Walking Dead: Bitter Angels

WARNING: The following recap contains SPOILERS! If you haven’t seen the previous episode of The Walking Dead, please go watch that before you read this article. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks! Now, on with this week’s recap.

It seems everyone on The Walking Dead is always dealing with the aftermath of something. This episode, “Broken Angels,” focuses on the aftermath of Dale‘s death. We open on his funeral, where Rick gives tells the mourners that Dale called the group “broken.” He suggests that the best way to honor Dale is by proving him wrong and sticking together.

Honestly, I didn’t expect that would actually happen. That wouldn’t make for really good television, now would it? And we’re treated to some scenes played over Rick’s speech that tell us right from the get-go that things aren’t going to work out right. One is Shane, Andrea and a few others beating some walkers into pulp. It goes way beyond just taking out some frustration.

Before I get into it, I want to say that I really enjoyed this episode. I noticed certain things that I usually don’t talk about in my reviews. The first was the music. Listen closely. Some of it is beautiful, especially a scene where Glenn confesses to Andrea that he feels like he let Dale down. Another was the cinematography. Some of this episode’s scenes take place in the middle of the night, outside. Harsh black shadows and a lot of blue tones are used effectively to set a tone, and even some scenes that took place during the day felt very cinematic.

Herschel seems to have turned over a new leaf. Maybe because of Dale, I don’t know, but he invites everyone to live inside the house. It isn’t safe anymore to have people sleeping outside. Carl confesses to Shane that he took Daryl‘s gun and that he feels Dale’s death was his fault. Then, Lori has a surprising talk with Shane, where she sympathizes with him and apologizes for everything she has put him through. He reacts very sweetly and calmly, and you get the feeling that if things were different, if, say, Rick hadn’t come back, Shane and Lori would be okay. For a second, it made me think that Shane might be turning over a new leaf as well. This is furthered by the fact that Shane decides to tell Rick that he should speak to Carl about how he stole the gun.

This was one of the most interesting scenes to me. It plays out so strangely, almost as if Shane has become Rick, and Rick has become Shane. Rick is cold and focused on taking care of their prisoner, while Shane is telling him that his son is more important. It was all strange foreshadowing for the end of the episode.

The last ten minutes will surprise you, just like last week. All I can say is that someone has gone super cray-cray, and it’s interesting to watch it unfold. Also, there is a weird, new development that is sort of changing up the whole world these characters live in. It will be interesting to see what happens in next week’s finale.

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Terry Blas is the creator of the web comic Briar Hollow and cohost of The Gnerd podcast. image

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