The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 15 – TV Review

(Written for Filmoria)

We knew that a confrontation was on the horizon, but it all happens rather quickly in the latest episode of The Walking Dead, ‘Try’, as a plan in last week’s episode takes the huge leap of setting up the finale storyline.

‘Try’ puts its emphasis on Rick and Jessie, who have had a romance brewing since they first met each other. There’s been a lot of flirtation but only really one single moment where we thought something might happen. To be honest, the show could have done better to express their growing bond, as this latest episode jumps from Rick wanting to save Jessie from her abusive husband, Pete, to Jessie giving him the approval of killing the love of her life and father of her children.

Now, we’ve not even seen a single bruise on Jessie since the revelation of her abusive other half, last week, so it’s hard to come to terms with the over exaggerated reactions that we are faced with this week. We’ve been told stories of how bad it’s been between Pete and Jessie over the years, but that’s not enough when it comes to a storyline that could have strengthened a somewhat weak half to the series.

For the audience to want Rick to swoop in and rescue Jessie, we not only needed to see Rick and Jessie get closer on more occasions, but we also needed to see Jessie and Pete’s relationship falling apart. Or at least for someone to walk in on Jessie in tears; she’s been far too smiley for us to believe that she was getting a beating behind closed doors every night. That and the fact that she made no attempt to hide her feelings for Rick in public. If it wasn’t for her son’s revelation to Carol, I would have thought that it was Jessie hitting Pete.

But it’s all about to reach its conclusion, as we quickly skip over the background story and jump to Rick and Pete covered in each other’s blood. Deanna and the rest of Alexandria do not approve, but it’s Michonne who steps in to shut Rick up, which ends the episode on a huge surprise and turn of events. Who knows how this story’s going to play out now.

In other stories, Daryl and Aaron find troubling signs of human activity while out recruiting, reminding us once more that the people of Alexandria may have a darker side, or hinting that something bigger is happening outside the walls with a new group of people.

My favourite part of the episode, however, is the scene where we very nearly get to witness Carl’s first kiss. It’s easy to forget how young Carl is, so this scene with him and Enid hiding in the woods worked well to remind the audience that, whilst he’s had to grow up in this horrible world and adapt to these tough surrounding, he’s still only a teenager with a lot more to experience than killing zombies. It was quite a romantic few moments, and one that I’m sure many of us can relate to as you almost feel the butterflies in his stomach; it’s nice to be reminded that these guys have human emotions now and then.

Next week’s episode is the season finale, so I’m sure we’ll get some answers soon. And there’s plenty of questions that we need answer to!

Who’s chopping up bodies and carving W’s into their foreheads? Where is Morgan Jones? (If he’s not the body chopped into pieces!) And why is Norman Reedus (Daryl) preparing fans for the worst and encouraging us to have a box of tissues on hand ready for the finale?

Most of all, we’ll get to see how Rick’s fate is decided. Will it be the people of Alexandria who decide that it’s time for Rick and his group to leave? Or will Michonne be the one giving orders?

For the first time in this second half of the series, I can’t wait for next week’s episode!

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