EPISODE 516 – A LOOK BACK WITH HACKSAW JACK – Conquer (POTENTIAL SPOILERS)
“Simply put, there’s a vast ocean of $*** that you people don’t know $*** about. Rick knows every fine grain of said S***… and then some.” Abraham Ford
This quote pretty much sums up Season 5. Sometimes Rick Grimes seems crazy. Sometime he seems overly protective and cautious. Sometimes he seem overly aggressive. And although sometimes his actions “seem” questionable at times, he knows A LOT about this world and understands what needs to be done. I’ll talk more about Rick later but let’s look back at some other story lines from 516.
First off, MORGAN!!! Morgan has become one the greatest teases in recent TV history. We’d only heard from him once (Season 3 “Clear”) since the pilot episode. Finally, they teased us a couple of times throughout the season that he was on Rick’s trail and finally in the finale, he catches up! Many viewers were surprised and didn’t understand how Morgan morphed into a Jedi Master Splinter. But let’s recognize the fact that we really don’t know much about Morgan’s background. Granted we’ve never seen him do much more than shoot a gun, but it’s possible that he had some sort of martial arts training before the apocalypse. It’s also very possible that during his time alone in his King County, booby-trapped haven that he practiced using his bow staff. He obviously had many opportunities to hone these skills on the multitude of walkers in his area. Regardless of how he attained these skills, I’m just glad he showed up when he did. Otherwise Daryl and Aaron might have been a walker buffet! I’m excited to learn more about Morgan’s story in season 6 and find out why he decided to leave his “cleared” zone and come find Rick.
The Glenn and Nicholas story line continued to escalate. I had predicted multiple times that I was worried about Glenn’s fate in this finale and I had plenty of opportunities to think I might have predicted correctly. We know that Nicholas had stolen the gun that Rick hid during episode 511 and he was likely planning to use it on Glenn. By killing Glenn, it would cover up his secret about the real cause of Noah’s death. Fortunately, Nicholas’ aim is almost as bad as an Imperial Stormtrooper and he only hit Glenn in the shoulder. So after several suspenseful chase/fight scenes, we see that Glenn spares Nicholas’ life when he had the chance to kill him. Replace Glenn with Rick or Daryl in this scenario and Nicholas would likely be dead long before he had the chance to shoot them. But Glenn is obviously trying be a part of this civilization and wants to do things the “right” way. Hopefully, this decision won’t come back to haunt them later.
Finally, we have the culmination of Rick’s beef with Pete. Inter-weaved into this story line was tension with Michonne, badassery from Carol, stupidity from Gabriel, boldness from Maggie, PTSD from Sasha and casserole dish breaking from Pete. At the end of the day, Rick saves the day by discovering the gate that Gabriel left open and single-handedly dispatches the trespassing walkers. Rick’s spirited speech reminds me of his “Not a democracy anymore” speech from the end of season 2. His speech is intterupted by a blundering Pete who has stolen Michonne’s sword (which he clearly doesn’t know how to use) and Pete inadvertently kills Reg which prompts Deanna to give him the immediate death sentence which Rick is glad to administer. After all of this, can we be comfortable with Rick as the leader of Alexandria? Personally, I think Rick’s intentions are just and he believes this town is worth fighting for and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty if that is what is needed. What do you think?
There have been some questionable moments in season 5 but ultimately, I’ve really enjoyed this season and I’m excited to see what they give us in season 6. How will the Wolves terrorize Alexandria? Who will be the leader of Alexandria? What are we going to learn about Morgan and will he stick around to be a part of the group? Will Rick hook up with Jessie? Will Carl hook up with Enid? Let the predictions begin!
I’ve enjoyed discussing this season with all of you and I look forward to more blog content during the off season. Thanks again for following my articles and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube at HakSawJak.
– Hacksaw Jack
P.S. Thank you to Eric Nordhoff for his contributions to the Walking Dead fan community through the Walker Stalkers podcast and Walker Stalker Con. I wish you great success in your future endeavors and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this family.