December 7, 2015 The Walking Dead – Always Accountable & Heads Up (Season 6/ Episode 606 & 607 Review)
In Episode 606, while Walkers surround Alexandria, Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl carry on their mission to lead the remaining herd away. When they reach their checkpoint and veer off, they are immediately attacked by a group who remains a mystery for the time being. Forced to split up, Daryl aims for the woods to hide, and comes across a trio with their own agenda. Claiming that they took what was theirs and not going back, they clearly mistake Daryl for someone else, possibly the group who just attacked them. In an attempt to recruit people back to Alexandria, Daryl makes his proposal to them. Unfortunately, they opt to go their own way, and leave Daryl without his crossbow and bike.
Finding a hideout, Sasha and Abraham leave a trail for Daryl, as he is the best tracker amongst the group. Killing time, Abraham makes a lucky discovery, finding cigars and a rocket launcher. In good spirits, he makes his own proposal to Sasha, a surprising move considering their current situation. In hindsight, both characters suffered major losses and became somewhat reckless recently. Bringing each other back can be a refreshing new start for the both of them, but it won’t happen without feelings getting hurt, if they even make it back home of course. The breadcrumbs work, and our characters begin to venture home in a newly found vehicle. Before the credits, there is a cry for help through the walkie talkie, the person on the other end unclear, but is believed to be either Glenn, Rick, or the guy who Daryl encountered in the woods.
This was a strange episode, for it dropped a lot of information without giving anything away. Fans who are caught up with the comics should recognize a little more, something that is both exciting and equally frustrating. This season has introduced threats from every angle so far, enough to make your head spin. Besides the Walkers, there are Alexandrians doubting Rick’s group, the Wolves, and now a mystery group, which could be the one which has been hinted towards since Season 5. Of course this is hard to say, as the writers clearly tend to steer their audience in different directions, keeping the story fresh and unpredictable. Besides Daryl’s bike and crossbow, the only real mishap of the episode was Tina, an expendable character with a death scene, that seemed forced and rushed. Otherwise, its doubtful that these new characters are irrelevant, and are sure to surface again in the near future.
Social media once again went into a frenzy within the first five minutes of Episode 607, Heads Up. Glenn’s survival confirmed sent cheers of joy and even sparked an UnMemoriam on Talking Dead. Along with the whereabouts of Enid, it was a bittersweet moment to say the least. Together, they venture back towards Alexandria, although Enid does not make it easy. Glenn refuses to turn his back on her, possibly his new fatherly instincts kicking in, along with his usual tactics to save everyone.
Back home, Rick and Carl begin gun lessons for Ron. Certainly an awkward moment due to recent events, but they carry on all the same. Hopefully, it is an act that does not turn the tables. Still secretly holding a Wolf captive, Morgan asks Denise for help to tend to his infected wound. Always observant, Carol catches on, and clearly disapproves.
As the rest of Alexandria begin to cope with a new lifestyle due to the recent tragic attack and threats right outside their walls, they unknowingly have another problem on their hands – the watchtower weakening and taking down a piece of the wall, ensuring the mid-season finale is aimed to start off strong. CrypticRock gives both Always Accountable and Heads Up 3 out of 5 stars.