WARNING: MASSIVE spoilers ahead for the midseason premiere of 'The Walking Dead.' Do NOT read on if you have not seen Episode 9, 'No Way Out.'
Well, this was it, the one we've been patiently waiting for since November. And boy, oh boy! It did not disappoint.
Right from the first five explosive minutes it was evident that this was an episode which was going to be impressive, and it was. The body count was high and the gore levels were off the chain, but among it all the show somehow found time to pack an emotional punch (Glenn reeling off the names of all the characters we've lost? Oof) and even deliver a multitude of character development — all in the space of 44 minutes!
The episode was once again directed by Greg Nicotero, who continually knocks it out of the park (keep an eye out for Episodes 12 and the finale, Episode 16, which he's also directing) and, in my opinion, boasts some of the best acting of the entire series. But what about some of the finer details? Let's take a look at the five things you might have missed from The Walking DeadEpisode 9, 'No Way Out':
1. Carl's eye: straight out of its socket, and straight out of the comics
Who'd have thought that AMC would have had the (eye) balls to pull this one off?
That's right, after years of comic book fans praying for this moment — but still not convinced it would ever happen — AMC came to the party and delivered, showing us exactly what the inside of Carl's eye socket looked like. While the circumstances of Carl receiving his injury weren't exactly the same as what happened in the comics (in the books it was Douglas Monroe, a.k.a. Deanna, who accidentally shot Carl), what was eerily similar was the camera work, and the single word that Carl uttered before collapsing: "Dad?"
2. That motherdicking explosion
Question: Who else jumped out of their seat when Daryl "rocket power" Dixon blew away an entire group of Saviors? Because it can't have just been me.
Things didn't look great for Daryl, Sasha and Abraham at the end of the first half of Season 6, and things were looking even worse just minutes into this episode, right before Daryl blew away the threat. But after the explosion and making it back to Alexandria, it looks like the three are once again safe. Or are they?
While this particular scene doesn't happen in the comic series (Daryl and Sasha aren't even characters in the comics), there is a similar massacre of Negan's men (led by Rick), which eventually leads to full-scale war between the two groups. So, despite how amazing the rocket launcher scene was, has Daryl basically declared war between Alexandria and the Saviors? It's a definite possibility, especially given the fact that Dwight and Honey are still racing around somewhere unknown on Daryl's chopper. Who knows who they might run into?