Episode Title: Consumed
Director: Seith Mann
Last week on The Walking Dead we followed the half of the group that were heading towards Washington, hoping that Eugene (Josh McDermitt) would be able to find a way out of the apocalyptic situation they all find themselves in. Big bombshells were dropped during the episode, entitled “Self Help”, as tensions heightened and our survivors attempted to reach the Nation’s Capital. Amidst the drama, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) expressed regret about leaving the other half of the group back at the church, we saw into the intense backstory of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Eugene admitted to not only sabotaging the group’s bus to fail on their journey, but also that he is not a scientist and has no way of knowing about any sort of cure or “way out” in Washington. The episode ended with Abraham punching Eugene out, and a flashback sequence showing how the two men met.
This week we meet back up with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) as they leave the church in a discarded car and follow another car that has a cross on its back windscreen. Daryl explains to Carol about the backstory in which he saw a similar car driving away when Beth (Emily Kinney) disappeared. The car breaks down and they lose track of the cross-bearing car in the city so they hold up in a nearby hostel. Carol’s familiarity with the residence causes Daryl to become inquisitive, and she admits to seeking refuge there with her late-daughter, Sophia, back before the walkers took over and she was living in a domestically volatile relationship. When they are leaving the hostel, we see that they are being watched by someone, and soon it is revealed that the someone in question is Noah (Tyler James Williams), the young man who Beth had helped escape from the hospital a couple of episodes ago. He initially steals Carol’s gun and holds Daryl up for his crossbow, escaping from them as they fight walkers. A close-call with a horde of walking dead leads to Daryl and Carol falling from a bridge in an old ambulance, injuring Carols’ arm in the process. They seek further shelter, and while they are there, find that Noah is also holding up in the same building. When Noah is struggling with a walker, Daryl tackles him and causes him to become stuck beneath a fallen bookcase. With Daryl initially intending to leave Noah for dead, Carol’s pleas for him to help lead to Noah being rescued. Noah panics and mumbles that “they” will find him if he doesn’t move on. Daryl presses him on the matter, and Noah mentions the hospital, and when asked about “a blonde girl”, Noah mentions Beth and admits that she helped him escape. During the conversation they see that another car from the hospital is driving towards the building. Carol is hit by the car, but they don’t see Noah or Daryl. Carol is loaded onto a stretcher while Daryl is held back by Noah who tells him that he will help him find Carol and Beth. The episode comes to a close with Daryl and Noah driving a truck with the intention of finding help in order to rescue Beth and Carol from the hospital.
Another engaging and entertaining episode in which we saw some flashbacks to Carol’s survival when she was alone after Rick ejected her from the group last season. The chemistry between McBride’s Carol and Reedus’ Daryl has been a highlight of the show for a number of seasons, and this was an episode that jumped right back into their relationship and discussed the gap they had suffered due to the various scenarios that have kept the two of them parted for some time. Daryl’s need to find Beth and protect Carol is shown, as well as Carol’s struggle with finding any sort of hope. With the addition of Noah, a naïve and struggling survivor, to the mix, it should add an element of “someone in the know” that can guide Daryl back to Carol and Beth in the coming episodes. The episode ending in which Daryl is about seek help is obviously signifying him heading back to the church, going back to the episode in which Michonne (Danai Gurira) found Daryl and an unseen companion outside the church.
It was interesting to go into Daryl and Carol’s story again and see that they are attempting to move on and try to pick up where they left off before they lost contact with one another. There were some edge-of-your-seat scenes here too, with Carol and Daryl finding themselves, for part of the episode, without weapons and surrounded by walkers and the threat of whatever and whoever else could be in the city. I enjoyed spending time with these two characters again and seeing them interact, and the end of the episode that leads nicely into Daryl turning back up at the church all makes sense. The future episodes all have lots of possibilities and we now have three separate stories that all lead into one which means we don’t exactly know who we’re going to be meeting back up with in the next episode.
I’ve had a lot of fun with this season so far, and so much has happened in only six episodes. We have the group at the church who are curious about the mysterious priest who granted them shelter yet admitted to locking the doors on helpless victims in the past. Our group on the road to Washington have reached an impasse in which we don’t know if they will turn back, continue on, or head somewhere entirely different, and we have Beth and Carol inside the unpredictable hospital and Daryl and Noah on the road to finding help in order to rescue them. I’m very interested in each of these stories, and that is a good thing indeed. I’m not sure where we will pick up next week, but if I’m guessing then I’d say we might head back to the church to catch up with Rick, Michonne and Company to see what they’ve been up to. Wherever we go, I am eagerly anticipating it. Roll on, episode seven.