Episode Title: Remember
Original Airdate: 3-1-15
This week’s episode finally starts pushing the story forward a little bit, as things have almost been at a standstill since the mid-season premiere. The group has arrived at Alexandria, a planned, heavily gated community run by a former Congresswoman that seems to have all the luxuries, including running water and electricity. Most of the residents haven’t been on the outside since the apocalypse began and have no clue what real survival is. After one-on-one interviews with Deanna, the leader, the group is GIVEN two large houses that they can spread out in, and jobs within the community. However, everyone is very cautious and continues to remain together for the time being. And even after showers and a set of clean clothes, they find it very difficult to “take it easy.”
I like this new angle. Unlike with Woodbury and Terminus, there seems to be nothing sinister about Alexandria (yet!), but no one can relax because they’ve seen too much and been on the outside for too long. Rick gets jumpy when offered a haircut. Carl goes blank while just hanging out with other teen boys. And Daryl plain refuses to adhere to any of it so far, including taking a shower. Normal is hard.
Of course it’s not just that they’re finding it hard to be normal because they’re not use to it, but as Carl and Carol both mention, the people of Alexandria don’t know what it’s like being on the outside and that makes them weak, which scares the group. Putting their lives in the hands of people who have no clue has to be terrifying. And on top of that they may become weak too if they get use to such a comfy lifestyle, and they’re too smart and experienced to know that nothing this good can last. Though Rick’s final lines about taking Alexandria away if the original inhabitants can’t make it work was downright chilling coming from the once peaceful man.
I think things are starting to shape up nicely for the remainder of the season. Though not much seems to be happening on screen as they, and the audience, get a feel for Alexandria, there is a palpable tension that can’t be ignored. Things must fall apart, or it would get boring, so it’s just a matter of guessing what will be to blame for Alexandria’s demise.