This episode gave me serious déjà vu to when our crew first arrived to Alexandria and we got the famous “Who’s Deanna?” line. The people at the Common Wealth (CW), just like Alexandria’s original community, are very adamant about upholding a social hierarchy. That’s so annoying because bitch, y’all are in a whole apocalypse. I know a sense of normalcy is important but it’s been like 10 years now and all of y’all have literally been living in the trenches. Where do you find the nerve to separate by class? That’s the only thing (so far) that I don’t like about the CW.
Anyways, I’d say this episode was all about Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). We got to see how seemingly well he’s adjusting to the new environment, his struggle with the CW’s army, and we even got to see how he’s embraced his role as Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) and Rick Grimes Jr.’s (Antony Azor) guardian. One thing that surprised me about this episode was how happy and genuinely interested in the CW Daryl seemed. It took him a while to take Alexandria and the community’s way of life serious, so to see him indulging in a walker-themed haunted house and submit to Mercer (Michael James Shaw) felt odd. I fully expected Daryl to push back at Mercer but he didn’t. I wonder if he believes in what the CW is doing or if he’s just being strategic and keeping his head down for the time being.
Lastly, I hope the show runners show us what happened when Daryl and the gang first arrived; I’m a little annoyed that we didn’t get to see that. It’s not super important but I think it would be helpful because seeing our crew fall in line at the CW just doesn’t feel real without context. I need to see what happened.