By Christine Caprilozzi
The Walking Dead Weekly Wrap Up – “Coda”
Synopsis: Rick seeks a peaceful agreement when rules and morals are tossed aside by new enemies.
Thoughts: **SPOILERS** Well Walking Dead fans, what can I say? I feel like the episode leaves one a bit speechless. The show started off action packed and did not stop. With all the talk about the mid-season finale, the episode definitely delivered on the buzz surrounding it. We also saw the entire group back together. As a fan, I was excited to see a ton of action…I mean it has been a while since we’ve seen Michonne wield her samurai sword. We also see much more in the evolution of Rick Grimes into more of a hardened, survival of the fittest type. Fans know that this is not the same Rick Grimes who walked out of the hospital in Atlanta in Season 1.
The obvious stand out moment and climax of the episode was the dramatic ending. Many had predicted that not everyone would make it out of that hospital alive. However, the heartbreaking scene of Daryl carrying out Beth’s bloody body and Maggie’s reaction was an extremely emotional moment. While horror fans love the blood and gore, which the episode truly delivered on, the writers also kept the humanity. Lauren Cohan, who always gives a great performance, really left the fans welling up with her absolute grief stricken reaction to her sister’s death. Norman Reedus also stands too in this episode, where in a very “non Darylesque” move he completely breaks over seeing Beth’s murder right in front of his eyes. With the mid-season finale, both writers and cast leaves the fans anxiously awaiting The Walking Dead’s February return.
There you have it folks. Beth leaves us in a very noble way, but leaves the group emotionally damaged. So where does the crew go now? How do they deal with another loss? How many days until the Walking Dead returns in February?