(PCM) Fans of the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” were definitely duped by a lot of the rumors that were floating around claiming that we were going to lose a major character in the Season Five finale which aired last night. It appears as though several red herrings were thrown out by both the cast and producers alike, however they certainly did an absolutely amazing job keeping us on the edge of our seats throughout the entire 90 minute episode.
To echo the sentiments of “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, we too would like to petition that every episode of “The Walking Dead” be super-sized to 90 minutes long!
**Spoiler Alert: Key plot points from the Season Five finale are discussed below**
For once it was actually pretty awesome to watch the season finale for a series that didn’t leave us with some major life or death cliff-hanger that we have to wait several months to discover the outcome. Everyone on team Rick survived and there were only two casualties in the entire episode, one is most likely a blessing, but something tells us that they other could turn out to be a curse.
We were also thrilled with Morgans’ completely badass return! Somewhere along the way (and I hope we learn more about his journey next season) he picked up some major ninja skills. He beat off hoards of Walkers using only a stick! A freaking stick! While Morgan is so far only confirmed for one episode next season, we somehow think that we are going to be seeing a lot more of him throughout Season Six. By the way, what a way for Morgan and Rick to reunite, probably not in the way they both would have preferred.
The episode provided a lot of insight for the new big bad that we will be surely meeting next season, as now we have been properly introduced to The Wolves. Daryl and Aaron nearly fell victim to one of their horrific traps before being heroically saved by Morgan and judging by the last few moments of the episode, they are surely going to be on their way to greet the residents of Alexandria next season.
We also have to note that whoever is writing for Carol this season is doing an absolutely phenomenal job. She has had some of the absolute best quips and one-liners this season, as she flawlessly plays the role of innocent homemaker, but we all know the truth, don’t we boys and girls. It was priceless when she told Pete after threatening him with a knife to the throat that she expected her casserole dish to be returned clean, and also the way actress Melissa McBride delivered the line calling Rick “sunshine” was hilarious whether it was meant to be that way or not.
Glenn ended up getting shot by crazy Nicholas, but he survived and despite have every opportunity in the world to shoot and kill Nicolas in retaliation, he makes the decision to drag him back to Alexandria to face the consequences. In another almost death sequence we see that Father Gabriel has continued to go off the deep end and he has a very harsh run-in the Sasha who went to him looking for some priestly advice. A fight ensues after he tells her that both Bob and Tyrese deserved to die, but just as she is about to shoot him in the head, Maggie comes in to intervene and the three can be seen praying together as the episode concludes after Father Gabriel admits to blaming himself for the deaths of his parishioners.
In the end of the episode, Rick does what Rick does best by making a speech to the residents of Alexandria explaining to them that they have to change. Drunk Pete comes stumbling in telling everyone not to trust Rick and then Dianna’s husband Reg gets in his way as he is about to go after Rick and Pete accidentally slices Reg’s throat open. Bye-bye Reg! Dianna is understandably devastated and then gives Rick the go ahead to take out Pete, which was probably the killing that has ever taken place within Alexandria’s protective walls. It is at this point the Aaron and Daryl return with Morgan and we now have our set up for Season Six.
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