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The Walking Dead #413 - Alone Review

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Daryl and Beth stumble upon a place that seems too good to be true. Meanwhile, Bob, Sasha, and Maggie decide where to head next.

The Walking Dead continues to give a little more depth to its cast of unfortunate survivors. While last week's episode had some noticeable pacing issues which may have lead to some viewers taking an unexpected nap, this week's chapter jumps between two groups and creates a far more engaging and entertaining episode. Not only does it remain character-driven, but it also moves several plot pieces forward and manages to give bloodlusted fans a pleasant amount of zombie slaying.

Remember Bob? You know, the guy who likes booze and didn't have the best luck with two other groups? Yeah, that's basically all we know about him. However, Alone changes that and shines its strongest spotlight on the man. The episode successfully humanizes Bob and transforms him into a legitimately likable character. The opening sequence revolves around him and, thanks to some fitting music and solid editing, it's a truly absorbing experience. It may seem "unnecessary" to go backwards at first, but ultimately, it helps establish a more powerful emotional connection to him and allows us to better appreciate the decisions he makes as the episode progresses.

Without spoiling anything, I will say I've mostly enjoyed the bond the series has established between Daryl and Beth. Previously, it didn't move the story forward at all (in the intro, the last episode was literally just recapped with Beth saying she misses her family), but it's most definitely critical for what's to come and, in this episode, it makes two very intriguing developments. Daryl's path and upcoming dilemma feels like a predictable one, but despite that, it's still loaded with potential and has my interest.

Thank the maker for that conclusion! With so few episodes left, it's nice to see they're literally putting one character on the "fast track" instead of giving them an entire episode. We already know the person incredibly well, so there's better ways to spend the few episodes we have left in this season than giving them yet another character study and ending it with the "oh look, a map!" ending. There sure is a lot of hype behind Terminus, eh?

Alone also does a fine job immersing us into this horrific world. There aren't any disturbing set pieces like in the previous episodes, but it does effectively show us why getting a proper night's rest would be a difficult task in this world... even if you've got a friend watching your back. Alone also did a great job hitting us with some fun bits of action. Zombies emerging from the fog won't make you soil yourself, but it's still totally creepy and, honestly, who doesn't love seeing Maggie decapitate a walker with a street sign?

I have a couple of minor gripes -- they honestly aren't even worth mentioning -- but the main one is the handling of the plot with Sasha. Maggie's drive makes sense, but the attempt to give Sasha a little more depth didn't feel nearly as effective as the attention other characters have received and definitely took awhile to get its pretty obvious point across. Not to mention the building scene certainly took its time to get going. The more emotional moment is a good one, but everything sandwiching that was moving at the speed of the walker Rick mercy killed in the very first episode. It's not a long scene so it's hardly a big deal, but it did slow down the flow of the episode for me.

Personal gripe: I wasn't the biggest fan of Beth sitting behind a piano and getting yet another excuse to sing (is there a singing quota in her contract?). Look, I get it's there to help further convey how Daryl's changing, but there's already so many scenes illustrating that point.

The Walking Dead's shift to a much stronger focus on character development is handled well in this week's episode as it bounces between two groups and even creates brand new storylines. On top of that, Alone made a major accomplishment: it made me care about Bob, a dude I formerly had zero emotional investment in. Overall, it successfully juggles quite a few key elements (character depth, narrative progression, action, horror) and the end result is a really good episode.

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Edited by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Edited by The Stegman

1. It's been a long time since I felt genuinely bad for a tv character (not since Walt's fate in Breaking Bad) but I felt horrible when Daryl got split up from Beth and he was walking that lonely road. So heartbreaking.

2. When the Walkers were attacking the house, it felt like a straight up Romero flick, first time the Walkers actually felt dangerous in ages.

3. With Daryl and Beth, this episode felt like "The Last of Us."

4. I really like Bob now

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Posted by k4tzm4n

...and he was walking that lonely road. So heartbreaking...

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Posted by Transformers1024

I just want them to get to Terminus already and have everyone re-group. It really feels like they're dragging this one pretty far out now.

Also if the gang at the end isn't the Hunters I am going to furious! They NEED to show the cannabilistic side of the apocalypse!

Edited by DjBest02

I hope that Beth doesn't get killed by the people who captured her. Either way good episode. Loved Sasha and Bob too! Maggie was badass

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Posted by The Stegman

@k4tzm4n said:

@the_stegman said:

...and he was walking that lonely road. So heartbreaking...

No lie...I was thinking about this song when he was walking, ha.

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I'm liking all these episodes that are giving more time to all the chacrters, but I feel like it's dragging to much. THe story isn't moving along fast enough

Posted by longbowhunter

I never knew that guy's name was Bob. Now I can stop referring to him as "alcoholic black guy".

Posted by ARMIV2

Do people really get that up and about with Beth singing? She sings great and it fit the scene well and...

Well anyway, I'm really hoping she doesn't get the axe. I'm really enjoying her bonding with Daryl.

Posted by Transformers1024

@longbowhunter: I'm not going to lie, I laughed at that comment a little harder than I should have lol.

Posted by Malonius

There's no tension because we know all 5 groups will reconnect. All of this is just filler and padding.

Posted by HempKnight757

@madeinbangladesh: You wanna talk about dragging go back & watch season two. Compared to that this second half of the season is sprinting. I have rather enjoyed this second half of the season more than the first. I didn't like how that were trying to humanize the Governor. Only complaint I have is that it has taken entirely two long to get back to Michonne, Rick, & Carl.

Posted by HempKnight757

@malonius: Yeah cause nothing crazy will happen when they get together, right? If you don't like it don't watch cause no matter how boring the show gets it will always sell & if you don't like pace of the serious go read the comic.

Posted by Pokergeist

I read the Rise of the Governor book. I can see many sexual, and painful torture for Beth in this twisted world :/ Not looking good for her.

Edited by Skyhawk1

Saw both Lauren Cohen and Sonequa Martin-Green on Taking Dead. Can't decide if they're hotter on camera, or off.

Posted by KingAres109

@cadencev2: Is she in the comic series??I thought she was only in the TV series...

Posted by NightFang

Bob was the star of this episode to me.

Posted by Transformers1024

@hempknight757: I feel like I'm the only person that enjoyed season 2.

Edited by kgb725

Bob is finally likeable

Posted by danhimself

@longbowhunter: Bob is actually one of the main characters in the Rise of the Governor novel....I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Walking Dead

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I'll never understand people when they say "the story is moving to slow" or "there not enough zombie action"

Edited by Jayc1324

@skyhawk1: I know exactly what you mean pal

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Edited by RocketStark

Beth is with Gabriel(a priest)

Gabriel probably saw Beth is in danger that's why he took her

Gabriel: no little girl you're in danger come with me

the dudes that Daryl encountered is actually the same dudes that entered Rick's temporary house(the dudes encountering Daryl 1st happened)

i think Bob will be the victim of the HUNTERS(cannibals)

because in the comics it is Dale and Dale got bitten but he lied about it

Bob got bitten but he said his okay but I think his lying

in the comics Dale got caught by the hunter and when he woke up he is missing a leg and he noticed that the hunters are eating eat then Dale said that is a tainted meat that he already got bitten

the hunters let Dale go and let Rick finishes him of

then Rick and company butchered the Hunters to death

Posted by The Stegman

@skyhawk1: off camera, Sonequa's hair was gorgeous.

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Edited by longbowhunter

@danhimself: Oh cool. I've been meaning to pick that up.

Posted by TheCannon

Quick question I have about the episode (SLIGHT SPOILERS):

Is the group that Daryl meets at the end of the episode the same group that came into the house Rick was staying at a few episodes ago? I'm pretty sure I recognized one of the guys, but I could be wrong.

Posted by mak13131313

Excellent episode!

Posted by shackle

@malonius said:

There's no tension because we know all 5 groups will reconnect. All of this is just filler and padding.

We don't know that. I can almost guarantee that the whole band is not going to get back together; there are going to be characters that aren't going to make it. That has been the MO of TWD since the very beginning. Your assumption is completely unfounded; you're just a disgruntled smart a$$ who will be proven wrong, like so many other disgruntled smart a$$es.

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I'll never understand people when they say "the story is moving to slow" or "there not enough zombie action"

Because most people today have zero understanding of tone or character development. They believe that plot is all there is to storytelling. And it's not limited to comments on a comic book website--I would estimate a full HALF of the so-called "movie critics" on the internet are just as myopic. Criticism today is a joke because the majority of "critics" are unqualified.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@armiv2 said:

Do people really get that up and about with Beth singing? She sings great and it fit the scene well and...

Well anyway, I'm really hoping she doesn't get the axe. I'm really enjoying her bonding with Daryl.

How does saying it's a personal gripe turn into me getting "up and about" over it?

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@farkam said:

@transformers1024 said:

@hempknight757: I feel like I'm the only person that enjoyed season 2.

You're not alone brah.

Second. I didn't love it or anything like that, but I watch it week after week for a reason, after all.

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@k4tzm4n said:

@farkam said:

@transformers1024 said:

@hempknight757: I feel like I'm the only person that enjoyed season 2.

You're not alone brah.

Second. I didn't love it or anything like that, but I watch it week after week for a reason, after all.

I really enjoyed Season 2. It showed what kind of people everyone was, especially Rick and Shane, as well as their leadership styles. It made me ask myself questions of what kind of choices I would make in that world, and who would I rather follow, regardless of how morally wrong or right they were.

Posted by ARMIV2

@k4tzm4n: It's not even so much you, but I've just seen people get real touchy about the singing and...I dunno.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

@farkam said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@farkam said:

@transformers1024 said:

@hempknight757: I feel like I'm the only person that enjoyed season 2.

You're not alone brah.

Second. I didn't love it or anything like that, but I watch it week after week for a reason, after all.

I really enjoyed Season 2. It showed what kind of people everyone was, especially Rick and Shane, as well as their leadership styles. It made me ask myself questions of what kind of choices I would make in that world, and who would I rather follow, regardless of how morally wrong or right they were.

Exactly, what i've been trying to tell everyone is that the main focus of this show is CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and survival. being isolated with combustible people around is a great factor to tweak around with, which is what Season 2 did.

Edited by green_skaar

I never knew that guy's name was Bob. Now I can stop referring to him as "alcoholic black guy".

Lol, same here. Wasn't until last week I finally learned/remembered Beth's name!

Edited by Pokergeist

@rocketstark: Interesting beak down, but if Bob was indeed bitten, shouldnt he have turned after the first night? Not be in peak Health for two days running? A bite leads to fever in hours and death.

So.... that makes no sense.

Posted by SlickyMike88

Daryl and Beth worked very well in this episode , too bad they had to break it up:P and i'm not a fan of that group Daryl meet up with either, just piss off!

Posted by manwithoutshame

Can we just skip right to Negan so the show can be good again?

Edited by AWeekInGeekdom

Hey plot-wise if I like music and It's the apocalypse and I happen to stumble upon a piano I would play the heck out of that piano. lol Plus Beth has a great voice :P

Posted by Transformers1024

@theacidskull: Thank you!!! Finally someone sees eye-to-eye with me about season 2!! Although I know that the second half of season 4 is trying to do some character development, I find it to be seriously dragging and rather boring in a sense..

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: Thank you!!! Finally someone sees eye-to-eye with me about season 2!! Although I know that the second half of season 4 is trying to do some character development, I find it to be seriously dragging and rather boring in a sense..

I don't tho, I am loving season 4.

Posted by HexThis

Would everyone STOP running off on their own? It's so infuriating. Beth tried to run away to get a drink before Daryl could follow, Glenn tried to run away from the soldier & his crew, Maggie ran away, Bob walked off on his own. AGH! Can't these people stop and maybe come up with strategies for 5 minutes before scampering off on their own? It's really selfish and infuriating when they do that.

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