The New World Awaits in The Walking Dead 610
Bicycle Girl talks role reversals, romance and the dawn of a new world in this look at The Walking Dead Episode 610 “The Next World.”
Howdy, Deaderinos! Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead sure made my Richonne-loving heart happy, but more than that, it gave us our first glimpse at The New World that Rick promised us.
But not before we said a final goodbye to the old one.
I honestly expected walker Deanna to come stumbling down the sidewalk at the end of the last episode, but I’m glad we got our last glimpse of her in Epx610. Having Spencer lay his mother’s body to rest served as the perfect final transition from the old world to the new one.
I found it striking that she was buried in the woods with a simple “D” to mark her grave rather than being placed back in the town with Reg. This way, the people of the ASZ can remember her as she was, not as the walker she became, as they move forward with the expansion plans that Maggie seems to be heading up.
Reportedly, this episode took place 2 months after Episode 609, and the action introduced some new futures of this new world, including:
– A Role Reversal with Daryl and Rick. In the season premiere, Rick told Daryl they should stop looking for people, but Daryl had respectfully disagreed. Now, it is Rick who wants to recruit. Even when listing what they might find, he named people as if they were a resource as important as food. After seeing what the town could do when united, Rick now believes that having more like-minded people is an asset to the town.
Daryl, on the other hand, seems to be wary after having his possessions taken by Dwight and having the run-in with Negan’s men on the road.
– An Enid That Wants to Stay Within the Walls. In “Try,” Enid expressed a desire to be in the woods in the world that she said belonged to the walkers. In this episode, she tells Carl that she doesn’t want to go outside any more. But why? Her conversation with Maggie at the beginning suggests that Enid hasn’t made herself more at home in the town. So is she now scared because of what happened to Carl? Does she long to become more a part of the town but is afraid to open up to the others? Or is there some other reason? It’s not clear, yet, but it’s definitely a new side of Enid. Stop back tomorrow for more about that!
– An Invitation to the World Beyond. It’s clear from the previews for next week that Jesus is about to open up the world to Rick and the others of Alexandria. While I won’t give any comic spoilers, Jesus’ arrival in the books propels the story forward into a whole new chapter that we’re getting our first tastes of.
– A Budding Romance. I couldn’t wait to mention it, so I already touched on Rick and Michonne’s romantic encounter. Obviously, this is going to change the dynamic among our group, but I think it will be for the better.
It’s clear that the world of The Walking Dead has changed, and it will likely continue to. But if the world ultimately becomes unrecognizable, we can follow Carl’s advice.
We can let that star guide us back to Alexandria, the place that has become and, I believe, shall remain the home of our TWD Family.