This week's edition of the dead to say the least, left the audience scratching their heads. Suggested by many of it's loyal fans, to be one of the worst episodes in the series history. Fans took to Twitter and other social media avenues to express their boredom. Most anticipated a beginning of a love story between the only two characters featured this week, Beth (Emily Kinney) & Daryl (Norman Reedus), yet somehow I'm sure that's not what the writers were going for.
Now certainly I can't blame the adolescent in all of us, who may have in some way been routing for a moonshine romp. It's no secret, ladies love Daryl, if there is to be a zombie apocalyptic heart throb, Daryl would fit that role. The bad boy, fearless protector running around like an end times Tarzan. Now on the other hand, Beth without a doubt appeals to most men. Especially the college boys, who imagine her to be the girl down the hall.
Now if you are one of the frat boys who had their eyes glued to the television, as if it was a porn site or the housewives who became all hot bothered, imagining a lonesome cabin in the woods, with nothing but Daryl to entertain you, well then I understand your distaste. I myself at one point, gave into the belief that, this would be another, sub plot romance.
Yet true to their form the writers, they did not go in that creative direction. Instead this week's edition, played more into the character relation department then the action.
Recently I discussed the series with an old friend, who expressed his admiration for the writer's ability to put the fans in the minds, hearts and shoes of the Walking Dead's cast. It's this attribute far more than any other that has made this series so successful.
The only fault in this episode is the timing of it. For the characters the prison is a very fresh memory. For all the survivors the image of Hershel (Scott Wilson) being beheaded is fresh. For us the fans, it's been a couple months since Hershel's demise. After the last two week's feverish action packed editions, this week's emotional coping message was a little too soft.