The Walking Dead: ‘The Next World’ Review

The Walking Dead 'What Would Jesus Do?'

What in the fuck was that? The Walking Dead gave us it’s latest effort, titled ‘The Next World’, and this is a world I definitely do not want to be a part of. Literally nothing happened and this may have been the worst episode of the season so far, which isn’t saying much. You would think that, after killing seven people in one shot, that Negan’s people would be super pissed and looking for Daryl and company but nope, they are apparently no where to be found and everyone is just chillin’ in Alexandria. I honestly thought all of that walking around last season was bad enough but there is one thing worse than walking on this show: settling in. And that was exactly what our group of idiots did for the entirety of this episode. Not even Jesus could save it.

I know I’m not the only one that could care less about Rick and Michonne hooking up at the end of the episode too. While I realize that character development is important, this is The Walking Dead and I do not give a shit about spending time watching our characters hook up. Luckily, there’s still hope because Negan and is group of crazies are eventually going to start murdering people but I really wish we didn’t have to sit through episodes like this. It appears that a 16-episode season might be too much to handle for the writers.

So get ready for an epic hour that featured Rick and Daryl going on a pointless adventure, Carl and Enid playing in the woods, Deanna returning as a reanimated corpse and, of course, Michonne and Rick getting it on since apparently that wall of fire this town so desperately needs is totally going to build itself. Enjoy the review, fellow walkers!

Does Deanna’s Corpse Shit In The Woods?

Things get started with Boston’s More Than A Feeling playing for us, possibly trying to get us in a good mood before this episode releases its suckiness on us. You can check out the track below but, be warned that this was possibly the best part of the episode:

Rick and Michonne are busy playing house before Rick heads off to work. Him and Daryl are going on a top secret quest to find some supplies but not before Daryl and Denise have a discussion about what ‘pop’ is. Denise wants to surprise Tara with some pop after Tara was talking about it in her sleep. Yup, this was real dialogue from the episode and it appears things are right back to normal in Alexandria. Sigh.

While guarding the walls of Alexandria (which have still not been upgraded to include fire even though the walkers will walk directly into them and burn to death), Michonne sees a random dude with a shovel off in the distance. And obviously, if you are placing bets on who you think is almost certain to die next, Spencer is probably at the top of everyone’s list. Michonne eventually catches up to Spence, who is trying to locate the corpse version of his mom so he can put her to rest for all of eternity. Isn’t that such a nice and caring thing for a son to do? Puke.

But instead of immediately dying like we all thought was going to happen, Spencer is saved by Michonne who is trying to reenact Ron’s death scene from the last episode:

"I got it."

And Spencer was clearly going to die. Did you not see how we was getting ready to attack that walker? Spencer is walking dead with moves like that. At this point, it’s still unclear why Spencer is roaming around the woods trying to get himself killed but we later find out that he’s just trying to find his mother who is now in reanimated corpse mode. It is also a great description of what I looked like during this entire episode:

Deanna's reanimated corpse

This was beyond unnecessary for so many reasons. Spencer is one of those characters that no one actually cares about and we all know he’s going to end up super dead at some point. And Deanna, well she didn’t make an impression on me at all so I fail to see the point of bringing her back in reanimated corpse form. Either way, Spencer finally puts her out of her misery and hopefully this entire plot has been put to bed forever.

Meanwhile, Enid and Carl were also hanging out in the woods because that’s what kids do. Seriously?

“Looks like another filler episode.”

After getting his eye shot out last week, this is the best the writers could come up with for Carl and Enid. Literally nothing happened except Carl spotting Michonne walking around. Yup, that’s right, the writers are now moving away from our characters walking around and focusing on other characters watching other people walk around. Thankfully for all of us, Rick and Daryl were going on an awesomely excellent adventure (please note sarcasm)…

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