The Walking Dead Awards: The world’s trying to die

Season 6, Episode 7: The shield is down! Commence attack on Alexandria’s main reactor!
The Walking Dead Carol Judith
Photograph by Gene Page/AMC

(Spoilers ahead)

Each week, we comb through the guts of The Walking Dead, much like a horde of hungry walkers, to bring you the episode’s best moments, surprises, and other post-apocalyptic curiosities. This week: angst, angst, angst, oh, and Glenn’s alive.

Season 6, Episode 7: “Heads Up”

Least shocking reveal: C’mon, did anyone still think Glenn was actually dead?

Worst police judgment: “Oh, you’re a hormonal teenager who has a history of being beaten by your dead father whom I killed? Here’s a gun. Don’t go putting bullets in it now!”

Most underused character: After seven episodes, Rosita finally got to say more than a single line. Watching her taunt Eugene with a machete was worth the wait.

Best slip-of-the-tongue cover: Did anybody else think that Maggie was going to say Judith was starting to look a lot like Shane?

Best “Nope.”: Man, Rick really can’t stand Gabriel, can he? First he won’t let him help out, and then he nonchalantly rips down his prayer group flyers. Poor guy hasn’t even done anything lately. (No, seriously, he hasn’t done anything.)

Best “Screw you.”: What is Gabriel’s response? He puts a new sign right up in the spot where Rick tore it down. There are more cracks are forming in the Ricktatorship than in that burnt-out church near the wall.

King of the Idiots: Spencer’s plan to climb over the walker horde, grab a car, and steer the walkers away totally failed when the cable slipped, but at least he had a halfway decent plan to save Alexandria. The preschool soccer team is improving! And he was smart enough to know he couldn’t trust Rick. That’s another strike against the Ricktatorship.

Worst time to participate in bring-your-kid-to-work day: You can’t spy with a baby, Carol!

Most likely to become a meme: During his panel at Walker Stalker Con Atlanta, Andrew Lincoln gave us a sneak peek of a new meme-able line that’s right up there with “stuff and things.” Tonight the whole world was introduced to “ . . . whut . . . was that?”

Most useless guard: Olivia protects the food, the weapons, and Enid. Literally all three of those were compromised in this episode. Way to go.

World’s Best Dad: Glenn might not know Maggie’s pregnant yet, but apparently his hormones got the message at lightspeed. The way he handled Enid’s teenage angst was so perfectly parental, you might as well start sending your macaroni pictures and poorly made clay bowls to Steven Yeun. And to Enid: Glenn’s not mad, he’s just . . . disappointed.

Best line: “Hey! I’m a weapons novice holding a significant blade here, and there are people in my proximity with open-toed shoes.” —Eugene to Rosita

Best kill: With just one defiant obscene gesture, Tara reached up and brought down the Ricktatorship, becoming the Mockingjay teaching Rick that you can’t just forget about the Alexandrites. Long live the Tarastocracy!

Most disturbing image: Denise’s “oatmeal” looked more like a science experiment than edible food. Is there anything she’s good at?

Episode MVP: Glenn! He’s alive, damnit! It’s a miracle!

And once again, where exactly does Rick fall this week on the calm/crazy scale?

Illustration by Matt Walljasper; photos courtesy of AMC
Illustration by Matt Walljasper; photos courtesy of AMC