Last Night’s Walking Dead Had No Answers, Lots of Aikido
(Spoiler alert: Spoilers for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead follow.)
Those looking for resolution to what exactly happened to Glenn in last week’s killer episode of The Walking Dead, got no answers on last night. (Though they may have noticed the actor who plays Glenn—Steven Yeun—didn’t have his name in the opening credits.) Instead, viewers got one of those introspective, flashback episodes the show likes to do when it’s time to pump the breaks. This one, however, made up for it’s lack of action with some gripping backstory about Morgan (Lennie James) and how he became a fairly mellow (all things considered) zombie killer. In “Here’s Not Here” we learn he was once a nihilist who just wanted to die, but then he met Eastman (John Carroll Lynch, aka Twisty the Clown on American Horror Story). Eastman, a forensic psychiatrist who worked in the prison system, takes him in and teaches him aikido as a method of both self-defefense and therapy. The training clearly stuck, but it didn’t help Eastman, who got bit trying to save Morgan from a walker. Their entire episode together was equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking. It didn’t give us the answers we wanted, but it did give us the drama we needed.