What, in the land of zombies, just happened? I mean seriously. Was that some sort of dream montage? Rick and Michonne? Really? More of that later. But first, The Next World, which I like to call, The Rick and Daryl Show. (Well, probably more like the Daryl and Rick show for obvious reasons.)
1. It's the second episode after a break and wasn't a filler - A nice change
2. We've completely moved on from the previous dramas of the series, opening the doors to new advenntures
Queue the church bells and sing hallelujah from the rooftops. TWD didn't succumb to the dreaded second-episode-back-filler. I'm literally wiping away tears of joy right now. Not only that, the episode was epic. It was funny. Emotional. Exciting. Adventurous. New characters, no whining children, and lots and lots of Daryl.
The title of this episode is perhaps an insight into the rest of the series. The Next World suggests that our apocolyptonites are moving on to a new version of life after walkers. Alexandria is back to normal with expansion on the horizon, and everyone is living in harmony. Of course, there's no need to get comfortable, but still, a nice change from the usual drag-out-the-nothing-story-until-the-second-last-episode tradition.
What's interesting about the character, Jesus, is that he is clean and trimmed (don't let the facial hair fool you) as Rick points out. Rick decides that perhaps it's time to start recruiting more people for the town yet Daryl seems less than keen on the subject.
Jesus brings with him the reminder that there are more survivors out there, and if the graphic novels are anything to go by, there's quite a large number living happily in their own little Alexandria.
And then Rick and Michonne had this kind of moment and all jaws hit the floor. No one saw that coming ... right? Is anyone else creeped out by this? They are like brother and sister! Not only that, TWD has never been about this kind of scene. Again, we're in The Next World, a world where Rick and Michonne are a couple. I'd much prefer a few zombie be-headings next time. Much more intimate.
Yet, oddly, it makes sense after thinking about it. Last week, Michonne took no time deciding to take Ron down after he threatened her 'family' and the writers got rid of Jessie as if she was unnecessary all of a sudden. Even before that, Michonne has been Rick's little voice of reason for so long, perhaps it was always on the cards.
That's what we get when Andrea was killed off all those seasons ago which means Michonne and Rick's relationship is here to stay, so we all better get used to it. The writers have my vote for Michonne over Andrea any day.
They're like a happy little zombie killing family, all tucked up with their knives and swords, surrounded by the soothing groans of the dead. Perfection.