Season 6 Episode 3 “Thank You”
I have actually kind of dreaded talking about this episode. Re-watching is hard enough but writing about it is even harder. This episode ripped my heart out when it aired. It was so devastating for me that I can recall every feeling I had at the time. After the episode was over I watched a good half hour of the show after with tears running down my face. I had to tell myself to pull it together….out loud! So with that being said, let’s begin.
Our friends face a harrowing journey back to Alexandria. Herds of walkers are everywhere. When you think about the level of chaos happening, its immense. This day started out with what was supposed to be a dry run of a hefty undertaking and it went to shit in every way imaginable. Rick goes off on his own to get an RV, leaving Michonne and Glenn to lead the supporting players back to Alexandria until he can catch up with them. Through no fault of their own, Glenn and Michonne lose the majority of the group pretty quickly. One guy runs off after shooting another in the leg by accident. Another guy who thought he knew better than everyone got bit. Three of the folks still alive are injured, one bit, one twisted ankle and one shot in the leg. Problems are stacking up. Everything happening in this episode is just torturous to watch. When you want them to move quickly, they seem to take their time talking about their problems. When you want things to go right they just get worse. There is no point in this episode where you get to collect yourself.
I enjoyed the dynamic between Heath and Michonne. Heath is upset after overhearing Rick tell Glenn and Michonne to save themselves above everyone else. Heath gets pretty passive aggressive about this with Michonne while they were holed up in the pet store (which Rick did specifically tell them not to do). But Michonne’s not gonna let Heath get away with that. She really puts him in his place with her speech about how he’s clueless. How he’s never been covered in so much blood that he can’t tell if it’s his own or walkers or his friends. That last bit really comes full circle as Heath catches a reflection of himself later on when they are close to Alexandria and he actually is covered in blood. That message really sinks in right then. If this episode just ended with Michonne making it back to Alexandria with just two people out of the entire group that went out was the end of this episode, it would have still been pretty heavy. But it’s not.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Glenn dies. Not really but I certainly thought he was dead. Were you surprised? I sure was. I had always assumed Glenn was going to go like he did in the comics and then just out of nowhere, they kill him before they even get to introducing Negan. I know a lot of fans were suspect of this dumpster death, but I wholeheartedly believed the show had just killed off Glenn without any warning. And I was crushed. To be honest, it was a really stunning way to go and I almost wish it had been true. If you think about the tragedy of Glenn dying because he couldn’t stop trying to save Nicholas from himself would have actually been really beautiful. I loved how they interspersed moments of Nicholas slipping away to some other place in his mind throughout the episode. They did it in previous episodes too, but we should have known something was going to happen with him when it kept happening over and over again. His repeated zoning out was a sign that he could not handle what was happening. Would I go as far as to say Glenn should have known better? Yeah, actually I might. Nicholas was barely beginning to show he was changing. I think it was a real mistake for Glenn to rush him into relying on him so much. But I mean, it’s not like they had a lot of options.
And then to top it all off, it’s not even the end of the episode. We had to sit there watching in shock and teary eyes for the rest of the episode, which wasn’t even remotely calm. At one point, Rick really hurts his hand on a knife stuck in a walker. That would probably be insignificant to most but I’ve had this wish that Rick would lose his hand at some point. He loses it in the comics back during The Governor days. So it’s been a special wish of mine that they’d cut it off. So every time Rick has ever hurt his hand on the show, I think “this is it”. And they kind of played it up too this time with a lot of scenes of him holding it. Big letdown for me. Rick also has to take on the Wolves that Morgan let live. At one point I said to the television, “Stop I can’t take anymore!” We’re left wondering if Rick is even gonna get out of the broken RV as walkers start surrounding it.
This episode really messed with me. I was far from ready to deal with Glenn dying. The danger is coming from every direction, and quite literally all heading towards Alexandria. As exciting as it is as a story, as a person I don’t appreciate leaving us hanging like this! And I want Glenn back! Next week is another great episode and also one I have been waiting to talk about for some time. It will be good.
Best of the Episode
Glenn’s dumpster death. Of course this makes the best of the episode. It was a beautiful death. Not many people get to die twice on a show, but Glenn’s special. When Nicholas can’t take it anymore and sees no way out of them trapped on that dumpster, he politely tells Glenn, “Thank You”, and then blows his brains out all over Glenn. That choice of last words is brilliant. Nicholas knows what he is and knows Glenn did more to help him than anyone even though he didn’t deserve it. He knows he was letting Glenn down one last time in a really big way. That thank you said a lot. But it doesn’t make up for the fact that he also almost really got Glenn killed! The music playing over the scene with no sounds, just watching Glenn crash to the cement and then thinking we were watching our beloved Glenn have his guts eaten out of him is just crushing. Absolutely crushing. It still upsets me. P.S.-Why did they not get in the dumpster and close it?
Michonne’s close call. To escape the herd, the few remaining group members have to climb a fence. Two get over and Michonne and the guy who got bit are being pulled down by walker hands. It’s not looking good. But even though Heath had ran his mouth and could have easily left Michonne on that fence, he didn’t. He stays and shoots at the walkers so Michonne can get over. The bitten guy pretty much sacrifices himself which is cool cuz he was dead anyway. But it’s sad to me that the note he wrote for his wife gets left behind. Earlier in the episode, Michonne had written “You’re getting home” on her arm for the bitten guy to read. But it becomes much more than that when she looks at her arm later on and it seems much more like she wrote it to remind herself that she was going to get home. Heavy.
Rick vs. Wolves. This episode really breaks the bank when they put three of the biggest characters on the show in danger in one episode. We think Glenn’s dead, Michonne has barely made it back to Alexandria and now we have to deal with Rick up against a pack of Wolves on his own. Geez Louise! Before Rick even gets to fighting them I really like the speech he gives on the radio to whoever is listening (pretty much just Daryl at this point). Rick talks about how they must continue on with the mission and how they have to trust that everything is going to work out back in Alexandria. But then the Wolves attack and he finds a jar of baby food in one of their pockets. Now he knows his family is in trouble and you can tell Rick is thinking about forgetting everything he just said. Not quite the same when it’s your own family is it Rick? I also enjoy how Rick shoots up the RV from the inside to take out Wolves on the outside. And then of course the RV won’t start. Uh duh Rick, you just shot up the place. You could have snuck up on them from the outside and then maybe your ride would still work. Come on dude.