines.
Meanwhile, Sasha and Abraham are stuck waiting around for him to escape. Unfortunately, that kind of sums it up.
It is a Daryl-centric instalment, which was needed at this point to restore what little faith may have been potentially lost last week. Although I’ll admit, there are some good Abraham moments as he slowly comes to peace with things - methods include shouting at a walker. In terms of visuals and make-up, there have been some interesting walkers this episode. One was a soldier, impaled with a broken fence hanging over a bridge, clever use of the whole you-have-to-get-the-brain to kill them theme. The other was practically a walking skeleton, ribcage exposed with what looked like actual moss and other plants growing out it. As ever, as time goes on and the decay gets stronger, The Walking Dead continues to impress with its zombie design.
While the plot of the episode is fairly simple, it still manages to work in humanity choices, something the show is still working on, with the Rick vs Morgan debate, but has not delved into too much with other characters.
In terms of the mystery surrounding Glenn, we are still told nothing; and with a cliffhanger in the form of a radio call: ‘Help’. We are once again left painfully waiting for next week.
A slightly slow, but Daryl-ish episode. And we all love Daryl.
Now tell us where Glenn is.