Last weeks The Walking Dead had me massively excited for yet another action packed episode, but clear turned out to be a much slower paced episode than I had expected. It opened with Rick, Michonne and Carl venturing out to collect some much-needed supplies. Something which has bothered me for a long time is I’m unable to understand exactly where in America the survivors are. I had assumed that the prison was hundreds of miles away from where Rick first set out (mainly because its taken him forever to find) but apparently not as when the 3 return to his hometown it take very little travel time. Now it could just be me being an idiot when it comes to geography, but if the two really are that close then why had he never been back before?
When the trio arrive at the town things are clearly amiss. Walker traps scatter the streets and the walls are covered in graffiti, this is clearly the work of a mad man but they carry on regardless, only to be stop by a masked gun man. It’s hardly surprising that they ran into trouble so quickly, but luckily Carl (who is turning into quite a little psycho) was there to shoot him down. It is soon revealed that our mystery man is Morgan, remember him? I’ve been wondering for a long time when he was going to pop up once again. When we left him, Morgan seemed like a level-headed, sensible individual. Well not anymore! As Rick and Michonne drag him home it seems that someone has been very busy. From the looks of it most of his time has been spent scrawling insane babblings all over the bedroom walls (lucky he was living in the one house that appeared to have substituted wall paper for giant chalk boards) and collecting guns. As Morgan slept the three began to ransack his impressive hoard of weaponry, it isn’t long before Rick has a pang of guilt and decides he wants to speak to Morgan. Carl, however, wants to find a crib for Judy so Michonne goes with him creating the worlds most unlikely pairing. I’ve said countless times that I like Michonne, this is mainly because the girl don’t take no shit. But it was nice to see a slightly warmer side to her as she went out of her way to protect Carl.
It turns out that Carl was telling porkies when he said he wanted to get a crib. Instead his leads Michonne to retrieve the last Grimes family photo, why this was hung up in a cafe/bar is beyond me, but it is a small town, they tend to do weird shit. This mission turns out to be more succesful than either one could have hoped and not only so they get out unscathed and find the photo, but Michonne is able to pick up a delightfully tacky rainbow cat sculpture, I think it’ll really brighten up her prison cell.
Rick is so keen to apologise that he starts off while Morgan is still unconscious, when Morgan finally stirs he doesn’t recognise Rick and goes into a manic knife wielding frenzy. To be honest you can’t blame the guy, when the two parted ways Rick was a good-looking chap but all the trauma that’s passed has left him looking like a rather sweaty stray dog. I’m just hoping Morgan’s claims that he is “wearing a dead mans face” give him the kick he needs to sort out his appearance, because quite frankly Rick, the tramp chic look isn’t really working for you love.
Morgan’s story is tragic. When we left him he was preparing to shoot his undead wife Jenny . It transpires that he was too weak to do this instead leaving her to wander his booby trap ridden streets. A while later Jenny returns, biting their son Duane before Morgan gets chance to stop her. While this is a particularly cruel turn of events, it does suggest that some of Miltons research is in fact correct.It would seem that the walkers do keep a small part of their human mind, unfortunately for Duane Jenny had long lost her maternal instinct, poor guy.
Although clear was a very dialogue dirven epsiode it did mean that we finally got to learn more about the characters, in particular Michonne. She is able to emphathise with Rick, telling him she knows he see’s things. Inf act it turns out she would sit and chat to her dead boyfriend, what she doesn’t say is whether this was before or after the zombie epidemic broke out, knowing Michonne it could be either! Since Clear was written by (soon to be show runner) Scott Gimple I’m hoping that series four will delve further into the histories of the characters as they currently run the risk of becomming very two dimensional.
In series 1 and 2 it was a total rarity to come across other survivors now, however, it is becomming a regualr occurence. At the very start of the episode the trio mercilessly drive past a hitchiker knowing full well the fate this man has in store. A pivotal aspect of clear was Ricks gratitude to Morgan for saving him all that time ago, which makes it harder to understand why he is so reluctant to help anybody else. On the drive back to the prsion they pass the hitchiker (now a mangled bloody mess) on the roadsidee stopping only ro retrieve his rucksack. Their lack of compassion is actually quite sickening, but you know what they say, waste not want not.