March 3, 2019 The Walking Dead – Bounty (Season 9/ Episode 11 Review)
When AMC’s The Walking Dead returned back on February 10th, most dedicated fans were excited to see what would happen next. Since then, it has been a rather slow-moving story-line with little to no action. Airing the fourth episode since Season Nine’s mid-season break on Sunday, February 24th, would the episode entitled Bounty be another let down? Yes and no. Why is it not such a cut and dry answer? Read on…
As everyone who has been dedicated to following the series through this transitional time knows, while many key characters are vanishing, particularly Rick Grimes and Maggie Greene, there has been a strange vibe going on. Yes, the direction and style of The Walking Dead is certainly shifting, but is it too much at once? Change is most certainly a good thing, and for the life of anything, it is necessary for longevity. That said, at times, many viewers are not really exactly sure where the current story-line of The Walking Dead is headed. Clearly, The Whispers are a force to be reckoned with, but to be honest, they look rather dull thus far.
We received a little bit of a backstory of their leader, Alpha, à la her daughter Lydia. From what is gathered, Alpha seems like a ruthless, heartless leader who will do anything to survive. This picture painted, in Bounty, we see her and a bunch of her followers show up on Hilltop’s doorstep asking for her daughter back. Boldly, Daryl makes the call to confront Alpha on his own, telling her she cannot have her Lydia back. Unfortunately, Alpha unveils she has captured some of Hilltop’s own and threatened to harm them if she does not get what she came for. A tough call, Daryl makes the decision to save the hostages and return Lydia to The Whispers.
Meanwhile, rather unrelated, we see Ezekiel, Jerry, Carol, and some other Kingdom members set out on a mission to get a projector bulb. In theory, seeming rather silly and dangerous to enter an abandoned movie theater riddled with walkers just to get a bulb so they can watch movies. Although, it is understandable why they are doing it. From what we have seen, it appears Ezekiel is extremely dedicated to the idea of community, structure, and rebuilding a culture among the people. So, you can see why it is important to him, Jerry, and others that children who were born after the zombie apocalypse have a chance to be wowed by a motion picture.
Nonetheless, this side note kind of seems thrown into the Bounty episode and out of place. On one hand, you have the tense decision of Daryl and Hilltop deciding whether to forfeit Lydia to Alpha and The Whispers or not. On the other, you have people risking their lives to watch a movie. In the end, their mission is a success in regards to the projector bulb, but Daryl, Henry, among others are not so settled with the idea of Lydia going back to The Whispers.
Now we have Henry, who clearly has feelings for Lydia, leaving Hilltop’s walls to risk getting her back. Is this a bad move on his part? Is he ready to handle himself on his own in the face of danger? We will hopefully find out when Guardians airs at 9 PM EST Sunday, March 3rd. We can only hope the pace picks up a little bit, and for these reasons, Cryptic Rock gives Bounty 3 out of 5 stars.