The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 6: Consumed

Consumed

Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) go on a road trip in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more…

So we finally get to go on a road trip with Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. So glad this episode was better than last week’s. Although it was more understated than I expected. Here’s what went down…

First up, we get a lot of Carol flashbacks in this episode. A little is stuff we haven’t seen, like what she did and how she coped when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) dumped her like a stray that didn’t live up to his expectations. Then we get some stuff that we had seen, or had easily surmised during her time away from the group. At first all these flashbacks seem irrelevant, but then, later on, when Carol and Daryl are chatting, you start to realise just how screwed over Carol has been at every turn in her life. And it has always been by men.

But more on that later.

So Daryl and Carol are tracking one of the Slabtown cars back into Atlanta in hopes they’ll find Beth (Emily Kinney). This is actually real cool because we get to see little snippets of previous seasons of The Walking Dead.

Is that Rick’s tank that Glenn (Steven Yeun) helped him escape from?

Oh, look, there’s the blast zone from the CDC.

Etc…

To make a long story short, here’s the trek in a nutshell:

  • Lots of car following that is ridiculous because can’t the Slabtown folk see them in their rear view mirror?
  • The death of a multitude of walkers… because… Carol and Daryl.
  • A slow little release of clues as to where they are headed. ie. Daryl asking Carol what the initials mean on a stretcher found in the back of a Slabtown car and Carol knowing the name of the hospital (Grady Memorial).
  • One walker attack that ends in the most stupid escapes ever witnessed in Walking Dead history:

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Yeah, a car that is going over the edge of a bridge and starting to flip will totally land on its tires…

  • Speaking of stupid, AMC we need to have a chat about dead bodies. Just because they are covered in a sheet doesn’t mean we can’t see how stiff and light they are when carried. With your budget, may I suggest you borrow Buster, the crash test dummy from Mythbusters?
  • There are a couple of run ins with Noah (Tyler James Williams) before the realisation they are all on the same team
  • Finally getting visuals on Slabtown just as Noah starts shooting walkers and making enough noise for the Slabtown crew to come and have a looksee

Carol (Melissa McMride) reaches cracking point in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

So while all this is going on the viewer is drawn into Carol’s backstory more than is first anticipated. We discover the safe place Carol takes them to is actually a shelter for abused women. It seems Carol and her daughter, Sophia (Madison Lintz), spent some time there back in the days when she was still a punching bag for Ed (Adam Minarovich). So we are reminded once again of how much Carol has changed and how much men have ruined her life. Yet she has always risen from the ashes of the life she left behind like a phoenix rising from the flames.

There are so many instances in this episode when we are reminded of Carol’s path so far and what I really think the writers were trying to remind us of is the fact that everyone has a breaking point.

I seriously think Carol is at hers.

Yet, even with all the shit she has copped from men over the years, even then, she still seems to trust Daryl, and, as a result, just keeps on going on.

Until the motherfuckers from Slabtown hit her with their car…

Carol (Melissa McBride) gets mowed down in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Yeah, not sure how well she will get out of this one, even with Daryl’s proclamation that he has ‘people’ just like Slabtown have ‘people’.

At least we now know who was in the bushes with him back at the end of Episode 3 (entitled Four Walls and a Roof)…

What did you think of Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 7 recap here.

(Photo Credits: AMC)

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16 Responses to The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 6: Consumed

  1. Getting hit by that car was hard. I can’t see how Carol isn’t totally messed up. Maybe Beth’s singing will help.

    If you caught it, when the Slabtown car that Daryl and Carol are following rolls into Atlanta, they head down the same parkway that Rick used when he rode into the city.

    That is the same tank. It was also used by the Governor, and it put in an appearance in the movie “Zombieland”. It’s privately owned by someone down there, and they rent it out for movies.

    I was laughing at the van. You saw it was going over on its roof, but nope! Screw physics! The bridge was actually Martin Luther King Dr. SW right near the intersection of Walker St. SW, on the west side of downtown Atlanta. They’re a couple of blocks south of the Georgia Dome. Unfortunately, they’re all the way across town from Grady Memorial, so they wouldn’t have seen much.

    • mrszoomby says:

      I think she will be totally messed up as well – that was a hard hit! Although, if the van vs. bridge physics kick in she should be sweet! 😉

      I missed the drive in – thanks for that heads up 😀 And where did Glenn leave his read car in Season 2? Because there was one with it’s doors open. I;m going to watch this ep again now just to see what else I missed 🙂

      • I just looked it up on the wiki: Glen’s car was stripped and left at the first camp with a note for Morgan.

        Yeah, I realize Carol probably scared the car into not hurting her.

      • mrszoomby says:

        Ah, thanks for clearing that up about Glenn’s car – couldn’t remember what happened to it 🙂

        PMSL @ your Carol comment 😉

      • I was worried Carol was gonna head into that room with the zombie mother and daughter and discover it was someone she knew. That would have been a flip the fuck out moment.

      • mrszoomby says:

        Hell YEAH!

        Also, totally forgot to give credit for the music in this episode. Seriously set the mood completely ;-D

      • It was creepy and stripped down. Needed that vibe. Next week the Ricktatorship rolls back into town. Rick hasn’t had too good of luck in Atlanta.

      • mrszoomby says:

        Good point about Rick :-/

        Just rewatching now. Because I’m looking more at the landscape, I just saw some lights on in one of the shops! LOL

      • Zombie’s be paying the GLE bills. 🙂

      • mrszoomby says:

        Just like they used to mow the lawns 😉 Also found a view out of the window when they were in the tent city where someone had hung a ‘help’ sign out of a building window. Wonder if it’s supposed to be significant or not?

      • I get the feeling that the military started capping people left and right before they went in and napalmed the city. That would explain why everyone in their sleeping bags were dead. I wonder if that was because the Walkers were on the move, and the military felt it was easier to just take out everyone before they were bit and turned–I’m guessing at that point early on no one figured you’d turn if you simply died–so they could retreat and try and lower the zombie population. Kirkman has said that he never really intended to show how everything fell, just that it had.

      • mrszoomby says:

        Morgan. Remember him? Totally shows up in Season 5 and is never to be seen again…

      • I’ve read he’ll show up by the end of the season. He’ll probably become part of the cast next season. Word of advice, Morgan: don’t hook up with Michonne like the character did in the comic. Just sayin’.

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  3. marctom1 says:

    Just catching up after ep 5 as I’ve been travelling. It’s weird, the pacing has changed and I really had trouble getting back into it.
    Not seen Ep 8 yet and so far not been spoiled, but I have an awful feeling about Carol and damn if she isn’t a fine actress. She makes you relate to her.

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