Improbable? Index: The Walking Dead’s “JSS”

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

The Walking Dead features mass murder! And casserole!

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.

“Too Long, Didn’t Watch” Episode Recap

We get Enid’s backstory (parents eaten, wandered the landscape for a while, ate raw turtle, stumbled upon Alexandria, obsessed with letters “JSS,” which stands for “just survive somehow”). We also find out where last week’s horn was coming from – a semi-truck courtesy of the Wolves, who are attacking the town! Fortunately, Carol disguises herself as a fellow Wolf and slaughters the shit out of the lot of them, with the help of Morgan and, oddly enough, Carl, who I think we all forget about most of the time. Meanwhile, Enid and Ron have a thing on the side, I guess, and Enid takes off at the end of the episode. Next week: what’s with the herd?

Mildly Improbable

These idiots in Alexandria have the balls to turn their nose up at foods they don’t like, like celery soup and paprika. Enid ate RAW TURTLE, you dicks.

How are there any smokers left around here? What pampered lives they lead, that they have a choice to maintain a smoking habit. Yes, Daryl smokes occasionally, but only when he can find a pack.

I LOVE that the casserole timer went off, and Carl just calmly removes it from the oven. All that madness happened in the time it takes to make a casserole! Is there nothing Carol cannot do?!

Pretty Improbable

In showing Enid’s backstory, they kept cutting away before they got to the good murderin’ stuff. Come on, Show. You’ve never been shy before.

Carl’s hair is out of control. He looks like he could join a post-apocalyptic boy band. But even with that hair, it makes no sense that Enid would choose Pansy-Pants Ron over a guy who can effectively wield a semi-automatic weapon to save his baby sister.

Extremely Improbable

Enid eating raw turtle? I have seen enough episodes of Naked and Afraid to know that can only end badly.

I feel like Carl could be destined to be a great warrior like Michonne or Daryl, but Rick doesn’t want him to. Wanting your son to be a “normal teenager” makes no damn sense in this world.

YEAH, RIGHT

CarolGoddess is total Assassin’s Creed in this bitch. This is such a turn-on. It is so fun to see the mild-mannered ladies of Alexandria react to the “new” Carol – in their minds, the most improbable sight of all.

Last episode they were dealing with the herd. This episode, Morgan made it back to save the town, but where the hell are Rick and Michonne? Where’s the HERD? They stopped the truck horn, but the gunshots would still draw walkers to their location.

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  • Aaron Mucciolo

    Can we take a moment to appreciate (not in the positive sense of the word) the brutality this show just brought back in? The Wolves are more feral than anything Rick’s group encountered – or ever were. Those shots of hacking the bodies apart with axes – jarring, heavy, said so much about this new contrast, and without the slow brooding presentation we’ve had thusfar.

    • Clare Snyder

      It was really intense. Like, finally, we get a real IMMEDIATE threat. But it started making even less sense how Morgan keeps saying “we don’t need to kill people!” Um, the Wolves can only be considered “people” if we are being extremely generous.

      • Aaron Mucciolo

        It’s hard to accept this facet of Morgan’s character since we didn’t get to see any of the development from crazy trap-laying kill-’em-all town-defender to warrior monk. There’s also the reality check that was only checked this episode – sparing everyone may be fine when you’re on your own, but if you want to rejoin a group your priorities may need to change.