The Walking Dead: “Scars” Review

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Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow…

Following in the harrowing footsteps of Season 4’s “The Grove,” this week’s half-flashback episode, all about the morbid events that caused Michonne to close her heart – and Alexandria’s doors – to strangers, was a suspenseful and gruesome affair. It wasn’t rock solid, but it’s been a while since the show’s dabbled in extreme violence toward children (Carl doesn’t count as he’d aged out and was fair game) so there was a super harsh vibe here, which I dug. And what Michonne endured felt severe enough to, indeed, change her worldview for the years that followed.

It made sense to have Michonne get duped by a close childhood friend (played by True Blood/Queen Sugar’s Rutina Wesley), whom she obviously didn’t know had turned savage and sinister, but there still really wasn’t enough time to establish their previous relationship enough to make the betrayal feel shocking. Also, we knew going into this that bad s*** had gone down, so bitter betrayal was kind of the only option. If the episode had consisted of all flashbacks, we might have gotten a few more scenes with them to sell their past closeness.

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