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 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.
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.