last week dragged on too long, but this one wasn't long enough imo. one, we open with a bit of a future scene with no intermediate explanation for why these two were back together. it underlined the action scenes with Daryl later on as you already knew (beyond the normal ZA armor he's wearing) that everything ends ok. except it doesn't and it breaks the peace and happiness they were building. the standoff with the new group leaves you wondering where about this new direction is going: towards Terminus or towards the lawlessness of the group Rick barely escaped from?
great episode. I skipped the next ep highlights though as they've been getting more and more spoiler-filled.
I'm pretty sure that opening was a past scene, not a future scene.
Yeah - the opening montage was to show Bob's time spent alone and how he became a bitter lonely alcoholic. Then they cut to how he meets up with the group, which I believe was never mentioned before. I actually thought he was brought in with the governor's people so that bit seemed unnecessary to me.
While I enjoyed this week's episode much more than last, I was kind of disappointed again. Not so much with the quality of the episode itself, but in the way the producers are handling the series. In fact I think this one almost made last week's feel even more like a filler ep. Tighter writing could have integrated the key plot elements of last week's episode into this week's and given viewers a lot more bang for the buck. If this were a "full" show with 22 to 25 episodes per season, I'd be fine with this more relaxed pace and more intimate moments with each character. But given how few episodes we get each year (there are only 3 left in the season!), it's a bit disheartening to not get to see the majority of the ensemble cast. You're left with multiple plot threads for characters you care about with no guarantee when you'll get to see them again. And it looks like next week follows the format again. I'm assuming the last two episodes will hopefully get everyone who survives back in the show again, if not physically reunited.
It's starting to remind me a lot of Lost Season 2. Now given that I love(d) Lost, that could be a good or bad thing. In this case, it's good in the sense that I really do enjoy this style of character and story progression (forward, backward, re-tracing same routes with different characters) in general, but bad in that with these short seasons I feel like there's a sense of urgency that's not being met. A lot of people got fed up with Lost exactly for this reason during season 2. I didn't mind because I felt like they had plenty of time to tell their story in their own way. Here it's not quite the same since there's so much less actual screen time - though maybe it's just me being impatient.