The season finale which none of us wanted to see, as we now have to wait till October all over again…
Michonne’s words are felt throughout this extended finale, though this may not be as riveting as the Season Four ending ‘A’, it is safe to say ‘Conquer’ keeps to its title and in the end once again have us gripped. With Lennie James finally getting a full return as Morgan, we get to really see him become part of the cast now. At the start of the episode, Morgan is seen about to eat when he ambushed by a man with a W on his head, same as the walkers. It turns out he is part of a group known as the “Wolves” and two of them attempt to kill Morgan, but he fights them off and escapes. Later, we see Morgan as he comes to the rescue of Daryl and Aaron while they are on a scouting mission. When Daryl looks at a map that Morgan holds, he realises that this man is looking for his friend/leader. But, Rick has got plenty more to contend with before he is reunited with Morgan Jones, the man who helped Rick Grimes back in the pilot episode.
Back in Alexandria, Rick Grimes is recovering after his fight with Pete. Pete was publicly outed for beating his family; Rick is chastised for both having a gun and pointing it at the citizens of the safe zone. A meeting is announced, to decide on what will happen with Rick in their community. Deanna addresses what was said by Father Gabriel about how dangerous Rick’s group is. After all the members of his group state how important Rick is, Deanna continues to make mention to Rick’s absence from said meeting. This is because, as he went to the meeting, Rick finds that the front gate is left open after Father Gabriel had gone out and walkers have since swept in and Rick single-handedly takes them out. While this happens, Glenn goes to see what Nicholas is doing as he sneaks out of Alexandria. Nicholas shoots Glenn and leaves him for walkers, and is assumed dead till Glenn catches up to him and holds a gun to his head. Nicholas pleads for his life, and Glenn lets him live. But, death isn’t too far away.
Back in Alexandria, Rick brings to the meeting one of the walkers he has killed and proclaims how this will keep happening unless they change. The walkers came in from Father Gabriel, who is almost killed by Sasha as Gabriel blames her for the death of Bob and Tyrese because of her “sins”. What will happen to Gabriel when the rest of Alexandria face him? Rick is confronted by Pete at the meeting, he is brandishing Michonne’s sword and looks to kill Rick. Deanna’s husband Reg goes to calm him down, but ends up with his throat slashed. A distraught Deanna then gets Rick to execute him, and this happens as Morgan bears witness to the death of Pete. What will Morgan think of Rick’s actions? Finally we see the “wolves” are not too far away, and look like they will be causing more trouble in the near future. But what is their plan? Does this lead to the possible introduction of Negan and the saviors? We have so many questions. Also, who else enjoyed the scenes where Carol shows her strengths and influence over both friend and enemy alike? Also, Abraham and Eugene forgiving each other for what happened when Eugene’s ruse was exposed and Abraham almost killed him.
The finale is the time we get to see where everyone is. Though many characters are given little time, we do see a lot to praise in this for the acting. Tovah Feldshuh is finally getting a chance to let Deanna evolve and the character is given a lot to play with as her husband is killed and her perception on life in Alexandria is destroyed. Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes is definitely not the same man we met five years ago and it looks like his evolution may not be over yet. Melissa McBride gets to really flex herself in this episode and we see Carol is not a pushover at all, in fact she may later rival Rick. Also, how much praise can I give to Lennie James? He came in and made a damn good impression. Morgan has been a favourite for a long time and the opportunity to see him become a full time member is exciting and opens many new areas. With so many characters still alive at the finale, a new equilibrium being established and so many questions still to be answered, who knows where Season Six will take us. I think the finale started off rather slow and a tad sloppy, but after the 15 minute mark the action ramps up and we get a great conclusion to the sixty-seventh episode of the hit show. Scott M. Gimple may not have won fans over at first when he took the showrunner role, but since the show left the prison, it has just kept getting better. We have Rick and Morgan who need to get reacquainted which will certainly be TV gold and remember “WOLVES NOT FAR”!
Final Rating: 8.5/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove