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I May Destroy You
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Rick's meltdown in "Try" creates a compelling setup for season five's finale, even if comes off a bit extreme.
This season has dealt so expertly with the post-traumatic stress being suffered by the entire ensemble, and Rick's meltdown was a powerful flashpoint along those lines.
The lack of detail really distracts from what the episode is trying to do; it's the hospital all over again.
Nothing tastes quite as good as some home-cooked conflict resolution.
The man we see at the end of the episode trying to kill a violent, unrelenting abuser of women and children is the outcome of Deanna's cancerous passivity. In other words, he's a wake-up call.
I get that [Rick's] motivated, in some order, by burgeoning love for Jessie, concern for his family and friends' safety, and a bit of genuine violent derangement. But this meltdown felt a little drastic, right?
"Try" moves briskly from scenario to scenario, slowing down only to accent a point, or add some depth (and in some cases, visual panache) to secondary stories.
So while Alexandria had plenty of effective drama within its own walls, it was especially nice of "Try" to keep things moving out in the wilderness as well.
With only one more episode of Season 5 left, the slight lull that has hovered over this second half of the season definitely lifted with "Try."
Can you think of a drunker-acting sober character than Rick Grimes in TV history?... I think Rick takes the (rum-soaked) cake.
There is a nice sense of symmetry as the end of season 5 approaches.
"Try" kept the gripping, anxious Alexandria story moving along while also planting seeds for next Sunday's finale.
To borrow a term from the ongoing March Madness, it feels like they're throwing up an alley-oop pass in hopes that next week's episode slams it home.