Last week’s episode of the popular AMC show honestly didn’t impress me too much, however the episode titled The Lost and the Plunderers to me was a much better episode than its predecessor.
I liked the way the narrative was structured in the sense that it was divided between not just Rick’s group
but the saviours and the scavengers. However through doing this, I felt that the episode didn’t painfully linger on smaller characters such as Enid (Katelyn Nacton) and Aaron (Ros
Marquand) but simply ‘checked in’ on them. Similarly, the episode didn’t focus too heavily on Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) departure but rather in a more ‘looking ahead’ kind of way in particular the conversation between Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln).
I was impressed with the exploration of the idea of good and evil as actions taken by both the saviours and Rick’s group seemed to mirror one another again prompting the question of who is the bad guy? An example being with Simon (Steven Ogg) shooting the scavengers and Rick leaving behind Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh). Likewise,
the episode highlights the importance of loyalty as shown through the aftermath of Jadis’ actions and the present actions taken by Simon. In this sense I feel Simon’s death may be coming soon, which is a shame as I really like his character and the charm Ogg brings to the role (although I may be biased by loving Trevor in Grand Theft Auto V)
One creative new ‘weapon’ was the walker meat grinder Jadis used to fight off her deceased comrades which I found to be an innovative new design on The Walking Dead’s behalf. I personally like the gore on the show but understandably this scene won’t be for everyone. I have felt that the scavenger storyline was one of the weak points in the recent Walking Dead seasons so am glad this has been removed much like
the Sand Snakes in Game of Thrones. I can see the potential of Jadis becoming Alpha after now being abandoned by both grouos. I feel this would be an interesting reveal but does simultaneously surround itself with narrative and character problems.
To be honest I don’t have much bad to say about the episode I found it thoroughly engaging from start to finish. It served at a solid episode after the fairly tedious mid – season premiere.