‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale Recap

The Walking Dead aired its midseason finale last Sunday. Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the episode yet, do NOT read this article!

At the end of last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, the wall protecting the Alexandrians from the ever-hungry zombies was ruined. And what could Walking Dead fans possibly anticipate from the episode titled “Start to Finish”? Nothing good, to say the least.

As Time reported, the episode started with Sam’s cookie being devoured by pesky ants, and that’s where Walking Dead fans were tricked into thinking that it’s not zombies that the characters of the series must be afraid of, but ants!

But then when the characters decided to go their separate way into different hiding places, Walking Dead fans could sense that something bad was coming. Carol and Morgan hid in one house, while Rick, Carl, Michonne, Deanna — who was badly injured — and some others hid in another house. Meanwhile, Maggie climbed up on a tower, and Eugene, Rosita, and Tara stayed in a garage.

And while fans thought the situation is not going to develop for a few more episodes (or even seasons) – in the style in which Walking Dead creators love the series to run – that’s where all the action began. While Carol had a concussion due to a fall, Deanna found a zombie bite on her midsection. The reaction of a woman who has just found out that she is about to turn into a walker was priceless: “Well, sh*t.”

Meanwhile, Ron managed to get his hands on Carl and locked him up in the garage. He then threatened to kill the son of the man who killed his father. But instead, walkers started appearing from all directions. Carl managed to take Ron’s gun and tell him that his dad was an “a**hole.”

Carol, who had a concussion, wasn’t fond of trusting Morgan, which is why she decided to see who he had locked up. Standing in front of Morgan’s prisoner, Morgan knocked out the curious woman, but he was later knocked out himself by the Wolf. The Wolf then started threatening to kill Denise, but the latter started asking him to just “let them die” in there. Fair enough, but the Wolf didn’t listen and took her as his hostage.

Rick, who seems to be one of the smartest among the group of survivors in The Walking Dead, told his people to cover themselves in walker guts to practically make them invisible to zombies. A smart move, yes – but why not do it every day?

However, Deanna, who was earlier bitten by a walker, wouldn’t survive even if she covered herself in zombie guts from head to toe, which is why Michonne offered to put her out of misery. But, apparently, Deanna had other ideas – she said she would do it herself when “ready.”

After that, the group of survivors started slowly making their way through the house, which was overrun with walkers, but Sam could easily expose the entire group to walkers by calling out to his mom. USA Today made a good point about characters who can throw away the future for the present.

“Only the people who can throw away the future in favor of the present are equipped to deal with this world, and misunderstanding that (even if it means you just call for your mother when you’re scared) can be the difference between life and death.”

And that’s where the midseason finale of The Walking Dead ended, leaving the show’s fans to wonder whether Sam or Ron get their mom killed, whether Denise can survive being a hostage of the Wolf, and what will be the choice of Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham: surrender or fight for their lives.

Were there enough cliffhangers in this Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead to keep the fans excited until February, when the next episode will be released?

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