Every week for the sixth season of AMC’s post-apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead, Lenika Cruz and David Sims will discuss the latest threat—human, zombie, or otherwise—to the show’s increasingly hardened band of survivors.
Cruz: I’m inclined to call “Heads Up” one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead’s sixth season so far. But I can’t tell if that’s because it’s actually good or because, after weeks of digression and split storylines, it’s a relief to see everything coming back together again. Sunday’s episode had an air of inevitability that few episodes this season have claimed: Glenn, as predicted, is alive—caked in blood, dehydrated, and traumatized, but alive (ugh, AMC). Enid reappeared. Ron is indeed planning to use Rick’s firearm lessons for evil ends. Morgan was made to account for the destructive consequences of his “all life is precious” philosophy. And, lastly: The walls of Alexandria could not hold.
Though none of these developments came as a real surprise, I appreciated the tighter plotting and that we were finally getting a clearer picture of the show’s endgame for the winter finale. This half-season has suffered from serious miscalculations (the entire Glenn debacle, the decision to stretch out a few days into eight episodes) as well as issues the show has always struggled with (the hackneyed speeches about “the way things are now,” a difficulty balancing multiple character arcs, momentum problems). Much of the time, it didn’t feel like the Walking Dead writers and producers knew exactly what they were doing. More importantly, it didn’t feel like they could convince viewers that they knew what they were doing—a strange problem for a show to have six seasons in.