The Walking Dead Mid-season 6 Premiere Review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

The Walking Dead Mid-season 6 Premiere Review

Rick Grimes and the Alexandrians return in a brutal fight for survival in The Walking Dead Season 6 mid-season premiere.

The Walking Dead Mid-season 6 Premiere Review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

Season 6, Ep. 09 – ‘No Way Out’ | Aired February 14, 2016
by TS Alan

The opening minutes of the Walking Dead brought some intense confrontations both outside and inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone. The episode opened with Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha being halted by a crew of bikers blocking their road home. After disarming the trio, the leader tells them that everything they have now belongs to a man named Negan — and their group is going to escort Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha back to wherever they call home to scope it out.

After surrendering their weapons, the leader believes the trio is lying when they tell him they’ve given them everything. Daryl is taken to the back of the truck by one of “The Saviors” — Negan’s survivor group in the comic — for a thorough search from bumper to bumper. Moments later the biker gang is blown apart in a fiery explosion. Remember that rocket launcher Abraham took off the zombie earlier in the season? Daryl put it to good use.

Meanwhile, back at the Alexandria Safe-Zone, the mid-season finale picks up where it left off with Rick, Michonne, Carl, baby Judith, Father Gabriel, Jessie and her two dysfunctional sons escaping through a walker herd in hopes of finding safety. As one would expect from the Walking Dead that doesn’t go according to plan.

Jessie’s youngest son eventually panics and decides he can’t go any further. Well, perhaps we can blame this on Carol, for it is her previous words about the monsters coming to eat him that the triggers his panic. One should not speak while in the midst of hungry walkers, but Sam just has too — goodbye Sam. And then Jessie herself gets bitten trying to save her son. After watching his mother and younger brother being torn apart, Ron decides to make Rick pay for their deaths. However before he can shoot Rick, Michonne runs her sword through him. Ron’s gun goes off and shoots Carl in the eye.

The Walking Dead Mid-season 6 Premiere Review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

There is a great deal of carnage and bloodshed within the first five minutes of the episode, however, it doesn’t end there. By the episode’s end those who need to die are dead, those who need saving are rescued, and the hundreds of walkers that have overrun the community are destroyed — and this is why ZEA loves this episode.

The episode title ‘No Way Out’ is also the title of volume 14 of the Walking Dead graphics series, which encompasses issues 79 through 84. Robert Kirkman stated at his 2015 New York Comic Con panel, The Walking Dead: An Inside Look with Robert Kirkman, that more elements from the comic would appear in the television series for season six. With Jessie’s death, the encounter with Negan’s Saviors, and Carl being shot in the eye, Kirkman’s statement has come to fruition. If the mid-season opener is any indication of how the television show will parallel the comic, then we are in for one bloody, intense and carnage filled ride.

Rick Grimes and the Alexandrians return in a brutal fight for survival in The Walking Dead Season 6 mid-season premiere. Season 6, Ep. 09 - 'No Way Out' | Aired February 14, 2016 by TS Alan The opening minutes of the Walking Dead brought some intense confrontations both outside and inside the Alexandria Safe-Zone. The episode opened with Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha being halted by a crew of bikers blocking their road home. After disarming the trio, the leader tells them that everything they have now belongs to a man named Negan — and their group is going to escort…

Review Overview

5 out of 5

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Summary : An intense and gory episode from start to finish with some great foreshadowing.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.