This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” “Claimed,” set the scene for upcoming storylines. While several scenes were intense and had one big reveal, not many questions were answered.
1. Will Glenn find Maggie?
As the last remaining couple on the show, Glenn [Steven Yeun] and Maggie [Lauren Cohan] are currently separated and have been since The Governor tried taking over the prison. While this is an important plot, the way it is executed in this episode is rather unrealistic.
When Glenn wakes up in the back of Abraham Ford’s [Michael Cudlitz] truck, he is told by Tara [Alanna Masterson] that they passed the prison bus three hours ago. Let’s think logically about this: if the truck was going only 20 mph (and that is being generous, it was probably more than that for three hours, then the distance Glenn would have to travel to get back to the bus would be roughly 60 miles. Factor in the lack of food, water and shelter, and the odds are not in his favor. Also, assuming that he does make it back to the bus, if he doesn’t find Maggie in the pile of dead walkers, then he is back at square one. The fight for love is a noble one, but in this case, it is also stupid. My first instinct was to defend Glenn by arguing that because Maggie was the one force keeping him alive, survival is meaningless without her. However, the big reveal made Abraham prove there is another reason to stay alive.
2. What caused the apocalypse?
In this episode, it is revealed that Dr. Eugene Porter [Josh McDermitt] knows what caused the apocalypse and how to cure it. With that being said, he needs to get to Washington, D.C. and basically save the world. Call me crazy, but something is fishy here. First, he won’t reveal to Glenn what caused the apocalypse, which is fine with me because that ruins the show in a sense, but why keep the secret? Is it because he doesn’t actually know what caused it?
Assuming that he is telling the truth, the man is incapable of defending himself, which is why Glenn is needed for the journey. Glenn, Tara and Abraham know how to take down walkers. Eugene does not, which is evident when he shoots the truck’s gas tank.
So what is going to happen with this bunch? Now, they’re forced to backtrack, given they have no way of getting to D.C. This could mean that the group will collide with another group and maybe, just maybe, Glenn and Maggie will reunite.
3. What is this sanctuary?
A couple episodes ago, we saw Carol [Melissa McBride] and her group head toward this so-called “sanctuary.” In this episode, we see Rick [Andrew Lincoln] and his group head toward it, as well. This clearly begs the question of whether or not the sanctuary is real, a trap or worse, a dystopia, much like Woodbury. One thing is likely, though. If the groups manage to make it to this sanctuary, then this is where they will all reunite. This, of course, opens us up to other questions: will everyone make it to the sanctuary? Will the truth about Carol be revealed? Will Eugene reveal the cure? Will the scary guys from the house turn up again? Because, let’s face it, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of those crazies.
These questions are just scratching the surface of what’s to come in upcoming weeks. With only five episodes left in the season, it is likely these questions will start being answered very soon.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays on AMC at 9 p.m.
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