Nothing happened tonight on THE WALKING DEAD.
For 60 minutes, the creators of the series once again chose to
dedicate nearly an entire episode of their season merely to killing
Episode title: "Arrow on the Doorpost"
The part that matters: Rick and GINO held a "peace
conference" at a grainery. GINO made it clear, moments into it, that he
was only present to accept Rick's surrender, not to negotiate. Toward
the end, he offered a basis for a deal: he wants Michonne. Turn her
over, and, he says, he'll let the prison group live in peace. And Rick
returned to the spineless imbecile to which the writers had arbitrarily
devolved him back in season 2.
Total plot progression: less than 5 minutes worth.
The other 55+ minutes: Filler.
The last 5 episodes, in fact, have collectively featured less
than 1 episode worth of plot. In this regard, the writers seem intent on
trying to break their season 2 record.
GINO makes his intentions very clear right from the beginning.
The entire godawful storyline that has been this season could have been
ended simply by Rick blasting GINO, and there's absolutely no reason why
he wouldn't do that on first sight of him. Rick has shown he'll kill
problematic people without a moment's hesitation or second thought. He's the prison group's leader. His job is to look out for his own. GINO is a madman who, without any
provocation, has already kidnapped, threatened, tortured, and murdered
those Rick leads, knocked down the door to their home so every stray
zombie can wander in, and tried to kill them all. Even sitting down with such a creature renders Rick weak, stupid, indecisive, and absolutely pathetic. He sat there with this arch-villain who threatens them all in arm's length, even after GINO makes it clear there's no point, lets himself be repeatedly insulted, and ends by telling GINO he'll think about giving over
one of his own.
And then does it, even while admitting such a "deal" is no deal at all.
I've often written about the tragically wasted potential of TWD.
I've never felt this as heavily as I did tonight. The return of
spineless Rick, after everything that has happened, is absolute garbage
writing of the kind that has buried TWD, and actually made me angry.
Something this awful shouldn't be able to get even that little bit of a
rise out of me. Or maybe it should get a rise out of everyone who
appreciates cinematic art. What a pathetic waste of space is TWD.