Improbable? Index: The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 8 – Coda

The Walking Dead (Photo: Gene Page / AMC)
The Walking Dead (Photo: Gene Page / AMC)

The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale finally wraps up the hospital stories. There will be blood.

We can all agree that there are certain aspects of AMC’s The Walking Dead that seem a little, shall we say, far-fetched. The most improbable of these scenarios will be reviewed here each week.

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Father Gabriel, in his extremely finite wisdom, screws over the remaining church group. They meet up with Abraham’s posse and head for the hospital in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the prisoner exchange seems to go well, until Dawn insists on taking Noah back. This pisses Beth off, who stabs Dawn in the chest with scissors. Dawn instantly retaliates by blowing a gaping hole in Beth’s head (causing all watching to exclaim “HOLY SHIT!”). Daryl double-taps Dawn and Rick offers to take any other hospital folks with them on the open road. Also, Morgan is still tracking Rick’s group all the way to the now-abandoned church, but he finds their map to Washington. No more episodes until February!

Mildly Improbable

Father Gabriel’s uselessness reaches new heights – he returns to the church because he is too much of a wuss to survive on his own, then the church gets overtaken by walkers because he sucks, oh my God, he sucks so much. Someone kill him, please.

I can’t believe little Judith hasn’t been sunburned a billion times over in the Georgia heat. It’s not like Coppertone is laying around everywhere.

Beth knows the best place to relax in the hospital is sitting on the edge of the empty elevator shaft where they throw all the dead bodies. Ahh, it’s like a beach in the Bahamas.

Pretty Improbable

Rick is the only one badass enough to run down New Bob with his own cop car, then shoot him in the damn head. Let’s see Tyreese pull that off. Rick does what needs doing, like a BOSS.

Abraham pulls the fire truck right up to the church to block the door. How the hell did he know he should do that? He didn’t have time to ask anyone.

The officers in the hostage exchange negotiation should be able to see Daryl and Sasha positioned as snipers on the roof of the parking garage, but they are invisible from that camera angle. Like last week: nice editing, show.

Extremely Improbable

Father Gabriel finds the Terminus cannibals’ old stomping grounds, but doesn’t notice the charred human foot on the grill that’s right in front of him for several minutes?

It’s about damn time Maggie showed any concern for her sister, Beth. Seriously, fans have been bitching about that since the prison was breached.

Morgan’s walking around looking exactly like Denzel Washington from The Book of Eli. Seriously, did he put together that look on purpose?


Dawn’s pitiful exercise routine makes me sad. Doing cardio on a shitty recumbent bike will never prepare you for the apocalypse. She should be running laps around the hallways, or running stairs, or even lifting weights. It’s called the “specificity principle,” you dictatorial bitch!

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