Mar 10 2015

The Walking Dead – “Forget” Review. Don’t Ask For Anymore Cookies.


the_walking_dead_logoSeason 5, Episode 13

Air Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 9/8c on AMC


“Come on and get me.” – Sasha

Sheriff Grimes and Deputy Michonne reporting for duty.

Sheriff Grimes and Deputy Michonne reporting for duty.

With the previews and sneak peeks we’ve seen thus far, I thought this week’s episode of The Walking Dead would be more character-centric. But what do you know? “Forget” focuses more on emotions and how they can weigh a person down. The emotions of the survivors who have lived life on the run are slowly being pushed to the side, essentially moving Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang to forget how things were. You can see how traumatized the group is when trying to assimilate—they don’t appear comfortable at all and feel like outsiders. Daryl (Norman Reedus) doesn’t want to be domesticated after living in the wild for the past two years. And Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) is so wrapped up in her grief, she can’t see straight. What I can’t stop wondering is how Hershel (Scott Wilson) would react to life in Alexandria if he were still alive, and whether Beth (Emily Kinney) would have been as quick as Carol (Melissa McBride) to voluntarily play the role of spy. Guess that’s something we’ll never know.

Welcome to Mayberry

So, I don’t know about you but I’m frightened. I never thought I’d say these words but Carol scares the shit out of me. We all know her act is nothing more than that yet she’s harboring thoughts we can’t even imagine. Let’s not forget, she was mentally and physically abused by her husband for years. Those kinds of living conditions take a toll on a person. Carol isn’t the only one who needs to talk some things out. How else can you explain her methods for getting a kid to keep a secret for her? Hell, I’m gonna keep her secret too, and I don’t even want her damn cookies.

How long before Sasha snaps?

How long before Sasha snaps?

Poor Sasha is off her rocker. At this point, no one’s really able to help each other effectively. As an aside, if the writers want to keep adding new characters, they should try introducing a shrink into the mix. More than a few people need to lie down on the couch and work through their feelings. What worries me is Sasha having a difficult time handling what’s happening to her now. She’s grieving the loss of her brother Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) while trying to maintain, and doing a piss-poor job of both. Survival is still the name of the game and Sasha is trying hard to care. She’s physically there but that’s it. Her mind is trapped in the past, reliving moments with her lost loved ones. She needs someone to pull her out of the funk she’s fallen into because at this rate, she’ll end up like Rick after Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) died.

I feel certain I’ve got Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) figured out. She gives everyone a job, a purpose, makes them feel important to get them comfortable. Once she knows she’s won their trust, her real motive will make itself known. I don’t know what it is yet, but Alexandria isn’t the safe haven we’re meant to believe it is. The community is too perfect, too maintained in a world full of death and destruction. How they can be exempt from all the craziness in the world is unfathomable. Just look at Noah’s (Tyler James Williams) looted neighborhood. They had a gate, brick walls, and still were touched by the outside world. Deanna was looking for a group like Rick’s—though not them specifically—for protection. She knows they are all biding their time. What Deanna is doing is playing divide and conquer. She’s a politician at heart. That doesn’t just melt away because she can no longer perform her duty like before. She’s manipulating people, moving them into position on her chess board, and they don’t even see it happening.

Things to make you go hmm…

I don’t like Baby Judith being passed around like a party favor. Rick doesn’t know those people and is trying a little too hard to fit in. That bothers me like you wouldn’t believe.

The Alexandrians have lost touch with reality. I get why Deanna has the cocktail party; I don’t get why there’s no sense of urgency in making sure their haven stays secure. Leaving it all to chance is a bit risky. But, like Rick says, “We’re here now.”

Isn’t it odd to see everyone in clean clothes? Daryl even dons a new shirt to make himself look presentable. I almost didn’t recognize the usual suspects.

Just a word about the kiss between Rick and Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge)—awkward. Why play with fire, Rick? Or is he playing her too?

One of the streets in Alexandria is named “Morgan” and I’m totally taking that to mean Morgan (Lennie James), the man himself, is going to be making an appearance. Please? I beg you, powers that be. Sure, he’d need a ride, and direction to the community, but Morgan can find Rick if he wants.


"Daron" is the latest bromance on the show. How long do you think it will last?

“Daron” is the latest bromance on the show. How long do you think it will last?

“Forget” is a filler episode. It’s not terrible and we learn a few things about people we probably wouldn’t have guessed. I’m still not sure where things are going but I’m definitely along for the ride. I’d love to see some action soon because safe and secure is boring. And I still don’t trust Aaron (Ross Marquand), no matter how good his spaghetti dinner is. Let me know what you think about “Forget” by dropping me a line in the comments section below or tweet me @ellemoe.

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