This week’s episode of The Walking Dead ended with a major cliffhanger (or two, depending on how you look at it). The show has had amazing luck and longevity with a premise that should have worn out its welcome years ago. Our group of heroes have, essentially, been fighting zombies for their survival on and off the tree-lined roads of Georgia and Virginia for six years. The Walking Dead maintained its devoted audience that long by keeping the tensions high and both the stakes and the human cost believable. (Or as believable as you can get in the zombie apocalypse.) But with this latest sticky situation, the AMC show might have finally gone a bit too far. Has The Walking Dead finally killed off its most important character: plausibility? Spoilers and speculation to follow.
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In Season 6, Episode 3 two of the show’s biggest characters are shown in extreme peril. Rick ends the episode in an RV surrounded by a massive zombie horde. The RV won’t start, the undead are closing in, and we see Andrew Lincoln’s character manfully grappling with the notion that this might be it. The end of the zombie-infested road.
But most people watching The Walking Dead know it’s probably not. You don’t kill Rick Grimes. Not here, not now. Spoiler-knowledge aside, the internal logic of the show dictates that this is not how Rick goes out. No, this is another one of The Walking Dead’s famous cliffhangers, which will inevitably resolve itself next week with deus ex Daryl on his motorcycle or Rick playing possum until the zombies get bored and wander off. All that would be fine and business as usual, were it not for the other cliffhanger in Episode 3.
Glenn Rhee fell into a grasping horde of zombies and appeared to have had his guts ripped out via his chest. That’s your first indication that everything in Glenn’s story line isn’t what it seems. Guts don’t generally reside in the chest region. No, in all likelihood that’s another survivor, Nicholas, being torn to shreds on top of Glenn. There’s plenty of other reasons to believe that our favorite pizza delivery boy will make it out of this week’s episode alive. And that’s absolutely crazy. Look at him! He’s surrounded.
Over the course of six seasons The Walking Dead has done a great job of raising the bar and keeping the stakes high for our heroes. No one was safe. Not beloved one-legged patriarchs, not mothers who just gave birth, and not even little girls. It’s that very real risk that gives the show its juice. So to rescue both Rick and Glenn from seemingly un-rescueable situations in the same episode? That’s a ding in the show’s credibility. And while the two of them have gotten out of sticky scraps before (Glenn’s use of “dumbass” in this episode was a nice callback to his perilous gut-smeared meet cute with Rick), it’s clumsy to put two such important characters in danger only to rescue them both at the last minute.
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Because as silly as it may sound, plausibility is hugely important to a show like The Walking Dead. When the rules of any given universe are fantastical, there has to be an element of real drama to anchor it. The Walking Dead often excels in their between-the-attack moments when the burgeoning relationships between these battered survivors get a chance to breathe. (The Glenn and Maggie romance is the best example of that.) It’s also worth noting that of all the perilous cliffhangers these characters have survived, none have been as blatantly manipulative as Glenn’s alleged death. The scene was improbably rigged and shot in such a way to extract maximum grief from audiences without any of the actual dramatic consequences. Glenn may survive this episode (and we hope he does!), but the show’s ability to create believable dramatic tension has suffered a fatal blow.