“The Walking Dead” S06E05: Now

Warning:  This review contains spoilers.

Here it is, friends: the week on The Walking Dead when we find out if Glenn  survived the zombie onslaught. Were they Glenn’s intestines or were they Nicholas’s? Will this  episode continue in the vein of awesomeness that the last few episodes have? Without further  adieu, let’s find out what went down in Alexandria and the surrounding area this week.

I’m just going to be honest right from the start. I, for sure, was not very into this  episode; it bordered on sucking. Sorry, guys and gals, but I call it the way I see it. After the  excellent precedent set over the last two weeks, Now was dull, boring, lackluster, or throw in  any other adjective that makes you happy. I was kind of angry about it. The highlight of this  episode was the girl fight between Carl and Ron. I mean, really, I was waiting for them to grab  each other’s hair and start rolling around on the ground as the towns folk yelled out cat calls.  This all came about because Carl wanted to leave to look for Enid and Ron was trying to save  him. Ron threatened to tell his daddy and made good with his promise. I can hear in my mind  Rick yelling “Coral!” (That’s for you, Thomas). Really though, that was not the highlight; it was  just one of the scenes that caused me to play on my phone.


The episode picked up where we left off last week, when Morgan heard someone yelling  to open the gate. It was Rick. After making his escape from the RV, he was followed by a  boatload of walkers. Eventually they surround the reinforced walls as life goes on inside.

No Glenn closure in this episode of The Walking Dead,  but we do get Aaron and Maggie tunneling out of  Alexandria to go look for him. This is truly where the highlight of the show was for me. I  though the sewer zombies looked great. The whole sequence was eerily lit and was really a  creepy scene. Also we get a touching exchange between Aaron and Maggie as Maggie lets out  her emotions. The camera was from the view of the sewer pipe looking out to the caged end of  the pipe. We see them hugging as a horde of zombies gathers at the gate  in a nice shot.

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The whole premise of this episode was to follow the arc of Deanna, who has been  extremely stoic all season. The townsfolk are distraught about  the walkers making their way to  the outside of the walls. After Rick gives a rousing speech aided by Aaron, Deanna just walks off  emotionless. She deals with her son Spencer, who is coping by getting liquored up and taking  extra rations. She then draws a map of the town, highlighting areas for gardens for increasing  food supply, and gets attacked by a walker. Here we see her go off the cob and just  continually stab the walker in the stomach, chest, and face as she is splattered with blood. Rick  finally comes over and puts the walker out of his misery. Deanna looks at Rick and states that she  wants to live and that she wants Alexandria to survive. That is pretty much the gist of this  episode.

Other highlights include the townsfolk making a memorial on the wall by writing the  names of those who have passed; they did put Glenn’s name on it. At the end of the episode, Aaron and Maggie are erasing his name off in hopes of him still being alive. Aaron tells Maggie  that Glenn is out there and when they have a child, the name Aaron works for a male or female.  Rick and Jessie finally get in that first kiss and the wall is weakening.


The Now  episode  was a major let down. Frank Darabont penned the teleplay  and Avi  Youabian directed. Avi is tied to such gems as Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Step Up  Revolution. I’m optimistic that this is just a bump in the road but come on, The Walking Dead, you  are better than this! I am giving a slightly higher rating because of the sewer zombies; they kind  of rocked.

The Walking Dead  Season 6 Episode 5 “Now”: 2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)  on the Thug Meter

JJ Fitt
Joe lives in the coal region of Northeastern PA with his beautiful wife Mary and their French Bulldogs Watson and Xander. He's a huge fan of all things horror and can't explain why especially since he was afraid of everything as a kid. He co-hosts the Indie Infestation podcast which gives a platform for those involved in the indie horror scene to get their name and projects out there. When he's not working he is usually watching the latest horror movie or show, at the gym with his wife or taking in a sporting event, Eagles! His all time favorite horror movie is the original Halloween, still effective to this day. Hit him up on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or drop an email, let him know what's awesome.