If the mid-season premiere didn’t convince you that The Walking Dead was back on track, then Episode 10, “New Best Friends,” absolutely should have. And if it didn’t, then I’m not too sure why you’re reading an article that’s written about an episode of a television show, that apparently, you don’t like all that much…Regardless, Episode 10 confirms that our show is in fact back on track and heading in the right direction.
Episode 10 had some interesting moments, so I think that it is best to break down the episode in that fashion. Be warned, there are spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.
1. Daryl and his crossbow
Isn’t it nice to see Daryl with his trusty crossbow in hand? It absolutely is, and while Daryl’s relationship with Richard (we’ll talk about this more on the next page) is shaky at best, I enjoyed Richard’s comment about Daryl being a bowman. Daryl is still one of the best fighters in the group and has time and time again proven himself to be one of Rick’s MVPs.
2. Say her damn name
As soon as Richard began discussing his plan to lead the Saviors to the loner living on the outskirts of the Kingdom, all of us watching muttered “Carol.” Watching Daryl put two and two together was great, and watching him inadvertently defend Carol from Richard – by preventing Richard from going through with his plan – was better yet. Clearly, Daryl still cares a whole lot for Carol despite her departure from the group.
3. Strangers in a strange land
The sequence where Rick and the gang were taken to the new group’s
evil lair stomping ground and watched as their odd captors got into formation was strange, and I loved it. This new group creeps me out.
If all works out, I think that this new group will certainly give Rick the edge that he needs to bring down the Saviors.
Two men enter; one man leaves. Two men enter; one man leaves. Alright, so Rick’s fight with Winslow (the Gladiator Walker) wasn’t exactly an evening in the Thunderdome, but it was cool nonetheless. Yet again, we have a prime example of Rick’s willingness to do whatever it takes to keep his people safe. My only complaint about this scene is that the fight was over before it started, and we didn’t get any close-up shots of Rick hacking away at his opponent once he was trapped under a wall of garbage.
5. Why are you smiling Rick?
Is it me, or was Rick smiling constantly throughout this episode?
I think that it is important that Gabriel asked Rick why he was smiling because while all of us were sure that Rick saw the Garbage Pail Kids as potential allies in his war on Negan and the Saviors, hearing Rick justify his smile confirmed the theory.
6. The Lie
So Daryl lied to Carol about the Saviors and Negan…why? I realize that Daryl lied for Carol’s sake, but come on, isn’t she going to find out sooner or later?
While I don’t think that Daryl would let anything happen to Carol, it felt as though she is being prepped for death. The lie. The last meal together. The last-minute hug goodbye…
Can we really afford to lose Carol now?
7. Daryl leaves the Kingdom
After getting awfully close with Shiva, Daryl decides to up and leave the Kingdom. I’m glad that he’s ready to fight, but at the same time, I think that it doesn’t make much sense for him to return to the Hilltop/ Gregory is not going to be happy.
8. Final thoughts
Episode 10 was good. it consisted of all of the elements that make an episode of TWD enjoyable, and while I am concerned about both Carol and Daryl (for different reasons) I am very excited to see what happened in Episode 11 and so on.