Season 5 Episode 15 “Try”
I can’t help but see a lot of reminders from the past coming up in this episode. Some of the characters experience them as well. It seems no matter who we are watching on screen, these echoes of the past are everywhere.
Carl and Enid realize they have a lot in common out in the woods. They both have dreams, or more likely nightmares, of the woods. Enid has lost both her parents and Carl has lost his mother. It’s tough for them to be around other kids their age because they’ve been through so much grief and pain. Enid worried me a bit here during this episode. At first it seems like she might be bad for Carl. She seems much more in pain than him and has some wacky views on walkers. There were a couple of times where I thought the show might turn her into Lydia, but we now know that didn’t happen. But the two seem to actually appreciate each other and I really wish they had had their first kiss in that tree!
Sasha does a good job of reminding Michonne about her past. As Sasha shoots and slashes an onslaught of walkers, Michonne is reminded of her early days of doing the same. Nothing to do but kill. I think it hurts Michonne a bit when Sasha doesn’t want her help and thinks Michonne’s “made it” in some way. Michonne went through hell and didn’t have much of anyone to lean on until Andrea came along. It took Michonne a heck of a lot longer to recover then maybe Sasha is even aware of. But right now Sasha seems blind to anyone’s feelings except her own.
I’m sure Deanna is hearing the words of Father Gabriel in her head right now. Her son has just been killed and because of Nicholas she doesn’t know who to believe or blame right now with that. Without knowing it, Nicholas even gives Deanna the same advice and says she should make them leave. Now she witnesses Rick lose his mind and try to kill Pete after she just told him not to.
Side note- Deanna doesn’t display the kindest judgement when she tells Rick she knew about Pete abusing Jessie. She basically says she turned a blind eye to it because Pete’s a surgeon. What the heck Deanna? I don’t like to think that’s what passes for acceptable around Alexandria. Jessie has to sacrifice her body and possibly her life because Pete’s skills are valuable? That is one of those details about this world that make my skin crawl.
I’m sure Rick’s little speech about doing things his way now isn’t sitting well with Deanna either. All this basically right after Gabriel tells her she made a bad decision letting them in. I would have to agree at this moment in time. In fact, I kind of still agree. As much as I hate to say it, Rick doesn’t exactly do Alexandria much good in the beginning. Things definitely get worse before they get better because of him. And it doesn’t turn out too well for anyone in Deanna’s family. Maybe she really should have listened to Father Gabriel.
Rick Grimes is perhaps our biggest offender this episode as we’ve just begun to recognize. We see a little bit of The Governor and Shane come out in his words and actions. When he talks to Deanna about taking care of Pete, his words sound very familiar. He tells her she has to decide what to do or it will be decided for her. Sounds an awful lot like The Governor’s, “You kill or you die, or you die and you kill.” And if Rick’s little crazy speech at the end didn’t spark memories of Shane nothing will. Rambling on about how they all sit around trying to make decisions when action is needed. It’s almost identical to one of Shane’s major frustrations with Rick back in Season 2. It makes me really wonder if this is how it has to be. Shane said it and we didn’t want to believe it had to be that way. But here we are again in Season 5 and now Rick is saying it. Was Shane right all along? Is killing people who get in your way or pose a danger the only way to deal with things now?
Thankfully we have Glenn and Michonne trying to point Rick in the right direction. Carol is basically the devil on his shoulder right now. She knows riling Rick up with stories from Sam about what’s going on behind closed doors is going to convince Rick to do something about it. Glenn continues to be the good guy as always. Trying to help people and always willing to give them a chance. Even that stupid dummy Nicholas. And Michonne is out there trying to save Sasha from herself and also handling Rick as he loses his shit in front of everyone.
Best of the Episode
Daryl and Aaron recruiting mission. They don’t find any living people yet but they sure do come across some interesting dead ones. They continue to find more bodies with Ws on their foreheads. In fact, several people did this episode. But one really cranks up the creep value when Daryl and Aaron find a dead woman tied to a tree. We really get a good look at her as they evaluate the scene. Someone tied a woman to a tree and let walkers eat what they could reach of her. It’s pretty gross and the two are alarmed by it. We need a little gross now and then to wake us up. What makes it even more interesting when they see the W on her forehead. At this point, we can’t help but wonder what it stands for and who is doing it. Walkers? Winning? Wolves? One crazy person or a bunch of crazy people? Something is coming and we have no idea what. I love the suspense of it all.
Jessie makes a choice. At first Jessie pushes Rick’s help away. But when Rick comes back into her house and he lays it out for her, she asks him a question I find really interesting. She asks him if he would do this for anyone. She likes his answer which is no but I don’t particularly think that’s the right answer. No is what Jessie wants to hear because it says to her that Rick thinks she’s special and he cares about her. But really Rick should be willing to protect everyone in Alexandria like this, not just someone he’s attracted to. I love this scene anyway though because Rick has such trouble with even admitting his feelings and Jessie is so reluctant to accept his help that it’s kind of a sweet falling in love moment. Even though it’s not cool at all what they are doing. Love is complicated right?
Rick vs. Pete (round 1). This is an epic fight that rolls into a great Crazy Rick speech. Rick decides he’s going to be a better husband for Jessie than Pete and basically gets Jessie’s go ahead. Pete unsurprisingly doesn’t take the news well and starts a fight with Rick. I love that Rick is not the greatest fighter as witnessed in previous tussells, but he sure can take a punch and keep on going. I love that moment when Rick tosses Pete out his front window and they take the fight to the street. Nobody can break this fight apart as the two are bent on finishing each other. But Rick shows mercy at the end and releases Pete before he chokes him to death. But Rick ain’t done yet. He releases his inner Shane on the crowd as he flails a gun around like a crazy person. It looks like the Ricktatorship might be back until Michonne comes out of nowhere with a punch to the face that puts him out. I love that punch! I was so wrapped up in Rick’s crazy talk that I wasn’t even thinking about how this is gonna end and then she gives him one big ass punch in the face and it’s just perfect.