The Walking Dead Review – Episode 412: Still

Daryl and Beth’s “special menu” had rattlesnakes and moonshine, but it wasn’t that tasty after all.

***WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS***

If you haven’t seen Still yet, I suggest you scroll down to the end of this post first and watch the entire episode before reading the rest of the text.

twd412_01Based on the extremely slow pace of all episodes after its mid-season finale last year, it looks like the second half of AMC’s The Walking Dead will continue to be focused on building the characters rather than putting them into serious and gory confrontations with hordes of zombies or armies of living people, and honestly, I don’t really like the way things are going on now.

Of course, I’ve always told my friends that we cannot expect the survivors to fight, kill and run away from zombies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, otherwise they would all be dead by the end of the very first episode of the first season. However, spending an entire hour watching Daryl and Beth acting like two rebellious teenagers looking for booze felt more like a rip-off than anything else. I understand many fans where asking for more “details” about the hazy past of some characters such as Michonne and Daryl, but I wonder why now and why “wasting” entire episodes like that? Maybe producers are trying to reach another type of audience, people that enjoy knowing every single detail about the life of a character and that do not care too much about some real action, or even worse, that are afraid of zombies and blood. If they’re actually doing that, or if they’re just trying to extend the show as much as possible to make more money, they’ll end up losing a lot of their loyal fans pretty soon.

Anyway, let’s try to look at the good points of this episode and try to learn some lessons from it: as opposed to Rick, Carl and Michonne, who even found a good house to stay for a while, Daryl and Beth are living like real survivors, making fire out of almost nothing, hunting squirrels, eating rattlesnakes, collecting garbage, drinking dirty water, and sleeping or hiding basically anywhere. By the way, that initial sequence where they hide inside that car’s trunk for hours was excellent and should have been developed a little more, because the tension created was good but not marvelous. Getting back to the action, I believe their situation would be the most common one for lots of people in the case of a real zombie outbreak, because no survivor would be willing to rebuild anything: the human being main goal in that scenario would most probably be surviving no matter what, unfortunately looking a lot like real homeless people, which is a pretty sad but likely situation.

The other good point of this episode is that the human being is a lazy ass son of a bitch that prefers risking his life for stupid things like drugs and alcohol rather than trying to find a real way out of his problems. Looting what once was a fancy country club to find some booze because Beth wanted to have her first drink in life was totally absurd. I agree everyone would be dying for a beer after all they had to go through, but was that really necessary for their survival? Beth said we should all have an objective in life in order to actually live, and she’s right, but that craving for alcohol was way too stupid.

twd412_02Well, they ended up finding some disgusting peach schnapps, and later went to a place Daryl knew (well, it looks like they were not that lost in the end) to have some moonshine and some ridiculous drinking games together. As I mentioned before, they were acting like irresponsible teens, and they were lucky no horde of walkers was around to crash their private party. Beth might be growing as a character and even helping Daryl fight his ghosts from the past, but most of her ideas and decisions this episode were really awful.

And finally, later in the episode, Daryl cries and Beth hugs him from behind, for the total delight (or should I say despair?) of all women that watch the show just because of Daryl. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good scene full of emotion, but again I don’t think it’s time for that. I’m pretty sure every emotional girl is asking if that was the beginning of a great friendship or if it will evolve to something else, right? Personally, I don’t want to believe that the producers are going to create another romantic young couple in the show like Glenn and Maggie to pleasure the female audience, and besides, why didn’t they do it with Dayl when he was getting closer to Carol? Although I consider Emily Kinney a gorgeous woman and enjoy her character, Daryl and Carol seemed a lot more sincere and interesting together. Anyway, now that Daryl and Beth had some fun burning down a house, drinking alcohol and killing walkers, they got a lot closer and are living some kind of “fairytale”. But how long will they be able to survive like that before one of them freaks out or dies? For the sake of the whole show, I hope something (bad) happens to any of them soon.

Still (FULL EPISODE) 

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