The Walking Dead 8: the review touching (without spoilers) of the ninth episode, “Honour”
And here we come to the episode's most anticipated television season, the first episode of the second part of The The Walking Dead 8 that, thanks to the cliffhanger of last December, which had left us with bated breath, we can return to breathing, even if, in an empathetic, rhythm pulmonary adapts to breath heavy and increasingly weary of Carl.
I don't want to spoileravi nothing, but it is now clear that the final ending of the young Grimes is close and this bet, from the tone of the sad and somber but qualitatively superior to those we have seen lately, there emotions are really strong.
Are weeks that we prepare for this time, let's face it with boldness, and the tears of Rick at the beginning of the episode, that evoke the same flashforward beginning of the season, with the quote of the Quran that pulls in dance, mercy and wrath, seem to finally find their raison d'être.
Honour marks indeed a turning point for the TV series on AMC, a singularity has ever faced before, both by the protagonists, both by the general public.
It is a point of no return which, paradoxically, looks to the future thanks to Carl Grimes, who dominates the episode from the beginning to the end, even allowing digressions that allow us to follow Carol and Morgan (the latter being more unrecognizable than ever) on a mission from guerilla warfare in an attempt to free Ezekiel from the group of Saviors who took control of the Kingdom.
The woman, previously, had managed to save the people of Ezekiel, bringing it to a safe place; Morgan, instead, after leaving the guard positions to the Sanctuary (with the Saviors suddenly free, had folded, solitary, in the “rear”.
All while the survivors of Alexandria found shelter in the sewers from the raid of the men of Naruto.
The narrow tunnels are a frame to the annoying and the revelation of Carl, Rick and Michonne: that bite the condemnation and nothing can save him from his sad fate.
A very short flashback of the previous morning, on the notes At the Bottom of Everything, a fantastic and enjoyable piece country of Bright Eyes, while Carl wash and change his shirt after he was bitten, to help Saddiq, underlines how the character played by Chandler Riggs) is really something different from the little boy afraid and helpless at the start.
Carl, just as seen in a video tribute posted a few days ago, it has grown and matured with the audience that has accompanied them in their journey towards leadership and a growing sense of self-denial and respect for its people, as reaffirmed by Daryl, has allowed everyone to save themselves from the sudden attack of Naruto.
Honour is the apotheosis of the eye patch and the hat from the sheriff, the touching farewell to a character complex and fundamental to the show, a protagonist who, to her great surprise, he succeeds, despite his young age, to see beyond, to crystallize the true essence of “human” in the zombie apocalypse.
The departure of Carl is a legacy huge and foundational for the survivors and for their future (a legacy which includes his hat to the sheriff), a future that will tie in with a yearning bridge the emotional to those visions of indecipherable Old Man, Rick, that we were brought up with theories about theories.
Everything finally has a why, the pieces of the puzzle seem to all go to his place, and, in a sort of hymn to life that goes from the Quran to the Gospel (a subtlety that makes the epic a wonderful bet), we see a salvific discourse of redemption on the part of the guy dying.
Carl is the mouthpiece (with the little that remains) of hope and, to paraphrase the far, evangelical quotations like “Love one another as I have loved you” and “Love your enemies”, trace a path and looks for a goal that the same boy asks the father, and to all the others (and also to an unpublished January), to pursue.
Appears so, between the resignation of Rick and Michonne, compared to Daryl, the commitment of Saadiq and the tears of all the others, the ultimate sacrifice of the young Carl to ensure prosperity and a fundamental, unexpected, resource for its people.
Here, then, is the Honour, the Honour to a character that was fundamental in the eight years of the TV series and that, to the resumption of The Walking Dead 8, take upon our shoulders the burden of one of the episodes from the most successful of the show by AMC.
The directing is convincing, with cuts and close-ups of exciting, skillful use of flashback and flashforward, including the one not to be missed Old Man Rick.
A script that leaves nothing to chance, full of scenes of well-studied plot, intense dialogues and passages always precise and hit the spot.
The Walking Dead knows, as was to be expected with a new exploit, which, however, is a confirmation of what the show continues to go on the roller coaster and as in need of strong moments and intense to recover from the exhaustion that has sunk in the course of the last few seasons, waiting for a conclusion worthy, which we hope will arrive soon and in the best of ways.
Honor to Carl because he gave us an episode to remember, one of the best in the series, perhaps the most touching, the most exciting, and without a shadow of a doubt, essential for the future of a world that is surrounded by the dead, and that, strangely, he forgot to live!
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