WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead TV AND comic series. Proceed with caution.
Well, after a long and arduous wait we were finally rewarded in last nights episode of The Walking Dead, 'Heads Up' when Glenn Rhee was confirmed as alive! Hurrah! While I know there were many fans who were prepared to end their love affair with the show if Glenn somehow survived his ordeal, feeling that it would prove the series had 'jumped the shark', I personally think the writers actually created a pretty realistic scenario for Glenn's survival.
Aside from Glenn's dumpster scene, and a death defying high-wire act from Spencer, there wasn't a crazy amount of action in episode 7, though there was a lot of foundation being laid down for the mid-season finale which will air next Sunday. So, without further ado take a look at the 5 things you (might) have missed in this weeks episode, 'Heads Up.'
1. Glenn is alive!
All right, all right you definitely didn't miss this one, but it would be totally remiss of me not to include it.
So after nearly a full month of speculation, the story finally spun back around to Glenn, and we got to witness how our boy survived that huge alleyway of hungry walkers. So, how did he do it? Well I don't want to brag, but I pretty much theorized it over here back in October -- he simply waited the walkers out. After sliding underneath the dumpster and forming a barrier by killing the walkers who had tried to grab him, Glenn was able to spend the night waiting out the walkers, before emerging safely the next morning.
Glenn's escape from death also served to nicely show us where this was all taking place on the timeline of the season. So while Glenn is spending the night under the dumpster, Sasha and Abraham are waiting in the insurance building for Daryl to come find them. Meanwhile Daryl is being held captive at Dwight's campsite, and at the same time back at Alexandria Maggie and Aaron are scrubbing off Nicholas and Glenn's names from the memorial wall, and blood starts seeping through the cracks in the walls around the town. Basically what this means is that by the time Glenn and Enid make it to the outskirts of Alexandria and release the balloons, less than 24 hours has passed since the very first episode of the season when Rick and some of the gang assembled at the quarry, intending to do a dry run of the mission to escort the walkers away. Pretty awesome, right?
2. A mid-season finale event has basically been confirmed
The continuation of the Ron-learning-to-shoot storyline in 'Heads Up' essentially confirms a huge event for the mid-season finale of Season 6. In the comic series there's a horrific accident involving the leader of Alexandria, Douglas (the equivalent of Deanna in the TV series), and Carl Grimes. Basically in the middle of a huge battle against a herd of walkers who swarm Alexandria, a suicidal Douglas starts randomly shooting his gun at the walkers, and accidentally literally shoots Carl's eye out.
While that storyline seems unlikely to happen between Deanna and Carl in the TV series, all the evidence now points to the character of Ron taking Deanna's role. Aside from the fact that every time Ron aims a gun he makes a big point of closing an eye, he was also given a gun in the episode, and also managed to steal himself some bullets after distracting Olivia, (who is possibly the worst guard of supplies I have ever seen). Ron was also given reason to despise Carl in episode 7 when Carl kept making pointed comments as Rick taught Ron to shoot. While Douglas accidentally shoots Carl's eye out in the comic series, I have a feeling Ron may do it a little more deliberately in the TV series, but however it happens it will still be one hell of a moment for the show.
3. A new character is taking the place of a comic book character
This is another TV series moment, that kind of has a comic book equivalent. In 'Heads Up' Glenn runs into Enid after his escape from the walkers, and eventually he forces her to return to Alexandria with him, firstly telling her it was because of Maggie, and later admitting it was was also for him. The pair, who, unless I'm mistaken, until then had never spoken, seemed to forge a bond over the course of their journey back to Alexandria, with Glenn giving Enid a few life lessons, and putting her on the path to healing from the loss of her parents.
After asking questions about who looked after Enid in Alexandria, by the time the pair reached the outskirts of Alexandria is seemed as though Glenn was pretty much taking on a caregiver role over the teen. This would actually fit in with the TV series really well as in the comics Glenn and Maggie also take in an orphan, to raise as their own, however in the comics that orphan is Sophia Peletier, the daughter of Ed and Carol, who unlike in the TV series, still remains alive in the comics. While it might be a few more episodes before we see if Maggie and Glenn do end up taking in Enid, if 'Heads Up' was any indication, then they probably will.
4. Tara has come full circle
Though there wasn't too much action in 'Heads Up,' there was a pretty tense scene when Spencer tried to make his way outside the walls using a grappling hook. When this technique failed and Spencer fell onto the ground, Tara shimmied herself outside the fence and covered Spencer while Rick pulled him back over the wall. After Spencer was safe, Rick immediately scolded Tara for putting her own life in danger to save an Alexandrian's life, to which Tara neatly flipped him the bird.
Later on in the episode, when the two spoke, Rick was clearly having a hard to understanding why Tara would risk her neck for Spencer, until she explained to him "that's how it works with us, we're stuck with each other, right?"
I found it especially poetic that this episode should this moment with Tara, given that the majority of the episode was about her one-time savior, Glenn. Back in Season 4, Glenn risked his own life to save Tara's, even though Tara had initially fought against him on the side of the Governor. It really made this moment with Spencer seem like a full circle moment for Tara, and after quite a lot of character development from her in Season 6, I hope we see her appear in many more episodes in the future.
5. There is No Way Out for Alexandria
After teasing it for the whole season, the end of episode 7 finally shows the walls of Alexandria coming down, and a opening up a spot for the herd to get inside. This is a huge plot in the 14th volume of the comic series, titled 'No Way Out.' Despite being a devastating disaster, in a way the events of 'No Way Out' really shape the township and townsfolk of Alexandria for the better.
Next weeks mid-season finale will be a huge test for the sheltered townsfolk, who are just starting to learn how to survive (with many shown this week taking part in Rosita's machete class). Will they have the balls to stay and fight to survive, or will they cower and let their safe zone be taken over?
One thing is for sure, we'll be seeing a much smaller population in Alexandria very soon, and one character I definitely think will die is Deanna. Yep, I hate to say it, but we've seen a lot of development from Deanna in a short space of time, and as is often the case for minor characters in The Walking Dead, once they show some development, they're killed off quick-smart. For me, the final nail in Deanna's coffin came when she handed over the plans she'd drawn up for the future of Alexandria. Even Rick noted that there were more important things to be doing than worrying about plans for the future of a town whose future looks uncertain. However, it was almost like Deanna was ensuring that she leave a legacy for the town, and also a bit like she was handing over the reigns to Rick and Michonne, don't you agree?
The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead airs Sunday on AMC