Bob says that nightmares end, but here they only ever seem to deepen…
Turns out that this episode was pretty much exactly what I wanted to see after last week’s action packed premiere. Things have slowed down somewhat for the characters here as they try to catch their breath, and that was most definitely needed after the escape from Terminus, but thankfully the pace of the episode refuses to slow down with them as this series continues to move along at breakneck speed. Before I move into the episode in some more detail I’ll just warn people again that, just like last week, this review contains a lot of spoilers.
So in Strangers we have plenty of characters catching up and checking in with each other – some of those exchanges are necessary, some aren’t quite so much. The best and most relevant of these must be Maggie and Tara’s. This was a conversation which had to happen sooner or later, and was genuinely exciting because I really wasn’t sure how Maggie would react. In comparison to that, Tara and Rick’s chat seemed a tad unnecessary… after all surely these things have already been worked out in the box car between seasons? One gets the feeling that Tara wouldn’t still be in the group if Rick hadn’t accepted her.
The other thing to say about Maggie is that she is taking a very long time to mention Beth’s name… in fact everybody but Daryl seems happy to ignore her kidnapping last season and head off to DC without her. I don’t know of a way to buy into the fact that nobody is talking about her, but in defense of Maggie, she could be being written to have an explanation as to why she is keeping quiet, perhaps she is psychologically damaged by the loss, or something else entirely… whatever it is, it had better be done properly whenever they do actually get around to talking about their missing member.
Despite a few niggling questions hanging over certain characters I actually thought that this was another fantastic episode for the show. We are moving through events oh so very quickly here, I thought that it would take at least a couple of episodes for the Terminus people to make as bold a move as they did at the end of this episode, but instead we’ve already reached that point two episodes in! I have to say that the reveal of Bob’s fate was really well done, it was unnerving, repulsive and scary – and it’s been a while since TWD scared me. There is the question now of whether Bob was bit earlier in the episode, hence the crying etc, and if so how will that affect the cannibals who are currently feasting on his leg? That’s a fascinating question for the series to explore and I can’t wait to see it play out, if indeed he was bitten. The other two big mystery’s going on here are what exactly are Gabriel’s sins and who, if not he, is driving that car around? It’s actually really nice to have a couple of unanswered questions scattered around whilst everything else rattles along at such a speed. It gives us something to linger on and ponder between each week.
Talking about lingering questions… was that Martin at the Bob-e-que? As in Martin the guy who Tyreese was supposed to have killed in the last episode? If so I’m pretty put out by that as it was such a nicely handled transition for Tyreesse to have gone through. I guess we will see over the next couple of weeks…. This was certainly a well made, nicely paced episode that followed on exactly as I hoped it would from the premiere. Everything looks really good for the show this season, but there are just a couple of question marks hanging over certain characters and their actions. Here’s to hoping that we gain some more depth on them next week!
I’ll leave you, for now, with the Zombie Kill of the Week ! Also please do go ahead and let me know what you thought of this episode in the comment box below.