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‘The Walking Dead’ Ep. 14: Taking gore to the next level

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SPOILER WARNING: This article features spoilers on “The Walking Dead” up to Season 5, Episode 13. If you have not watched up to this point, PREPARE TO BE SPOILED!

WRITTEN BY ANTHONY J. MACHCINSKI
amachcinski@ydr.com @ChinskiTweets on Twitter

Just like the dubstep music cranked up inside of Aiden’s party van, “The Walking Dead” turned the gore factor up to 11 on this week’s episode with the deaths of two prominent characters in shockingly gruesome ways.

It’s not like “The Walking Dead” is expected to be a mild show – it is a show about killing zombies and surviving the apocalypse – but something about this week’s two deaths just left you with a sick, uncomfortable feeling in your gut.

I know many of us into the show are accustomed to seeing gore when it comes to walkers being killed, but when was the last time we saw people die in such brutal ways?

But don’t let me spill any more guts on the floor, let’s get into this week’s recap!

Walkers are a manageable threat? Think again.

Remember how I said a few weeks ago that people had become a larger problem than walkers on “The Walking Dead?” Well, while you can’t throw that theory out the window, this week’s episode proves that walkers are still not a “manageable” threat.

Aiden’s death was extremely gory. First, to get blown up by a grenade, then hung up and impaled on some sort of object in the warehouse before he can’t be saved and walkers eat his guts.

The stupidity of Aiden’s death can’t be understated (come on, when you saw the dangling grenades, you knew what was coming), it shows just how hardened and good our group has gotten.

Two weeks ago, I pointed out how many people Aiden’s group lost in the last month to our group in the past few years. This is our group’s biggest fear, that living inside the walls will weaken them and get them killed.

I don’t think viewers hated Aiden, but he certainly was disliked, but regardless of your feelings for him, the gruesomeness of his death struck you to the core, but his death wasn’t the only one that elicited those feelings.

Noah missed the arc.

Poor, poor Noah. He’s simply at the wrong end of the Alexandrians’ inexperience.

It’s not Noah’s death that got to me, but the matter in which he died and how cringe-worthy his death really was.

We’ve seen people get bit by walkers. We saw Otis and others get consumed by a pack of walkers, but this death in particular struck you to the core.

I mean, watching his face hit the glass of the revolving door before being ripped apart in front of our very eyes is an image I haven’t felt since “Game of Thrones” last season (Click here for the reference. Season 4 “Game of Thrones” spoilers).

Credit Director Jennifer Lynch for devoting those few extra seconds on each death that elevated Aiden and Noah’s death from barely recognizable to memorable.

One quick note about Noah’s death, it’s the first time I remember the show going to that type of death – face against the glass, bug eyes, etc. – and reminded me of this scene from the movie “Independence Day.”

It’s a subtle thing, but it really just made Noah’s death more meaningful.

Glenn’s reaction really sold Noah’s death for me. We saw Glenn bring Noah into the group in the last episode, only to watch him die in the next one.

Glenn isn’t prone to falling into Rick’s style of depression, but then again, Glenn hasn’t lost close people the way Rick has. Glenn has a decent track record on saving people, as actor Steven Yeun pointed out on “The Talking Dead” last night, so Noah’s death is really the first death on Glenn’s watch

Will Glenn be able to cope with Noah’s death without using Nicolas’s face as a punching bag too much?

While Glenn could always be counted on by his group, poker master Eugene couldn’t say as much – at least until last night.

Daniel Bonjour as Aiden - The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Daniel Bonjour as Aiden – The Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 12 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

It wasn’t exactly a Stone Cold Steve Austin-style save, but Eugene Porter’s redemption came at just the right time.

The jury is still out on Tara – I think she’s still alive – but to save her, Glenn and Nicolas from the revolving door of doom at the warehouse was enough of an act to redeem himself from lying to the group about Washington, D.C.

Eugene – sporting the best locks of the whole show with a glorious mullet – has become a cult favorite, but to say the group has really needed him before last night would be a huge lie.

Everyone on the show has had their “man up” moment – like Carl when Rick was recovering from The Governor’s attack – except for Eugene. I still don’t think he’ll be Daryl or Abraham when it comes to fighting, but it’s a step in the right direction.

I still think Eugene will make a larger impact on the group in the future, but if nothing else, he deserves to stick around for that accent and the mullet.

Quick hits

· I love Abraham’s stand at the construction site. It was a perfect time for Abraham to show his military background and show that one bad event doesn’t mean work can’t get done. Words cannot express how perfect actor Michael Cudlitz has been portraying a comic-like version of Abraham.
· Speaking of Abraham, who knew he was such a wordsmith that he could create a brand new curse word? And here I thought I’ve heard everything. And no, I won’t say what that word is, but I could point you in the right direction.
· Who did you hate more, Aiden or Pete (Jessie’s husband)? Aiden might’ve been reckless, stupid and brash, but at least he didn’t beat his wife and kids! Hey Pete, your days are numbered.
· I’m not sure if Father Gabriel has been around our group long enough to call them bad people, but he certainly met them at the worst time. I can’t blame Gabriel for ratting out the group’s actions, but at least Deanna understands “everybody who has been out there as long as they have has done something.”
· I know it sounds like it’s repeated every week, but how good has this season been?!?
· I love Maggie’s line to Deanna about putting Rick’s group in positions of power. “We know what we’re doing. That’s why you wanted us here.” Maggie isn’t wrong, but I wonder if Deanna is starting to feel the power struggle. It’ll only get worse once she realizes her son is dead.
· It ended up being nothing, but how stupid could you be – Glenn – to tell Nicolas to shoot a flare inside a warehouse filled with cardboard boxes? Flammable much?

Next week’s episode preview:

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