This epsiode follows on from the last time we met Morgan, way back in Season 3, filling in the gaps of exactly how he went from 'bat shit crazy', to 'zen master'. He stumbles upon Eastman, a man who is living alone in a lakeside cottage with nothing but a veggie garden and a goat. Although Eastman has nothing, he offers a, quite frankly cray-cray Morgan, food and shelter.
The one lesson the writers seem to be shoving down our throat for this week's episode, is to remember that we are all still human and all very much vulnerable to the actions of others. Eastman spends time with Morgan, helping him to find peace, one slice of tomato at a time.
Without question, the best thing to come out of this episode was the incredible story told by one episode wonder, Eastman played by John Carroll Lynch. In fact, Lynch's performance is a stand out. I found until this point, I was coasting along in my usual state of another-filler-to-remind-me-we're-still-human.
In ninety minutes (ample time to spend explaining how Glenn will escape) Morgan tried to escape, attempted to kill Eastman, almost died and finally, found peace. The episode itself was more of a spin off story rather than a continuation of Season 6, which was slightly disappointing. There is however, something beautiful about the change of pace. There are the usual zombie be-headings and so forth, but there is a sense of peace beside the lake. Serenity. Eastman's scenes practicing Aikido beside the lake are somewhat, calming.
In the midst of the end of the world, there is hope for humanity and it comes in the form of Eastman.
Well, at least for ninety minutes anyway.