As Forget Me Not opens, it soon becomes apparent that some of our familiar group are still struggling to adapt to this seemingly more peaceful community that they find themselves living in. And yes, Daryl (Norman Reedus) still doesn’t appear to have showered.
It has to be said that seeing Michonne as a sheriff with a katana looks as cool as you’d hoped (even if said sword ends up adorning a mantle place), and not only are Michonne and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) forming some semblance of police force, there are also plans afoot for Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to become involved in a role of authority alongside Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh). The thing is, the key group of characters who we’ve seen dragged through walker-ridden troubles for the last few years are largely on edge and what some may deem paranoid. But is their paranoia warranted or is it simply just a case of them having been beaten down one too many times by the atrocities that they’ve had to endure. Even when the group do let their guard down, or when they let people believe that they’ve let their guard down, you can still see the cogs turning and showing that there’s still that edge needed should they be called to do something drastic. And just in case things were getting a little too cosy, we get to see the return of crazy Carol (Melissa McBride) as she threatens a cookie-seeking teen with the prospect of being turned into walker chow – this time the poor kid in Carol’s sights isn’t even being told to look at the flowers. Plus Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) seems to be suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder as she looks to adapt to this new world.
Forget Me Not still has a strong sense of integration within the episode, be it the obvious aspects of things or the unexpected bonding and horsing around of Daryl and Aaron (Ross Marquand). It certainly is a whole different feel to the show from a viewer’s perspective, not least because it’s a shock to see so many of the characters in clean clothes and in some sense of normalcy. There’s even the briefest of brief smile from Rick.
This latest installment oddly feels at times like it could’ve been an episode that could bring The Walking Dead to a close if AMC had for some reason decided to go in that direction. Even Daryl ends up with a role in this new, seemingly idyllic society. But make no mistake about it, there’s a whole lot more to come for the show and it feels like there’s been a whole host of interesting seeds planted in Forget Me Not. A landscape full of people rather than walkers offers far more threats, dynamics and possibilities.
And whatever could the ominous “W” scraped into a walker’s skull by foreshadowing for, we wonder…
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