Oh mine f--king god. There"s not numerous words that deserve to express the insanity, the intensity... The balls to the wall surface s--t the comes raining down on ours post-apocalypse survivors top top the latest episode that "The go Dead." We"ve viewed a many of poor things happen, but has there ever before been anything prefer the forty-five minutes that change Alexandria forever on "JSS"?

So... Let"s recap, shall we?


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Who would have thought Enid (Katelyn Nacon) would be a an essential character in any episode, permit alone one as an essential as "JSS?" Certainly, choose up with just how her naive family was killed by walkers in former of her wasn"t how we were expecting to pick up, after critical week"s premiere cliffhanger.

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But us did, and we do: in a collection of smash cut scenes, we watch together Enid wanders the world, smash cuts reflecting her hiding; eat a tortoise that may or might not it is in a visual an allegory for the first couple of seasons of the show; death walkers; and wherever she goes, producing the letter "JSS" very first in dirt, climate dust, climate bones, which is likewise definitely not a an allegory or anything.

Finally, she find the walls of Alexandria, hears human being laughing and also enjoying your company, and can"t think her ears. She starts come walk away, climate pauses. She writes "JSS" in the dirt on she hand. And also then the entrances open, and in she enters.

On an initial viewing, it seemed pretty clear that Enid was conserved by Alexandria, yet that wasn"t it in ~ all, right? A lot an ext happened between those quit cuts 보다 we acquired to see, a lot of we may never see. But it"s pretty clean on 2nd viewing that Enid wasn"t turning away due to the fact that she didn"t deserve Alexandria, or was scared: that was because she knew what she had actually to do, and wasn"t certain if she might go v with it.

But "JSS," right? We"ll acquire to what the means, and why this is important - yet first, domestic bliss.


Fear "The go Dead"
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After the mainly silent opener, we get to check out life in Alexandria w/o the group off herding walkers in illustration one, and also its the closest we"ve checked out to "Fear The walking Dead" top top its father show. Carol (Melissa McBride) and also the Coffee Klatch space chatting happily about supplies -- at the very least until Carol malicious tells her she"ll teach one of the girl to do pasta if she"ll just stop cigarette smoking in the many malicious method possible.

After leaving, she happens on the deceased Pete"s (Corey Brill) younger kid Sam (Major Dodson), that is hold a red "A" stamp -- we"ll come earlier to that later, too -- and also tells him bluntly, "Your dad offered to hit you, and also then it obtained him killed. Friend live v it, or that eats friend up. Go home."

Seriously, Carol is awful to that kid. Bad kid. Good thing he"ll never ever do something bad.

Meanwhile, Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) is informing her child Ron (Austin Abrams) he demands a haircut; Maggie (Lauren Cohan) wants to plant tomatoes; and also Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) meet the new doctor, Denise (Merritt Wever), that is really much more a psychiatrist tbh.

Oh, and also Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) type of apologizes for, you know, gift the worst to Carl (Chandler Riggs), saying, "It was about me. No you. Or her group. I recognize that now. I want to help."

So Carl sweetly provides to teach him how to usage a machete, and also then notices Ron hugging Enid. You far better believe we"re gonna come ago to the later.


Speaking of Machetes...
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Fifteen minutes right into this episode can be the abruptest, most jarring rotate I"ve ever seen in an episode of network television, ever before -- and it brought about me gripping the sheet of my seat so difficult I almost broke it for the following 20-30 minutes.

Carol calmly is making a leftover casserole, sets a timer for 45 minutes (which will be semi-cheekily returned to towards the end of the episode), looks the end the window, and sees the woman she tried to get to stop smoking external smoking. Carol disapproves, as soon as out of i do not have anything a dirty, insane looking man comes earlier and chops her in the head v a machete.

From over there on out, it"s anarchy, and almost too lot to recap since of every the craziness that goes out. Yet suffice to say, the Wolves have actually made their way to Alexandria, and also proceed come chop anyone they deserve to up into tiny small pieces. It"s -- also for a display as graphic as "The wade Dead" -- horrifying. Is it all the an ext horrifying since The Wolves space human, and should know better? Probably.

It"s likewise the glee in your eyes, the joy as we see them cutting the bad Alexandrians come shreds... And as rick (Andrew Lincoln) predicted last episode, their inability to save themselves.

For example, the second fatality of the attack, Richard, that innocently asks what"s going on from his point out guarding the wall surface -- and then gets hit with a molotov cocktail and also EXPLODES.


Enid Peaces Out
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Let"s get this plot-line out of the way first, because it"s the most important one to understanding what really happened in Alexandria. Carl bring away his machine gun, heads right into the home to defend Baby Judith -- who sleeps with the totality thing, since that boy is gonna it is in fifty shades the f--ked increase if she stays long sufficient to it is in an adult -- as soon as Enid enters.

She tells Carl she"s leaving. He states no. She says they"re going to lose, because, "They"re just people. This place is too big too protect. You have actually too countless blindspots. That"s exactly how we to be able to--"

...And normally Carl cut her off, but pair this with Aaron"s (Ross Marquand) discovery at the end of the episode, that someone was a mole, slipping the wolves pics of your town, and it every becomes clean what happened.

See, Enid wasn"t in Alexandria due to the fact that she to be saved; she was in Alexandria to ruin it -- to "free" it, to use the wolf terms. "JSS," as we discover out later on as well, means "Just survive Somehow." The means Enid made it through was to come to be a monster. She"s a Wolf, too, right?

It"s worse 보다 that, though. All signs allude to she to be working with Ron -- and probably Sam, too. Ron was plainly colluding v Enid in ~ the start of the episode. He"s upset not simply at Rick"s group, but every one of Alexandria for standing by and also watching his father get murdered. And that"s just what a teen would do, right? Say, who cares, castle all have to die?

But how to keep specific people for sure -- or do sure particular people get targeted? That"s where Sam and also his "A" rubber stamp come in. We"ve already established the wolf love notes and also slogans. They leave their "W"s wherever they go. So Sam is walking around, stamping residences with one "A." mine guess is, they"re targets, particularly as Carol"s house gets stamped. And that"s why Sam is sit on her stoop, looking uncomfortable at the start of the episode. Not because he desires to speak to Carol, but since he"s make the efforts to decide if he should note her because that death.

With Enid gone -- she leaves a note to Carl at episode"s finish -- a many this is gonna fall on Ron and Sam... And also it"s gonna gain real bad.


Does This do You Horny?
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In situation you were wondering what the car horn to be last episode, that a mack truck piloted by a pedestrian that smashes into the Alexandria walls. Interestingly, the wall surfaces hold, but the damage is done: the herd is being drawn, also if we won"t view the repercussions until following episode.

Anyway, thankfully it doesn"t blare for an entire act like I assumed it might... Instead, Morgan (Lennie James) manages to beat the rest of the Grimes corridor from the herd come Alexandria by around 20 minutes, and turns it off. And then proceeds to kick so much ass it isn"t also funny.


Undercover Carol

A most the episode is taken up through Carol placing on -- and taking turn off -- miscellaneous disguises. From her housewife guise, which drops with a sigh of relief together she put the smoking housewife the end of she misery; to she donning that the disguise the a Wolf and Han Solo-ing it v Morgan as a she Chewbacca.

The wolf don"t prove much of a difficulty to her, together she rips her means to the armory to gain guns. What is a challenge? Morgan, that is finding himself drifting additional from the team after seeing Rick kill Carter (Ethan Embry) critical episode.

"You don"t need to kill people," Morgan defines to Carol, come which she answers, "Of course we do."

He pauses, and also with all the toughness he can muster, says, "Carol. Friend don"t like it."

But she does, right? Morgan is establish he doesn"t understand these civilization that well, and there"s not lot that off them from the Wolves various other than their firearms (and through episode"s end, not also that). And also as for Carol, because this episode hasn"t met a visual metaphor it didn"t like, when she finally stops the wolf attack, she tries to wash the bloody "W" off she forehead -- and also can"t quite acquire it to go away.

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Captain Morgan

Morgan, meanwhile, is trying to push his approach on rather -- when finding it might not it is in the right way to go. That tries to not kill the Wolves, together they just strike him back. He gives them a possibility to leave, telling them there"s a sniper all set to take them the end at any type of moment, and also they simply grab guns as lock go. And then a Wolf attacks him in what is plainly downtown historical Alexandria... And Morgan is compelled to kill him.

"You keep choosing this life, you will die," Morgan speak the wolf he had previously encountered in the woods critical season. "We didn"t choose," the wolf answers earlier -- and also it seems favor Morgan is learning he can not have a choice, as well.

And together the illustration ends, Morgan is walking towards town center. Carol is heading in the direction of him. They overcome paths, never see eye-to-eye, and also then Morgan to walk away, down his own path.

Seriously.

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Anyway, following episode, the pedestrian horde is coming in the direction of Alexandria, mostly everyone is dead, and also things room looking worse than ever. And also this season is seriously going to kill me.