A rewarding pay off for fans of ‘The Walking Dead’

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Wow.

What a week for fans of The Walking Dead.

What a week for fans of Norman Reedus and Daryl Dixon.

We were feeling rather deprived in the first half of season six of the hit AMC series: Of the first eight episodes, we only got three with Daryl. And we saw him get parted from his beloved crossbow and his chopper!


At the end of the half season in November, Daryl was also left with Sasha and Abraham, about to lose a valuable supply truck to one of Negan’s lieutenants and his gang of cohorts.

The first two episodes of the mid season have been the reward fans have been looking for. They are, so far, the best of the current season and I would rank them among the best of the whole series.

Episode 6.9 and 6.10 (or 76 and 77 of the whole series) a.k.a. “No Way Out” and “The Next World” have come on strong—like wild stallions finally let out to run. The arguments I’m having with fans are not even about whether or not we loved it but which one of the two we loved more!

Yes there were losses (and a significant injury) as we always expect, yet still manage to shock us. There were also moments of incredible heroism and tenderness. All around, these episodes have incredible writing and fine directing jobs by Kari Skogland (who has also done Penny Dreadful and Vikings), and the one and only Greg Nicotero (SFX make up master, now an executive producer for TWD).

While delivering the proper action and excitement—the last two episodes touched on the theme of family and the power of knowing you have people who have your back in the world gone, as one turned walker in season two put it, “to shit.”

It has taken Rick and co. all this time and all this shared history to build a “family.” There is now this little gem of humanity and tenderness amidst all the non-stop sadness and horror in the world of the show.

The plot also got pushed further with the introduction of Paul Monroe a.k.a. Paul Rovia a.k.a. “Jesus”—an incredibly wily and interesting character who, in the comic book, gives them a perspective of exactly what they’ve got going in Alexandria and what else is out there in the big, bad world.

If you can’t get enough of Norman Reedus—he’s in the currently running heist film, Triple 9 with: Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul (Jesse from Breaking Bad), Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Chiwetel Eijofor (12 Years A Slave).

Six more episodes are left with The Walking Dead Season 6; if you can’t wait, the match airing happens Monday mornings at 11:35 a.m. on FOX.

Triple 9 opened on Wednesday and is still showing in cinemas.

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