Hello again Trashbags! I’ve missed you over the break! I really appreciate all of you who read this. Thanks so much to everyone that followed me on TrashTalkCeleb. Give yourselves a five second frencher for me. To anyone that’s new here, you can catch up on past episodes here. Now, let’s talk about this week’s episode, shall we love bugs?
First off, I have to admit that I didn’t love this episode and I actually fell asleep during it twice. I know there will be some who loved it, but I’m not one of them. Sorry. I do love the show, but not this ep. I’ve never really been a fan of dreamlike episodes thrown into linear shows. It’s like being at a party and someone decides to play Enya all of a sudden. It’s disorienting and mostly just not cool.
The cold open is a series of flashing images: digging a grave, Maggie crying, a picture of a house, a funeral, pictures of twin boys, the prison, a baby crying, Noah telling Rick about Virginia, bullet holes, skeletons, a drawing of a sun, Woodbury, Lizzie & Mika, and train tracks. It feels like they are pulling a Clockwork Orange situation on us.
Rick convinces the others that it’s worth a try to travel to Virginia and peep the situation. Through the magic of television, they are almost there after commercial. In the lead car, Tyreese and Noah are having a deep convo. Noah tells Ty that the trade was the right move, despite the unintended consequence of Beth dying. Tyreese goes all fatalist and says it went the way it had to, the way it was supposed to. Apparently, this week Tyreese is the post-apocalyptic Nietzsche. He talks about how when he was a kid, his dad made them listen to the news on the radio so that they would be forced to recognize the suffering of others. His dad kinda sounds like a dick. This whole time, Tyreese is looking at Noah instead of the road. I keep expecting them to get T-boned.
Noah says he has a mom and twin brothers. Well at least he hopes he still does. As they approach the house, Rick tells Ty to pull over so they can enter on foot, just in case. Tyreese, Rick, Noah, Michonne and Glenn pull off the road at the site of a wreck and head to Noah’s house. The rest of the gang stopped a few miles behind in case it’s not safe. Considering that the group walks past the human skeleton from the opening sequence as they approach, I’m gonna guess it’s not. When they arrive at the gated community there is absolutely no one around. Noah panics and starts to limp hurriedly towards his house. There are a few zombies wandering around the neighborhood. When he realizes that the community has been breached, Noah loses his shit. Michonne says she will take care of the zombies, and she seems totally bored with the whole situation.
As Michonne decapitates the zombies, Rick decides that they will look around and try to scavenge some supplies. Tyreese stays with Noah, to help him through his nervous breakdown. Rick and Glenn talk about how they both kinda knew Noah’s community wasn’t gonna be the safe haven they are searching for. Rick says they had to at least get Noah there because that’s what Beth would have wanted. Meanwhile, Ty is trying to cheer up Noah by being super depressing. OKAY. Ty tells Noah about that time when he walked into a herd of zombies because he was so depressed about Karen dying.
Ty says that he is glad he didn’t die when he did that dumb shit because then he wouldn’t have been around to take care of Judith, and reunite her with Rick. This little speech motivates Noah to pull himself together long enough to take off towards his house. Although Noah is limping because he got hit by a car like a day ago, Tyreese is sprinting to catch up.