Ryan Thomason

The Walking Dead – Still, had me waiting…with my thumb on fast forward.

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For the second week in a row, I found myself so bored while watching Still, I had my thumb resting on the fast forward button because I just wanted it to be over. Did I push it? No. But The Walking Dead is slowly shambling toward being queued up on the DVR so I can just finish the season in one swoop. I’m getting one step closer to just giving up on being a hardcore follower of the show. Maybe I’m just waiting for someone/thing to put a sharp object through my skull.

Spoilers, ahoy!

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Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Walker – The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 12 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Still, while I guess was interesting for the very un-interesting reveal of what Daryl Dixon was doing with his life before the zombie plague. It was nothing, literally. It’s no surprise he was a drifter following after his big brother Merle, who was the only fixture in his life. Beth spends the whole episode wanting to have her first drink of liquor, almost sadly settles for Peach Schnapps before she started crying and then Daryl smashed the bottle. Which, if you think about it is exactly what every human being should do if they see a bottle of Peach Schnapps.

I understand that this was one of those character building episodes; I don’t know how, but I like Daryl less now. Something has been taken away from the character that made him ooze with being the guy that everyone wants to hang out with during the zombie apocalypse. I get why they did the big reveal of his past, yes, it adds some flesh on the bones and gives us more insight. I just didn’t want more insight about Daryl. He was a nobody who existed under the pressure of Merle’s thumb, I was fine with that. He was fine how he was. His character is that he was essentially born and became who he was AFTER the shit hit the fan. Which is the opposite for everyone else on the show.

The side plot in Still of Beth wanting to desperately have a first drink now that her Dad is gone was slightly confusing to me. Here they are, scrapping by in the woods, looting hubcaps and plastic bottles into plastic bags found in cars. When apparently they know they are close enough to towns/housing where they could get booze? Then, when they get somewhere. I sat there and watched them pass up practically anything they could have really used as they slowly searched through the building. Cast iron cooking pans? NOPE. Half a candle stick sitting in a bottle. Pssh. I gotta fill up my backpack with nonsense. It’s easy to be the armchair survivor, I know I wouldn’t last long in that situation. But, don’t put stuff right there for scenery if it’s something that is blatantly useful. Then they finally get to a house that Daryl knew about (it wasn’t good enough to go there for shelter before?) with his scouting days with Michonne, he sits Beth down for a proper drink of booze.


On an empty stomach. With a small girl that has never drank before. Who made the same reaction tasting the Moonshine as if it were a glass of water. Now, I know that I may not be the best at hiding my icky face when I take a shot of liquor. But either Beth is a drinking champ that just found her hidden talent, or a close alcoholic.

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Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) – The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 12 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Maybe I’m just annoyed that the writers and people behind the scenes thought that splitting everyone up for a season would be a good way to have a whole lot of nothing going on. For all their planning and all their organization within the prison to ensure their survival behind the tall walls in the lead-up to the final stand against the Governor, why didn’t anyone ever come up with a rendezvous location? They had a bus, loaded with supplies, an evacuation plan (of sorts). Yet, pulling out a map and saying, “Meet here if shit hits the fan” was a bit too much? Seems like things would be a lot easier for all involved if they’d just had a backup plan in place. But, that would make too much sense, and you can’t string your audience around for a season of low budget filming entirely on one rent-able piece of property in Georgia.

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