REVIEW: The Walking Dead 6.15 ‘East’ delivers jaw-dropping cliffhanger to set scene for spectacular finale
Well, that episode certainly ended with a bang.
Until that shocking moment in which we saw Dwight’s gun go off at close range towards Daryl, we were majorly underwhelmed with what was one of the series’ more quiet episodes. While it maintained the tense, engrossing atmosphere that The Walking Dead so masterfully creates – ‘East’ was probably not an episode anyone was going to remember. Unless it was the episode that Dwight killed Daryl (but we doubt that the almighty Daryl’s death would be so quick).
What ‘East’ did manage to deliver was the artful set up of several plot points that will clearly be crucial to the season finale, which is set to be feature length and air on April 4. It was quietly efficient in furthering the Carol mystery (has she finally broken down or is this another clever ruse?), exploring Rick’s feelings for Michonne (who surely has her name signed on a death warrant now she’s been sleeping in the bed of Mr. Grimes), capturing Glenn, Michonne, Daryl and Rosita (who look likely as a group to be the ones that Negan plays his infamous game of eenie meanie miney mo, if you’re a comic fan) and setting up Maggie for what appears to be heartbreaking tragedy even if The Walking Dead producers do rescue husband Glenn from his grisly death in the comics.
We can debate at this point as to which of our fan favourites will die with the arrival of grade-A baddie Negan, who is scheduled to make his big debut in the season finale. His entrance in the comics was made memorable by his savage murder of Glenn, so one can expect a big fan favourite character to die (which may or may not remain faithful to the comics). Rosita is looking like a spare part, while Morgan’s time must surely be close to over after he asked Rick to leave him alone in the wilderness to search for Carol. Carol may also be approaching her end on the show, having psychologically gone past the point of no return and consequently suffering for it. Her death would have the gravitas necessary to signal viewers of Negan’s authority as a big bad, if the show chose to divert from the comics.
One thing for sure is that it won’t be simple. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, has told Entertainment Weekly that the finale is “the biggest finale I’ve ever seen in television” and “the cliff-hangerist episode“. It seems like ‘East’ is just a deceptively small appetiser for what is still to come.