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The Walking Dead Review: Death, Cowardice and Pickles in “Hostiles and Calamities”

by on February 27, 2017
 

In the beginning, this had all the trademarks of one of those filler/throwaway episodes TV shows do in between big story arcs and building to the end of the season. However on closer inspection, focusing on Dwight and Eugene in this week’s episode turned out to be a pretty good idea. We got a better look inside the heads of the two men and while there weren’t too many revelations there was enough bread crumbs scattered about that leads me to think there’s a lot more going on hereThe-Walking-Dead-7.11-Hostiles-And-Calamities-Trailer-Sneak-Peek

We begin by going back to the moment Daryl escaped and Dwight figuring that when Negan found out it was all over for him. Not only that, but Sherry runs off as well, making his death look like a done deal. But after some time in Daryl’s old holding cell, Negan spares his life and sends him out on a mission to bring back Sherry and then they can ‘work it out’. As ominous as that sounds, Dwight has little choice and sets out to hunt her down and bring her back. Or does he? What he does find is answers to some questions about both Sherry and himself and comes back with a story that saves his skin but ends up costing someone else their life.

We begin by going back to the moment Daryl escaped and Dwight figuring that when Negan found out it was all over for him. Not only that, but Sherry runs off as well, making his death look like a done deal. But after some time in Daryl’s old holding cell, Negan spares his life and sends him out on a mission to bring back Sherry and then they can ‘work it out’. As ominous as that sounds, Dwight has little choice and sets out to hunt her down and bring her back. Or does he? What he does find is answers to some questions about both Sherry and himself and comes back with a story that saves his skin but ends up costing someone else their life.

Meanwhile, we finally get to sTWD_711_GP_0914_0009-RT-GN-850x560ee what happened to Eugene after Negan took him away. Brought back to the Saviors headquarters, Eugene is questioned by Negan to see if he worth keeping around. Eugene shows off his intelligence and is rewarded with the company of Negan’s wives and a favorite food of his, a jar of pickles. Sex is forbidden so it is almost surreal seeing this group of people sitting around drinking and playing video games, in Eugene’s own room, trying to pretend that yes, everything is alright.

It seems, however, that the wives initial plea to Eugene is in fact not what it seems, showing us again that while he might be a coward at heart, Eugene is still usually the smartest man in the room at all times. The combination of always seeming terrified while still smart enough to understand what is going on around him continues to make Eugene an interesting character and one that deserved his own episode.

I am a little surprised at Negan, though. He takes Eugene into the fold and Dwight back as apparently hithe-walking-dead-episode-711-eugene-mcdermitt-6-9351s right-hand man with relative ease. I thought with Dwight especially he would be much more suspicious but I guess that plays into his megalomania and king of everything attitude. The end of the episode showing both Eugene and Dwight together, talking about how they were ‘both Negan’ was interesting. I know Dwight, coward and scumbag that he is, is not all in with Negan and Eugene…while he seems all ‘I am Negan’ I remain unconvinced and think he’s got something up his sleeve.

Also, Negan felt a lot more sinister in this episode, maybe because we haven’t seen him recently or because he wasn’t the central focus this week, but whatever the reason, it was good to see his character in wonderful evil mode again.

A good episode that built up some characters and filled in some gaps in certain storylines, “Hostiles and Calamities” was like visiting some old friends that we hadn’t seen in a while and it felt good. As long as they don’t continue doing this, I think this was a good stepping stone to whatever the writers have planned for the rest of the season.

Four starts out of five

Positives

- Great to catch up with Eugene and Dwight

- Nice to see Negan back to being a threat and not a cartoon character

- Ugly death scene but served it's purpose

Negatives

- The stage is now set so please, let's not beat the subject matter to death

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In what could have easily turned into a throwaway episode, "Hostiles and Calamities" became something much more, with some great moments with Eugene, Dwight and Negan. Great job, now let's build on that and make the last half of the season great.

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